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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:58 am  Reply with quote



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A novel by Dan Simmons

Just a bit from the book jacket..

" 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 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 in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in."

I read it a few months back and I can't recommend this book enough. A wonderful read. Has anyone else read it? I would love to see this get made into a movie but it would cost a fortune to make I'm sure.

This would be perfect for John Carpenter or I think Larry Fessenden could pull it off as his studio debut after watching The Last Winter.
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frank_dracman
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:11 pm  Reply with quote



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Here I thought it was an appreciation thread for the Corman movie. I've always liked that one, even though most call it a stinker.
I hardly read any new horror as they all tend to be more of the same. Well, the ones I pick, anyway. This one sounds interesting, however. Now the big questions- Is there a "beautiful young scientist" in the group? Did he throw in "crazy guy who fucks things up for everyone"? And does "ominous quite guy who knows more but won't say anything until plot demands it" make an appearance?
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:17 pm  Reply with quote



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Laughing

I'll gladly refund you the money if you don't like it. I know you will though.

No beautiful young scientist on board although there is a love interest and of course there's going to be a crazy guy, wouldn't be a horror novel without one but there isn't really an ominous guy among them.

Seriously, check it out, you will not be disappointed.

I'm not sure if its been released on paperback yet though.
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plastic_society
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:51 pm  Reply with quote



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I've had this one on my shelf for a while, but haven't started it yet. Clearly I should.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:52 pm  Reply with quote



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plastic_society wrote:
I've had this one on my shelf for a while, but haven't started it yet. Clearly I should.


Do me a favor and start reading it. I'm interested in other horror fans thoughts on it.

You don't qualify for the refund though because you already bought it. Very Happy
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plastic_society
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:38 pm  Reply with quote



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Well alright, but I warn you - I'm a slow reader.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:50 pm  Reply with quote



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Well get started then dammit! You're gonna love it! That is if you love4 stories of Arctic expeditions, old ships and monsters as much as I do.
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plastic_society
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:54 pm  Reply with quote



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Yeah, I'm a pretty big fan of horror stories in snowy settings.
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Cash Bailey
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:41 am  Reply with quote



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I started this, but within the first 20 pages-or-so I looked at the page count in front of me and decided "Nah!"

Although Simmons' CARRION COMFORT is one of the greatest horror novels ever written.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:17 am  Reply with quote



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Cash Bailey wrote:
I started this, but within the first 20 pages-or-so I looked at the page count in front of me and decided "Nah!"

Although Simmons' CARRION COMFORT is one of the greatest horror novels ever written.


What? Don't give up. What are you guys around here a bunch of quitters and procrastinators? This book is awesome. Laughing
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:26 pm  Reply with quote



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So this is out on paperback now and what a massive, nice looking one it is too. I was very tempted to buy it again.
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Cash Bailey
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:55 am  Reply with quote



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Maybe I'll give it a shot again sometime soon.
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Pestilence
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:08 pm  Reply with quote
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Colour me interested.

May request the TPB of this from the Mrs. for Crimbo.
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arandomthought
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 1:47 am  Reply with quote



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I'll deifnately have to check the closest used bookstore.
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Tristan Sinns
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 3:31 am  Reply with quote
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I read this back when it first came out. It ain't bad! Definitely an oddball and unique bit of horror.

And don't give up; Simmons adds a lot of 'flavor', which ends in page bloat, but trust me that it's all good.
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