Red Letter Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I just purchased a book called Against the Machine, which is a short book-length essay with a very negative view towards the effect of the Internet on our culture.

Needless to say, I bought the book using Amazon.

Speaking of books, I just finished a very good work of fiction, a book by Dan Simmons called The Terror which is sort of a combination of historic fiction and horror with a touch of the fantastic and mythic. It concerns the lost British Franklin expedition of the 1840s which tried to find the Northwest Passage and ended up getting stuck in the polar ice for years on end. The Terror is amazing in the breadth it covers, everything from British naval life to Inuit (Eskimo) mythology, but at its heart it is a story of survival in brutal conditions and a story of transcendence and redemption in the face of unimaginable horror. It is long (over 700 pages) but is well worth the effort.



  • I'm about 400 pages into "The Terror" and have to say that it is a great way to get through February in Ohio. Very riveting and the arctic imagery it paints and the unrelenting suspense is second to none.

    By Blogger Robin, At 9:31 AM  

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