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The Terror (2007)

de Dan Simmons

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Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen. Captain Crozier, who has taken over the expedition after the death of its original leader, Sir John Franklin, draws equally on his strengths as a mariner and on the mystical beliefs of the Eskimo woman he's rescued as he sets a course on foot out of the Arctic and away from the insatiable beast. But every day the dwindling crew becomes more deranged and mutinous, until even Crozier begins to fear there may be no escape from an ever-more-inconceivable nightmare.… (mais)
  1. 40
    On the Proper Use of Stars de Dominique Fortier (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: Both are fictionalized retellings of the Franklin Expedition. The Terror contains supernatural elements whereas On the Proper Use of Stars aims to be more of a nonfiction novel.
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    Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition de Owen Beattie (VivienneR)
  3. 40
    Dark Matter de Michelle Paver (Jannes)
    Jannes: More Arctic horror. Simmons might is a bit more viceral, but the heart of the horror - the cold, darkness and isolation of the arctic north - is the same in both novels.
  4. 30
    The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and The North Pole, 1818-1909 de Pierre Berton (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Compelling non-fiction work detailing historical facts around the quest for the Northwest Passage, including the Franklin expedition. Listed among Dan Simmons' sources at the back of his novel.
  5. 20
    The Martian de Andy Weir (TomWaitsTables)
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    Cold Skin de Albert Sánchez Piñol (caimanjosh)
    caimanjosh: The Terror is rather less literary-aspiring and far longer, but the same elements of horror in the desolate Arctic/Antarctic, combined with some meditation on the nature of man, is present.
  7. 10
    Tales of Unease de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (saltmanz)
    saltmanz: Doyle's short story "The Captain of the Polestar" also features an artic expedition with elements of the supernatural.
  8. 10
    The Brief History of the Dead de Kevin Brockmeier (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For death and the cold and the nameless, stalking monster.
  9. 00
    Last Call de Tim Powers (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For an alternate interpretation of historic events.
  10. 12
    The Queen of Bedlam de Robert McCammon (Scottneumann)
  11. 12
    Mister Slaughter de Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  12. 13
    Speaks the Nightbird de Robert McCammon (Scottneumann)
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    Drop City de T. C. Boyle (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For characters failing to adapt to their environment.
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This is a long-but-absorbing fictionalized account of the Franklin expedition. It's vivid, atmospheric, and tense, and has an authenticity to it where you know the author has done his research. Highly recommended. A good book to read to make you appreciate modern comforts like central heating and toilet paper. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
Bloody and brilliant. Epic in scale and execution. Superb. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
To borrow a phrase from one of the characters, What in the God-damned hell?

The story is ostensibly a historical fiction brushed with supernatural horror -- an imagining of an exploration gone terribly wrong, but the novel is so obsessed with itself that the suspense is all but washed out. The scene where the men build a carnivale on the ice with painted tarps and play a mockery of the monster that is pursuing them is one of the few chapters that truly felt like macabre horror. Descriptions of the monster itself in later chapters as a polar bear with a sinuously long neck just made me quizzically imagine a furry Plesiosaur.

Also, this is one of those books where from the getgo, you get smacked in the face with the male gaze: a description of "globed fruit," "wild wheat-coloured nest" and loud cries of "the brazen girl-woman." The sexual allure of a teenaged native woman is noted by multiple narrators: her hanging breasts, primal throat singing, "hillocked flesh of her firm backside"; while simultaneously being othered as a witch, supernatural, and an erotically foreign savior to (at least one of) the European men.

Other reviewers have commented on the sheer number of characters -- and I have to agree that a character list of some sort would help (although there are several scenes where the list of the dead is trotted out by someone or other). Despite the variety to choose from, I never did feel all that connected to any of them, especially not Crozier, who seems to be the designated protagonist.

I wish this book had been better. I'm feeling awfully skeptical about the copy of "The Abominable" that's currently sitting in my to-read pile.
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1 vote resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Wonderful book, as is always the case with Dan Simmons. Not an easy read or a fun story, but a very engaging one that kept me turning the pages. ( )
  neilneil | Dec 7, 2020 |
I did not realize how heavily abridged this audio book is, until I finished listening. The unabridged performances are more than 28 hours long.....and this abridged version is about 9. So I missed a lot of the story. I will re-visit this novel at a later date to get all the details I missed. For now, the television show and this abridged audio book will have to do.

