Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ice Ice Baby

One sure antitote to getting pissy about flying overseas in a middle seat is reading about real hardship. I am about a quarter of the way through Dan Simmon's The Terror, which is a look at what may have happened to the lost Franklin Expedition. He does an excellent of job of describing the harsh and alien environment of the far north and the hard life facing those trapped there. The mixed reviews kept me away from this one, but I am glad I picked up. Those new to the crazed 19th century explorer genre should start with the nonfiction Barrows Boys.

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