Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

There was a faint cry in the night -- a long, animal cry that echoed all around me. I thought at once of the bears that our neighbor Reuben Grigsby had spotted near the creek not two days before, and felt like a rube for leaving home without so much as a knife. There was another cry, and another. They seemed to move all around me, and the more I heard, the more obvious it became that no bear, or panther, or animal was making them. They had a different sound. A human sound. All at once I realized what I was hearing. Without bothering to take my belongings, I jumped to my feet and ran toward home as fast as my feet would carry me. They were screams.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is an incredible but very dark book for mature audiences. Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, takes the life of Lincoln and re-imagines the motivations that caused him to grow up from a poor boy in Illinois to become the president of the United States during the darkest period in our nation's history. Seth said the idea came to him before the writing of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in 2008. Every time he walked into a book store he either saw a book about some variation on Honest Abe's life or a "Twilight wannabe." Take the two together and you get this amalgam of history-based supernatural fiction. Seth shows his brilliance as an author as he layers various true historical events and a supposed package of secret diaries, and letters to weave this intricate story of vampires, their attempt to enslave America, and Abraham Lincoln's quest to stop them. ALVS is not just great fiction however. While reading the book I found myself intrigued by Lincoln's life and wanting to study it all over again. I would caution however that the book is dark and there are some graphic scenes in it that are definitely not for young audiences.   

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