Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (audiobook)

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

Received from the publisher for review.

Really, this more appropriately qualifies for a Bored Now post rather than a review, but alas, here is my review.

This one gets two stars. This bizarre premise was just entirely too far fetched. There was certainly no Buffy here! It was dark, depressing, and really rather annoying. I just kept thinking "Oh my god, this is SO boring." The only positive thing I can find to say is that reader was a good fit for the material. I doubt this would be any better in print so I'd recommend a complete pass on this one.

☆☆= Just Okay


Stephanie said...

I've been wanting to read this one for a while! Disappointing how you thought it was just okay...I need to find a new to-read book now! lol


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