Thursday, April 12, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

   If you ask most people about Abraham Lincoln, they'll tell you he was the tall, honest, 16th president of the United States who issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  Historians won't tell you the dark, gruesome truth - that our beloved Abe spent most of his life hunting down and destroying VAMPIRES!!

   Unbeknownst to most, the Lincoln family had been tormented by vampires for generations, and wouldn't you know it...vampires were behind that whole slavery thing, too!  So Abe did what any good citizen would do - teamed up with a traitor vampire named Henry, had a few drinks with Edgar Allan Poe and set off to destroy ALL THE VAMPIRES.  He maintained a modest political career on the side, but mostly, he hunted and killed vampires.  The more you know...

   I read this novel aloud to my husband (upon his request) and we were quite entertained.  He referred to the book as "historical science fiction," which is a pretty accurate way to describe the novel.  It is ridiculous and absurd, but most of the biographical events depicted of Lincoln's life are factual.  Is this a genius way of tricking people into reading history books?  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may not be entering the literary canon anytime soon, but it's fun, and hilarious, and super nerdy.

   Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.  He died on April 15.  As we approach the 147th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination some seven score and seven years ago, we remember the man who fought for values, union, and freedom - freedom from VAMPIRES, that is.

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