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[Seth Grahame-Smith] The Last American Vampire Download PDF Online. [Seth Grahame-Smith] and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night. In addition to. Review: 'Unholy Night' by Seth Grahame-Smith is action-packed. Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times. Imagine the story of the Nativity recast as a Hollywood. Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Unholy Night, Grahame-Smith's most recent novel, was released on April 10, It depicts . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
Anticipation for the book grew so rapidly that in its first week of release, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies surged to No. As the title suggests, this book traces Abraham Lincoln 's life from childhood through assassination, relying upon his "secret diaries" to reveal his central role in a worldwide struggle against vampirism. Released on March 2, , this novel debuted at No. In addition to writing novels, Grahame-Smith made his debut as a comic book writer on Marvel Zombies Return: Hulk with artist Richard Elson.
Unholy Night , Grahame-Smith's most recent novel, was released on April 10, Two of Grahame-Smith's best-selling books were made into feature films. Grahame-Smith adapted his book, Abraham Lincoln: Russell initially set to adapt and direct. Russell later left the project.
Lily James and Bella Heathcote were chosen to star as the oldest Bennett sisters. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released on February 5, Grahame-Smith wrote the script for Tim Burton 's Dark Shadows , the film adaptation of the s soap opera , replacing longtime Burton scribe John August. After receiving a degree in film from Emerson College , Grahame-Smith moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced for several television series, including Vendettas and the History Channel 's History's Mysteries.
While working on Clark and Michael , Grahame-Smith met another producer on the series, David Katzenberg son of Jeffrey , who would become his partner in Katzsmith Productions.
Under the Katzsmith banner, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg created, wrote, and produced a scripted comedy for MTV called The Hard Times of RJ Berger , which follows an awkward high-school loser who gains notoriety for his extraordinary endowment. Through Katzsmith Productions, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are currently developing a number of projects for television and film.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Seth Grahame-Smith. Erin Stickle m. The New York Times. The Daily Telegraph. LA Weekly. The Hollywood Reporter. November 28, The Los Angeles Times. Vampire Hunter". March 8, What if the wise men were the protection?
Excellent story that added spice to a wonderful story. I didn't feel that it poked fun at the birth of Christ If you read the blurb to go with this book you may think, "eh, whatever. I didn't feel that it poked fun at the birth of Christ. Instead it brought life to a time in history with wonderful characters.
Lots and lots of action. View 1 comment. Seth Grahame-Smith can pretzel-bend history like nobody's business.
The well-known nativity scene gets an epic reboot. I won't spoil any details but this book is full of action, suspense, blood, but also faith and redemption. This was definitely a fun book to read as long as you can see it for entertainment and not take the distorted Bible story too personal depending on your religious preference. Check it out! My favorite quote: Kiss your mothers and fathers, your bro Wow Kiss your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters. View 2 comments.
The premise and the beginning of this book is highly promising. If I judge the book by its first third, it is a fun, hilarious, action-packed fantasy novel. The Three Kings are anti-hero thieves. And I can't tell you enough how I excited when I was reading the swordfight of Melchyor. He is not a swordsman, he is a sword saint! I understand that due to plots, the story should getting more and more serious toward the end of novel.
But I noticed the humor diminished completely at the end. Charact The premise and the beginning of this book is highly promising. Character-wise, the round characters in this book are Balthazar and Pilate. Others are flat characters using stereotypes.
It is disappointing, I expect at least two other Kings should be interesting, but it is not. Gaspar is a smooth-talker with weak will, Melchyor interesting part is only his swordsmanship, both have no character development.
I am sorry to say, the end of this book doesn't deliver the promise that I perceived at the beginning. I still keep 2 star rating due to the beginning. Jun 15, Julie Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Good Story Julie and Scott escape from prison and meet a very nice couple and their newborn baby. But there's just something about that baby My name is Balthazar. This is Gaspar. But, Joseph? Do you understand? But when Herod's soldiers begin slaughtering the babies in Bethlehem, Balthazar a.
The Antioch Ghost takes the safety of the Holy Family into his own hands. As fugitives on the run to Egypt, they must escape not only Roman soldiers but creatures of mythology and the occult. Everyone's either gunning for the Antioch Ghost with a price on his head or the innocent newborn who has such an unearthly effect on those around him. Vampire Hunter finally stops inserting his words into other people's writing and writes a book in his own words.
