Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Last American Vampire - A Book Review

The Last American VampireThe Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should it be known that I won an advanced reader copy of this book from a Goodreads First Read contest. I won one of the twenty-five copies offered in the contest and had it delivered very quickly after I was notified that I was of the winners.

First things first, if you're looking for a direct Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter sequel you will not find one within this book. This tale focuses on Henry Sturges, the vampire who taught Abraham Lincoln how to hunt. It's chronicles Henrys experiences from when he was made into a vampire, to almost present day 500 years later. It covers the highs and lows of his life highlighting his relationships, his inclusion in wars and dealings with the United States government throughout. He meets and befriends several historical figures from John Smith of Pocahontas fame, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Tesla, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Teddy Roosevelt to name a few.

This book was fun and full of pulp, just like ALVH. Grahame-Smith took a more expansive approach to this novel, it covered so much time and space. The amount of world events and historical figures he weaved into the story made it evolve constantly, it also moved the story along quickly. I enjoyed this as much as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While the book doesn't focus on Abe, it does feature him and give you a bit of closure.

If you're looking for a book, that moves fast and doesn't take itself too seriously, check this one out.

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