Monday, 8 September 2008

A date with terror.....

I meant to post at least once this weekend, I keep trying to do a Sunday Salon! Which I love the idea of! But my every waking moment, when not baking cookies, doing laundry, cooking or going to the park for my 3 mile walk and playing with the kids, has been spent reading The Terror, by Dan Simmons. I can't stop reading it, and got really cranky with all the other interruptions. I didn't want to talk on the phone, the kids heard "Let Mommy read, please!" a dozen times, and I barely watched television. It was all reading this weekend, when I could.

This book is so good. Once I got past the polar bear bit - really, I thought it was going to be a horror story featuring the polar bear, and I almost didn't get past page 40, I was so disappointed. I kept reading because Dan Simmons is an amazing writer and I had to know what happened to the characters and if they survive this third winter, even if bears got them. Now it's turned out to NOT be about polar bears (though they are there) and I am now spending my time happily in the Arctic, reading about the trapped ships and the nightmare of something supernatural stalking the crews, and the raging storms and ice, so much ice. I'll be back in a bit, but I must go finish the chapter I'm on before bed! Two out three books so far this challenge, this good - (Wolf Moon was a disappointment and more about that another time) - this is so fun! So no Sunday Salon, no meandering book thoughts. I have a date with The Terror.

7 comments:

brideofthebookgod said...

Susan, I'm really looking forward to reading your review on this, already finished it and really impressed!

Nymeth said...

I look forward to hearing your final thoughts on this one, Susan!

Patricia said...

Hmmm...let's see. A horror book about ships caught in ice in the north. That alone would freeze my spine! Should I think about reading that book before that other horror book you were raving about? The Silent something or other....

Did you get any remnants from either hurricane there? We got 141 mm of rain from Hanna. Check out the pictures on my blog.

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Andrea said...

I'm already putting this on my TBR list even though I haven't read your final review! Happy reading :-)

jspeyton said...

This has been on my TBR list for a while now, but every time I thought about buying it, I was always daunted by how long it is. But you've given me motivation! I'll wait for your final word on this, but this may have just vaunted to the top of my TBR list. You've made it sound awesome!

Susan said...

bride: I'm just about ready to review it. I loved it! and really like that you enjoyed it so much too!

nymeth: stay tuned for tomorrow, I'll be posting on it then. thanks! :-)

patricia: the ghost book is a real ghost story, The Terror is almost like a real-life nightmare and gripping and unputdownable. So it depends what you want to read! We got some rain and wind from Hanna, but not as much as we were supposed to.

andrew: thanks for stopping by! when I get some time, I will come to check out your book and let you know. I'm always looking for books to try, I just need time to read them!!

andrea: check back for my review (on the weekend of the 20th), but glad to see you already want to read it!

jspeyton: and I haven't even blogged about it yet! It is awesome! I'll be posting about it this weekend (the 20th) now that I've done it. and if I helped you look at the book with interest, then my job is done! lol