Much better than Little Women and Werewolves, which was simply the original book with werewolves stuffed in randomly. This is the same author who did Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the work is just as readable. I can see the events truly happening as described and just being edited later to remove the vampires from history. It would be an interesting story even without the supernatural elements, because the author has a knack for bringing a relatable humanity to all the main elements. My only problem is, there could be more follow up on Lincoln's feelings at the end of the book. I would like to see his response to the radical changes he experiences, although I grant that could be a book in itself.
I admit these kinds of books are a guilty pleasure of mine. You give me zombies and Pride and Prejudice I’ll read it in a heartbeat. You give me William Shakespeare with vampires and I’ll add it to my wishlist to read. People are going to scoff at these types of books because they’re known to be silly and not worth the time reading. Sometimes we just need a bit of silliness in our lives to remind ourselves that it’s okay to throw ideas that have nothing to do with each other and make it into a story (or film, or both.) I enjoyed this one because well, vampires, and history put together are usually a great mix. This time around it’s more of an alternate history story line with an interesting but pretty feasible so it’s not over the top ridiculous. Vampires who support the South because it gives them easy access to food. Sounds plausible doesn’t it? It makes sense if you think about it that way. Of course then you have vampires like Henry who don’t believe in getting food that way and that’s where the plot of vampires and history blend nicely together. The format of the book is also different and interesting in where it’s written like a ‘non fiction’ book. It’s a nice way of putting it together and adds more to the story to make it more enjoyable. The problem with this is, since it’s meant to emulate a non fiction book, it also dry and boring in some parts. So the execution of this type of book could have been a bit better to make the read less of a chore - as some parts seemed to have dragged. Despite some of the parts being a bit boring, it’s worth a shot to read. I enjoyed the ending immensely and liked what they did there with Lincoln. This book isn’t for everyone that’s for sure, but if you’re curious about it, give it a try.
I enjoyed this short book of academic essay by the most famous Civil War historian James McPherson. The essays look at specific aspects of Lincoln as President including his use of metaphors, his single-minded focus on complete victory in the War, and his views on liberty. Great read for people with a deep Civil War or Lincoln background, but probably too heavy for anyone interested in a popular history.