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‘The Terror’ Brings Extreme Exploration to Life through Fictionalizing Real-life Events

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Dan Simmons’ “The Terror” (affiliate link) is more than just a tale of supernatural horror based on actual events. It is an exploration of possible Inuit beliefs. Though because this is a work of fiction, it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. Still, the penultimate chapter is a masterpiece, and what the book has to show about ignorance, savagery, ugliness and nobility is true to human nature.

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