Fevre Dream - George R.R. Martin Rating: 3.5
It appears as though there might actually be some life left in the vampire story (no pun intended) despite the glut of crap currently on the market. Martin does a good job with this one and his usual flair for character and exciting plots is readily apparent.
His take on the vampire myth is a good one that eschews many of the more extravagent elements of the myth, but stays true to the core of it in a very interesting way. The depiction of riverboat life on the Mississippi is well done and adds a lot to the story as we follow taciturn captain Abner Marsh on his journey into a gothic underworld that turns his life's dream into a nightmare.