The brand new book from the bestselling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Seth Grahame-Smith is a film and television writer/producer, semi-frequent blogger, and bestselling author. His first novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since its release in April 2009, it's sold over a million copies and been translated into 20 languages. Seth is also the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the upcoming MTV comedy series, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Given the zany conceit of Grahame-Smith's latest novel-that a young Abraham Lincoln vowed to become a vampire slayer upon learning that his mother died after being tainted with vampire blood, and then made good on that promise-performing the story as if it were completely unremarkable is essential to the listener's suspension of disbelief. And in this audio edition, narrator Scott Holst does just that, reading with measured delivery and a calm demeanor. This decision-and his fine performance-accomplishes more than over-the-top histrionics would in delving the listener into this remarkable alternate history, in which the blood-sucking undead play a part in the Civil War (on the side of the South, supernaturally) and the fatal events in Ford's Theater. Holst aligns his pace with the mood of the text, slowing down at vital moments, e.g., when good vampire Henry Sturges informs a young Lincoln that he was born to "free men from the tyranny of vampires." This audiobook will serve as a nice contrast to the big-screen adaptation of the book, which, inevitably, substitutes explicit gore for the listener's imagination. A Grand Central paperback. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Grahame-Smith, author of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009), again plays it straight but strange in this reimagining of Abraham Lincoln as a vampire slayer hell-bent since a young age on avenging his beloved mother's vampire-related death. The book incorporates well-researched U.S. histor formance is effective in translating to audio this sometimes uneasy mix of history and horror that should nonetheless make for an entertaining listen for fans of vampire stories. [Includes a bonus interview with the author and a PDF of historical photographic documents; the Grand Central hc was recommended for purchase "only where requested," LJ 3/15/10.-Ed.]-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Branch, Santa Barbara P.L., CA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Even bookworms are in love with Seth Grahame Smith's ingenious 'mash up' fiction. * The Sunday Telegraph *
Evocative...Grahame-Smith [is] a lively, fluent writer with a sharp sense of tone and pace. * Time *
Not just the Lincoln biography we've all been waiting for. It's also the funniest, most action-packed and weirdly well-researched account of the Civil War you'll probably read in a long time. Grahame-Smith could be poised to become the Howard Zinn of vampire-related alterna-history. * Vanity Fair *
Grahame-Smith does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of this style of story-telling, mixing historically accurate anecdotes with entries from Lincoln's fictional secret journal, weaving the vampire elements into the story in a manner that's quite believable. * Wired *
Seth Grahame-Smith is an excellent writer whose prose raises Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a step above others of its genre...[He] does such an excellent job blending the facts of Lincoln's life into the story that it is sometimes hard to determine fact from fiction...Suspenseful, and most readers will want to read it in one sitting. * Ashbury Park Press *
Dismiss Seth Grahame-Smith's historical romp as nonsense at your peril. * Sci-Fi Now *