OK, so Ian Tregillis’ Something More Than Night doesn’t release until December 3rd but, it being a holiday week and all, my choices of new books is fairly slim.
What is it?
I first read Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds (a alternate-history fantasy set during World War 2 involving magic and Nazi super-science) when it first came out and thought it was an amazingly accomplished debut novel with a deep, realistic world and believably flawed characters. Something More Than Night is a departure from his Milkweed Triptych series and is a hardboiled mystery full of angels and murder.
This week’s book is Dan Simmons’ The Abominable. The novel, inspired by a story told to the author during his research for 2007’s The Terror, takes place in 1924 as intrepid explorers have begun the race to scale Mt. Everest has been stymied by the mysterious disappearance of two climbers. However, in that same year three explorers set out to explore Everest. While the dangers of the climb itself are known the group of climbers finds themselves pursued and harried by something or someone.
Simmons’ earlier thriller The Terror, following an Arctic exploration, was a significant accomplishment that blended impeccable historic research with the bloody horror of the unknown. I have known doubt that Simmons’ newest will fall into a similar vein as the author quickly establishes his well researched facts about mountain climbing in the 1920s. While The Terror was a novel not without its problems the stark imagery of the landscape combined with the atmosphere of fear made for a compelling and chilling combination. All indications are that The Abominable is set to capture those same elements.
Here is what the publisher Little, Brown and Company has to say:
A thrilling tale of supernatural adventure, set on the snowy peaks of Mount Everest from the bestselling author of The Terror.
It’s 1926, and the desire to summit the world’s highest mountain has reached a fever-pitch among adventurers. Three young friends, eager to take their shot at the top, accept funding from a grieving mother whose son fell to his death on Mt. Everest two years earlier. But she refuses to believe he’s dead, and wants them to bring him back alive.
As they set off toward Everest, the men encounter other hikers who are seeking the boy’s body for their own mysterious reasons. What valuable item could he have been carrying? What is the truth behind the many disappearances on the mountain? As they journey to the top of the world, the three friends face abominable choices, actions–and possibly creatures. A bone-chilling, pulse-pounding story of supernatural suspense, THE ABOMINABLE is Dan Simmons at his best.
You can read the first four chapters of The Abominablehere. The novel can be placed on hold by visiting the library’s catalog page here.
Andrew Pyper’s latest novel will appeal to fans of The Historian, The Da Vinci Code, and the Exorcist . In the supernatural literary thriller Milton expert Professor David Ullman’s knowledge of hell is put to the test as he races to find his daughter lost in the underworld. An unsettling work examining demons both real and supernatural The Demonologist remains a thrilling read that will engage readers looking for both a literary excursion and shiver of fear.