oh my god, let me never get scurvy.
i am glad i am such a grad-school overachiever. for both the horror/sci-fi and mystery portions of my readers' advisory class, i have read one extra title from the selection list, and both times, i have liked the extra title best. (i did not choose to read an extra romance title, so we will never know how that would have turned out, alas)
this book is a rare combination of to the lighthouse, and the thing, with hardy-esque occurrences of misunderstanding and som...more
September 17, 2010: It's been well over a week since my encounter with The Terror and the thought of writing a review still exhausts me, but here it goes.
I have read many glowing reviews of The Terror. That is, in fact, why I bought it. I mean, check out this kick ass plot:
Two British ships, the Terror and the Erebus, are frozen in the polar sea for years, wa...more
The Terror is a fictional tale based on the real life experience of the notoriously doomed John Franklin Expedition.
These brave men journeyed hundreds of miles by sea voyage in the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, part of the British Naval fleet sent to the Arctic to force the Northwest Passage in 1845–1848, and then travelled the rest on foot into the desolate, below-freezing temperatures of the Arctic wasteland.
All died or were never seen or heard from ever again.
Dan Simmons imaginative story expla...more
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My initial reaction was that t...more
Don’t let the length of this book (almost 800 pages) intimidate you, otherwise you won’t know what you are missing!
The fate of Sir John Franklin's last expedition remains one of the great mysteries of Arctic exploration. What we know, more or less, is this: In the balmy days of May 1845, 129...more
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"The Terror," a fictitious account of the ill-fated and mysterious Franklin Expedition that tried to find the Northwest Passage, shouldn't work as well as it does. A realistic, detailed account of the struggle t...more
Simmons take on this historic mystery is slow in parts and sometimes the nautical details and ice jargon were tedious. But I think the length of the book accentuates the atmosphere, it starts to mirror the dread of being trapped for two and a half years in the unforgiving arctic. There is only white pain ahead and you have no choice but to keep...more
Franklin having died, Francis Crozier, the captain of The Terror took the surviving men on a grueling 105 mile overland journey. None of the men were heard from again.
Dan Simmons se drží faktů velmi důsledně, vychází z historických pramenů, nik...more
There's a great horror tale in here. Unfortunately it's buried under layers of fat. Ironic, since lengthy descriptions of starvation and scurvy take up so much space in the book.
realistic detail spiced up with a soupchon of "What
the hell?", take a look at Dan Simmons' newest, The
It is the age of sail and two ships set out on
an expedtion to find the Northwest Passage through the
Arctic. Things go badly, and the two ships are iced in
for more than a year with incompetant leaders, rotting
food, the onset of scurvy, and the usual accidents. So
far so good. Simmons makes these characters sing, and
given my soft-spot for nautical f...more
Don't interpret "bleak" as necessarily a bad thing, however! The book is quite interesting in it's description of what an arctic voyage in the mid 1800's would have been like...and what happens when the voyage goes awry.
For entertainments sake,
"The Terror" is the author's supposition of what happened to a pair of actual English sailing vessels that w...more
The Frankin Expedition has attained an also mythic status in the annals of polar exploration: the search for the North West Passage, the ships entombed in polar ice for years, the British public's fascination and outcry, the fruitless search expeditions, that song, and of course the recent tantalising archeological discoveries that hint of scur...more
Now, this book isn't flawless,...more
There are a few characters, too, that you become especially attached to because they reveal themselves in stages th...more
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