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Fevre Dream

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  9,807 ratings  ·  974 reviews
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 investme...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Bantam (first published September 1982)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

Yet another interesting spin on the Vampire mythos, Fevre Dream is a delightfully atmospheric historical horror-drama. It skirts dangerously close to the boundary between Horror and Urban Fantasy, but it still manages to stir up some legitimate scares. This is George R.R. Martin, after all, and one or two of the more disturbing scenes will likely echo with you for an uncomfortable space of time.

That night he dreamt. In his dreams he was dark and graceful, elegant and predatory. It was always nig...more
Rabindranauth
The haunting evocation of the vampire by the greatest living voice in Fantasy currently.

Abner Marsh, riverboat captain, is on the verge of ruin when he receives a mysterious offer of partnership that is just too good to turn down from the quiet aristocrat Joshua York. A drowning man will clutch at straws, after all. And so he takes the deal and sets out on a journey that is infinitely more dangerous and terrifying than anything he remotely suspected he was getting himself into when he accepted t...more
Vincent Ribaya
I believe all authors have a certain piece of work that sadly doesn't get its due credit. For George R.R. Martin, that book would most probably be Fevre Dream.

I personally enjoyed this novel, and though preoccupied with a Transition Camp for medical school, I managed to finish it throughout my 2-night stay at that camp. The book was quite fast-paced, and there are a few parts in the plot which I think could've been longer - but it all worked out quite nicely.

Many would claim Fevre Dream was a fe...more
Shayan
Jun 22, 2014 Shayan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: odoroten, Krûvnik, védomec, wieszczy, Vilkakis, vrkolák, nosferatu, and VAMPIRE lovers
Recommended to Shayan by: Ali Nazifpour
“Well, well” That was all Mister Tipton murmured, in such a low voice that even GRRM couldn't hear it, when his knife got The Beast in the eye.

Although Sour Billy Tipton was just one of the characters, but he was the one that I was obsessed with. Despicable old Sour Billy! But I love you for that, for being such a monstrous abominable creature, for waking in me a great deal of HATRED which I didn't know I’m capable of. Oh Billy, whoever will I hate and love without you?

To despise a fiction char...more
Brittany
To enjoy this book, there are some things that I honestly believe that you must possess.

1. A love of steamboats, because goddamn does this book go on and on about steamboats. The main character, Abner Marsh, is a steamboat captain with an obsessive love of steamboats, and as is typical of Martin's writing when he gets Really Involved with something, every single tiny facet of the boat is described...sadly leaving the actually interesting parts, mainly those regarding the pasts of his vampire ch...more
Kathryn
Fevre Dream is an unusual novel. First, it is excellent historical fiction, set amongst the steamboats traveling up and down the Mississippi, between New Orleans and St. Louis, in the mid to late 1800's. Second, it is full of interesting characters heavily influenced and molded by their environment and professions. Second, there are vampires. A+ for the first and second. C+ for the vampires.

This is my first novel by George R. R. Martin. Like many readers, I am tempted to read his series A Song o...more
Becky
Jan 08, 2012 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: VM-MD
3.5 Stars

This was a definite departure from what I'm used to when it comes to GRRM. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I don't think that this was it. Not that it was bad... just not what I was expecting. I did enjoy it quite a bit though.

So, this story is set in the mid-19th century, on the rivers that vein the South and in New Orleans, during the slave trade... with 'people of the night'. The take on these vampires (let's call a spade a spade here) was different, and interesting.....more
Charlene
Re-read finished on 1.24.13.
This books cements its spot as one of my all time favorite novels. Vampires on a steamship in the 1850's on the mighty Mississippi River. Not only is it a great premise, but Mr. Martin follows through and delivers one hell of a story to back it up.
Highly recommended!
Markus Molina
Jul 17, 2012 Markus Molina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire enthusiasts, George RR Martin fans
Boy, oh, boy, does Mr. Martin know how to bring characters to life. I never have had characters feel so real to me so immediately as I have when reading from the point of views of his protagonists. Abner Marsh leaped off the page and I felt like I knew the steamboat captain personally. Though, I admit, in this book, the antagonists (some vampire folks) are set up rather weakly and kind of read a bit generically (mostly through only the first half). Although, I suppose that might be attributed to...more
Jim
I put this on my paranormal-urban shelf at first, but it doesn't belong there. It's a horror story (view spoiler) but it isn't really supernatural. Set in the mid 1800's on the Mississippi river, it has a ton of ambiance. The setting was very well done without being too wordy. It seemed quite accurate in most historical & physical facts, although I had some issues with a shotgun at the end. (view spoiler)...more
Mark
So wait, it's possible to have a vampire story without a bunch of teenage angst? Amazing!

