Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oh, Abe, Rock On With Your Bad Self!

Oh yeah, oh yeah, OH YEAH...come payday, this book will be mine! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the next book in the demented classics series by Seth Grahame-Smith. There are several other redone classics out there (I've already read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I have plans to get several of the others.)

The plot behind Seth's book (as it comes from Amazon)is this:

'Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

'"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

'Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

'When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." 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.

'While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

'Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.'

The reason I'm really digging these books is this: if the writers and publishers of these books can get people to read them, then maybe the readers will be interested enough in the original author or person to pick up the real deal then. There has been so much wonderful literature throughout the ages, that we shouldn't wait until we are made to read a classic book for a class. I personally grew to love the works of Shakespeare through school. I was first exposed to his plays in eight grade, throughout high school and then again in my Humanities classes in college.

And even if the readers never pick up the classics, if they are only reading these versions, then at least they are READING.

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