Terribly frightening, thrilling, captivating, and epic.
Feb 5, 2009
This book is 700+ pages long, and if you have no patience for descriptive narrative, then perhaps you might want to skip this book, but I love the descriptions of the freezing arctic, and how the men fought harsh conditions. I also enjoyed the mythological aspect of the book, something which quite a few readers complained about. I believe that Dan Simmons had no pretentions about where he was taking the book. So early on, we're introduced to a terrible monster in the ice, and while you want to believe that it's nothing worse than a large Polar Bear, Simmons repeatedly makes references on how it isn't a thing of the earth. I enjoyed this book MUCH more than I expected. It took me a while to finish, but I think it's totally worth the long trek across the cold, hard, pack ice.
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The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.