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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith

That’s right, you read correctly.  Men of the world rejoice, for now it is time we read about a man who changed history, we read a classic in the truest form of the word, we read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The reason we’re reading this should be obvious by the title alone.  If you haven’t heard of the book you’ve likely been living under a rock for the past year or just ventured into the world of Ultra Manly reading.  Either way, kudos to you.

I’d say that this book should be classified as a guilty pleasure novel for men.  Women have those Books Who Shall Not Be Named, men have actual vampire books.

Grahame-Smith begins with the author (Grahame-Smith) coming into possession of a stack of very old books that turn out to be Mr. Lincoln’s secret journals.  Those journals reveal the truth about Abraham Lincoln and many important world events of the time: Abraham Lincoln was one of the most terrifying vampire hunters in history.  Everything we know about history is based on lies.  The plot mixes actual events with the truth behind those events.  Vampires.  We follow Lincoln through his childhood as he learns the truth about vampires, then on to his life as a Vampire Hunter, finally ending with his political career.

The book, obviously, has a hilariously ridiculous premise, but here’s the thing: I couldn’t put it down.  I even liked it more than just ironically.  It’s not written in a fun, tongue-in-cheek manner.  Rather Graham-Smithe takes us on a dark, serious tale of great sorrow and trial.  It would be fairly depressing if I didn’t take a moment every once and a while to remind myself that this is Abraham Freaking Lincoln as a Freaking Vampire Hunter.

What’s more, I actually learning a lot about Lincoln’s life from the book.  It even inspired me to go pick up a Lincoln biography to learn what actually happened…Or at least the history some would like us to believe…

Bottom line, AL:VH was quite a bit more entertaining than I thought that it would be.  Fun, quick, manly.  Done, done, and done.

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Staring out across the hazy mountain range on his latest summitting of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Zach saw with a clearness he had not yet seen. "People should tremble at the very sound of my name", he thought. And it was so. "I should master the manly arts of the world, such as barehanded hunting and blacksmithing". And it was so. "People should call me Z$". And it was so.

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