Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Shelf Control: Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a Shelf Control post!

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!)


Nickle The Night Owl said...

Congrats on grabbing a copy. I'm not a fan of scary stories. I'm often alone in the house and scare easily. Lol. I haven't read A Song of Fire and Ice yet. I'm so lame! But I do follow the show. Oh I think I audiobooked the 1st one last year. It's almost the same as the 1st season, right?

Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies said...

Ooh, I loved this book! It's so great and atmospheric... and so different from the Song of Ice and Fire books. I hope you enjoy it!

Peggy Ann said...

Sounds like a perfect read for this time of year!

Christine said...

Ohhh, I'm quite intrigued by this one! I keep meaning to read A Song of Ice and Fire, but maybe a stand-alone might be the George RR Martin to start with :)

Becky LeJeune said...

Nickle The Night Owl - yes, season one of the show does follow book one fairly closely. If you do decide to read the books I'd definitely suggest starting there (I found it a bit easier to follow and get into once I'd watched the first season of the show).

Lisa - you've read it? No one I know has! Have you read Skin Trade?

Peggy - right?! It's kind of like Straub's Ghost Story in that I've had it forever and keep pulling it out to read around Halloween but still haven't gotten to it. So awful!

Christine - you could start with a stand alone or the Dreamsongs titles. These are "retrospectives" that include shorts, novellas, and essays by GRRM. One of the volumes also includes the first Dunk and Egg story, which are connected to Song of Ice and Fire. I love these volumes because they give you a taste of ALL the different genres he's worked in. Great stuff!