Great story! I love how Dan Simmons took a real historical event -- the 1845 Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest Passage -- and added awesome horror elements to create a truly terrifying tale of an expedition gone horribly wrong. The truth was horrible enough -- an entire expedition lost and only buried remains found -- but Simmons version adds a supernatural/monster element that enhances the cold, brutal truth.

I was very disappointed to discover that I missed out on 2/3 of the story. I will rectify that by reading the novel as soon as I pare a few books off the top of my TBR pile. In 2020, I shall put this to rights!

This is the first book I've read by Dan Simmons. I have read one short story, included in Flight or Fright. I will definitely be reading more of his work -- this story was truly chilling and entertaining! After the first of the year, I'm going to read the entire novel since the audio book cut out so much of the story. I want the entire icy horrifying tale! And I want to re-watch the AMC series. It is really well done and worth watching.

Great book! I love supernatural/monster horror stories! This is one of the best I've enjoyed in a long time! ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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An immobilized ship can be a potent metaphor for certain states of existential unease, as it is in Conrad’s novella “The Shadow-Line” (114 pages in the Everyman’s Library edition) or Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (625 lines). And the polar regions, frigid as death itself, have always provided an exceptionally hospitable environment for horror: Mary Shelley (“Frankenstein”), Edgar Allan Poe (“The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”), H. P. Lovecraft (“At the Mountains of Madness”) and John W. Campbell (“Who Goes There?”) have all dreamed dire happenings at one pole or the other, at much more modest length. (“The Terror” is dedicated, with “many thanks for the indelible Arctic memories,” to 12 members of the cast and crew of the classic 1951 movie based on Campbell’s story: “The Thing From Another World.”) But of the many possible approaches to making artistic sense of the Franklin fiasco, just about the least promising, I’d say, would be to turn it into an epic-length ripping yarn.
adicionado por SnootyBaronet | editarThe New York Times, Terrence Rafferty
 
Skilfully, horribly, Simmons details the months of darkness – the temperatures of -50F and lower; the shrieking groans of the ice; the wind; the hunger – from the multiple perspectives of the men on board the ship, and with such detail that I defy readers not to grab another jumper. He adds in another, more deliberate evil: a stalking, polar bear-like monster which tracks over the icy wastelands around the ships, picking the men off one by one. "To go out on the frozen sea in the dark now with that … thing … waiting in the jumble of pressure ridges and tall sastrugi was certain death," he writes. "Messages were passed between the ships now only during those dwindling minutes of half-light around noon. In a few days, there would be no real day at all, only arctic night. Roundtheclock night. One hundred days of night." What a horrifying thought.
adicionado por SnootyBaronet | editarThe Guardian, Alison Flood
 

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This elusive quality it is, which causes the thought of whiteness, when divorced from more kindly associations, and coupled with any object terrible in itself, to heighten that terror to the furthest bounds. Witness the white bear of the poles, and the white shark of the tropics; what but their smooth, flaky whiteness makes them the transcendent horrors they are? That ghastly whiteness it is which imparts such an abhorrent mildness, even more loathesome than terrific, to the dumb gloating of their aspect. So that not the fierce-fanged tiger in his heraldic coat can so stagger courage as the white-shrouded bear or shark.

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This book is dedicated, with love and many thanks for the indelible Arctic memories, to Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer, Dewey Martin, William Self, George Fenneman, Dmitri Tiomkin, Charles Lederer, Christian Nyby, Howard Hawkes, and James Arness.
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Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen. Captain Crozier, who has taken over the expedition after the death of its original leader, Sir John Franklin, draws equally on his strengths as a mariner and on the mystical beliefs of the Eskimo woman he's rescued as he sets a course on foot out of the Arctic and away from the insatiable beast. But every day the dwindling crew becomes more deranged and mutinous, until even Crozier begins to fear there may be no escape from an ever-more-inconceivable nightmare.

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