Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010)
Source: From the lovely people at Hachette Book Group
From Publishers Weekly:Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mélange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies.
My Review:This was not a fast read for me, but it was a fascinating one. Who knew that Lincoln was such a great vampire hunter, skilled enough to rival Buffy herself? Or that vampires fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War? Gives a whole new twist on the Emancipation Proclamation, doesn't it?
One of the things that I found so fascinating about this book was that it was written like a regular biography. Once the premise was set up, it had the same writing style and tone you would find in any Lincoln biography. Regular facts from his life and, oh yeah, did we mention the vampires? Very matter of fact; just another detail from his life story.
Biographies and history aren't normally my thing, but I found myself fact checking while reading this book and all of the details I checked were true! So I actually learned something from reading this book. Horrors! Just kidding, but I did enjoy the history woven into the story, and the author was talented enough to make the history enjoyable for me.
Gave this book a 3/5 rating as I enjoyed it, even though it struck me as more a biography than a fantasy. I know that adding vampires to the mix makes it a fantasy, but that was the impression I was left with after finishing the book. The author is a talented writer, and made what could have been a boring history lesson interesting by the addition of vampires. Enjoyed all the little twists to what I had learned in history class, and even liked the surprise at the ending! Not your usual fantasy vampire book, but still worth reading.