As someone who's read Martin's other, bigger works in A Song of Ice and Fire and to a lesser extent Wild Cards, it was very interesting to read something from before he was well-known outside of a niche within the already-niche SF/F world. Fevre Dream is from the early 80s and is set along the Mississippi River in the mid-1800s. This kind of gives it an otherworldly quality, this world of river steamers that...more
Melissa
Huh. I haven't read the Song of Ice and Fire series - I made it a couple of pages into the first book, found myself already confused, and gave up - so this was my first real George R.R. Martin experience. And my first reaction was: why aren't more people talking about this book?

I never read Ann Rice, either, so maybe this story isn't as innovative as I think it is, but the basic premise is that it's the 1850's, and a steamer boat captain who's recently off a string of bad luck is approached by a...more
Carmo Santos
Sonho Febril não é um livro só para os amantes de fantasia, em especial vampiros. É um livro para qualquer amante de leituras, porque é um livro bem escrito que nos agarra desde a primeira página.

Lado a lado com um enredo bem construído, corre uma escrita fluida que nos leva a navegar pelas águas do Mississípi, em 1857 em plena época áurea dos barcos a vapor.
É um retrato fiel de um tempo em que a navegação fluvial era o principal meio de transporte de mercadorias e pessoas, e os barcos a vapor...more
Manju
Another group book and my first by Mr Martin. I must say it was very different from other Vampire books that I’ve read. No love story, just battle of wills between good and bad.

Joshua York offers a partnership offer to Abner Marsh, a former successful riverman. But he also put some conditions for Abner like he would never ask question about York’s behaviour or his guests. Abner accepts York’s conditions and commenced the partnership. With York’s wealth Abner made a boat of his dreams and named...more
Lou
Great atmospheric story set in the period of 1857 during slave era, setting is great on-board a grand steamship with a few vampires mixed in to boot, what more could you ask to have in a novel! This was the first of a few vampire books i was going to read in a row just felt in a bloody mood, then i would go on to Dan Brown in time for the movie release.
Aida
داستان عالی بود... اصلاً حرف نداشت. ترجمه هم فارسی خوب و خواندنی‌ای داشت. نویسنده خیلی زیبا از شعرهای بایرون رو در میان داستانش استفاده کرده. توصیف‌های نویسنده انقدر خوب و کامله که قشنگ تک تک آدم‌ها و اون کشتی "لعنتی" رو می‌شه تو ذهن تصور کرد. :-D

Perfect story... perfect describing... wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! :-D
Kelly
For some time I’ve been a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series. In the last few years, though, when my mind turns to that series, it’s usually either (a) to speculate about potential plot twists or (b) to wish the next book were out already. What I forget is how much I simply enjoy Martin’s writing, particularly his nuanced, flawed characters and the way he can turn a phrase. Fevre Dream, a tale of vampires on the Mississippi River in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, prov...more
Sofia Teixeira
'Sonho Febril' é a primeira obra que leio do autor George R.R. Martin. Sei que este é mais conhecido pela saga 'As Crónicas de Gelo e Fogo' e sendo este livro de um género um pouco diferente, estava bastante curiosa.
Todos têm noção que os vampiros voltaram a estar na moda, mais que nunca, mas nem sempre todas as obras inseridas nesta temática conseguem trazer algo de novo que nos agarre à leitura e nos surpreenda. George R.R. Martin teve essa capacidade.

Fevre Dream é o sonho de qualquer capitão...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
So, I've been reading this book somewhat sporadically as it had become my workout book. (Yes, that means I workout somewhat sporadically - sue me.)

Anyway, last night I found myself in the position where I didn't know what new book to start, and I really wanted this one off my plate, so I just went ahead and finished it, since I only had 20% to go.

But this was not a "OMG, this book is SO good I HAVE to find out what happens!". No, this was more an "Ugh, I can't believe I'm still reading this book...more
Rade
This was one hell of a story! Besides writing Game of Thrones books, Martin has written another possible less known tale of a different genre. There were quite a few things I loved about this book:

1) The Setting: loved the idea of the story taking place on water aboard a steamboat. Not only that but the story takes place in 1800s which is by no means original but at least you can't have police bringing a hell storm if something bad goes down in the city like in many stories set in modern times....more
Shelli
This was a book where everything came together and really clicked for me. I read this as a challenge book, to read something else by a favorite author. This was certainly a change from The Game of Thrones series but I loved it. From the setting to the characters to the actual story…everything worked for me. In the somewhat overdone vampire genre, it was still unique. These are not shiny, fun, sexy vampires. They were definitely more reminiscent of the vampire Lestat. I found two new favorite cha...more
Ana
Sonho Febril é um livro escrito por George R. R. Martin, em 1982, e que relata a história de Abner Marsh, capitão de barcos a vapor e do seu sócio, Joshua York, um misterioso aristocrata.
Apesar do autor ser o mesmo, este livro é de um estilo diferente das Crónicas do Gelo e Fogo, contudo não deixa de ser bastante bom.
Estando a sociedade de hoje em dia rodeada de histórias de vampiros, sobretudo livros “young adult” e fantasia urbana, este tema torna-se um pouco repetitivo. Contudo o Sonho Febr...more
William
Mar 20, 2008 William rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire fans, Anne Rice Fans, anybody
Shelves: vampire-fiction
One of the best written vampire novels I have read. A real pleasure after having waded through so much tripe elsewhere.

