I have been meaning to write this post for over a week now but, finally, here it is! I can't help but "brag" that I managed to read three books in just three days over the long weekend (my teenage self would be laughing at my old self - I used to devour books when I had more time...). Here are my thoughts on the books, in the order I read them.
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth
I first few chapter were quite good, fast and fun, and the secondary characters and their stories quite interesting, especially with the historical layers and explanations. But the more I read the less impressed I became. Although the main characters work quite well, the smug, young politician and the complex, quiet vampire, the sci-fi element (as distinct from the horror element) introduced through the storyline of the key villain did not work for me at all. I simply could not believe the story.
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
I picked up this book expecting it to be ridiculous and silly, but I was hooked after the first few sentences. The writing is interesting and solid, the story intriguing and believable, and the voice unique and impressive. The concept sounded so bizarre I had to smirk, but the story built by the author is so believable that I suspended all disbelief, almost expecting vampires to turn the next corner. When I finished the book I wanted to read more about Abe and his vampire hunting adventures. I also loved the introduction and wish the author had finished that thread of the story too. Definitely a great read.
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
If I had not shredded the packing slip, the book would be back in the Barnes and Noble warehouse.