Monday, May 17, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

This may date me a bit, but this book reminds me of an old classic (and I use classic loosely here) from the 80's, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure with Keanu Reeves (I swear he deserved an Academy Award for this one, for his hair alone) and some other "dude" whom no one can remember (and do we really want to).

Anyway, those two go back in time in a phone booth time machine....(good grief, was it really this dumb) to ace a book report, you know, because they're the get good grades type of students, obviously, and end up bringing back famous people from history. One was Abe Lincoln, looking remarkably like the real thing by the way, his voice was like..a grumbling, deep canyon of manliness, if that makes any sense. That's the voice that kept playing though my head during the diary portions of this book. "Let us have faith that right makes right..." or "A house divided against itself can not stand," and lest we forget "I want to kill vampires until every ounce of blood is drained from their bodies.." Er, yeah..some of the greatest lines in history were uttered by this man. I guess.

This book will make a fine companion to the biography of Mary Todd Lincoln I'm reading in June for book club. Hopefully Mary kicks some serious vampire booty too. And she'll do it all while hand sewing a handkerchief. Of course.
3 stars


Stephanie said...

I've seen that picture many times -- how did I miss that axe behind his back?!? Sounds like a fun book. And thanks for reminding me of Bill & Ted (I'll have to add that to my Netflix queue).

Tanja said...

Love bill and ted's. I have seen that movie a million times. I love the bloody footprints and handprints on the cover. Gives a whole new perspective of Abraham Lincoln.

Mandy said...

What a funny idea for a book! I like the idea of Lincoln being a vampire killer along with everything else he did.

I guess I will have to rent Bill & Ted, I've never seen it.

Anonymous said...

"Dude, like, what's a phone booth?"

I am just waiting for some kid to say something like that to me (my son); I know I'll probably keel over from feeling simultaneously shocked and elderly.