Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith For the first time in history I think I'm actually hoping the movie is better than the book. This was a difficult book to rate because although it's not bad, for me, it was just 'Ok.' I believe it will translate to the silver screen easily and with the use of special effects will take this two-dimensional, bit flat read, and breathe some life into it. I understand working with a well-known historical figure can be difficult because everyone already has an idea or image in their head, but I was hoping for Abe to be more personal and enduring -- or even dislikable. However, all the characters were just barely developed and the relationships were stale and platonic. Given the passionate idea for the book, it simply lacks much passion. Also, I must address the repetition of statement sentences used and not in a way that make any sense. It seemed as if during edits certain sentences were tagged to be moved, and where, but the original was never deleted. I picked up on this three times in the book. These were not catch phrases, but entire sentences repeated later on in different scenes as if it had been pasted, but not previously cut. I ignored the first, hummed at the second and by the third just thought it was rush to market mistakes. As others have commented, there is gore and that is about the only stimulating excitement the reader can expect. As far as resurrecting history, yes it's there in a summary sort of way never really getting into the grit anymore than you probably learned about in school. At times, the book hinges on spilling over into something with promise, but to my disappointment was never given the kiss of life. The ending drops you like a bad date. It is as if the author decided, 'everyone knows how this is going to end, so why bother.' Abe has some premonitions, Booth plots, but the reader is left to, you know....fill it in yourself. In my opinion if you're going to write a mash up, let it fly. You're already going to piss off the purists, so why not at least entertain the target audience? Instead, this book is going to sit somewhere in between the wonderful world of mediocre and become one of those that people pick up and set down during vacation travels. I say wait for the movie and hope the screen writer works some magic.