And a fine job he does of it too. Pontius Pilate appears as an ambitious young officer ambivalent about truth. Mary and Joseph struggle with how to reconcile the truth of Jesus as God with the reality of a baby who must be fed, loved, and parented.
Above all, this is Balthazar's story, who has a complex story-line driving his actions and attitudes. We learn how he became the cynical Antioch Ghost and we wonder if he will find a more worthy goal than vengeance. Above all, I was surprised to find myself eventually thinking of Unholy Night as modern midrash. Midrash is a traditional Jewish way of trying to understand the underlying spirit of scripture, sometimes connecting it to modern life, by creating parables.
This allows for some imaginative storytelling as rabbis look for interpretations that are not immediately obvious but are nevertheless held within the original text. Grahame-Smith lives up to the midrash ideal by both being respectful to his source material and also using his vivid imagination on a Biblical event that is wide-open to interpretation: Mary and Joseph's flight to Egypt with the Christ child. It brings to life the terrible things he did very much as I have read them in history books.
One also gets a deeper understanding of the locals' simmering, resentful hatred of the Roman empire. Narrator Peter Berkrot is a reader I haven't come across before but will be seeking out in the future. He conveys just the right amount of cynicism as Balthazar, menace and insanity as Herod, and innocence as Mary. I am not sure how this book comes across in print but I'd listen to it again in a heartbeat thanks to Berkrot's narration.
Grahame-Smith has delivered a story of Biblical proportions in Unholy Night: That he did it all while staying true to original material that can be unpopular reading these days makes him a writer I am going to seek out in the future.
Highly recommended. This review first appeared at SFFaudio. I liked it, but it just didn't make me want to scream from the mountain tops about it. It's probably me. Apr 15, Lorca Damon rated it it was amazing. I never did read the author's previous bestseller, Abraham Lincoln: It came out around the time of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies craze and I judged it as just another one of those fun-yet-silly reads I did read Zombies, it was good, but So when I picked up Unholy Night having never heard of it thanks to living in rural AL without a bookstore!
I had heard of A. Lincoln, so I wondered what kind of twist the author would put to the sto I never did read the author's previous bestseller, Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln, so I wondered what kind of twist the author would put to the story of the Magi and the birth of the Messiah. There is nothing silly about this book. It is wonderfully written and actually makes you think, "What if? I will also say that there are insightful scenes in this book that really make me think as a Christian.
I was chilled by the scene in which a young Pontius Pilate approaches Augusts Caesar; he brings him the news of the birth of a new King, fully expecting that his involvement will be simply another promotion in an already shining career.
He doesn't even realize he will be forever changed by this King, as well. The writing is so good that you a forget you already know how the story turns out and b are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.
I read that somewhere else! Mar 21, BookGuys rated it really liked it.
Vampire Hunter, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't just another throwaway mash-up. I remember writing that this would be a great book to help introduce the historical figure of Abraham Lincoln, one of America's most beloved Presidents to a youthful audience. If you stripped away the vampire hunting, you still had a pretty decent tale of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and with some guidance from a teacher to let the students know When I reviewed Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: If you stripped away the vampire hunting, you still had a pretty decent tale of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and with some guidance from a teacher to let the students know what parts of the novel were historical fact and which were not That said, when I heard about Seth's upcoming novel "Unholy Night" and read the synopsis, I doubted this was a topic anyone could "mash-up" without offending people.
When you bring religious holy texts into the realm of fiction, you are usually asking for trouble. Just ask Salman Rushdie, who probably still has a price on his head to this day. Seth Grahame-Smith surprised me yet again with not only his tactful handling of the mash-up, but with his story telling ability.
Let me pause here and fill you in on the story's premise with the official "product description" Product Description From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: We begin the tale learning a bit about Balthezar, a.
The Antioch Ghost, the greatest thief in all the land and a thorn in King Herod's side. Early on, Balthezar is captured and put in a dungeon to await his execution the next morning, there he meets two other "Wise Men" and much like the A-Team when presented with a maximum security facility, they "promptly escape". The chase is underway, as Herod and Ceasar send out the soldiers to find not only the three wise men, but a problem child, a newborn who some claim is the Messiah, the Prophet foretold in the holy books.
