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Subject: Anyone Read The Terror by Dan Simmons?
Date Posted: 3/24/2008 7:55 AM ET
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I'd like to know if it ever picks up? I'm on page 104 and don't really want to waste my time reading 600 more pages if it's the same as the first 100.I;m having a hard time just sitting and reading it.I've been doing like 20 pages here and there.

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I'm curious too. I've got this on my TBR shelf. I've liked most of the Simmons I've read and even loved the Hyperion books, but I found Ilium extremely tedious and could not finish it. I've been reluctant to start The Terror because of my experience with Ilium.

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 2:42 PM ET
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Ok,I am now on page 260.The book picked up a little bit around page 190ish.I think I am now committed to the book because I really want to find out what is going on.It's going to be a longgggggggg haul!
Stacy

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 6:01 PM ET
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I almost bought that book the other day but it was at a bookstore that charged cover price and I couldn't fathom spending $14 on it.  I've WL'd it though.

I like creepy stories that take place on ships, having just read some 'mutiny on the bounty' type novels.

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I quit halfway through. I usually like Dan Simmons, but not this one.

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 5:08 PM ET
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It never picked up for me. I had to put it down and forget about it. I usually like Dan Simmons, too, but I was horribly disappointed in this one.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 11:06 AM ET
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Hmm I am a bit stalled out on page 400.Took a break and read another book but I am determined to finish The Terror at some point!!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:29 AM ET
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Ok,I finally finished the book.It was ok but I wouldn't reccomend it.The book could have been condensed into aboout 400 pages and still told the same story.If you like to read about artic expeditions then you might love it.

Stacy

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 3:16 PM ET
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I guess I'm in the minority here, but I loved loved loved it. I've never read any of his other books, and maybe it helped that I'm familiar with the historical Erebus/Terror story.  But I found the villains hatable, the heroes likable (loved Blanky & the doctor et. al), I knew they were all doomed but I kept rooting for them.  I didn't find the book that scary, but the Inuit mythology was cool.  The ending was a little anti-climactic, but overall it was one of my favorite books that I read in all of 2007.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 7:49 PM ET
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It took a bit of persistence but by the end I thought the book was a masterpiece. Granted, the book could have been much more concise but the incredible detail simply attests to Simmons' incredible research and made me start researching the actual historical details of the John Franklin Northwest Passage expedition. Here is a review that puts a different spin on the book - http://www.scifi.com/sfw/books/column/sfw15092.html - a spin that in retrospect seems all too fitting. Warning though - it contains spoilers.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:49 PM ET
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Count me as one who really enjoyed this book.  It did have slow pacing though, and seemed less scary as it got farther into the story - it seemed like the focus became the struggle of survival in a harsh climate, and less of the scary monster type moments.  I also really liked a lot of the characters (especially the doctor), and I actually cried at one point that I found especially heartbreaking.  Also agree with the poster that said the ending was a anti-climatic.  Overall though, I thought it was an excellent and very unique horror novel.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 4:30 PM ET
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I just finished The Terror this weekend and I loved it.  Guess that puts me in the minority too.    I loved some of the characters and hated others.  I did not realize this was based on a true story.  So I did not know

**********SPOILER*************

that no one survived.  I had hoped the three guys and the group may have had a chance.  I hated that we don't know what happened to them.  When I read the notes at the back I spent a lot of time searching the historical information to see what really happened.  I read some info that in 2008 Canada was going to search for the ships but couldn't find anything about the outcome of the search.  Also that some natives came across four guys still wandering around years later(I think) and that they were starving.  So Sad.

I agree with you Angela- some of the scenes were so heartbreaking.  The doctor at the end and the steward that crawled out of the tent but the guys had already left and the guy that lost his foot.  I was just really rooting for those guys to make it.