The Terror by Dan Simmons
A Novel

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"Dan Simmons writes with the salty grace and precision of Patrick O'Brian. But in piling supernatural nightmare upon historical nightmare, layering mystery upon mystery, he has produced a turbocharged vision of popular doom." -Men's Journal

Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as "a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). THE TERROR chills readers to the core.

"Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, THE TERROR is a masterfully chilling work." -Entertainment Weekly

"In the hands of a lesser writer than Dan Simmons, THE TERROR might well have dissolved into a series of frigid days and three-dog nights. But Simmons is too good a writer to ignore the real gold in his story-its beleaguered cast." -Bookpage

"Guaranteed to have readers pulling their covers up to their noses, THE TERROR will make for a blood-freezing, bedtime read this winter-and any season thereafter." -Pages
 

About Dan Simmons

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In his twenty years of publication, DAN SIMMONS has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. He lives in Colorado.
 
Published March 8, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 996 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Simmons convincingly renders both period details and the nuts and bolts of polar exploration as his narrative moves back and forth in time to show the expedition’s launch in 1845 and its early days in the Arctic.

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The New York Times

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Dan Simmons imagines the fate of Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition.

Mar 18 2007 | Read Full Review of The Terror: A Novel

The Guardian

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The real story is appalling enough: Franklin's two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, set off in 1845 but were trapped in the Arctic ice for years.

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Publishers Weekly

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Hugo-winner Simmons (Olympos ) brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage.

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Examiner

The Terror recounts Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated attempt to locate and traverse the Northwest Passage in 1845 (aboard the ship for which the book is titled), and Drood details the last years of Charles Dickens’ life and his literary and personal relationship during that time with Wilkie Collins.

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Examiner

The topic of an earlier "mini-review" was two recent books by Dan Simmons: Drood and The Terror.

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AV Club

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Dan Simmons' latest makes winter feel a whole lot colder.

Feb 01 2007 | Read Full Review of The Terror: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

In The Terror, taking that historical incident, Dan Simmons imagines the men of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror stuck in the ice for two years while everything around them — the cold, rotten food, scurvy, frostbite, and, by chance, a giant, cunning monster — picks them off one by one.

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Suite 101

... The Terror is a frighteningly suspensful adventure ... impression from Dan Simmons' latest, The Terror, however they would be in for a surprise.

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Suite 101

An interview with British Author/Screenwriter Matthew Stokoe on his perverse novel COWS, what matters and excites and a few pointers for aspiring writers.

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Fantasy Literature

The Terror is based on the British vessels HMS Erebrus and HMS Terror and their voyage to discover a northwest passage in the 19th century.

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Bookmarks Magazine

David Masiel Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars "Dan Simmons’ new novel, The Terror, may be the best thing he’s ever written: a deeply absorbing story that combines awe-inspiring myth, grinding horror and historically accurate adventure."

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of The Terror: A Novel

Monsters and Critics

Hopelessly frozen into the sea ice with the long dark of Arctic winter closing in on them, Crozier attempts to keep his crew safe and healthy, a difficult task at best as the cheap tinned food stores poison the body with botulism and the mind with lead.

Feb 12 2007 | Read Full Review of The Terror: A Novel

Bookgasm

... the terror review ... It's not for nothing Simmons dedicates his novel to the cast and crew of cinema's original helping of heat-deprived horror, ...

Jan 02 2007 | Read Full Review of The Terror: A Novel

World's Strongest Librarian

... Book Review: The Terror. by Josh ... But then Dan Simmons, one of my favorite authors, wrote a big fat scary book that I had to try out. And as it ...

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The Terror A Novel by Dan Simmons Hardcover: Jan 2007, 784 pages. Paperback: .... Members read and review books often months before they're published.

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Reviews of Books

On , two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, set sail from England in search of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. Led by  ...

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Speculative Book Reviews

... The Terror By Dan Simmons Publishing Information: Paperback; 771 pages. Publisher: Back Day Books 01 Dec 2007. ISBN 10: 0316017450

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The Maiden's Court

... Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons. The Terror by Dan Simmons Abridged, 8 hr. 54 min. Hachette Audio Simon Vance (Narrator)

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Locus Mag

My major sins of omission include: Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Sarah Monette's The Mirador, Nalo Hopkinson's The New Moon's Arms, Minister Faust's From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, Jack McDevitt's Odyssey, Cha...

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