Sweet Vernal Zephyr

Succinct Book Reviews
(aka Creating & Whit)

Gruesome and strangely believable.

Abraham Lincoln,
Vampire Hunter

by Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his dying mother's bedside. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

My review guidelines can be found HERE.


• Perfect. The sepia tone fits the era, and the slash of red suggests the terror. Ok, so maybe the dead head suggests terror.


• Vampires


• Current Day 2000s
• 1800s through the Civil War


• Horrifying acts of violence, that if you take the time to picture them in your head, you will surely feel your stomach role. These vampires are not romanticized.

• The break down and numbering of sections and parts was confusing, especially in audio book format.

• It appears that the printed book has photographs as well. That is a sad thing to miss with the audio book. It would have been nice to have an insert of photos to go with the cds, kind of like a lyrics booklet.

• Edgar Allen Poe pops up as a devil's advocate type of character. He becomes a friend of Abe and I really enjoyed their interactions.

• Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner shows up in a small cameo. The common practice of arranging dead bodies for a better photograph was surprisingly not mentioned. This would have fit in perfectly with the tone of the story.

• The story starts out in modern day America but never comes back around. That was one major flaw for my reading pleasure.

• Would probably be even more fun to listen to if I had paid attention in history class. It did drag at times, but nothing that would make me stop listening.

• Great read especially just in time for Halloween. The integration of vampires into our nations history was amazingly seamless. Highly recommended for history buffs with a sense of humor.

Read about the young hunter in this excerpt (under the Features tab) HERE.

Looks like this is going to be made into a move in 2011, according to this article.

I received this book through a contest on Bookin' With Bingo. Thanks Again!

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Sounds interesting and wow, what a cover!

I reaaly liked this book! The photographs are not that spectacular I think, but a nice extra touch.


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Thanks so much for delving into my head. It's scary in here sometimes, so it is nice to have company! Don't step on the zephyr...

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