I had this in my to-be-read pile for months. I picked it up at my hometown’s local used bookstore. I am not normally a spooky/thriller reader but this looked intriguing. I had it on my list of book to movie review and decided that this fall I was going to read the few spooky/thriller books I had for whatever reason, probably to have a theme. I started this book with some trepidation since I didn’t know how scary it would be.
First off this book was so good. It wasn’t scary at all and kept me at the edge of my seat with the whole entire idea. I don’ know how much of the book is true like obviously the vampire hunting isn’t but there are some things intertwined with the book that could be true. I am not an expert on Abraham Lincoln at all. Long story short the thing that started the whole thing is Lincoln’s mother died of a vampire bite, he swore to kill every vampire in America. So when I finished the book I was super excited to start the movie. I was a bit tentative because I was worried that the movie was going to be way scarier than the book was.
I was soooo disappointed in the movie. It was nothing like the book at all. Yes, there was a Henry, Abraham, Mary, and Speedy. Yes, he lived in Springfield. That is basically where it ends. I was so bummed. The book was so good and stuff. The other thing that really bothered me was the fact that the vampires were so incredibly scary. Their gaping mouth filled with rows of shape teeth. The book had them as regular vampires with two sharp teeth and dark black eyes. I was also bummed that they cut out Abraham’s first love who also died of a vampire bite. In the book, it lit a fire under his butt to kill even more vampires. The story that his dad told him about his Grandfather’s death was a very pivotal point in his life and it was also cut. In the book, there isn’t a man named Adam who created all the vampires. I could probably go on more but won’t. Don’t get me wrong the movie was good if you hadn’t read the book first. Lots of action and fast-paced scenes. In the end, read the book for sure and watch the movie just don’t expect it to be spot on.
Pick up your copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can also watch the movie on Amazon Prime HERE.