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Heart of Ice indeed
on 10 April 2013
I found this on the shelf at my local library (the day, coincidentally that it caught fire; fortunately after I had checked out my books) and picked it up out of curiosity, having looked at the opening pages and saw that it appeared to be a sequel of sorts to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, though there is no introduction or explanatory text, not even a cover blurb. I found it vaguely interesting, but that was about it – it is 1925 and Captain Nemo the Second (daughter of the famous one) is in New York robbing the deposed African Queen of Kor of her treasures in the presence of her host, the newspaper magnate Kane. Kane hires a number of scientific adventurers (whose names I do not recognise, but assume are suitably contemporary) to pursue Nemo, who on a whim decides to emulate her late father’s trek across Antarctica. Kane’s adventurers pursue, to mostly meet unfortunate ends at the hands of the mysteries of the Last Continent; as does all but one of Nemo’s party. I recognised many of the Lovecraftian references, and the entrance to Pellucidar, though Metapatagonia, Antarctic France and the Underground Empire of the Alondsons were unfamiliar. And that was about it. If you are a follower of Messrs. Moore and O’Neill, then you will hopefully enjoy the book immensely; I merely enjoyed it moderately, as there was nothing to give the story context, and it had nothing else other than a catalogue of clever references to 1920s fiction (and possibly pseudoscience).