The Terror

The men on board The HMS Terror part of the ill fated 1845 Franklin Expedition are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of ice and desolation Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations and a dwindling coal supply But their real enemy is even terrifying There is something out thereThe men on board The HMS Terror part of the ill fated 1845 Franklin Expedition are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of ice and desolation Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations and a dwindling coal supply But their real enemy is even terrifying There is something out there in the frigid darkness an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror clawing to get in.
The Terror The men on board The HMS Terror part of the ill fated Franklin Expedition are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw stranded in a nightmarish landscape of ice and desolati

  • Title: The Terror
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • ISBN: 9780316008075
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. To: Mr. Dan SimmonsFrom: Associated Publishing Industries Unlimited, Ltd.Subject: Your Recent Submission The TerrorThank you for your recent submission. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not see a fit between your product and our company's goals. Although our senior staff appreciated your technical ability, we noted several serious issues with your submission that need to be resolved prior to your product finding placement. These include, but are not limited to:1. Extensive and Excessive Length [...]

    2. UPDATE: $2.99 on kindle US 7-27-17People, just turn around and go home!I probably shouldn't have went and read some facts about the history of this book because I might mess this review up. It's just so freaking interesting and I want to read about it. The author left a lot of resources for books at the end and there is one I'm going to try to get for sure. The fact that Dan Simmons added an horror element to a historic novel is pretty awesome. And there are so many characters that I liked in th [...]

    3. oh my god, let me never get scurvy.i am glad i am such a grad-school overachiever. for both the horror/sci-fi and mystery portions of my readers' advisory class, i have read one extra title from the selection list, and both times, i have liked the extra title best. (i did not choose to read an extra romance title, so we will never know how that would have turned out, alas)this book is a rare combination of to the lighthouse, and the thing, with hardy-esque occurrences of misunderstanding and som [...]

    4. September 7, 2010: I don't want to talk about it right now. It's too soon and the pain is still too fresh. I shall review on another day.September 17, 2010: It's been well over a week since my encounter with The Terror and the thought of writing a review still exhausts me, but here it goes. I have read many glowing reviews of The Terror. That is, in fact, why I bought it. I mean, check out this kick ass plot: Two British ships, the Terror and the Erebus, are frozen in the polar sea for years, wa [...]

    5. Whew! I finished it. Wowza!This is such a long book!!!!!!!Don’t go into this one unless you enjoy big books, having the patience to let the story evolve and knowing that the pace can be slow at times.I stuck in there from the beginning and the ending was well worth it! I was struggling in the beginning because the first 10 or so chapters in this book alternate between the present and the past when the Franklin expedition was started.It also has different POV chapters with characters so also kn [...]

    6. Why am I reading so many books about the cold? Maybe because it's freezing here in Chicago!This is a buddy read with Cristina, and I'll review as I go.The first couple of hundred pages were surprisingly slow-going. There was very little propulsion about the plot--just occasional glimpses of the "terror" along with long passages of backstory that I didn't really find compelling. I don't know why I reacted like that. Maybe it was because I'd just read Crime and Punishment, another (and very differ [...]

    7. The Terror is a fictional tale based on the real life experience of the notoriously doomed John Franklin Expedition.These brave men journeyed hundreds of miles by sea voyage in the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, part of the British Naval fleet sent to the Arctic to force the Northwest Passage in 1845–1848, and then travelled the rest on foot into the desolate, below-freezing temperatures of the Arctic wasteland.All died or were never seen or heard from ever again.Dan Simmons imaginative story expl [...]

    8. Wow I absolutely loved this book. Don't let the page length stop you from reading it! Despite its length, the story moves quickly and there's incredible tension throughout. There are a ton of characters to keep you interested (but not too many that you lose track) and who you'll want to scream at for doing the wrong thing or an incredibly awful thing. Some parts were breathtakingly tense and some parts were frightening. Don't think of this as a horror book with a monster This is so much more. Th [...]

    9. I started out 2016 with a plan in mind. I wanted to read more doorstops and more books by non-American authors. I spent the majority of 2015 rereading Stephen King's entire catalogue and wanted this year to open new doors. So far in 2016, (ignore all those Koontz rereads, please and thank you) I've spent a considerable amount of time seeking out and reading authors who were not born or do not live in America and snowshoeing my way through massive tomes the likes of which Dan Simmons is known to [...]

