This is really not the kind of book I am inclined to read. On the surface, on the shelf, it looks like silly pop trash (ah, yes, I do remember — don’t judge a book by its cover! but we/I do! all the time). And it kind of is at it appears – silly pop low literature — not laugh out loud silly, but tongue in cheek, straight faced, farcical funny. And, I am glad that I gave it a read. You probably would be too – so, get yourself to the library, and check it out!
The books opens in small town America, with a wanna be writer working in a local tourist type general store as a happy enough clerk reflecting on his past dream of being a writer. One thing fairly quickly lead to another, the clerk befriends Henry Sturgis, a new to town rich customer (vampire??). In a few months, the customer leaves town, and in leaving presents the clerk with a package that contains the long lost journals of Abraham Lincoln. And therein begins the real plot of the book. Our friend the clerk is to render the journals into a novel. And he does. The rest of the book is written as a rendition of those journals.
The journals are not of Abraham Lincoln great American president, but of Abraham Lincoln, sad and struggling young man. When young Lincoln learns that his mother was killed by a vampire, he is propelled into a life long vendetta and becomes one of the nations great vampire hunters.
The history within the book, the biographical facts about Lincoln are accurate enough to create an aura a credibility around the narrative. The importance of slavery to vampires as a accessible source of blood – makes you wanna say: hmmmm.
If you are inclined in any way towards historical fiction, if you have an appreciation for ironic and kind of silly, rye humor, this is an engaging read that will let you put your feet up and relax for a bit. So, enjoy! By the by, I won’t give it away, but the ending is really fun! Not unpredictable, but, great none the less.
Seth GrahameSmith. 2010Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.Grand Central Publishing: New York.