Monday, August 9, 2010

The Story of Abe Lincoln...With a Twist

A few months ago I stumbled across a great book blog called Book Soulmates.  Written my two book-lovers, it has reviews and all other sorts of fun book-related posts.  They also have a TON of giveaways, which is awesome :)  I was fortunate enough to be a winner of one of those giveaways, of the audio version of Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I wasn't sure what I'd think of this.  I'm ambivalent on audio books -- they usually are just too slow for me, i read way faster than they speak.  Every once in a while though, a book is interesting enough and has enough action that I find myself sitting in my parked car just to finish out a chapter.  This was one of those books.

With enough history and actual facts built into the storm to make it seem plausible (assuming you get past the whole vampire aspect of it as plausible) it's a fascinating story and view of history.  I am a Lincoln fan and find his story and rise to the Presidency both awe-inspiring and tragic.  The author does a good job of keeping and building in the best of these aspects of history with the twist of adding in the paranormal and putting Abe as one of the most deadly vampire hunters of his time.  A new twist on the Civil War and history as we know it, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend time in the car.  Not having read the book, only listened to it, I suppose I can't say this is a recommended read.  If it's half as enjoyable to read as it was to listen to it though, it's worth the time.  I've already got Grahame-Smith's first book - Pride, Prejudice and Zombies - in my TBR pile, and one of a similar theme - Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin - on my Kindle.  Hopefully both of these are just as enjoyable.

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