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Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
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Mar 21, 2009

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Picked this up solely because it was a George R.R. Martin book. And even though the tone is WILDLY different than Ice and Fire, it's still clearly the same author's voice. The way he describes character, the way he advances time, etc. are very familiar.

The setting, characters and plot, though, are not. At least, not for Martin, and honestly, not for much of the supernatural genre.

Fevre Dream is set on and around steamboats in the 1880s. It's a novel idea, and Martin creates brand-new vampire canon, pretty well debunking all that's come before. For that alone, it's interesting.

The book is creepy at times, but never flat-out scary. And though the descriptions are compelling, the characters themselves really aren't. I didn't so much care who lived or died.

Just taken as a historical glimpse of the Mississippi River, New Orleans and steamboat culture, though, it's pretty well done.

Too bad the story wasn't a little bit better.

(I'd love to see Martin's take on some other non-Ice and Fire subjects, too. This one was written in 1984, so he's grown as a writer since then. Of course, if my choice is Martin on vampires or aliens or anything non-Westeros and the rest of that series, the answer is obvious.)
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