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Book review: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter 
15th-Jul-2012 07:43 pm
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I quite enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Seth Grahame-Smith's follow-up Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter has a similar premise: Shoehorning a horror storyline into a biography of 16th US President Abraham Lincoln, who here becomes a vampire hunter, his war to free the slaves part of a larger plan to rid America of vampires, who use slaves as an easy food source. Unfortunately where P&P&Z got most of its best moments from Jane Austen's original, this has to rely on Grahame-Smith's rather dry biography (largely sourced from Wikipedia according to the acknowledgments) for its storyline. Although there's a couple of neat ideas for tying reality into the supernatural fiction, for a book that's based around a single gag it's barely different from the single gag in the previous book. And it really is a single gag, without Austen to do the catty comments for him Grahame-Smith just comes up with a rather grim story that's clearly just there to be turned into an action movie (which has apparently been universally panned.)
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