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Dead Man River

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  15,624 Ratings  ·  1,507 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
Published 2006 by Fantasy Productions (first published September 1982)
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Apr 26, 2016 Reading Corner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fevre Dream uses a blend of historical fiction and mythology to create an exciting vampire story that deviates from the others.The protagonist, Abner Marsh,a renowned steamboat captain is approached by Joshua York who desires Marsh's help in creating the perfect steamboat.Of course Marsh agrees as his goal is to outrace the biggest and best steamboats on the river.However, his goal is stunted as York has plans of his which intertwine with his aims for his people, as he is a vampire.

The plot is r
Bookdragon Sean
Abner March looks strangely like George R.R Martin. They are both overweight men. They both have long beards and wear sea captain’s hats. I’m not sure who came first. Perhaps Martin modelled the character off of his own appearance or perhaps he liked his creation so much that he was compelled to try the style himself. It’s a little bit weird really, though the book is still quite good even if the protagonist is somewhat laughable in his resemblance of his creator.

This is the French cover:


They ju
May 05, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016-shelf
The year is 1982 and while there have been a ton of traditional vampire novels floating about, the big twist in the vampire industry hasn't quite come about yet with Interview... or has it? Enter Fevre Dream, taking this our darkest mirror to our humanity and turning him into something tragic and noble and throwing him into a Mark Twain novel.

What? Mark Twain? Oh yeah, steamboats, 1857, we've got 15 mile an hour races and chases and deeply disturbing looks at what makes men monsters and what mak
Ahmad Sharabiani
Fevre Dream، c1982, George R.R. Martin
عنوان: رویای تب آلود؛ نویسنده: جورج آر.آر. مارتین؛ مترجم: میلاد فشتمی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1392؛ در 519 ص؛ شابک: 9789645668875؛ موضوع: داستانهای ترسناک از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
،داستان این رمان در روزهای نخست سال 1857 در امتداد رود می سی سی پی رخ میدهد. بسیاری این رمان را یکی از سه رمان خون آشامی برتر تاریخ نامیده اند. رمان نخستین بار در جهان به سال 1982 توسط انتشارات پوسیدون به چاپ رسید
متن: رستوران با آن چلچراغهای باشکوه، مبلمان برنجی، رومیزیهای کتان و ظروف
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
Vincent Ribaya
Jun 05, 2012 Vincent Ribaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Good and evil are silly lies, nonsense put forth to plague honest sensible men.”

Technology keeps improving but some parts of life and glory will be lost in the process.

Fevre Dream is a beautiful, multi-layered story that stands as a historical drama bordering fantasy and horror. It's more in line with Urban Fantasy because of the vampires that come out of the fog in our current world, the historical setting plays up on the atmosphere of the old steamboats and their glories, and - while not out
Aug 30, 2011 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites
I almost gave up vampire fiction in the wake of Twilight. Stephenie Meyer wrote the novel to pander to a certain demographic without any familiarity or respect for classic vampire fiction of the past century. Unfortunately, the Twilight saga is very commercially successful and spawned many imitators, lame wishy washy vampire books, and the entire “paranormal romance” subgenre (¬_¬;). I don't know if good "proper" vampire fiction is still being written these days, but the great ones are still aro ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2013 Shayan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 08, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
I have read very few vampire books and this one sets a very high bar. Set by the Mississippi in the 1850s this is story telling at its best. Martin evokes perfectly the era of the steamboat with New Orleans as a melting pot of hard living characters, slaves, freed slaves, pilots and steamboat captains, plantation overseers, Creoles. I found it clever the way Martin uses his context to highlight the parallels between the slave owners and the vampires with their 'cattle'.
I loved Abner Marsh, to my
Mar 04, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-read
Beautifully written tale of the most unlikely union. The atmosphere on the river/steamboat was breathtakingly real. There isn't really much to say about this novel that other reviewers haven't already said. I'll simply add that I stayed up and read nearly the entire novel in a single night--that's how hard it was to put down!

Highly recommended!
This was my first George RR Martin book. I watch the Game of Thrones tv show, which is what sparked my interest in reading something by him, but thought I'd try out a stand-alone novel before I plunged headlong into A Song of Fire and Ice.

