Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin


Fevre Dream, George R. R. Martin, 1982

(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)

My favorite quote: “Sometimes I think … the humanity of him is all hollow, a mask … he is only an old animal, so ancient it has lost even the taste for food, but it hunts on nonetheless, because that is all it remembers, that is all it is, the beast.”

Most interesting characters: Abner Marsh, a riverboat captain with money troubles; Joshua York, a pale and mysterious stranger who seems to be the answer to Abner’s prayers … at a price

Opening scene: Fevre Dream opens in 1857, at a hotel in St. Louis at ten past midnight, where Abner Marsh has agreed to meet Joshua York for the first time 

The gist: A steamboat captain and a vampire take an intriguing (and deadly) journey down the Mighty Mississippi — but it’s written by George R. R. Martin so it’s a lot more interesting than I just made it sound 

Greatest strengths: George R. R. Martin knows how to sprinkle in his research — something that (especially in a book like Fevre Dream) I really appreciate. We’ve all read those books where you’re right in the middle of the action and the author is like, “WAIT! Let me show you how to properly brush a horse! It’s really interesting, I promise!” and then makes you watch the character brush a horse for the next ten or so pages while the author regales you with his or her vast knowledge of horse anatomy and horse-grooming tools and techniques. While these authors are obviously very proud of what they’ve learned, the fact is, the average reader doesn’t care — something that George R. R. Martin gratefully (and gracefully) takes into consideration. In Fevre Dream, I learned more about the history of steamboats than I’ll probably ever need to know — but not once did I feel like I was being given a lesson about the history of steamboats. For that, I have to credit George R. R. Martin for his deft hand and his respect for the audience

Standout achievements: In a world of the cutesy undead, George R. R. Martin’s vampires are not only true monsters but they’re actually pretty scary. Fevre Dream’s Joshua York was one of the creepiest vampires I’ve met in a long, long time. If he weren’t so creepy, I’d like to shake his hand for being so creepy

Fun Facts: In 1983 Fevre Dream was nominated for the World Fantasy and Locus Awards

Other media: A ten-issue graphic novel adaptation in 2010

Additional thoughts: So far, Fevre Dream is the only George R. R. Martin book I’ve read. I’ve never even watched Game of Thrones, let alone read the books — but I knew going into it that George R. R. Martin likes to kill off a shocking amount of characters in his work (that’s the main complaint I’ve heard about Game of Thrones, though I’ve never understood why anyone would complain — dead people are fun — they ramp up the drama!) Anyway, in Fevre Dream, I found out that they’re right: George R. R. Martin really does kill off a lot of people — and apparently, he was doing it way back in 1982 when Fevre Dream was published. — *virtually high-fives George R. R. Martin*

Hit or Miss: Hit

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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