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Fevre Dream (original 1982; edition 2012)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:Fevre Dream
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2012), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin (1982)

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I enjoyed the first few Game of Thrones books and this certainly had a fast pace, interesting backdrop and likeable characters. The only problem being that it's a vampire book and at some point they inevitably become farcical. I liked bits, I liked the trade up the Mississippi and the age of steamboats. I wasn't so keen on the vampires. I'd probably have loved this 20 years ago though (actually I know I would have!) and it was a light and entertaining enough read but has reaffirmed that I never want to read The Twilight Saga. ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
I love a good vampire story, and this was a very good one. No angsty, sparkly vampires to be seen here, just very dangerous ones you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, or on a Mississippi riverboat. The Mississippi river, and the riverboat setting add so much atmosphere to this book, it is as much about them as it is about vampires.

We all know George RR Martin can write. This is one of his early books, and all his skills are on display here. ( )
  weesam | Jan 4, 2016 |
Nowadays GRRM is synonymous with his A Song of Ice and Fire series. Years before he became a household name he published some wonderful novels and short stories. Fevre Dream is the best of them. An extremely well written vampire novel with well thought out details about how the vampires live and how some of them work hard to integrate peacefully into human society. Good and bad vamps fight it out but none of them well coiffed and sparkle uselessly in the sun. ( )
  apatt | Dec 26, 2015 |
This is a very non-traditional vampire story, set as it is in the slave ridden south and along the Mississippi with riverboats. The vampires are presented as another species, using the various myths and legends about their kind as camouflage but are incapable of doing those things. It is also a story about how time can destroy everything all by itself. Good things, bad things, valuable things, all crumble and become less than they were are as time passes. ( )
  susanbeamon | Nov 6, 2015 |
Boring. Dragged horribly and with a weak ending that was predictable from the next-to-last chapter (prior to the Epilogue). Poor plotting. Looks like GRRM had a great idea of vampires in the bayou and steamboats, but then didn't quite think how to work it out.

Interesting prelude to his later fantasy works, and noticeable similarities (writing style, over-usage of food paragraphs, etc.).

Just a 'meh' work. I really should have given it 1 star (will give it 1.5 on LibraryThing), but figured I owe it a bit more since it took me so long to read - which was half my fault / half GRRM's fault though to be honest. Eh, is what it is. ( )
  XXXXX2 | Aug 7, 2015 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553383051, Paperback)

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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