So, what did I think? Well, my initial reaction was that it was a complete swipe of Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire, to be honest. As the book went on, and as Martin started to demonstrate a large Mark Twain influence as well, it started to veer away fro
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
Nov 18, 2011 Char rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
Jun 02, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone had told me a book that was a mix between Mark Twain's tales of the Mississippi and Interview With a Vampire would be a good idea and enjoyable read, I would have thought them mad. But sure enough, GRRM has done a marvellous job!
I knew the author had been writing for a long time before he published the first book of the ASOIAF series and for a long time I wanted to know if his other stories were equally vivid and enthralling. That combined with my love for vampires let me pick this up.
Jun 25, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..
Captain Abner Marsh has been beset with misfortune after misfortune and is now struggling to keep his steamboat company together, that is until he meets the mysterious Joshua York. Mr York proposes to become a partner, putting much needed money into the company, allowing them to build the most beautiful steamboat on the Mississippi river, the Fevre Dream. He has certain stipulations of his own, some of which are bizarre but Captain Marsh can't resist the chance to once again have some standing o ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dug this one. The time setting of the 1850’s with vampires riding the Mississippi waterways on a riverboat was very interesting. At times, it even felt a little bit Larson-esque with the history of the steamers and trade that was going on in that time period. Mr. Martin did a great job with the characterizations and I especially liked the character of Abner Marsh, who was the unlikeliest of heroes. There was some good bloodsucker backstory here as well.

I was intrigued from the get go wi
Featuring one of the most interesting heroes in all of the books I've had the pleasure to read in Abner Marsh, a fantastic setting, and a steamboat that makes you want to go back in time and experience a great race yourself. This was a wonderful read and I would recommend highly.
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
Sep 17, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2015 Klodovik2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
jedna od najboljih knjiga koje sam ikad pročita. toliko me knjiga uvukla u svoj svjet da sam skoro zaplakao na kraju koliko su mu se likovi i njihove sudbine uvukle pod kožu. nikad me ni jedna knjiga nije toliko dirnula u srce a riječ je o knjizi o vampirima. O VAMPIRIMA a skoro sam plakao ko uspaljene teenagerice na Twilight
Feb 10, 2014 Aida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Markus Molina
Jun 24, 2012 Markus Molina rated it really liked it  ·  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
Cindy Newton
Jun 20, 2015 Cindy Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me. I have read three of the Game of Throne books, and I would never have guessed this was by the same author. Don't get me wrong--I love Game of Thrones, and I loved this book also. Martin is just so much more descriptive in Fevre Dream! It really helps to set the mood and bring the time period to life. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting. I felt it was somewhat of an unusual choice, but it provided the darkness and isolation necessary for the story, while being complete ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Zahra Rhm
Mar 27, 2016 Zahra Rhm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
ما هر روز از بین گزینه های پیش رومون انتخاب می کنیم.

نکته جالب داستان تحمل تفاوتها در دوستیهاست.
کتاب با شراکت دو شخص کاملا متفاوت شروع می شود. ملوانی زخمت، زشت رو و بددهن با نجیبزادهای اروپایی خوشپوش، آرام و موقر، یکی انسان و دیگری از مردم شب (خون آشام). در نهایت علی رغم این تفاوتها، شراکت به رفاقت تبدیل می شود. به قدری عمیق که هریک حاضرند برای دیگری فداکاری کنند.
Viv JM
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this tale of steamboats and vampires on the Mississippi River in the late 1800s. It was rich with historical detail and vivid descriptions of time and place. The horror aspect was there, but never overstated or gratuitous. A recommended read.
Sadie Hartmann
Jun 19, 2016 Sadie Hartmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the whole Song of Ice & Fire series and LOVING it and after reading Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and loving that too, I saw Fevre Dream at a Friends of the Library Sale and pounced on it!
Martin writes vampires.
That's all I really knew about this book going into it and I want to keep it that way for everyone else.
Basically, this is Martin's expert character development and story crafting set in New Orleans/the Mississippi River-with Steamboats and slavery and tha
Aug 03, 2016 Xabi1990 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Vampiros, Oeste sureño y barcos de vapor?. Pues sin deciros si todo lo anterior es cierto o no, estamos ante una de las novelas más originales del Señor Martin.
Original a rabiar, de mis favoritas de este señor junto con Muerte de la Luz y Refugio del viento (aunque estos dos libros no sean de lo mas apreciado de Martin por estos lares ...)
Sarah Anne
This was an impressive book. I've avoided reading GoT because Epic Fantasy isn't my thing, but if this is how Martin writes, then I'd better get on it.

