Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 13th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Horror
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Vampire Henry Sturges returns in the highly anticipated sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter-a sweeping, alternate history of twentieth-century America by New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith.
THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE
In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. Henry's will be an expansive journey that first sends him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.
I got this book because I love the cover, and I love vampires. The Last American Vampire is the story of Henry Sturges. It is complete and covers the entire adventures of this vampire.This book had so many historical figures and facts it almost sounded as if it was written by someone who had been there.
I didn’t realize this book had anything to do with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which I didn’t read or see. This book is a sort of spin off of that book, from what I understand. I honestly didn’t read that book, or see the movie, because I was afraid it would be poking a bit of fun at Lincoln. Lincoln is not someone I want to see made fun of. Luckily, this book (and I imagine Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) didn’t make fun of Lincoln at all. Lincoln is the most beloved character, other than Henry himself, in this book.
This book paints the entire picture of Henry Sturges. From his life before becoming a vampire to his rise to infamy as one of the oldest vampires remaining today. Henry comes over as one of the original English settlers in America. His vampirism takes him into every major war and gains him a captive audience with every single president from Lincoln on. There is a lot of name dropping this book. Henry meets almost everyone who was ever important and has influence on them or is influenced by them. This book imagines Bram Stoker, Nikola Tesla, Eliot Ness, Howard Hughes, Rasputin, Mark Twain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jack the Ripper, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lee Harvey Oswald, Hitler, Abraham Lincoln and so many more. This book sounds less like fiction and more like facts as seen by a person who lived through the ages. I loved all the history in this book, even if it was told by a fictional character.
I found this book completely engrossing. What did it for me was the shift in periods, the flashbacks, the introduction of new historical figures. I enjoyed the writing style overall. There were a few almost diary like entries which were a bit unnecessary. To me, at least. I don’t think they took anything away from the story, but they might be confusing for some people. (I did receive and eARC, so they might not be so confusing in the final edition). This type of writing won’t work for everyone. But for the people who want a grand adventure (about 400 years worth) with a really cool vampire this story will fulfill better than most others.
This book includes so many people it was like actually being there. I really enjoyed the mix of horror, history, and comedy. Somehow the author made this all pull together into one novel and it was pure entertainment. I loved this book and will definitely be looking for more from this author.
About the Author
SETH GRAHAME-SMITH is a New York Times bestselling author, and a screenwriter, producer and director of film and television.
In 2009, Seth singlehandedly created the “mash-up” craze with his novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s since sold over two million copies and been translated into more than twenty languages. A feature film adaptation is set for 2015.
In 2010, Seth co-created and produced MTV’s first live action comedy, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” which ran for two seasons. That same year, his follow up novel, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” debuted at #4 on the Times list, also going on to sell more than two million copies. Tim Burton purchased the film rights to “Lincoln” and hired Seth to adapt it for the big screen. Seth’s script was selected to the Black List in 2011.
In 2012, Warner Brothers bought the film rights to Seth’s third straight New York Times bestseller, “Unholy Night,” in a record-setting deal. He’s currently adapting the book for the screen, and producing the film with David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” series).
Seth wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” and is currently working with Burton on a sequel to the 1988 classic “Beetlejuice.” He’s also producing “Stephen King’s IT” and a spinoff to “The LEGO Movie” for Warner Brothers, while preparing to direct an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” for Disney.
In television, Seth is writing and producing an adaption of Stephen King’s “The Things They Left Behind” for CBS.