Wednesday 17 March 2010

Lincoln Vampire Hunter

After creating a stir last year with the stupidly compulsive Pride and Prejudice with Zombies, author Seth Grahame Smith is causing another stir with the equally stupid sounding, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

The Archive has the book on order- I'm a sucker for this type of off the wall stuff. The book's initial printing is an impressive 200,000 copies and this time all the text is the author's own work. It has gathered rave reviews across the board and of course there's a movie on the way.

"At a time when the market is flooded with vampire titles, most of them young adult romances, a writer who can transform the greatest figure from 19th century American history into the star of an original vampire tale with humor, heart and bite is a rare find indeed."

— From Gina McIntyre's review of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in the Los Angeles Times

"He's a lively, fluent writer with a sharp sense of tone and pace. And as in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,' the mash-up is not as arbitrary as it first seems. Vampirism is a metaphor for slavery: like slave owners, vampires live off the blood of others.

The fit is actually a little too neat. Once the connection is made, it feels obvious, and neither slavery nor vampirism reveals anything in particular about the other."

— From Lev Grossman's critique of the novel in Time magazine

Expect this one to be huge.

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