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.
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.