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Fevre Dream (Signed, Numbered Edition in Slipcase) Hardcover – February 18, 2008
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“A novel that will delight fans of both Stephen King and Mark Twain . . . darkly romantic, chilling and rousing by turns . . . a thundering success.”—Roger Zelazny
“An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels . . . Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner
“Stands alongside Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as a revolutionary work.”—Rocky Mountain News
“Engaging and meaningful.”—The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It’s a very thrilling and very brutal story and I enjoyed every page of it. A curious mix between Interview with the Vampire and I Am Legend.
It’s funny, I’ve never really considered GRRM to be one of my favorite writers, but reading this one made me realize how much I do admire him as one. This book was released in the early eighties, and so it’s writing is not quite up to par with his Song of Ice and Fire opus, but you very much see him already getting there. It’s such a well-crafted, clever book. It made me appreciate Martin, the writer, a lot more.
A bit of warning, though: Like I mentioned before, this book is set during the Plantation Era, and obviously slavery and racism weave their way through the book in major ways. The dialogue is chock-full of the pejorative language and racial slurs of the times, as well as some brief but brutal depictions of abuse against black people. In fact, my main criticism of the book consists of this: GRRM could have certainly reeled these aspects back great deal more. (He does kind of attempt this, near the end, by having one of the main human characters, who is introduced as being ideologically opposed to slavery but doesn’t really do anything about it, help the Underground Railroad for a time. But this consists of literally one sentence and seems so tacked on that it is almost laughable if it wasn’t so sad.)
Still though. If you have the patience and willingness to stomach these rather tired tropes, you will fine a hell of a story. I don’t like to use the term “ripping yarn,” because I don’t live in a Sherlock Holmes mystery, but this is the kind of story that warrants it.
Here's what I didn't expect: I hated all of the characters. Sure, they acted "in character," but their stories and plot lines were meaningless to me. I didn't connect with any of them. They were mostly creepy caricatures. There was absolutely no emotional pull to any of them. The singular interesting point to this book was the setting (mid and late 19th century Mississippi River). Pretty sad. I kept reading because I kept expecting to be pulled in. I couldn't believe that it would go on and on and on with no emotional build-up at all, but it did. Things happened. I cared about none of them. In fact, I only finished it a month ago and already forgot the ending.
I hope this was helpful to someone who hasn't read it. I'm sure people will disagree, but the all of the reviews I read said it was stellar, so here's my two cents. It was flat, creepy, and unpleasant.
Martin clearly did his research on the Steam Boat era and I really enjoyed becoming immersed in his portrayal of the excitement of the time. This was an age when humans truly began becoming masters of their own environment but were still in awe of their own creations and took nothing for granted.
The book's protagonist, Abner Marsh, is given life by George RR Martin and is by far the most interesting character of the novel, much more so than the two main vampires who devolve into caricatures of "good" and "evil", which is surprising given Martin's notoriety for creating "grey" characters. Abner is a pretty much just "good" in his own right, but his personality leaps off the page and you can't help but root for him as the book moves ever forward towards a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.
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