"The Terror" by Simmons ’70 Makes Top 10 Lists

by Steve Charles

December 31, 2007

The Terror by Dan Simmons ’70 has been named to the Top 10 lists of both Entertainment Weekly magazine and Amazon.com.

Calling Simmons’ best-selling novel "a mesmerizing thriller" you’ll want to read "in a warm, well-lit house stocked with plenty of grub and a few gills of rum, Entertainment Weekly critic Jennifer Reese listed The Terror among the Top 10 fiction books of 2007.

Amazon.com named The Terror its top science fiction and fantasy "Editor’s Pick", and listed the novel as one of the "100 Best Books of 2007".

(Read "The Kid" by Dan Simmons in Wabash Magazine.)

The author of 20 novels and several short story collections, Simmons has earned top awards in science fiction (the Hugo), horror (the Bram Stoker), as well as the World Fantasy Award for previous works, and praise for The Terror came on the heels of its release in January 2007.

A starred review in Publisher’s Weekly proclaimed, "Hugo-winner Simmons brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical novel, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage."

A critic in the magazine’s "Galley Talk" called it "the first great read of 2007."

And Washington Post Book World's David Masiel wrote, "This mix of historical realism, gothic horror and ancient mythology is a difficult walk on fractured ice, and anyone without Simmons's mastery of narrative craft would have undoubtedly fallen through. Despite its Leviathan length, The Terror proves a compelling read, while making the average meal consumed by the average American seem a precious gift from warm-weather gods."

Simmons is currently at work on Drood, a novel about the final years of Charles Dickens.

Read more about Simmons' work at www.dansimmons.com


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