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Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

Fevre Dream (1982)

by George R. R. Martin

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I'm torn about this one. On the one hand, it's a great example of historical fiction concerning the steamboat trade on the lower Mississippi in the years before the Civil War. Very well done, that part. On the other hand, it's a vampire horror story, which is fine, but it completely remakes the standard vampire trope into something resembling a treatable disease for an alien race- which didn't work all that well. And it goes on and on and on, for fifty or so pages more than it needed to. So all-in-all the book receives five stars for the "historical fiction" but only three stars for the "horror story". ( )
  5hrdrive | Jul 23, 2014 |
A simple vampire tale, much in the style of Anne Rice. The river boar setting was well done, and reading this in the same year that I read the Riverworld books made for quite the surreal experience. Far better than Game of Thrones (of which I am not a huge fan) this novel partly redeems Martin in my eyes. ( )
  Hexum2600 | Feb 28, 2014 |
If you're tired of all the glittery vampires and wishing for a time when they had more bite, then your wait is over. Martin presents not only a smooth Southern tale down the mighty Mississippi, a twisted love/hate/revenge relationship but also an interesting twist on the classic Vampire mythos. My only critique is George could have wrapped this up as a novelette or short story but a man of few words he is NOT. ( )
  revslick | Jul 24, 2013 |
Abner Marsh is one of the more unique protagonists I've encountered in a while, and the farther along I read, the more I liked him. This book follows Abner's adventures on the Mississippi river when he agrees to partner with an eccentric, rich man whose habits are much like those of a vampire's.

This didn't feel like another run-of-the-mill vampire novel though. I enjoyed Martin's take on the origins of vampires and the continuation of their race. The relationship between Joshua York and Damon Julian was more complex than just good vs. evil. As usual for Martin's writing, there's plenty of deliciously described food and a cast of colorful characters. If you're a fan of Martin's books, I think you'll enjoy this. Honestly, it was nice to read a book that wasn't part of a series for once. If you're a fan of vampire novels, it's worth reading as well. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Jul 18, 2013 |
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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.
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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