Shelf Control Wednesdays August 17, 2022

Shelf Control is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!

Title: The Terror

Author: Dan Simmons

Published: 2007

Length: 769 pages

Synopsis via Goodreads: The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.

When the expedition’s leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape.

How I got it: I found this book in a really awesome English used book shop in Amsterdam. Although I was living in IJmuiden at the time (some hour and a half by bike), I visited this shop every time I was in Amsterdam. I had to make a rule that I would buy only one book at a time, otherwise I would have ended up buying the whole store. In case you are ever in Amsterdam, the name of the place is The Book Exchange.

When I got it: 2019

Why I want to read it: I had watched the series of Amazon Prime without knowing it was a book. When I saw it on the shelf at the bookstore, I knew I had to have it.


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