dan simmons - the terror
anyone else read this gem?
a truly spellbinding book, until the last 100 pages or so, where it turns from magic to cheap parlour trick
firstly, the explanation of the monster itself. considering the mystique and menace simmons created around it, i knew that there would be no truly satisfying ending. whether it was the last remant of an alien race, an incarnation of the devil himself, or some sort of manifestation of the brutality in man, there would be no way he could really deliver on the hype the monster generated for the majority of the novel. that's ok, i knew from early on in the novel that would be the case, and made my peace with it. BUT COME ON, that mythology approach was rubbish
in fact, i hated the whole mythology section. it totally went against the tone of the former 90% of the book, and crozier's decision was completey at odds with his characterisation. would that tough-as-nails, balls-of-steel irish bastard, whose blue flame burned ever brighter in his chest, really abandon his mission and just accept the arctic version of a hippie lifestyle?! no way, he was way too stubborn and duty bound
finally, what was the deal with the terror being 'haunted'? whose corpse was that, and was it undergoing some sort of transformation?