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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: In the Kingdom of Ice

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

"These things the experts understood, or at least believed they understood. But nearly everything else about the pole--whether it was ice or land or sea, whether it was warm or cold, whether it was humid or desert, whether it was desolate or inhabited, whether there were mountains or labyrinthine tunnels that fed into the earth, whether the laws of gravity or geomagnetism even obtained there--remained a terrific puzzle."

In reading this book I have been baffled by how many otherwise intelligent men (because they are all men) believed--despite all evidence to the contrary--that the North Pole would be an open sea with no ice, and probably warm. Huh!?!? They tried sailing there a lot, and as they got closer, it became colder and more filled with ice. Why on earth did they think that trend would suddenly reverse itself?

5 comments:

dravite said...

I live in an arctic city (they actually call it that, an arctic city, or the Paris of the North) and it's cold alright. I don't think I could read about a polar expedition, imagining going somewhere even colder... Nope. Great teaser though ^_^

Here's mine this week; https://dravite.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/teaser-tuesday-03-02-2015/

Marsha Spohn said...

Interesting choice. Great teaser, too. And I had to chuckle at the cold comment - why the heck wouldn't it be cold! :)

I'd pick this one up from the library. Thanks for the smile.

My Teaser this week

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Your Teaser made me wonder when the story takes place. I can't imagine something thinking the North Pole might be warm! Sounds like a fascinating book.
My Tuesday post features SIX STRINGS.

Laura Thomas said...

I'm with Sandra. When did this take place. It sounds fascinating!

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/03/teaser-tuesdays-100-one-more-day-what-if-tommorrow-never-happens/

Zed K said...

I like your view on this book. These men can't be that intelligent after all!

Here's a link to my teaser, taken from Alice and the Fly:
http://welcome-to-zeds-thoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/teaser-tuesday-3rd-feb-2015.html