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.
So far, I’ve read all of A Song of Ice & Fire (including spin-offs) and The Armageddon Rag. When I read the latter I was really surprised by how different it was to the former. Now that I’ve read Fevre Dream, I’m surprised again at Martin’s range of writing.
Although nothing compared to his major work (IMO), I wasn’t disappointed by this book. It’s a strangely slow and rambling tale but it’s also gripping to the end. Kind of like a cruise on an old riverboat steamer I would imagine.
My knowledge of boats and rivers is next to nothing, but I’d be interested to find out more as a result of reading Fevre Dream. It all seems so elegant yet dangerous and dirty at the same time.
Definitely recommended whether you’re a GoT fan or not. 4/5 stars.
I love the Song of Ice and Fire books and the Game of Thrones TV series. Like many thousands of people, Tyrion Lannister is my favourite character. So far, his story in the books is more exciting than in the TV show, but that’s like saying that peanut butter is better than Nutella; Nutella is still fantastic.
HBO have released a series of photos from the next series, suggesting that Tyrion will still be in Meereen. He will apparently be visited by Kinvara, a new red priestess, who will offer assistance in the ruling of Meereen now that Daenerys has done a runner on her dragon. I must admit, I’m not ecstatic about another red priestess… We shall see.
The teaser trailer also seems to show a dead Tyrion (and Jon Snow), but I don’t buy this just yet.
There are many theories floating around about what might be revealed in series 6, one of which is that Tyrion is actually a Targaryen. Tywin once told Tyrion: “Mens’ laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colours since I cannot prove that you are not mine.” I’m not sure I want this to be true – it’s not exciting enough. Although Tyrion does deserve a dragon of his own.
“I think Tyrion can be the most relatable to the modern sensibility because he’s not a hero and not a villain. He has a sense of humour even in the worst of times. Who relates to Ned Stark? Is he anybody sitting at the dinner table? But Tyrion is one of the dinner party.” – Peter Dinklage, taken from this great Guardian interview.
Let’s face it, George R.R. Martin knows that Tyrion is the world’s favourite character, so he’s probably not going to do too well in the end…
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