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Fevre Dream (1982)

by George R. R. Martin

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I read "Fevre Dream" over a quarter century ago, before the name George RR Martin was known the world over for throne related games. Hence, I didn't come to "Fevre Dream" with any preconceived ideas. Which was good.

I don't think I'm providing any spoilers by stating that "Fevre Dream" is a period "vampires on the 19th Century Mississippi" story. I was pleasantly surprised, finding it very atmospheric and quite touching at times.

With the success of Martin's other books, surely "Fevre Dream" will get a film adaptation. It will be an interesting film to see. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 7, 2017 |
It’s all about loss and riverboats (playing homage to Mark Twain), but with a tone that only Martin could give it…

This book is completely different from the A Song of Ice and Fire Series, but his taste for larger than life characters is also there. Don’t expect A Song of Fire and Ice with vampires. While Fevre Dream has some of the same elements that are present in the A Song of Fire and Ice series, they’re really quite different from each other.

It’s much simpler in both structure and characters. This is the mark of the great author, being able to evolve, but the Voice being already there.

As usual, Martin is great at setting the stage, the atmosphere is remarkable, the feelings of dread I was constantly getting as the story progressed is quite palpable. I also really enjoyed the complexity in the story, good and evil aren't the only options in life, nor are these conflicting options. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.tumblr.com by express permission of this reviewer. Title: Fevre Dream Series: ----- Author: George Martin Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Genre: Fantasy Pages: 440 Synopsis: A riverboat Captain who is down on his luck, takes on a partner who builds him the finest riverboat on the Mississippi. All this partner asks is to not be disturbed during the day and to be able to come and go, no matter the boat's schedule. Of course, this turns out to be a battle between vampires and things never go well with that. This ends as you'd expect of a modern vampire novel ie, melancholic, sad and yet satisfying. My Thoughts: This was great writing. Some authors have it, that flair, some don't and Martin is one of those that do. You can't get around that. This was moving slow up til about the 50% mark and I was enjoying it. It was just like riding on one of those riverboats. And then the badguy vampire leader shows up, cuts off a baby's hand and things went to hell. I couldn't stand the idealist vampire, with his stupid naivety and I couldn't stand the vampire badguy, as he was beyond being a psychopathic monster. Thankfully the riverboat captain was a great narrator. But by the end of the book, he is a tired old man who is obsessed. This started bright and vigorous and ended in the dark and tired. As good as this was, it just wasn't for me. I suspect that Martin as a whole just isn't for me. I did enjoy a different take on vampires however. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Many of you know George R.R. Martin through his fabulous epic fantasy The Song of Ice and Fire. Some of you may even remember him from a little shared universe series called Wildcards, which was a lot of fun. But y’all may not know that Martin wrote one of the coolest vampire books around: Fevre Dream. Not only did Martin re-imagine the biology and evolution and history of the vampire, but he also gave his book one of the most unique settings in horror lit—a Mississippi riverboat during the Mark Twain era. The story of the struggle between Joshua and Julian for control of a small band of vampires is well thought-out and executed, but the heart of the novel is the blunt and stubborn riverboat captain Abner Marsh and his loyalty to his friends and to his beloved riverboat. It’s not a happy book, but it’s an honest one, and more folks should be aware of it. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
Great story about steamboats layered with a vegetarian dilemma of vampiric proportions. Completely different than the typical fantasy or even vampire story. It centers on basic nature vs. morals. Written really well with great characters. ( )
  renbedell | Jun 24, 2016 |
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For Howard Waldrop, a helluva writer, a helluva friend, and a fevered dreamer if ever there was one.
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Abner Marsh rapped the head of his hickory walking stick smartly on the hotel desk to get the clerk's attention.
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So we'll go no more a-roving, So late into the night.
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When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream.
Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

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During the icy winter of 1857, riverboat man Abner Marsh is made captain of his own grand Mississippi steamboat by Joshua York, a vampire intent upon saving his maligned race from extinction.

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