- Publisher: Corsair
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 24mm | 299g
- Publication date: 21 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849014779
- ISBN 13: 9781849014779
- Sales rank: 55,228
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 axe, 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 America's 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 the nation.
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Seth Grahame-Smith is a film and television writer/producer, semi-frequent blogger, and bestselling author. His first novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since its release in April 2009, it's sold over a million copies and been translated into 20 languages. Seth is also the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the upcoming MTV comedy series, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
By Thea Wilson 31 Mar 2014
This is a book I have wanted to read ever since I first heard about it several years ago, way before the movie came out but I do have to admit that in this case I did watch the movie first. Not something I would usually do and take pains not to do (unfortunately this is going to be the case with The Hunger Games too..... when I finally get around to reading them of course!)
What drew to the book first was the title and obviously the word VAMPIRE, I'm a sucker (sorry) for a good vampire book so having the word vampire in the title was a great start, add in Abraham Lincoln and you have something to really think about. I mean the man is a legendary historical character and one that I don't know a huge amount about being British, I know the basics but that's it.
So what's the book about? Well basically it is a kind of biography of an alternate Abraham Lincoln, alternate it the fact that this Abe is a full blown vampire hunter and it tells his life story from birth to death and includes all number of encounters with the undead, all the while Abe is becoming the man who would be president.
It's a unique take on a fascinating man made even more interesting by his 'other' job and has been written by the mind who rewrote Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice to include zombies, now that takes a talent (and Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a wonderful, wonderful book in itself.)
Seth Grahame-Smith has a unique way of writing, or rewriting, that enhance the original story and turns it on it's head by adding something that shouldn't be there.... all the while keeping the story completely believable, in so much as you can believe in the undead of course!
The subject matter keeps the book interesting from the beginning to the very end and keep you gripped and wanting to read more and more of it until you find you've reached the end of the story and hadn't even noticed.
Personally I loved this book, it's original and totally gripping, everything you could wish for in a vampire book. Did the movie of the same name compare to the book, well to tell you the truth the film wasn't that memorable and I can't remember it very well so that would suggest the book is probably better as I can remember the details quite vividly! Books usually win over their movie counterparts anyway, don't they!
If you've read Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and haven't read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter then I suggest that you do, or vice versa.
Even bookworms are in love with Seth Grahame Smith's ingenious 'mash up' fiction. The Sunday Telegraph Evocative...Grahame-Smith [is] a lively, fluent writer with a sharp sense of tone and pace. Time Not just the Lincoln biography we've all been waiting for. It's also the funniest, most action-packed and weirdly well-researched account of the Civil War you'll probably read in a long time. Grahame-Smith could be poised to become the Howard Zinn of vampire-related alterna-history. Vanity Fair Grahame-Smith does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of this style of story-telling, mixing historically accurate anecdotes with entries from Lincoln's fictional secret journal, weaving the vampire elements into the story in a manner that's quite believable. Wired Seth Grahame-Smith is an excellent writer whose prose raises Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a step above others of its genre...[He] does such an excellent job blending the facts of Lincoln's life into the story that it is sometimes hard to determine fact from fiction...Suspenseful, and most readers will want to read it in one sitting. Ashbury Park Press Dismiss Seth Grahame-Smith's historical romp as nonsense at your peril. Sci-Fi Now