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I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

210. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin (Graphic Novel)

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin. Adapted by Daniel Abraham. Illustrated by Rafa Lopez (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 256
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sept. 17, 2011
First Published: Aug. 9, 2011
Publisher: Avatar Press
Genre: graphic novel, horror, vampires
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:

April 1857
St. Louis


Why Cap'n Marsh!

Acquired:  Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: I received a review copy in the mail and while I hadn't requested it; it was a gorgeous looking book and I'm always up for a good vampire story.

I have not read the original novel which this graphic has been adapted from nor have I actually read anything by the author, George R.R. Martin, so this was new territory for me.  A unique story set in 1857 along the Mississippi River during the heyday of the huge passenger steamboats.  A down-on-his-luck, though widely respected captain, is met by a stranger who offers him a deal he cannot pass up.  The man will give him the money to build the finest ship on the river, in exchange the man and a few of his friends will live on board and though they may be odd and will keep strange hours Captain Marsh is not to question them and while he will not interfere with the running of the boat he will occasionally give orders to dock and again he is not to be questioned.  Captain Marsh agrees.  Little does he know what he has got himself into!

This is a great vampire story.  We have one small group of "good" vampires whose leader has managed to find a cure for the "red thirst", thus allowing them to live decent lives by night.  There is also a much larger group which revels in its killing and slaughter, wanting to take over the world, keeping humans as their cattle.  When the two groups find each other, it is a long fight between the Alpha's of each group with Captain Marsh caught in the middle.

I found this to be a page turner.  Captain Marsh is an intriguing character, one who values honesty and loyalty.  The art is beautiful, dark and even sensuous at times.  This book is very much 18+ though, there are incredibly violent and gory scenes aplenty, along with full frontal female nudity, and some simply disturbing scenes, language oddly enough though, is mild.  A fun, creepy horror story.

2 comments:

  1. This might actually work better for me than the novel... I haven't managed to read that.

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  2. I feel completely satisfied with the graphic! It doesn't make want to run out and read the novel, either. I'm happy with this version. Martin have never actually grabbed my attention before, but I'd be glad to read other graphics based on his work if they are as satisfying as this one, in allover presentation and story.

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