Bookiness – “The Terror” by Dan Simmons (2007)

This is the start of a new feature – book recs, particularly for really good historical fiction which tend to go in cycles ranging from the brilliant and insightful to melodramatic crap. Thankfully, I can start with true barn-burner… except it’s all about freezing to death. Still, it was a damn good read.

The TerrorThe Terror by Dan Simmons

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This had me hooked from the first chapter and I’ve devoured it over the past week — which is something, considering it’s nearly 1,000 pages long. Simmons really captures the bleakness of winter, the constant chill of being cold, and “The Terror” passages are both frightening and ridiculously fun. I have taught about Franklin in the past — now I have something to add colour to my descriptions of freezing cold, starvation, cannibalism, and mystery. I almost wish I could read it again for the first time.

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About midatlanticmusings

Historian of the Irish Diaspora and masculinities, wife, mother, lover of good books, red wine, fine whiskies, pop culture aficionado, and Star Wars wonk.
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