I finally got my copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from the library the other day. Love the cover (be sure to look at the back). I pranced around with it at home for a while, to the consternation of my children (“Is that Abraham Lincoln?!”)
Last night, I was reading in bed next to Mike, when I got to page 89, at the bottom of which I said, “Oh, NO WAY!” Mike said, “No! No! Don’t ruin it for me!” I said, “Oh, did you want to read it?” He said, “Well, some day, yeah.”
Apparently some day meant as soon as he thought I was asleep (I wasn’t). He tiptoed past my side of the bed and snagged the book off my bedside table. He read up to page 89, at the bottom of which he said, “No Way!” and decided he had to go to sleep instead of finishing the book.
This morning, I had to run an errand. When I got back, Mike was propped up in bed reading MY book. I sat on the bed and looked at him while he read. “Oh, did you want this?” he said.
He did finally put the thing down, so I got a chance to read some more of it. I’m about 2/3 through it and it’s hilarious. It’s really six kinds of awesome.
March 22: Finished it last night! While Mike waited patiently. Then, he finished it.
So let’s recap the genius that is Seth Grahame-Smith. The book is written as a biography of Abraham Lincoln. So he had to write in the authoritative/biographer voice. But there are excerpts from Lincoln’s personal diaries written from age 12 on. So there’s another voice, Grahame-Smith had to use. Not to mention the excerpts from the autobiography that Lincoln himself wrote, depicting his vampire hunter days. It’s so awesome, you forget it’s fake.
But my absolute favorite parts are the pictures. Photographs that show vampires in various scenes, or Lincoln with his trusty vampire hunting axe. Vampires are identifiable by their dark glasses and parasols, to keep off the sun.
Mike and I both liked this one. Two thumbs up.