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Abraham Lincoln by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Apr 20, 2010

really liked it

I usually don't read biographies or vampire lit. My boyfriend's mom passed along "Abraham Lincoln" Vampire Hunter," and I politely accepted. I remember rolling my eyes the first time I spied the flashy cover in the Minneapolis airport. Some weeks prior in a pitifully sparse lit section of Borders I realized the tremendous volume of vampire-themed novels. Author Seth Grahame-Smith is not alone. Authors are courting vampires like David Letterman and production assistants. I've never opened a novel from the Twilight Series, but something about the staid idolatry of our 16th president and his vast significance over Robert Pattinson made me consider giving this vampire novel a whirl.

To put it concisely, it was a fun read!

My complaint is that although Grahame-Smith easily works Lincoln's personal life into the tragic and grutesque lore of vampires (and/or vice-versa), identifying vampires as the pundits behind the Civil War, or rather, slavery, is perhaps not a part of history to be revising. Conspiracy theorists weave grandiose hypotheses to alieviate the chaos and powerlessness of human beings in our sometimes irrational world. Horror novels and films may provide us with a completely reversed comfort, suggesting that man cannot be responsible, cannot accomplish almost unimaginable inhuman atrocities. In fact, we know man certainly can. Slavery exemplifying the evil of which humans, not mythical beings, are capable.
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message 1: by Maggie (new)

Maggie help! Do uou think this Novel is ok for an eleven year old?

Dylan Williams agree with you on the point that this exceeds all expectations I had on a vampire book written in the modern times. Instead of a plot based solely on a teenage love story, it focuses more on the heartless, bloodthirsty ways of a vampire, and the need to expose of them as soon as possible. The way the author shows how willing a man is to get what he wants, in my opinion, is very true to the point.

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