Reader Review: Fans of Martin's Game of Thrones might miss this lesser-known novel. For me, Martin's vampire period piece set on the Mississippi River during the steam boat era is a treasure. It is the perfect blend of fantasy (vampires are always good fun) and the mystery that is the River. I loved it and wish I was reading it for the first time!
A THRILLING REINVENTION OF THE VAMPIRE NOVEL BY THE MASTER OF MODERN FANTASY, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative offer. The hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua 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’s reasons for traversing the powerful Mississippi are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious York’s actions may prove. Not until the maiden voyage of Fevre Dream does Marsh realize that he has joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare—and humankind’s most impossible dream.
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|Title of eBook: Fevre Dream|
|Release Date: 09-28-2004|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group|
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St. Louis, April 1857 Abner Marsh rapped the head of his hickory walking stick smartly on the hotel desk to get the clerk’s attention. “I’m here to see a man named York,” he said. “Josh York, I believe he calls hisself. You got such a man here?”
The clerk was an elderly man with spectacles. He jumped at the sound of the rap, then turned and spied Marsh and smiled. “Why, it’s Cap’n Marsh,” he said amiably. “Ain’t seen you for half a year, Cap’n. Heard about your misfortune, though. Terrible, just terrible. I been here since ’36 and I never seen no ice jam like that one.”
“Never you mind about that,” Abner Marsh said, annoyed. He had anticipated such comments. The Planters’ House was a popular hostelry among steamboatmen. Marsh himself had dined there regularly before that cruel winter. But since the ice jam he’d been staying away, and not only because of the prices. Much as he liked Planters’ House food, he was not eager for its brand of company: pilots and captains and mates, rivermen all, old friends and old rivals, and all of them knowing his misfortune. Abner Marsh wanted no man’s pity. “You just say where York’s room is,” he told the clerk peremptorily.
The clerk bobbed his head nervously. “Mister York won’t be in his room, Cap’n. You’ll find him in the dining room, taking his meal.”
“Now? At this hour?” Marsh glanced at the ornate hotel clock, then loosed the brass buttons of his coat and pulled out his own gold pocket watch. “Ten past midnight,&
Title: Fevre Dream November 10, 2012 I recently bought an e-reader and purchased my first novel, Fevre Dream, as a test run for whether I could transition from traditional print to e-text. I haven't read any of Martin's work, but this book was recommended so I gave it a try. I couldn't have picked a better book had I tried.
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Number of Comments: 4 Rating(s) 2 Review(s)
Couldn't stop reading...
Martin is a gifted wordsmith and this book is an ode to steamboats, the rivers they ran, and the men who worked them. Over all this rich mid-19th century history, Martin lays down an eminently believable world of vampires, their origins, and their struggles. While the majority of the book is told from the perspective of a human, Captain Abner Marsh, this in no way prevents the reader from experiencing and understanding the world as lived by it's more fantastic characters. The plot is original, the history imaginative, and the characters fully fleshed out.
I only wish that Martin had continued writing in this alternate America. Unfortunately for me, he's a little busy elsewhere. I enjoyed this book immensely and hope you do as well.
November 10, 2012
I recently bought an e-reader and purchased my first novel, Fevre Dream, as a test run for whether I could transition from traditional print to e-text. I haven't read any of Martin's work, but this book was recommended so I gave it a try. I couldn't have picked a better book had I tried.
June 26, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from SEATTLE, WA USA
Fans of Martin's Game of Thrones might miss this lesser-known novel. For me, Martin's vampire period piece set on the Mississippi River during the steam boat era is a treasure. It is the perfect blend of fantasy (vampires are always good fun) and the mystery that is the River. I loved it and wish I was reading it for the first time!
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