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Worth a read, but not great.,
This review is from: Fevre Dream (Paperback)George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice books are by far the best I've ever read, so I thought I'd give one of his earlier books a try.
This book was very light on "horror." There are no shocking, blood-chilling moments. The vampires themselves are locked in a good vs. evil battle and act in very predictable and boring ways. When he has the chance, will the good vampire kill the evil one and end the threat to everything he has worked to accomplish so far, not to mention ending the threat to him and his friends? No, he'll predictably let his evil enemy live so that enemy can come back and once again pose a threat ten pages on. Predictable, frustrating and boring.
The books' saviour comes in the form of an interesting and likeable main character (not a vampire) and Martin's excellent descriptions and use of the steamboat world and the Mississippi River trade. In fact, I wish the book had just stuck with this theme and left the vampires out.
Overall, it's an entertaining read, but far from a masterpiece.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2008 23:09:05 GMT
this book is not a typical stalk and slash / vampire/ hammer horror knock off, but a beautifully descriptive wrestle with good and evil ; the main characters just happen to be vampires . For me this is a poetic novel about sacrifice which is a very unfashionable theme these days. All ,so many modern authors are interested in is 900 plus pages of endless descriptions of halberds and hellfire that to me is boring. However George RR Martin is one author I probably would read to 900 pages (and Dan Simmons)
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