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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Fevre Dream، c1982, George R.R. Martin
Fevre Dream is a 1982 vampire novel written by American author George R. R. Martin. It is set on the antebellum Mississippi River, beginning in 1857, and has been described by critics and Martin himself as "Bram Stoker meets Mark Twain". The novel was first published in the U.S. by Poseidon Press in 1982. Abner Marsh, a remarkably unattractive but highly skilled Mississippi River steamboat captain, is grappling with a financial crisis in 1857 when he is cont
Reading Corner
Apr 26, 2016 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 rated it really liked it
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
Kostas Papadatos
Όχι βιβλίο, ούτε καν πόστ στο Twitter δεν είχα διαβάσει από τον George R.R. Martin. Λάθος μου.
Κάποια στιγμή μάλιστα θέλησα να ξεκινήσω τη τηλεοπτική σειρά "Game of Thrones" αλλά προτίμησα να κατεβάσω τις περιπέτειες του «Μπόλεκ και Λόλεκ» και του «Πρίγκιπα του Bel Air» (απορώ γιατί δεν κατέβασα και τις «Βαβουροπατάτες»).
Ξέφυγα. Το όνειρο του Μισισιπή ήταν συναρπαστικό και ίσως το καλύτερο βιβλίο που διάβασα μέσα στο 2017.
Ο καπετάνιος Άμπνερ Μαρς που έχασε τον στολίσκο του από την παγωνιά, δέχετ
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Vincent Ribaya
Jun 05, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
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
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-read
Podés encontrar esta y otras reseñas en mi blog.

Catorce años de comenzar a destruir nuestros sueños matando a nuestros personajes favoritos de la saga de Canción de Hielo y Fuego, George R.R Martin publicó esta novela de terror que es bastante diferente a los libros que lo harían famoso tantos años después.

Sueño del Fevre es una excelente novela de vampiros ambientada en Saint Louis durante el auge de la esclavitud en los Estados Unidos.

Es un libro protagonizado por dos personajes muy intere
Shayan Foroozesh
May 19, 2013 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
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2018, fantasy, vamps
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 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!
Red Panda
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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Jun 02, 2016 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.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 possible. It was very well done.

The story starts with Captain Marsh being hired by a man named Joseph York. Marsh has recently lost everything on the Mi
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro redondo y con una historia interesante, bien ambientada y con elementos interesantes. El discurso subyacente me ha parecido fascinante y muy bien metido y en general, excepto que al principio le ha costado un poco arrancar y mantener mi interés, ha sido una muy buena lectura.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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

El capitán Abner Marsh es un hombre de rio que se encuentra en problemas financieros por una mala racha que ha afectado a sus barcos, cuando un hombre misterioso Joshua York le hace la propuesta de darle todo el dinero que quiera para construir el mejor barco del rio, enorme, rápido y con todos los lujos posibles. Bueno, ya sabes eso que dicen de que "cuando algo es demasiado bueno para ser verdad..."

La publicidad la compara con un "Bram Stoker cruzado con M.Twin", bueno yo no lo creo. Lo que sí
Claudia  Tenenbaum
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George R.R. Martin dice la sua sul mondo dei vampiri, con un romanzo che riesce a posizionarsi esattamente a metà tra il genere horror e quello storico.
Ambientato verso il finire del 1800, Martin è un maestro nel descrivere lo stile di vita del periodo e quell'atmosfera sporca, calda, ma incredibilmente viva e spesso cattiva che aleggia lungo le rive del Mississippi.
Una trama forse un po' prevedibile ed una narrazione a volte lenta viene però compensata da un grandissimo spessore dei personaggi
Feb 10, 2014 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
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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.” 12 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.” 6 likes
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