Review: Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

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.

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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.

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The Beautifully Ornate Book Covers of Days Long Gone

I often judge a book by its cover and sometimes I’m wrong, often I’m right. But oh how I wish book covers could go back to being as deliciously detailed as they once were. Let’s take a look at some examples…

Book Cover of British Butterflies  archive.org/stream/generaspeciesofb00hump#page/n0/mode/2up

Book Cover of British Butterflies
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The text is so ornate that it’s hardly legible! Compare this to a modern book on the same subject.

Silver bookbinding - Augsburg (?) - 17th century

Silver bookbinding – Augsburg (?) – 17th century

This is so beautiful.

housewitch: Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century Via: ghostsintherosegarden Source: ghostcafe

housewitch:
Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century
Via: ghostsintherosegarden
Source: ghostcafe

I would love to know more about this book.

The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.

The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.

We need more round books!

The pleasures of book collecting

17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby's,New York

17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby’s,New York

SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby's,New York

SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby’s,New York

Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/

Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/

1860's Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely

1860’s Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely

Silver-gilt book-cover

Silver-gilt book-cover

Silver book-clasp

Silver book-clasp

Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500

Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500

H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879 The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853 chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853

H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879
The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art
London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853
chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853

Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.

Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.

The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum. (Source: dndgalleries.com)

The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum.
(Source: dndgalleries.com)

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