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Old 01-18-2011, 12:48 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
De Winter van De Belgica, excellent book about the first ship to the South Pole in 1897 and how they lost men through freak accidents and ate penguin meat raw to cure scurvy, got stuck in the ice etc. Written in novel format and hilarious at times though based on actual facts.
Perhaps you would enjoy a book by the author I am currently reading, Dan Simmons:

Amazon.com: The Terror: A Novel (9780316017459): Dan Simmons: Books Amazon.com: The Terror: A Novel (9780316017459): Dan Simmons: Books


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Hugo-winner Simmons (Olympos) brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage. Sir John Franklin, the leader of the expedition and captain of the Erebus, is an aging fool. Francis Crozier, his second in command and captain of the Terror, is a competent sailor, but embittered after years of seeing lesser men with better connections given preferment over him. With their two ships quickly trapped in pack ice, their voyage is a disaster from start to finish. Some men perish from disease, others from the cold, still others from botulism traced to tinned food purchased from the lowest bidder. Madness, mutiny and cannibalism follow. And then there's the monstrous creature from the ice, the thing like a polar bear but many times larger, possessed of a dark and vicious intelligence. This complex tale should find many devoted readers and add significantly to Simmons's already considerable reputation. (Jan.)
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