Shelf Control is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, giving book junkies like me a chance to highlight some of the lingering titles in our TBR stacks!
I'm in full-on horror mode and plan on devouring a stack of genre titles between now and Halloween, so it seemed appropriate to showcase a title in line with that today.
What it's about (from Goodreads):
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 investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.
Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind’s most impossible dream.
Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.
How I got it:
I bought it. I stumbled upon it at a used bookstore and snatched it up. It was a nice hardcover that looked practically new!
When I got it:
I actually don't remember exactly when I bought it, but considering I first mentioned it on the blog about two years ago I'm going to guess that's how long I've owned it.
Why I want to read it:
Well eventually I do hope to work my way through all of George R. R. Martin's list. I mean c'mon, The Song of Ice and Fire series is brilliant but he's done a lot outside of that as well. Having said that, though, the fact that GRRM tackled both vampires and werewolves and garnered some praise for having done so meant that I absolutely had to track this (and Skin Trade) down for my own collection. (And I did a happy dance when I found copies of both!)