December 26, 2011

Book review: history mixed with crazy

On the drive down to the land of magical wonder, I read this fascinating book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I had read an article about the author in an Entertainment Weekly a while ago (along with the news that Tim Burton is producing the upcoming movie) and put the title in my "to read" list.

I know, I know.  Another vampire book/movie/TV show.  And yes, I can agree with that.  It's a bit ridiculous.  But I've always been fascinated by the great Lincoln and the Civil War too.  Mix that together with a vampire hunter and I couldn't help but be intrigued. 

My little review:
I really, really enjoyed the way it weaved true history and events around the whole vampire hunter thing.  The details are really fun.  The grief he encounters is staggeringly painful.  The characters are well rounded and engaging.  The whole idea is pretty crazy until you start reading, and then it almost seems completely believable.  And the ending....oh the ending.  There is nothing better than an ending that you want to re-read 10 times before you close the book for the last time. 

I haven't stopped thinking and pondering this fun story.  Lincoln has randomly popped up in conversations or on TV lately, and it's all I can do to not start talking about this book with anyone nearby.  It's almost like a mix of National Treasure and Buffy.  A fun vacation read.

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