Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: Antarctica

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Antarctica
Date Posted: 11/18/2010 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 3,823
Back To Top

I've been looking for books set in Antarctica for the challenge and thought I'd share the list with you guys:

1. The Birthday Boys - I've read this and it's pretty good.
by Beryl Bainbridge -

2. Death on the Ice - I'm going to try for this one.
by Robert Ryan

3. Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition - Very sad!
by Caroline Alexander

4. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Penguin Classics)
by Edgar Allan Poe - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Narrative-Arthur-Gordon-Edgar-Allen-Poe/book/0192828444/

5. Victim of the Aurora
by Thomas Keneally - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Victim-Aurora-Thomas-Keneally/book/0156007339/

6. Ice
by Louis Nowra - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Ice-Louis-Nowra/book/1741754836/

7. Ice Reich
by William Dietrich - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Ice-Reich-William-Dietrich/book/0446523399/

8. Explorers of the New Century
by Magnus Mills - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Explorers-New-Century-Magnus-Mills/book/0156030780/

9. The White South
by Hammond Innes - http://www.paperbackswap.com/White-South-Hammond-Innes/book/0330342193/

10. Desolation Island - not totally sure this one qualifies; found it on a list.
by Patrick O'Brian - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Desolation-Island-Aubrey-Patrick-OBrian/book/039330812X/

11. The Survivor
by Thomas Keneally - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Survivor-Thomas-Keneally/book/0140032177/

12. Cape of Storms
by Davis John Gordon - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Cape-Storms-John-Gordon-Davis/book/0552120529/

13. The Race
by Kare Holt - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Race-Novel-Polar-Kare-Holt/book/0440071984/

14. Voyage along the Horizon
by Javier Marias - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Voyage-Along-Horizon-Javier-Marias/book/1932416404/

15. White Out
by James Vance Marshall - http://www.paperbackswap.com/White-Out-James-Vance-Marshall/book/1569472246/

16. Blood and Ice
by Robert Masello - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Blood-Ice-Robert-Masello/book/0553807285/

17. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - This one keeps showing up in my searches for Antarctic fiction, but I'm not sure why...(ETA: it does have an Antarctica setting - M/C is posted to Antarctica during WWII)
Author: Michael Chabon - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Amazing-Adventures-Kavalier-Michael-Chabon/book/0965007030/

18. The Nature of Ice
by Robyn Mundy - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Nature-Ice-Robyn-Mundy/book/174175576X/

19. The Sea Lions
by James Fenimore Cooper - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Sea-Lions-Lost-James-Fenimore-Cooper/book/1589637836/

20. Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Cold-Skin-Novel-Albert-Sanchez-Pinol/book/0374182396/

I wouldn't say that all of these are technically historical fiction, but they do have enough history to squeak by, I think.

If you know of others, please post about them here!

Last Edited on: 1/19/11 7:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 8
Date Posted: 11/18/2010 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2007
Posts: 762
Back To Top
Thank you so much for this list! CR
Date Posted: 11/19/2010 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
Posts: 6,035
Back To Top

Who knew there were so many books about Antartica??  Great job, Valli!

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 10:10 AM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 3,093
Back To Top

Last Edited on: 3/5/11 4:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/24/2010 6:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

I came across a title at BCO that may qualify. One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman is biographical fiction about German meteorologist Alfred Wegener, who devised the theory of continental drift.

Date Posted: 11/24/2010 10:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2009
Posts: 9,499
Back To Top

Awesome list!

This is a historical NF book on Antartica"   In the Land of White Death - Valerian Albanov

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 6:54 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 3,823
Back To Top

I found another one and this is the one I'm going to read, I think.

Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol -  Cold Skin


It's actually a horror novel, I think, but since it is set just after WWI, I am going to announce a brand new genre called "Historical Horror" and say it works for this challenge. :-D

Also, number 17, "The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay", definitely does work for this challenge because the M/C is posted to Antartica during WWII. I have this one, too, so if Cold Skin doesn't work out, I'm trying this one next.

Last Edited on: 1/16/11 9:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 3,823
Back To Top

I've read "One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead" and I think it's set in the Arctic, instead of Antartica. It's a good interesting book, though.

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 1:25 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
Posts: 1,356
Back To Top

Based on Valli's earlier recommendation, I am reading The Birthday Boys (her #1) now and it is very good!