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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer – Book Versus Movie

I will try not to have any spoilers here.  For a complete review of my thoughts on the book, you can find them under my comments on Goodreads.com.  The movie and the book are almost completely different stories, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln killing vampires.

Strengths of the Book – Tons of back story on Lincoln as a child, growing up, his struggles to make money, friends, girlfriend, business, law and politics.  In the movie, almost all of this historical background with Lincoln is gone.  The book also has written journal entries from Lincoln that leave you wondering if he really wrote them and they were incorporated ,or if they are made up.  The fight scenes are realistic.  Abraham Lincoln is a strong woodsmen, but not superhuman.

Weaknesses of the Book – The first part is never revisited.  Henry is not explained, either where he comes from, why he works through human surrogates, or anything.  It jumps around, skipping huge chunks of time.  In the book, the vampires are about four times stronger than a man, but otherwise pretty easy to kill.  The ending leaves the vampires running around, so Abraham Lincoln was really only partially successful.

Strengths of the Movie – Great production values, you get to see scenery from 1818 to 1865 which is very well done.  The movie has a great steampunk feel to it, where the book is simply historical vampire fiction.  The vampires are stronger and the fight scenes are much better as a result.  They can go invisible, etc.  I personally also think that the movie strikes a good balance between campy humor and taking it seriously.  People who read the book might like less drama over ten hours.  People seeing a movie want to see President Lincoln kicking vampire butt, which they accomplish well.  The top strength of all – they drop the weak beginning, and actually explain a plausible back story for Henry.

Weaknesses of the Movie – It takes out one of Lincoln’s two friends and replaces him with a slave.  It makes the other friend seem unreliable.  It adds a super villain vampire named Adam that is not existent in the book.  There are a few scenes where Lincoln is wounded, that show wounds from earlier in the movie.  The make up folks or editors got some in the wrong order.  It is mostly special effects and almost no character development.  In truth, you learn very little about Lincoln and the actor portraying him was better at looking like Lincoln than acting like him.  He feels like Captain America before the transformation.  They also make Abraham Lincoln and his new slave sidekick look supernatural in their abilities.  Including, chopping down a tree over a foot thick with one blow.  Training is one thing, super powers another.

Movie Comment – The character Henry, played by Dominic Cooper steals the whole show, relegating Lincoln’s wooden acted character to second fiddle.  Henry is so well played the other performances suffer from, in my opinion, poor casting or acting.

There, you have my own personal views.  I recommend you both read the book and see the movie.  After all, it’s Abraham Lincoln killing vampires, you got to see that right?


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Book Signing at Next Coffee Shop This Sunday

The Westside Wordsmiths, including yours truly, will be signing copies of our books at Next Coffee Shop this Sunday (two days from now).  Hope to see you there.

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Reviews are Coming in From Amazon!!!

Here are the first four reviews of The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship Kindle version on Amazon.  If you have a copy of the e-book, and have not yet commented please do!  Currently, I have a 5 star rating and hope I can hold on to it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Fresh Take on This Genre,November 6, 2011
This review is from: The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship (Kindle Edition)

This was a very unique, intelligent take on a style that I’m not normally a big fan of. The characters are great and the story takes its time when it should, while packing plenty of action into a very well-thought plot. Its clear to me, with the charisma and repartee between the characters, that this needs to be a series. And I’m eagerly waiting for the second installment! (*wink to the author*)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship,November 5, 2011
Susan Bushmaker (Phoenix, AZ United States)
This review is from: The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship (Kindle Edition)

My first adventure into sci-fi steam punk and I loved it. I will be reading a lot more. Can’t wait for the next adventure.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!,November 3, 2011
This review is from: The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship (Kindle Edition)
This story has plenty of action and adventure. I loved the mysterious Sci-Fi elements while being taken back to Victorian times. Reggie and Ash are my two favorite characters and I hope to read more adventures about them in the future. All in all, a great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Sci-Fi,October 30, 2011
This review is from: The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship (Kindle Edition)

The novel’s characters and story are interesting, and the setting is definitely Steampunk science fiction. This book is a good read for any science fiction fan.

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Thanks Evermore Nevermore!!

A special thanks to Bob and his wife at Evermore Nevermore in Mesa.  They are located at 127 W. Main Street, Mesa, AZ.  Their phone number is:  480-964-4624     Evermore Nevermore is a very cool store with Steampunk, SciFi, comic books and all sorts of interesting items.  They also allowed me to do the book signing at the Steampunk Streets III for Second Fridays in Mesa  AND, even better, they will be selling copies of my book, The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship in their store.  Please stop by, buy some stuff, and say hi to Bob for me.

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