What I'm reading... well, almost finished with actually. Abominable by Dan Simmons.

I never do posts like this, but I'm trying to waste a bit of time before I head to bed and thought 'what the heck' and I would tonight.

It's what I'm reading - although to be honest I'm almost finished with it (I hope to finish it when I retire to bed after finishing this post and a couple other small tasks).

First I'll put the link (Amazon but I'm sure you can find it at Barnes & Noble or whatever book source you like) and I'll put the product description... but then I'll give a quick recap of my thoughts after.


  The Abominable: A Novel

A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror.

It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.

Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.



Ok.  My thoughts over coffee.....

  • It's nothing like his book The Terror so if you expect it to be, you will be disappointed and probably hate it. (Many reviewers gave it 1 star because of their disappointment it wasn't The Terror like.)
  • It's somewhat suspenseful I suppose, maybe, near the end, but mostly? Nope. Not suspenseful.
  • It's his 'spine-chilling best'?  Um... no?  Not spine chilling in the least. But it is interesting!
  • And it being his best is debatable. Highly debatable.  I think not. 

It's all about mountain climbing in in the 1920's.

No, really.

ALL about mountain climbing in the 1920's.

95% of it.  There is a story there, hidden in bits and pieces and hints through the first 75% of the book and then the story finally really only plays out in the last 25%.

A LOT of research must have gone into this one as the whole book pretty much reads like a 'how to' manual for mountain climbing Mt. Everest in the 1920's.  It goes into crazy detail and depending on your personality, you either love this or hate it.

I'm not kidding about that.  Seriously, the amount of details in their equipment and how to do everything is going to suck you in or drive you to distraction.

Personally, I liked it.

I have zero interest in mountain climbing.  Even less interest in being in the frigid cold. (Born and raised where it often hits -30 and -40 degrees (F) actual temperature without the windchill factored.)

But I like the book. 
I like the details of the equipment!  I like history though so perhaps it's learning about things and how things were done 100 years ago coupled with the fact I do like camping and hiking is what saves the book for me.  I liked learning some of details about the monastery and various myths surrounding the gods, and the sky-funeral.  I like random trivia and learning...so there's that.

It is not at all scary, suspenseful or has anything at all supernatural (it was marketed as if it might... with Yeti's being mentioned.  There are no Yeti's; and the marketing is probably a major mistake on their part because SO MANY people hate the book because it's nothing like it was marketed to be and what they expected.).

I ended up liking it. 

Missing hikers.  Family searching for them.  Surviving the elements of Mt. Everest.  

Kept my interest.

Just don't expect Yeti's or anything supernatural or even horror or sci-fi.  Think of it more as.... alternate history fiction.






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