This book is than the sum of its parts its a powerful story about ambition and how by being blinded by our ambition we can choose to not see that something is not quite right That of course seems like the meta narrative of the book on the surface its about a steamboat man who partners with a vampire to the steamboat of his dreams to life on the river set in 1800s is a real good book give it a try and you won t be disappointed Great read, even bits about steamboats for which I care little George made interesting I like how he took the mythic of blood suckers and made it into something slightly different.Would love to have a read in that universe again. Fevre Dream is one of those brilliant genre novels that slipped between the cracks for many years, only to flower again when the vampire craze did George R.R Martin wove his own unique vampire mythos, and mixed it in with Southern grittiness, some shocking gore, and a grizzled ugly old man who may be the vampires salvation.Steamboat captain Abner Marsh has become business partners with the gentlemanly Joshua York, who pays for the construction of the ultimate steamboat But strange deaths along the Mississippi lead Abner to suspect that something isn t quite kosher with Joshua, until Joshua reveals the truth about himself he and his friends are vampires, who are working to free his race from their bloodlust.However, the evil bloodmaster Damon Julian wants to keep the vampires as is, since it allows him greater power over his brethren He s even got a Gollumesque human serving him before long Abner s attempts to help his friend lead to disaster, and it will be many years before the two friends have a chance at killing Damon againMartin is one of the few authors who actually bothers to come up with an origin story for his vampires, rather than just having these pale bloodsucking people be there Without revealing too much, he weaves a haunting explanation for the biological, spiritual and cultural differences between humans and vampires, and sets them up as a brother race to homo sapiens instead of undead corpses It s awesome.Martin s writing is gritty, dark and sometimes grotesque a vampire using a BABY as food , and even at the best of times he fills it with the grimy atmosphere of a working class man living on the Mississippi The only real problem is the timeskip, which jolts us several years into the future and is kind of disorienting, but that s a relatively small problem.And the entire plot revolves around two very powerful characters, who share a powerful friendship based on trust and a desire to help the vampire species Joshua is the usual charming gentlemanly vampire, but he s elevated by his powerful desire to save his species from their enslavement to bloodlust and or Damon Julian And Abner is a totally unstereotypical vampire novel character he is ugly, a grizzled military man, and even as a sick old man he kicks butt Fevre Dream is a visceral, gritty vampire novel that takes the time to explore the bloodsuckers past, and comes up with a pretty brilliant plot in the present as well A must read for vampire fans who like it bloody and dark. What a story I thought this was truly excellent I loved the setting and the descriptions evoked such a strong feeling for the era that I stopped reading several times to research the towns, the boats, the river and even the food Abner Marsh s meals were astounding but they suited him to the ground.This is up there with the best vampire books It may even be the best, I m not sure, I ll have to ponder that a while.This is one that will stay in the memory for a long time. Had me from the first chapter Writing this in work The book is in my bag and it pains me to be so close but unable to keep reading The people who gave this 1 star need to reconsider their life choices lol I have just finished reading this book for the third time I found I was drawn back into Abner Marsh s strange vampirish world and the technicalities of the steamboats just as fast and as completely as I was the first time Here are vampires who are like real people, with flaws, with desires and dreams, with power and needs like anyone else, living at a time when steamboats plied the great American rivers and competition was fierce for both passengers and freight A book rich in detail and in characters. Before The Wights There Were Vampires Abner Marsh Has Finally Realised His Heart S Desire, He Has Built The Fevre Dream, The Finest Steamship Ever To Sail The Mississippi River Marsh Hopes To Race The Boat Some Day And Prove Its Supremacy, But His Partner Seems Determined To Prevent Him From Fulfilling This Ambition Joshua York Funded The Creation Of The Fevre Dream, But Now Rumours Are Spreading About The Unusual Company He Keeps, His Odd Eating Habits And Strange Waking Hours As The Dream Crosses The Great River, It Leaves In Its Wake Too Many Sinister Stories Eventually Abner Is Forced To Confront The Man Who Helped To Make His Dreams Become Reality Before His Dream Turns Into A Nightmare Discover George R R Martin S Gothic Masterpiece, Fevre Dream I hadn t read any of George R R Martins books before, but noting the plot all took place on one of my favorite rivers, I bought it And, boy, was I glad I was hooked I was immediately transported to a paddle boat on the Mississppi, not just any paddle boat, but the Fevre DreamThe story of Abner Marsh and his partner Joshua York trundeling down to New Orleans was fantasticyou will have to read the book to find out what happened Enjoy