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Topic: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Subject: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:45 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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  1. Was the book what you were expecting? Why or why not?
  2. Did Grahame-Smith’s book make you want to recheck your history facts?
  3. Do you think this book could be a valuable resource in introducing Lincoln to history hating teenagers? Why or why not?
  4. Did Vampire Hunter make you secretly research if Lincoln ever had any real meetings with Edgar Allan Poe (it seems Lincoln did thoroughly enjoy Poe’s writings)?
  5. What did you think of the author’s use of vampirism to explain the many deaths in Lincoln’s life?
  6. Do you think the author meant to use vampirism as a metaphor for slavery? Why or why not?
  7. Did you learn anything new that is actually historical fact from this book? If so, what?
  8. What did you think of the character Henry? What purpose do you think he served for the novel?
  9. What was the moment in the book that stayed with you the longest?
  10. Rate Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 1 to 5.

Last Edited on: 12/22/11 1:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:30 AM ET
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This book was not at all what I expected, I expected cheeky and maybe even disrespectful but I got tragic and heartbreaking.

I did want to check up on a lot of things like if Lincoln really knew Poe.

I don't think I'd go that far but I would say that it might draw a teen that loves to read into a genre they wouldn't think to read before.

I don't think that it was a metaphor I think it was pretty blatant that vamparism represented slavery. The metaphor comes in with the idea of different kinds of slavery, slavery to an ideal, slavery to a circumstance, slavery to a career.