Reviews and Blog Posts: arctic

Deep Cool - Books to Beat the Heat

Shopping for Porcupine (Book Cover Image)

Not a cloud in the sky. I'm sweating in the garden, my scalp slowly broiling. My mind is elsewhere seeking mercy from the sun - dreaming of distant places where I could chill...SERIOUSLY chill. I'm talking the Arctic and the Antarctic.

While you might be able to convince me to briefly set foot someplace in the Arctic (Alaska, anyone?), the Antarctic with its annual mean temperature of -58 degrees is simply out of the question. But in books, I'll happily vicariously experience toes black from frostbite, sleeping in sodden sealskin sleeping bags, and eating nothing but frozen seal meat. These books put my minor discomforts in perspective and leave me with a sense of wonder and awe. I'm glad some braver souls than myself have explored such places and that some have survived to tell the tale.

The Terror : a novel

by Dan Simmons

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What really happened to Royal Discovery Service ships Erebus and Terror and the 129 crewmen who disappeared in the arctic ice during Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to find the fabled Northwest Passage? Colorado novelist, Dan Simmons, vividly explores this question in The Terror. A beautiful blending of known expedition...

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