Finally got around to starting the book this morning, enjoying it so far.
At the risk if being accused of necromancy, I finally got done reading the book, and eh...I gotta say I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The upside is, the movie didn't really wreck a great book, it was an okay book to begin with.
I expected there was a vampirism = slavery metaphor in there somewhere probably because I expected the book to be about something
, and that was the most likely candidate.
But in the end, it wasn't about anything except taking a period of history and introducing vampires as a gimmick. Problem is, history as it really happened was more intesting (and scarier)!
Anther disappointment is that the author didn't do a very good job of re-creating the tone of 19th C writing. Lincoln's secret diary sounded exactly like what it was, the product of a modern novelist.
It wouldn't have been that difficult to try a little harder for an authentic style. He did make some effort, but I found it unconvincing at best. It might pass muster with a reader who was completely unfamiliar with 19th C writing, I suppose.