The Terror Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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"Simmons has created a chilling supernatural novel... the horrific trials of their impending icy deaths are vividly brought to life" (DAILY EXPRESS)
"One of the most remarkable things I've read... nothing short of a masterpiece. It is a bona fide tour de force" (SFREVU)
"I am in awe of Dan Simmons" (STEPHEN KING)
"Go out and buy this book... a fantastic achievement. Gripping, well-observed, and at times genuinely frightening" (SFX)
"A revelation. Dan Simmons is a giant among novelists" (LINCOLN CHILD)
The bestselling author of Ilium transforms the story of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition into a devastating historical adventure that will chill you to your core.See all Product description
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In short, I absolutely LOVED it and had read it within a week; my husband who never reads anything except the BBC news online also read it in a short space of time and also thought it was gripping. It took a while to get into but I reached the point where I was going to bed early simply to read the book - what a page-turner!
Simmons interweaves the true story of The Terror with his own imagination and produces something unputdownable. I loved the story of the Terror and The Erebus so much so that we are planning a trip to the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge to have a look at the artefacts. However, we both thought that the book became a little strange towards the end and could never have predicted the ending in a million years!
I have bought this book for several people since reading it and will continue to recommend it. BUY IT!
After about p.400, the pace of the novel drops off dramatically (barring one incident which may shock you a little); you're familiar with the main characters and the pseudo-historical style of writing, and there's simply a lot of ice, snow, exhaustion and starvation - but not really too much plot advancement. Yes, this is probably an attempt to be mimetic of the mens' experience at this point, but it's nonetheless a little dull. I hope the remaining 150 pages pick up the pace a bit, since I'm getting more than a little tired of nothing much happening for page upon page.
The Terror is a very strong 4 star book and is towards the top of my list of favourite books. The character building was extremely well done and I felt that I was on the ship with these men during the expedition. I applaud Dan Simmons for the amount of time and research that he devoted to this book as I feel that without some of the extreme detail, it wouldn't have been as good as it is. Although I do feel that in places, it could have been shortened down. Especially around the halfway point of the book. My favourite part of the story was the last 1/3 which took me very little time to read, and was very fast paced.
If you haven't read this book already, I do recommend that you pick it up. But be prepared to give it time, as you may lose track of the story if you try to rush through it. Or of you pick it up every now and again.
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