Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Brrrrr! Cold Books and Movies for Hot Weather

The weather outside is a sunny 99 degrees and as I was outside running errands in this weather, I did my best to imagine myself cold. My dad always told us kids to do that whenever we complained about the heat. So I recalled this past winter when the thermometer dipped below freezing and my fingers and cheeks ached with cold. I longed for a bright and balmy summer day. I sought out beach reads and fun-in-the-sun movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith and Dirty Dancing.

Well call me fickle, but now that the sweat is trickling down my back, I'd like to escape to a winter wonderland. If you are like-minded and need a mental chill, take a snow day and check out one of these to watch:
  • Fargo
  • Better Off Dead
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • The Shining

or these to read:
  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • 61 Hours by Lee Child
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo 

Settle in, grab a popsicle, and imagine yourself cold.

What other books and movies give you frostbite?


Joel said...

Snowdrifts abound in Craig Johnson's Wyoming winter mystery, "Death Without Company", not to mention in the Norwegian film about Nazi zombies and snowmobiles, "Dead Snow".

Jeanne said...

I'm currently reading a great mystery that takes place in Alaska--White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones.

Linda K. said...

Arctic Chill by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriason is a great chiller. Also Ice Station Zebra - both the movie and the book by Alastair Maclean.

Maggie K. said...

Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Brrr.

Gus said...

Titan by Stephen Baxter is about a one-way, last-ditch space voyage to that moon of Saturn, as life on Earth is wiped out by an asteroid. The environment on Titan is so very cold that water freezes as hard as rock on Earth, and methane gas freezes into a liquid. There are a couple other side plots (mainly, how that asteroid impact was an unintentional result of a Chinese plot), but the various descriptions of how truly cold a place it is are quite... vivid.

And you thought I was going to say "chilling"...

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