Balthezar and company meet up with a 15 year old girl who has just given birth and her husband, Joseph sound familiar? Balthezar, being no man's fool laughs this off and tells Joseph he is a fool for believing her. As the story progresses, Balthezar quickly realizes that God is indeed protecting the little child. But will it be enough to save them all? The supernatural forces of evil are also in play. You'll have to read the book to find out how it all plays out, I won't spoil it.
If you've read the Bible, you may have some idea as to the fates of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus but the wisemen are never mentioned after their initial encounter with Jesus and His Earthly parents, and their tale and the times between Biblical scripture's continuity are Seth Grahame-Smith's blank page to fill.
From beginning to end, this is an action-adventure. Seth Grahame-Smith does this all without offending Christians, without challenging, correcting or disputing a single word of scripture.
It's sheer genius. Any Religious zealot who would denounce this book has either never read it or hasn't read the scripture that is part of it's source material. None of it is offensive, the dialogue of even such sensitive "characters" as Joseph and Mary is believable and stays true to the canon of the New Testament.
This was almost like having a street-level view of the first few days of the life of Christ, and being let in on a little unknown secret. This book has been picked up by Warner Brothers for movie rights to the tune of 2 million dollars, a month or more before it's release, and it's definitely a movie I would watch, and a book I enjoyed reading. Let me know what you think about it when you read it, as for me I was surprised by the respect shown to the New Testament and the crafty way Seth wrapped this action adventure around the birth of Jesus Christ without offending anyone.
I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next. Unholy Night comes out in April Pre-order it now. Jul 21, Ana rated it it was amazing. As a Catholic, I was really wanting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith would incorporate a Biblical event and give it his own twist. The Three Wise Men were really greedy, sword-wielding bandits that just happened to fall into King Herod's bad graces and stumble upon our Lord, Jesus Christ as a baby?!?
What the hell? The book was harder to get into simply because it seemed to jump around from character to character, yet as I allowed myself to get pulled into the storyline, I found this to be the best As a Catholic, I was really wanting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith would incorporate a Biblical event and give it his own twist. The book was harder to get into simply because it seemed to jump around from character to character, yet as I allowed myself to get pulled into the storyline, I found this to be the best Grahame-Smith book I read, by far.
The Antioch Ghost, one of the "wise men" of the book and the lead character, really goes from being someone you hate to someone you root for. The ending is what gets to me, though, and I won't say why, but let me just say, I nearly did that ugly-face cry.
I will definitely read this again. Feb 24, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had higher expectations for this book, in comparison to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, because Abraham Lincoln was so much better than I expected. It's safe to say that Seth Grahame-Smith exceeded my expectations. Grahame-Smith is a fantastic writer. I am torn because on one hand I want to see what Mr.
Grahame-Smith can do if he gets away from the gimmick of retelling well-known stories. On the other hand, he is so good at retelling well-known stories that I want him to continue. I can't w I had higher expectations for this book, in comparison to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, because Abraham Lincoln was so much better than I expected.
I can't wait to see what he tackles next. Jun 06, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: Seth Grahame-Smith has done something pretty amazing in his novel "Unholy Night".
It should be noted that this is the same author of the now-cult classic "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and the surprise best-seller "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter". Nothing is sacred to Smith. Smith has taken the most beloved story of the Christian faith and turned Seth Grahame-Smith has done something pretty amazing in his novel "Unholy Night".
Smith has taken the most beloved story of the Christian faith and turned it into a Quentin Tarantino movie. The result is awesome. Re-imagining the Three Wise Men as three violent criminals on the lam from King Herod and the Roman authorities, Smith has created a fully-realized back-story for three characters who did not get a lot of play in the Biblical account.
Indeed, the wise men aren't even given names in the Bible. Smith corrects that. The leader of this triumverate of holy criminals is Balthazar, a.
The Antioch Ghost, a master-thief who has managed to elude the Romans for years but is caught when he seduces the daughter of a Roman centurion. It is in the prison where he meets Gaspar and Melchyor. In a prison break scene to rival the one in "The Shawshank Redemption", the three flee to a small town called Bethlehem and hide out in a manger. Unfortunately, they have managed to pick the same manger where a young carpenter named Joseph is holed up with his wife, Mary, and newborn son.
