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Book Review of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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Helpful Score: 1

This is not a mashup. Just because it was written by the guy who wrote the seminal mashup, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," that doesn't mean everything he does is a classic/horror mashup. Yes, he invented the (limited) genre. He is not the genre. Got that? Good.

Because classic/monster mashup is a one-trick pony. The joke worked for one great book, even though it's impossible to perfectly capture Austen's style.

This book is not a one-trick pony. It's fantastic. I want more and more Abe Lincoln and vampire hunting. The idea is brilliant, but so is the execution here. This is guy wish fulfillment, for those of us who have wanted to be both president and superhero. Vampires are also a wonderful metaphor for the slave economy that led to the Civil War.

It's got lots of wonderful history, lots of vampire hunting, lots of blood. It captures Abe's sullen demeanor. Grahame-Smith has Lincoln's voice (in the journal woven through the book) perfectly.

Read this thing.

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