    10. Dan Simmons' The Terror may be one of the few novels I've read that makes me grateful to live in Texas. This imaginative re-telling of the doomed Franklin expedition of 1845 to find the Northwest Passage is overwhelming in its details of life and death in the Arctic north. The cold is constant, the dark is depressing, and the wind, snow, ice, fog, and (when it appears) water are life-threatening. These are things Texans don't have to worry about. I must remember this book when I want to complain [...]

    11. ‘The Terror’can be shelved under several genres: historical fiction, horror, adventure. Wherever it is shelved, it is a fantastic read. However, it is long, with horrifying and graphic descriptions of illnesses, injuries and violent attacks. Since it is a fictionalized story about people who really existed (it is based on a real English explorer, Captain Franklin, and his last voyage to the Arctic), it has a lot of interesting details about what it was like to be a ship-based explorer in the [...]

    12. On May 1845 two ships, HMS Terror led by captain Crozier and flagship HMS Erebus commanded by captain Fitzjames, set sail on the expedition to find legendary Northwest Passage. Leader of the enterprise which was to get England fame and glory but also establish it primacy on the field of Arctic exploration was sir John Franklin. The whole expedition counted 129 people in total. And no one of them ever returned from the voyage. Both people and ships get lost in the vastness of ice .The whole under [...]

    13. Without getting into any spoilers: this is a fictionalized account of the doomed Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845. It is about hubris, greed, strength during unspeakable adversity, and possibly redemption.Oh, there's also a terrifying monster that they call The Thing on The Ice which is slowly killing everyone aboard the two ships.It's Dan Simmons, so he takes his time getting into the meat of the story (my dad said that he was telling three stories when he could have to [...]

    14. Is the Terror a mythical beast in the Arctic? The Tuunbaq?Is the Terror Her Majesty’s Ship of the same name?Is the Terror nights that never end?Is the Terror a Ripper style murderer and his penchant for mutilation?Is the Terror knowledge?Is the Terror sodomy?Is the Terror a silent Esqimaux?Is the Terror scurvy?Is the Terror unrelenting ice floes?Is the Terror belief?Is the Terror remembrance?Is the Terror dreams?Is the Terror the past?Is the Terror cannibalism?Is the Terror doubt?Is the Terror [...]

    15. This long (oh so long!) novel about Franklin’s 1848 lost expedition of the HMS Erebus & HMS Terror to the Arctic in hopes of finding a North-West passage was a bit of a mixed bag of highs and lows for me. First of all, I love historical novels with a touch of the fantastic like Kostova’s The Historian and in this regard Simmons hits a home run with The Terror, weaving to perfection authentic facts and Inuit legends and superstitions. Also, the descriptions and action scenes are masterful [...]

    16. Wow! This book is quite the adventure - for the characters and the reader. I'm writing my review having not completed the book; I'm 77% finished. I've held onto every single word; have had a hard time putting the book down - I don't want it to end, but it has too. We've lost many beloved characters along the way, and there's one evil doer who remains alive and I can't wait to see what his fate is. I know what he deserves, but we won't go into that spoilers and all. Also, what about this creatur [...]

    17. Nakon svega, jedino mogu da napišem - kakvo iskustvo.Bez obzira na to što je priča napisana oslanjajući se na istinit događaj i na to što je potpomognuta detaljnim istraživanjem koje je Simons sproveo, detalji i način na koji je napisana je odlična. Toliko je dobra da sam se smrzavala zajedno sa protagonistima.Na početku nisam bila uverena da će mi knjiga odgovarati jer generalno ne volim kada radnja prati puno likova koji pripovedaju priču iz svog ugla i kada se ta pripovedanja odig [...]

    18. 'The Terror' is the name of a ship. We join the ship in 1847 as it plows through chilly waters looking to chart new territory in the extreme North. It is rare that I go in for period pieces and I really can't abide the whole Master & Commander/we're-at-sea-in-days-gone-by literary movement that seems to have captured the hearts of so many old men. What I do go in for is man vs. nature set in extreme cold (child of the South- lover of mountains and winter -go figure). I thought once these fol [...]

    19. Dan Simmons’s 2007 epic horror novel, The Terror, is the finest work of his I’ve yet read. A historical fiction, this long story documents the failed 1845 Franklin Expedition. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a horror novel of this stature. I’ve read a lot of short, grisly stuff lately, so it was nice to kick back with something by Simmons: he who is known for painstakingly detailed, complex narratives. This one challenged me — especially some bits toward the end — and I liked [...]

