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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"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)
"Engaging and meaningful." (Washington Post Book World)
Martin continues to suffer from comically long descriptions of food, but otherwise a stellar title.
It's a fairly othrodox, albeit creative, vampire story that comes off as a breathe of fresh air in a world gone mad with sparkly sexy vampires.
I really enjoyed Fevre Dream. It helped quench my thirst for George R.R. Martin's 6th Game of Thrones book, even if for a short time. Although completely different, Mr. Martin's detailed writing style and character development shines through. This is not your ordinary vampire tale nor the usual setting for such a genre. I found the tales of the American riverboats to be intruiging, fun and informative as well as captivating.
Fever Dream" is an fascinating tale and excellent book by George R.R. Martin. Nothing like the Game of Thrones, other then some magnificent character development and first class writing. The narrator (Ron Donachie) gives it added flavor on Audible. It's Mark Twain meets Bram Stoker all up and down the Mississippi, laden with historical pre-America Civil War references. The story elegantly weaves the issues of the time into an enjoyable yarn. Very nicely done.
I loved this story and the narration was great too. I've read ASOIAF and GRRM's short stories from Dreamsongs and was looking for more of his work. I don't know how it has taken me so long to find this book!
This book and its production compelled me to write my first review. Beautifully written, fully captivating, original story brought to life by a poetic production. I want more books by this reader. I could not put this one down and was sad when it was finished. The characters and the Mississippi River itself were brought to life. Somewhere between the vampire Lestat and the beastly yet sad Sandor Clegane of the GOT, the Fever Dream reads like a classic. I wish there was more...
I, like you, am looking for the books that can take me away. I want to lose track of time and forget to eat because I'm so engrossed in my story. I want my co-workers to look strangely at me because I'm sitting in my car long after I've gotten to the staff parking lot, not quite ready to start reality. George R. R. Martin does it, as you suspected he would.
I know: VAMPIRES; Ugh, but trust me, he makes it work, in his way, and in the impossible to explain way the good author's do it. I wish I knew the formula: it would save me from listening to all those disappointing books, or maybe write one of my own? Audible is making me return books now through their customer service because I'm so picky.
Well, luckily for us we won't have to return this one. Enjoy.
A refreshing, atomspheric take on the vampire novel that still pays homage to the classics. There's as much Twain in this book as Stoker and Martin delivers some some truly frightening imagery and a cast of memorable characters, particularly the story's protagonist, Abner Marsh. Highly recommended.
The narration by Ron Donachie is superb.
Overall, the book was pretty good. A cool new twist on the vampire story, and I've always been a sucker for period pieces. Character development was really good. I think the only part I got frustrated with was the last part if the book. I'll let you guys make your own judgment when you read it, but I would definitely recommend it as a read. Great Job
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