GRRM knows how to write, and how to plot.

The main character in this book isn't really a person at all... it's a steamboat, the Fevre Dream. It is built by a Captain, and his strangely pale partner. Together they take to the river, getting involved in trying to set fast times and race other steamers.

Things hot up when it becomes obvious that the pale partner has night-time int...more
Kris43
With so many people wanting to know about this, I feel a little nervous about this....So please bare in mind that this is my opinion.

It was ok. And that is just it, it was just ok.
This is written by GrrM who is one of my favorite authors, so I was expecting Gods know what. Certainly not this.

As far as a horror novel goes, this is barely a horror and its very clean. The story itself is standard and predictable.
We have a bad vampire, who is evil, because he drinks blood....
And then we have a g...more
Ollie
Feb 07, 2010 Ollie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in steamboats, the mississippi and vampires
Recommended to Ollie by: Hester
Forget the Twilight Saga. Forget The Vampire Diaries. Forget the mediocre books by Charlaine Harris and the TV series, True Blood, spawned from them. What you really need is a trip back in time to 1857 with the help of George R.R. Martin; sail down the Mississippi in the legendary steamship Fevre Dream and feast your eyes on the world that briefly grew on the river's banks. The Fevre Dream's captain (and our hero) is a three-hundred pound man covered in hair and warts, famously known as the ugli...more
Bill
Apr 10, 2012 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
The following review is from my old website. For some reason some
reviews didn't make the migration.

I had been searching for this novel for so long that I know forget how I ever learned about it.
I finally tracked down a copy on Ebay and my bid of $3 stuck! This is a very good, very original vampire story set on a steamboat on the 1800's Mississippi river.
Martin has long been a fan favorite for his story-telling ability, and if anyone can explain why on earth his early works are out-of-print I'd l...more
Cátia Santos
Fico-me pelas 4* porque é impossível não comparar este livro aos anteriores que li de George Martin, pertencentes às maravilhosas Crónicas do Gelo e Fogo. Mas este autor é fantástico e consegue, num estilo totalmente diferente, criar uma história que se lê num ápice. Em comum com a guerra dos tronos? A força das personagens! Este Abner Marsh é, sem dúvida alguma, marcante! Com uma força muito própria, bem como um apetite voraz :), só poderia ter saído da cabeça de G. Martin. Para quem quiser des...more
Simone
This is my idea of an almost perfect vampire novel: it is a novel first, full of interesting characters facing meaningful dilemmas, and then it has a supernatural element as well that becomes more and more central as the protagonist and the reader are drawn farther into the plot.

Some nice "costume drama" elements widen the book's appeal.
Unai
Estoy en una fase de cansancio de lectura… se ve que me paso de vueltas y me entra la flojera después, pero aun así ando esperando con ganas la publicación la semana que viene de la nueva entrega de Dresden Files y de mientras he querido darme una vuelta por el Mississipi por ver que pasaba por allí por el siglo pasado.

Y lo que pasa es que todo era muy degenerado y en ese mundo violento, esclavista, de bajos fondos y suciedad, se nos han colado los vampiros provenientes de Europa, pero con seria...more
Louise
Fevre Dream is a poignant story about two men learning the value of friendship and trust. Oh, and it has vampires and steamboats.

I've read a lot of vampire books these past few years, some good, some bad, and Fevre Dream definitely belongs in the good category. No, there aren't any sparkling, angsty, vampire love interests. Just blood-thirsty vampires, dilapidated plantations, and a lot of adventures on steamboats.

The story starts off with a steamboat captain who inadvertently agrees to a busine...more
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,...more
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“Beneath it his skin was milky white, serene and unlined, ready to begin anew, ready for the world to write upon it.” 7 likes
“ABNER Marsh had a mind that was not unlike his body. It was big all around, ample in size and capacity, and he crammed all sorts of things into it. It was strong as well; when Abner Marsh took something in his hand it did not easily slip away, and when he took something in his head it was not easily forgotten. He was a powerful man with a powerful brain, but body and mind shared one other trait as well: they were deliberate. Some might even say slow. Marsh did not run, he did not dance, he did not scamper or slide along; he walked with a straightforward dignified gait that nonetheless got him where he wanted to go. So it was with his mind. Abner Marsh was not quick in word or thought, but he was far from stupid; he chewed over things thoroughly, but at his own pace.” 2 likes
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