If you’re a fan of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter you’ll want to read the wonderful follow-up, The Last American Vampire. I promise you’ll have a hard time putting the book down once you start.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
The Last American Vampire follows Henry Sturges, Abraham Lincoln’s vampire buddy from the first book, from the assassination of his friend to confronting his past as he’s called on by vampire leaders to hunt down a vampire who’s been murdering said leaders around the world and fermenting unrest. Henry’s adventures take him to England to confront Jack the Ripper, Russia during the revolution, and across Europe on the dawn of two World Wars before he finally retreats to his upper New York state home to reflect on all that’s come to pass.
What You’ll Love
Lampshading. The premise of the book, for better or for worse, will likely remind readers of Anne Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire for Henry narrates some of the wildest and most memorable adventures of his long life for us. The author realizes this and points out very early on that, yes, he’s kind of stepping into Anne Rice’s shoes.
Mysteries on top of mysteries. If you like a good mystery, you’ll like reading about Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Henry putting their heads together to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper once and for all. But, more importantly, you’ll enjoy trying to figure out exactly who’s killing the world’s vampire leaders and why they always seem just one step ahead of Henry.
Easter Eggs. Movie fans (of which I am not one; to each their own!), there’s a little nod to the film adaption of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter just for you. You’ll know it when you spot it.
Henry’s Historical Entourage. Henry runs into a lot of famous and infamous historical figures throughout his adventures including, but not limited to, Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Rasputin, and Mark Twain. I dare you not to come to the end of this book without having fallen head over heels for Grahame-Smith’s take on Tesla in particular who steals the spotlight in every scene he graces.
The Humor. Those of you who’ve read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter will remember that it had a biographical, serious, and melancholy tone which suited the protagonist as the author chose to portray him. This book includes those elements, but it’s surprisingly fun and humorous as well, and I spent a good amount of reading time laughing and slapping my knee.
What’s Not To Love?
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