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Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

George R.R. Martin
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Abner Marsh has had his wish come true ¿ he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship to sail the Mississippi. Abner hopes to race the boat some day, but his partner is making it hard for him to realise his dreams. Joshua York put up the money for the Fevre Dream, but now rumours have started about his the company he keeps, his odd eating habits and strange hours. As the Dream sails the great river, it leaves in it¿s a wake one too many dark tales, forcing Abner to face down the man who made his dreams become reality.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (11 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857983319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857983319
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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"Daniel Abraham does a first rate job of adapting Martin's original novel, allowing the sumptuous artwork of Rafa Lopez to tell the tale instead of packing it with prose, with a decent pacing that keeps the story rolling along nicely. Highly recommended." --Hers Advertiser --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A classic historical vampire tale set in the deep south from one of the genre¿s contemporary masters

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its Time 30 Nov 2011
I first read Fevre Dream in the early eighties and on a recent quest to re-acquire the top ten paperbacks of my youth this novel was top of my list.

When you consider the hype for Twilight and Vampire Diaries and what they have done to change the modern perception of vampires, I must say they have borrowed a lot from this novel. The author, more known for his Game of Thrones adventures delivers a completely fresh take on the vampire genre, with a breathtaking story of friendship, horror, mystery and paddle steamers.

So, we have Abner Marsh; fat, ugly, riverboat captain who has built the finest, fastest steamship to grace the Mississippi. He enters into partnership with Joshua York, a strange pale man but with a barrowload of money that Abner needs to get the steamship afloat.

The Fevre Dream carries cargo for a while, but rumours start about Joshua - he sleeps all day, doesn't eat and has strange companions. Abner has his suspicions, but is not sure what to do - Joshua has become a friend and he still needs the finances.

When Damon Julian is invited into the fold, Abner comes to realise what is good and what is bad, and what is pure evil. The friendship stutters, rekindles, and the emotions run high all through the story.

Set in the 1850s, this is a tale which evokes so much of the time, the hardships and the prejudices. Much can be read into the setting - the Mississippi runs like a huge artery through the Southern states - and the characters are superbly drawn. I thoroughly recommend this novel to everyone, not just horror, mystery and supernatural aficionados.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
No longer re-animated corpses possessed by demons, but a race of beings in their own right. Vampires live for centuries though they cannot survive for long in the sunlight; they are stronger and faster than humans; they possess the power to mesmerize humans into doing their bidding; and once a month, the "red thirst" comes on them, driving them to drink human blood.

One of the most powerful of these "vampires" has just become Abner Marsh's new partner. His name is Joshua York, and he needs transportation along the Mississippi (and a place to hide from the sun) so that he can search for others of his people who have fled the Old World for the New. Joshua believes he can save them: he has invented a drink that suppresses the "red thirst" thus making it possible for the "People of the Night" to live alongside humans for the first time.

But Joshua is about to find out that not all his people want to be saved. Some of them are, in fact, rather enjoying their existence as unkillable blood-drinking demons - notably the ancient, powerful bloodmaster Damon Julian, who may yet bring all Joshuas dreams for his people to a bloody end.

I've always loved vampire stories, and this one is exceptional. Comparisons with Anne Rice are, given the setting, inevitable. The rotting Louisiana swamps are a marvellous setting for any horror story. Martin conjurs up the same humid atmosphere of decay in the swamps and slums of New Orleans, contrasting it with the glittering beauty of the richer parts of the city - and, of course, the steamboats themselves - that Rice describes so vivdly; but he makes his protagonists a lot more interesting. No self-obsessed Lestat here, searching for his own personal redemption. (Or maybe not. You can never be quite sure with Lestat, can you? Anyway.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute tour de force 18 May 2008
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I was surprised when I finished this book to realise it was a fantasy masterwork rather than a sci fi masterwork, if anything it bares striking similarities to "I Am Legend", at least in its portrayal of vampires as something other than reanimated corpses or cursed undead.

While the existence of vampires, their possible reconciliation with mankind or continued existence as predators with dillusions of grandeur or supremacy, is essential to the plot it is also a spellbinding tale about Abner Marsh, unlikely and accidential hero, man of his word, riverboat captain and in some ways "everyman".

Marsh doesnt have any strong opinions about slavery, politics, things of that nature but his direct encounters with the vampires, experiencing debates about superiority and inferiority between mankind and the vampiric other he thinks again about slavery in the run up to what becomes the American civil war.

The Fevre Dream is the name of Marsh's riverboat which he gets as part of a deal with a strange nocturnal mysteryman, it is a dream realised for Marsh and becomes something of an obsession and before the book is concluded the reader is reminded and given cause to reflect in the most brilliant way. Other reviews have rightly considered have a lot to do with friendship (anyone who enjoyed The Changing Seasons, The Shawshank Redemption and The Body/Stand by Me would appreciate this book) but its also about dreams, Marsh's riverboat dream across his lifetime, the dreams and leitmotifs of the other characters, dark and light.

This book proved to be compelling, the pace is perfect, the descriptions exacting and never over done, I'm confident that if you give over the time to reading it you'll find it rewarding. One of those rare books which when you're finished you can say you didnt just read it, you "lived it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book when I read it years ago
Loved this book when I read it years ago. Nice to go back to. A forerunner to Anne Rice with a different view of vampires.
Published 2 days ago by Ms. R. T. Sidaras
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully original vampire tale
This is a very enjoyable read. A wonderfully original vampire tale. It might be one of Martin's earlier books (pre Game Of Thrones) but it has his enjoyment and depth of... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mr. Francis S. Beadle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Gets a bit boring. Great plot theme though
Published 1 month ago by JULES
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding vampire story
I have just finished reading this book for the third time. I found I was drawn back into Abner Marsh's strange vampirish world and the technicalities of the steamboats just as fast... Read more
Published 1 month ago by White Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is a dark gothic fantasy in a luscious setting, with a compelling anti-hero protagonist and some memorable other worldly characters. A very good read.
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars great birthday idea
I bought this for a birthday present for a friend of mine who is, understandably, obsessed with 'Game of Thrones'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Becky R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a novel
Saw this and as I love the author decided to purchase it. Very good but surprised when I opened it up as it was a comic layout, I expected a written fantasy novel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vic Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have read the fevre dream and was surprised how good the original book was. I didn't think it could be anywhere as good as the song of ice and fire series, but I was pleasantly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by michael cutter
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I read all the Song of Fire and Ice books and decided to try this one. Really great read. Now finish of Winds of Winter!
Published 8 months ago by Patrick Coogan
3.0 out of 5 stars A far better vampire story than anything I have read in years
In decade where pretty much everything I have read including Vampires portrays them as misunderstood or vegetarian creatures rather than the monsters that the legends originally... Read more
Published 10 months ago by GOTTON
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