    20. Dan Simmons has a multitude of strengths -- undeniable attention to detail, dialogue that sings with clarity, set pieces that can haunt for days -- but most notable might be restraint from barreling down any one genre: ghost story, alien story, survival story. The Terror has elements of each but trusts the reader's imagination to give the novel shape and texture.This epic is a fictionalized account of the final voyage of Captain John Franklin, who set off for the Arctic Ocean in 1845 to locate t [...]

    21. *Update*Read 02/12 & 03/16This is probably in my top ten for any book in any genre.-----------I'd volunteer for crucifixion before I volunteered for the Franklin Expedition. The supernatural element was unnecessary here; the reality of it alone was horrifying. Top notch storytelling, highly recommended.

    22. I'm a big Dan Simmons fan, but at several points during this book, I found myself thinking, "will someone get this man an editor?" There's a great horror tale in here. Unfortunately it's buried under layers of fat. Ironic, since lengthy descriptions of starvation and scurvy take up so much space in the book.

    23. GIANT SUPER-LONG ALL SPOILER CROSS-TALK REGARDING DAN SIMMONS THE TERROR - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.A few friends of mine and I read this last month. I've not had the time to back through all the traffic this has generated but there seem to be questions, particularly about the end of the novel. I have an interpretation, particularly with regard to "the rat-thing in the bunk." The following is a back and forth between myself and two friends not on this list. Everything from this point forward is SPOI [...]

    24. The Terror is the ultimate tale of the human struggle for survival. Dan Simmon’s huge tome is based on Sir John Franklin’s failed 1845 exploration of the Northwest Passage. In real life the crew of the two ships, the Terror and Erebus, all perished. However, Simmons portrays a fictionalized account of this expedition by expanding this historical narrative into a horror story by dropping in a man eating ice monster to make everybody’s day just a little bit shittier. My initial reaction was [...]

    25. WOW! This historic tale of a doomed arctic expedition set in 1845 aboard the HMS TERROR is based on true events and one horrific adventure complete with unbelievably brutal sub-zero temperatures, and a terrifying monster from hell. Loaded with great characters including the mysterious 'Lady Silence' and a unique and surprising ending to say the least. While sometimes descriptively gruesome, an engaging story and thrilling read!

    26. A truly uniquely fantastic book. Simmons dramatizes a true historical event and makes a number of sailors' struggle towards an inevitable end over a course of seemingly way, way too many pages into a story that nothing short of mesmerizes! I've seen a few reviewers that has stated that the story could have been told in its entirety in a much shorter book but, while this is true, when the long result is this good, why would you wish for that?There is not really much I can say about the story with [...]

    27. "The Terror" really came close to that 5-star rating. However the last 75 pages or so were so out of character with the rest of the book, they really seemed like they didn't belong. "The Terror" is 90% historical fiction and 10% horror. The historical part is much more terrifying than the horror part. Simmons obviously did a lot of research on 19th century Arctic exploration in general and Franklin's Lost Expedition in particular. He fleshes out what little is known about the fate of the Erebus [...]

    28. I read this book during the worst breakup of my life. It was one of those break-ups that completely re-alter your perceptions, so that all sense of balance and scope is gone. It was a break-up like the one Kerouac wrote about at the beginning of On the Road, and it left me with the "feeling that everything was dead." As I pushed through the unforgiving minutes of those days, I tried to find something to take my mind off the wearying and forlorn sense that I'd never care about anything again. The [...]

    29. Holy hellwhat did I just read? I finished the book yesterday, and I'm still parsing my thoughts into a cohesive whole.It's not that this is the most amazing book I've ever read, or the most entertaining, or the most well-writtenbut damn is this thing fantastic. I can honestly say that I've never read anything quite like it. Take the historical detail of In The Heart Of The Sea, mix in some Stephen King worthy dread and horror, throw in a comprehensive look at the Esquimaux (Eskimo) peoples and t [...]

    30. This is a very haunting and well written book. I finished this book in just a few days. Dan Simmons digs into the unanswered questions and writes what he thinks might have happened and does it brilliantly. Don’t let the length of this book (almost 800 pages) intimidate you, otherwise you won’t know what you are missing! The fate of Sir John Franklin's last expedition remains one of the great mysteries of Arctic exploration. What we know, more or less, is this: In the balmy days of May 1845, [...]

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