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Tue June 26, 2012
Good Read: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as “a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). The Terror chills readers to the core.
Tracy Ross says:
“The Terror by Dan Simmons is a work of historical horror fiction based on Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. The doomed polar expedition left England in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage and never returned. The two ships HMS Terror and HMS Erebus became trapped in the sea ice and no survivors were ever found. Simmons meticulously researched the novel and produced a story that is historically accurate and rich in detail. However, the author really shines when he paints a dreadful portrait of what might have happened to the 129 members of the expedition. A monstrous “thing on the ice” terrorizes the men, who are already drifting into madness as a result of scurvy, lead poisoning, and the numbing reality of spending their third consecutive winter locked in the ice. The Terror is told from the perspective of many different characters, although Captain Francis Crozier and the surgeon, Dr. Harry Goodsir are the main protagonists. Be warned, The Terror is over 750 pages long, and the narrative sometimes slows to a glacial pace but rarely seems to drag due to the incredibly real and frightening world Simmons has created.”
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