Thursday, July 5, 2012

Book Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

I read a lot of interesting things, and this was indeed interesting.  The author, Seth Grahame-Smith, did a nice job of blurring the lines between fictional story and historical fact, and there were a few times I had to stop and think about if a certain "historical fact" presented in the novel was real or imagined. 

It was a quick read--because there wasn't much to it.  The plot was paper thin.  The characters (even the famous ones) weren't developed to any great degree.  What little plot there was usually involved violent scenes in which Lincoln predictably won over the vampires.  And even the ending fizzled--there was no great confrontation or climax at the end.  Now I can see why this book was made into a movie--it would have been irresistible to a certain kind of film maker not to see the possibilities of an axe-wielding vampire-slaying Abraham Lincoln. While usually the reverse is true, it certainly wouldn't take very much for the movie to be better than the book. 

There are a number of books like this--the historical figure monster mash-up.  It's a fad that will soon fade.  I'll be glad to see this genre gone--I think it's disrespectful to the memory of men like Abraham Lincoln who gave so much for his country, to turn him into some kind of pre-Civil War Van Helsing.  I find it in very poor taste.

~TEC

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