The Terror by Dan Simmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dan Simmons is an author's author.
Every time I read something by him that is either A: not quite in my interest zone, or B: reads workmanlike but nothing particularly brilliant, he SQUASHES my expectations.
HMS Terror and Erebus are out to find the Northwest Passage. In the meantime, I am tricked into caring about every one of the men on the ships. This is not a Darwin Award I'm reading, even though a few characters WERE on the Beagle.
This is a harrowing and perfectly period descent into an icy hell. Enjoy murder, scurvy, madness, a monster on the ice, wicked dreams, withdrawal, and... of course... SOYLENT GREEN.
Oh, wait, wrong book.
I'll leave it for posterity. :)
At least I never ate human flesh. At least I never ate human flesh.
Just keep telling yourself that, buddy.
I was lukewarm going into this, but it turned out to be one hell of a brilliant frozen horror. :)
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