In the book A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, I've noticed the use of the subjunctive mood after wonder if:
In truth, he had scarcely considered the mudmen at all, beyond eyeing Meera once or twice and wondering if she were still a maiden.
And again, later in the book:
He listened to the blasphemies and wondered if he were dying.
My (non-native) grammatical intuition makes me think this sounds really wrong. I would say "he wondered whether he was dying" and therefore also "he wondered if he was dying".
I would be tempted not to use the subjunctive with an if that can be replaced by whether, and to only use the subjunctive with an if that actually has a conditional value, for instance: "he wondered, if he were dying, why he was feeling so alive".
Also, I believe that using Martin's structure in the present tense may sound even more wrong: "he wonders if he be dying" (present subjunctive)...
So, am I right, or is it correct to use only a subjunctive clause after wonder if?