When Herod makes the decree to have all children under the age of two in his kingdom killed, Balthazar makes the choice to act as protector for this young couple and their baby. Oh, and there's something very odd about this baby.
It doesn't cry, always seems to have a knowing look upon its face, and weird miraculous things happen around him. The group sets out for Egypt, a country in which Herod, or his Roman goons, have no jurisdiction. What ensues is a suspense-filled chase replete with lots of swordplay, supernatural events, and more blood and guts than a "Saw" movie. He actually tells a pretty moving story about faith and redemption.
Review: 'Unholy Night' by Seth Grahame-Smith is action-packed
Fans of Christopher Moore's wonderful "Lamb" may enjoy Smith's revisionist take on another well-known Christian story, as both authors know how to entertain while still remaining respectful to the original, but don't expect the laugh-out-loud humor found in Moore. Smith's story is balls-to-the-walls serious action. There is nothing truly sacrilegious about "Unholy Night", but be forewarned: Smith takes great pleasure in describing in graphic detail how Roman swords slice through skin, sinew, muscle and bone, and he does it frequently.
The blood flows quite liberally in this story of the Nativity, so Merry Bloody Christmas! The story of the birth of Jesus Christ may be one familiar to many, but on the other hand very little is known about the three wise men that brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This is why this book is so entertaining. Unholy Night pretty much asks, what if these Three Kings were actually a bunch of thieves and killers? I was all prepared to give this book a high rating just for the unique and hilarious premise alone.
And I would have, if only I wasn't so disappointed with the writ The story of the birth of Jesus Christ may be one familiar to many, but on the other hand very little is known about the three wise men that brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
And I would have, if only I wasn't so disappointed with the writing. Maybe it's just me, but I found the writing in this novel to be horrifically bad.
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I was actually shocked to see that it was Seth Grahame-Smith's most recently released novel, because I loved his work in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and quite frankly what I saw in Unholy Night felt like a step backward. The prose and some of the phrases and metaphors he used in it just seemed downright amateurish. Descriptions felt lazy and sloppy. Also, while this book is supposedly about the so-called Three Wise Men, we only really get to know about Balthazar.
In fact, beyond Balthazar there's hardly any development of the other characters at all. What characterization there was felt very flat and shallow, and completely squandered.
For instance, I felt Mary and Joseph came across as nothing more than a couple of naive religious nuts, when this otherwise would have been a fantastic opportunity to explore the thoughts, personalities and motivations of these two extraordinary figures.
I was also not very impressed as how Herod was portrayed as a villain -- a crazy mad man who is a violent egomaniac, who rapes women and kills people for sport? He was basically a caricature of someone "really, really evil TM " and not much more. I was entertained by the story, I will give it that. However, I was really disappointed overall, given how much I was looking forward to reading this.
A great idea, but wasted on an unimaginative plot and poor character development. Ini pertama kali aku membaca buku dari Seth Grahame-Smith walaupun aku sudah jatuh cinta pada 2 film yang diangkat dari bukunya Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombie.
Dan kuakui dia memang penulis jenius yang jago mentwist sesuatu yang klasik dan "biasa" menjadi hal yang menarik perhatian. Siapapun sudah tahu tentang kisah kelahiran Kristus yang penuh cobaan. Ancaman pembunuhan bayi-bayi, tempat melahirkan yang susah di dapatkan. Nah di sinilah Seth masuk dan memberikan sentuhan ajaibnya. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability.
Find out more about OverDrive accounts. From the author of the New York Times bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes Unholy Night , the next evolution in dark historical revisionism.
The Three Kings of the Nativity are an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about them besides the claim that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little history, bend it, and weave an epic tale.
After a daring escape from Balthar's prison they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king.Only the most pious could find fault here and that will probably be for giving the virgin Mary a bit of spunk and some opinions of her own. It is wonderfully written and actually makes you think, "What if? Let me know what you think about it when you read it, as for me I was surprised by the respect shown to the New Testament and the crafty way Seth wrapped this action adventure around the birth of Jesus Christ without offending anyone.
The whole thing reads like an unrelenting bedtime story sure to invoke ominous dreams, and parched lips. Descriptions felt lazy and sloppy. But really he just expanded on the story that already exists in the Bible, filling in the blanks with his own ideas.
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