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review 2017-09-03 15:42
Unholy Night
Unholy Night - Seth Grahame-Smith
I picked up this novel as this author also wrote another novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that I really enjoyed and the subject matter of this novel, intrigued me. I was worried that this novel would have a preachy tone but adventure and excitement greeted me from the beginning. I was surprised how much I enjoyed and followed this novel. I listened to this novel on a Playaway.
 
This novel centered around the birth of Jesus and the three wise men which visited him. This isn’t your ordinary Biblical story, this was much more. The author took me on a ride, a journey where this new family was running with the three wise men to escape prosecution. The wise men were not quiet, camel riding men, they were escape convicts and they were helping Mary and Joseph keep their baby safe because “there was something about that baby.” These two groups met up in the barn, the bright star shining overhead, and the alteration that began told me that this story was about to get very interesting. Mary, not the soft-spoken women I pictured her to be, had a voice and a powerful one at that. As the six of these individuals move towards freedom, they fought several interesting individuals, some not so human, creating dreadful scenes but scenes that I enjoyed. Their main concern was staying alive. I highly recommend this novel, it was quite an interesting twist on a familiar story.
 
I am going to use this novel for my free space on Halloween Bingo  
 
#2017HalloweenBingo 

 

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text 2017-07-29 02:53
Space 13 of the pre-rolls
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith

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.

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review 2017-07-15 18:21
Worth a read if this is your sort of thing
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith

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.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-24 23:03
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Review)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith

This is another book I finished about a year and a half ago, so my review will be rather short and to the point (as three-star reviews tend to be anyway).

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was certainly the odd read, and not at all what I expected. I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was also written by Grahame-Smith, but Abraham Lincoln proved to be incredibly different. It still had all the quirky gore and fight scenes, but with the uninspiring narration of a biography.

 

I am not very good at suspending my disbelief when the author doesn’t 100% convince me certain things are possible in the world they have created. Anyone who knows me knows I love fantasy and other unrealistic fiction, but you’ve got to get me to believe in your world before I can let myself enjoy something. Grahame-Smith’s world here is very much our ordinary world, except it includes vampires. This is fine, but I get stuck at the biography-but-still-a-narrative concept presented in this particular book. The book’s synopsis tells us that Grahame-Smith supposedly discovered The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, which explains passages of this book that are directly quoted from Lincoln in that diary. It does not, however, explain any of the perfect dialogue exchanged between characters throughout the book. It would have succeeded much more in its believability had it just been written like a narrative, without pretending to be a biography. The dialogue brings me completely out of the story because I am constantly reminded that there is no way the author of any biography could know exact conversations that happened between people hundreds of years ago.

 

Aside from this, though, the rest of it does sell you on its genre (biography), and I really would have enjoyed it much more without so much dialogue. I still felt emotionally attached to a lot of the characters, especially Lincoln’s family, and it was cool to see a “secret” side of history. I find conspiracy theories fascinating, and this felt very similar to that. I do generally enjoy Grahame-Smith’s writing (since I loved one of his other books), but this one wasn’t all that memorable for me and I would probably by-pass it when recommending books to someone.

 

There is only one other thing that made this impossible for me to believe, but since it’s a huge spoiler, it is going under a “read more” tab!

 

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review 2017-01-07 00:00
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith This isn't a book that I would typically pick up an read and it was my first time reading Seth Grahame-Smith and anything Abraham Lincoln related, however loosely. I was introduced to this book when I began listening to the preview for it on audible and I was so intrigued that I bought the audio book and I actually ended up loving it! I don't think I would have liked this book nearly as much if I had read it in paper format, or e-book for that matter, because the audible narrator, Scott Holst, was phenomenal! He really brought the story and the characters to life and completely captivated me in the process. Obviously this was a very loose reselling of the life of Abraham Lincoln but I have to admit there was a lot of historical accuracy, aside from the vampires and the hunting of them, of course, but I learned a lot about Lincoln's childhood and family life as well as what it was like growing up in that day and age of American history. Grahame-Smith did an amazing job of collaborating fantastical elements with historical events to create a re-telling that was entertaining and informative in equal measure. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books like this and the next one on my TBR shelf is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, historical non-fiction, or books about Vampires and I definitely recommend listening to this book in audio format for an even better experience!
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