Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Night Shade Books Sale!

Thanks go out to The Mad Hatter for bringing this sale to my attention and I thought I'd pass it along to anyone else who's reading this blog.

Here's the wording directly from Night Shade Books website:

It’s that time of year again, sale time at Night Shade Books. We’ve got a lot of big new titles coming in, and we need to clear space in a big way (and pay off a few print bills)! So for the next two weeks, from Wednesday, June 3 until midnight on Wednesday, June 17, we’re offering 50% off all in-stock and forthcoming* Night Shade books, with a four book minimum order.

This sale is a doozy and I've made full use of it. Picking up a ton of great books. You can check it out here

Need a few recommendations? Well alright I'm happy to oblige.

You can't go wrong with any of the novels by Glen Cook. Night Shade has an extensive selection of his work.

Likewise John Joseph Adam's anthologies The Wastelands and the Living Dead are both fantastic. Also he's got a new Vampire anthology coming out By Blood We Live and I'm guessing it'll be of the same high quality of his previous work.

Pump Six and Other Stories
by Paolo Bacigalupi is also excellent.

There's so much more so if you're interested in saving yourself some dough and picking up some great books give it a gander.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Review: Fevre Dream

Vampires on the great Mississippi River, who’d have thunk? George R.R. Martin, of course. Martin is a genius. He's able to take a genre in this instance Vampire Horror and reimagine it in a completely fresh and compelling way. Much like he did with his werewolf novella The Skin Trade Martin takes the vampire mythos and completely shatters it and then begins piecing it back together. That's all I want to say on that front as seeing how Martin twists the Vampire lore around is a huge part of the fun with this novel and I don't want to detract from your experience.

The novel is what we've come to expect from Martin as its littered with intriguing central characters with a plethora of supporting characters to bolster the story. The story focuses on our main protaginist; Abner Marsh the ugly, honorable, overweight Riverboatmen who's fallen on hard times. Then three main supporting characters: The mysterious, light skinned Joshua York. The enigmatic plantation owner and vampire Damon Julian. And lastly the riverboat herself the Fevre Dream.

From the beginning Martin hooks you as you can't help but enjoy the character of Abner Marsh. He's gruff and he's a straight shooter. He'll tell you what he thinks whether you want to hear it or not. He has a very interesting perspective and as I read the novel it was much like reading the Tyrion sections from ASoIaF. I couldn't wait to see what would happen to the character. How was Abner Marsh going to handle this situation or what would he say when confronted by a beautiful vampress. Abner Marsh is simply a phenominal character and then you have a host of supporting characters that are equally as fleshed out.

The characterization that Martin gives each person that inhabit his world is outstanding. A couple paragraph's of dialogue lend so much personality to characters you become totally immersed in the world that Martin has created.Martin must have done a great deal of research on Riverboats and the Mississippi River as the inner workings of the Riverboat felt realistic. Not only was there great detail about how a river boat functions, but the piloting, securing loads in various ports, the woodyards along the river where riverboats would stop to get more wood all contributed to the sense of immersion I felt as I read the story. Martin made me feel as if I was traveling on the Fevre Dream as we made our way down the Mississippi.

Never was there a dull moment where I had to slog through a portion of the story it flowed; like the Mississippi River unrestrained and free. This is truly a fantastic novel and its made me want to do more research on riverboats as I'm fascinated by the entire subject now.

Get your hands on a copy of this novel.