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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

It took me a while to crack this one open, since I had not enjoyed Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at all. But the pacing and prose were much improved here, and the sheer amount of history between the pages was engrossing. I wondered sometimes why it wasn’t a straight biography, as it could have been an engaging and humanizing one, but then I remembered …

Horror is the game!

And it’s well played. The vampire lore is woven fairly seamlessly into Lincoln’s tragic family life, even though at times it appears (as it often does creature-centered literature, film, and television) that every other person in his world was a vampire. But the action was engaging, the characters well built, and the historic backdrop richly drawn.

Especially enjoyable was the tenuous and strange relationship between Abe and Henry. H’s favorite epithets of “Some people are just too interesting to kill” and “Judge us not equally” resonated without being overused.

Something niggled at me, though, about the concept. I am very, very good at suspending disbelief, but at times the story felt conspicuously untrue, almost blasphemous, since it was about one of history’s most revered leaders. It’s a bit like reading a tale about Gandhi becoming a zombie … it’s just wrong. After all, the mantle this fantasy places on Abe is not necessarily all flattering. Sure, he still fought so that good could triumph over evil, but he was violent and angry and vengeful. He wanted to spill blood. And he had to get in bed with the evil just a bit to fulfill his mission — but maybe that’s just a commentary on politics.

Yes, it was a fun read. But I feel a little, hmm, guilty that it was a fun read.

Review: Bite Me

Bite Me
Bite Me by Christopher Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing adventures of Abby Normal, the Countess Jody, the Dark Lord Flood, and their assorted minions — not to mention the Emperor of San Francisco, the Animals, and one giant shaved cat named Chet and his horde of vampire kitties that can turn to fog — all pursued by detectives Rivera and Cavuto, plus the ancient vampires trying to “clean up” and remain hidden. If that is not fun summer reading, I don’t know what is!

Moore has a wicked sense of humor that’s present and accounted for in this third “love story” book [its predecessors being Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) and You Suck (A Love Story, #2)]. He also knows how turn a phrase into a hysterical observation that will make you spit milk out of your nose. The familiar characters are back in all their glory, confusion, and goofiness. And while some found it annoying, I really enjoyed Abby’s Valley-Girlish narration (used sporadically throughout the book); I did not think it was overdone at all, and it was so much fun to read.

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