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      The best book you have read recently

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      Re: The best book you have read recently
      Reply #850: Aug 28, 2019 03:59:43 pm
      The Dresden Files.

      Top notch fantasy pulp.
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      Reply #851: Oct 21, 2019 07:16:54 pm
      Finished reading Michael Palin's historical book Erebus. The story of HMS Erebus and its grisly fate at the hands of Sir John Franklin in uncharted territory in the far reaches of what is today northern Canada (you may remember that the wreck of Erebus was finally discovered 5 years ago) . Loved every page of it. A great piece of history full of adventure, audacity, despair and disaster. It must have been a terrible way for that crew of 129 men to have died, riddled with scurvy, probable lead poisoning and freezing to death.

      Their bodies are still scattered somewhere around that wilderness.

      For anyone with a passing interest in history of any kind or indeed loves anything Michael Palin does then I would fully recommend it!
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      Reply #852: Oct 21, 2019 07:20:31 pm
      Finished reading Michael Palin's historical book Erebus. The story of HMS Erebus and its grisly fate at the hands of Sir John Franklin in uncharted territory in the far reaches of what is today northern Canada (you may remember that the wreck of Erebus was finally discovered 5 years ago) . Loved every page of it. A great piece of history full of adventure, audacity, despair and disaster. It must have been a terrible way for those crew men to have died, riddled with scurvy, lead poisoning and freezing to death.

      Their bodies are still scattered somewhere around that wilderness.

      For anyone with a passing interest in history of any kind or indeed loves anything Michael Palin does then I would fully recommend it!

      I think "The Terror" by Dan Simmons was based on that expedition.
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      Reply #853: Oct 21, 2019 07:23:22 pm
      I think "The Terror" by Dan Simmons was based on that expedition.

      Yes! HMS Terror was her sister ship on the expedition and she was discovered about 50 miles to the north of Erebus just three years ago.

      Is that book a supernatural thriller? I'm sure it was that which someone recommended to me the TV series which was based on the book?
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      Reply #854: Oct 21, 2019 07:27:03 pm
      Yes! HMS Terror was her sister ship on the expedition and she was discovered about 50 miles to the north of Erebus just three years ago.

      Is that book a supernatural thriller? I'm sure it was that which someone recommended to me the TV series which was based on the book?

      Seen the tv series. As a history buff fascinated by the franklin story i tried to ignore what i had read and just treat it as a work of fiction.
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      Reply #855: Oct 21, 2019 07:33:39 pm
      Yes! HMS Terror was her sister ship on the expedition and she was discovered about 50 miles to the north of Erebus just three years ago.

      Is that book a supernatural thriller? I'm sure it was that which someone recommended to me the TV series which was based on the book?

      Yes, kind of a supernatural thriller.
      I really enjoyed it.

      I can't speak for the TV show, because I haven't seen it.
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      Reply #856: Oct 21, 2019 08:23:12 pm
      Yes, kind of a supernatural thriller.
      I really enjoyed it.

      I can't speak for the TV show, because I haven't seen it.

      Will have to give it a read. Thanks for the recommendation.

      Seen the tv series. As a history buff fascinated by the franklin story i tried to ignore what i had read and just treat it as a work of fiction.

      There's another great book on the Franklin expedition I read a few years back (if you're interested) called Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan. It's more a biography of Dr John Rae, the Hudson Bay Company employee who discovered the fate of the Franklin Expedition, but it really exposes some of the horrors and arrogance of the British imperialist mindset contrasted with the 'going native' approach of John Rae who communicated, worked with and used the local knowledge of the inuit tribes in that region of the world to ascertain the facts of the expedition. It's a great insight into the life of probably the most unheralded explorer in British history.

      And why was he unheralded? Because he had the tenacity to come back to Britain and, on the accounts given to him by the local inuit, report that the crew of the expedition had resorted to cannibalism, a claim that caused revulsion amongst Victorian high society who simply refused to believe that fine men of the British Empire could resort to the last resort!
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      Reply #857: Oct 21, 2019 10:53:08 pm
      Will have to give it a read. Thanks for the recommendation.

      There's another great book on the Franklin expedition I read a few years back (if you're interested) called Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan. It's more a biography of Dr John Rae, the Hudson Bay Company employee who discovered the fate of the Franklin Expedition, but it really exposes some of the horrors and arrogance of the British imperialist mindset contrasted with the 'going native' approach of John Rae who communicated, worked with and used the local knowledge of the inuit tribes in that region of the world to ascertain the facts of the expedition. It's a great insight into the life of probably the most unheralded explorer in British history.

      And why was he unheralded? Because he had the tenacity to come back to Britain and, on the accounts given to him by the local inuit, report that the crew of the expedition had resorted to cannibalism, a claim that caused revulsion amongst Victorian high society who simply refused to believe that fine men of the British Empire could resort to the last resort!

      Yeah, read that. Remember seeing some photos and film. of what was left behind preserved for years. The food, bodies etc. Incredible stuff

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