Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Three Day Weekend - Three Books

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.


  1. I'm trying to get back to reading! It's been quite the dry reading spell around my house, but now I should have some time. I'm thinking Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter sounds like something to peruse!

  2. Nice reviews and I love the last one. So honest!

  3. Now, I want to read the Lincoln one. Ooh, and I just saw the cover in your sidebar. Awesome!

  4. Huge congrats on three in three days! So awesome! I've been wondering how the Abe Lincoln one was. I love that you loved it! I might have to pick it up now.

  5. I like your critique of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

  6. well done! 3 in 3 days is pretty awesome...