I think one of my favorite things was that although there was blood and violence, it never descended into using gore in place of scary stuff and then calling it horror. This had some truly creepy and terrifying moments but it was done more with the tension and the dynamics of the people involved rather than by making it as much of a bloodbath as
Dec 30, 2015 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Πέρυσι είχα τις δυο πρώτες μου επαφές με το έργο του Τζ. Ρ. Ρ. Μάρτιν, αρχικά με το καλογραμμένο και όμορφο παραμύθι "Ο δράκος του πάγου" και στην συνέχεια με την εκπληκτική συλλογή τριών νουβελών "Ο ιππότης των Επτά Βασιλείων". Τώρα τριτώνει το... καλό, με ένα πραγματικά εξαιρετικό βιβλίο που συνδυάζει άριστα τον τρόμο και την φαντασία με το ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα. Γραμμένο το 1982, πλέον είναι από τα καλύτερα και κλασικά μυθιστορήματα που έχουν να κάνουν με βρικόλακες.

Ο ψηλός, χοντρός και μάλλον
Oct 22, 2010 Felina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-2, 2012
Dear lord, will this book never end? I feel like I've been reading it my entire life.

Its not a bad book. Its well written with an interesting, albeit pretty generic plot and thats saying a lot coming from someone who is fairly new to (view spoiler) lit. But I'm pretty sure that 200 pages could have been edited out of this book that contains completely pointless steam boating information and page long descriptions about the color of the river. I don't give a fuck.

And the
Jonathan Janz
May 27, 2012 Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog:

Why, you might ask yourself, am I talking about a decades-old novel by a writer with more riches than Croeses when I, a writer whose last big purchase was a Wii for my children (including the MarioKart Fun Pack!®), have my own second novel set to be released in five days?

Because I'm an idiot? Perhaps.

Or maybe it's because George R.R. Martin deserves it.

When Mark Sieber at the Horror Drive-In stated that Fevre D
Apr 23, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2013 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Há algum tempo, converti-me ao género da fantasia, que confesso na idade adulta, sempre declinei. Obviamente que as crónicas do Gelo e do Fogo, li-as a um ritmo alucinante e como tal, apesar do tema de vampiros não me interessar particularmente, arrisquei ler este livro, única e exclusivamente pelo génio criativo deste escritor. O enredo com uma nova abordagem, cria expectativas, um misto de repulsa, mistério, fascínio... Amizades improváveis, empenho e determinação na busca dos seus sonhos, fié ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Tedy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-reader
I finally managed to finish this book! As much as i love George R. R. Martin's famous series, i can't say i'm a big fan of 'Fevre Dream'. While the beginning of the book (and the fabulous bulgarian introduction) was quite spectacular and really got me hooked, by the middle of it i was already a little bit bored with all the descriptions of the boats and so on. I know Martin has a difficult writing style to follow, but i really believe that this book could have been shorter. I enjoyed the legends ...more
May 08, 2010 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Христо Блажев
Параход от ада пори вълните на Мисисипи:

Абнър Марш напомня на най-популярния капитан в литературата – Ахав. Дарен с необичайна грозота, той няма много други радости в живота си, но няма и нужда от тях – неговата страст е реката и корабите по нея. Съдбата обаче му обръща гръб и корабите, които притежава, са смазани от леда, остава само с един стар параход. Точно тогава получава необичайно предложение – мистериозният богаташ Джошуа Йорк му предлага да постр
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
Oct 01, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-mashup
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
Sara Kamjou
داستان جالبی بود اما خیلی کشدار شد. فکر کنم مارتین عادت داره خواننده رو دق بده، حالا هر بار به نوعی!
شخصیتپردازی کتاب تا حدی نسبت به انتظارم ضعیف بود و من فقط نوع شخصیت ابنر مارش رو پسندیدم. اگر از حاشیه رفتنها فاکتور بگیریم امتیازم به داستان ۴ ستاره بود ولی چون حاشیهها هم جزئی از کتابه یه امتیازو کم میکنم.
به عنوان اولین تجربهی خوندن داستانهای ومپایری، تجربهی خوبی بود.
بخشهای ماندگار کتاب:
شعر وقتی با صدای بلند خونده بشه واقعا حس خوبی به شنونده میده. قافیهها و موسی
Apr 10, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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,
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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.” 10 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.” 5 likes
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