that's just what made it lovely for me, but i've never been a fan of traditional horror anyway. in most horror stories i never cared enough to truly be frightened about the fate of the victims; mostly i just find it comical. i don't see how it can be a cop out if it bucks the trend of traditional horror and tries to find a unique path of its own. which is not to say that it's not a great horror novel; it is, and the ending humanized the whole affair for me. i mean, spoilers:
most of the crew did die in satisfyingly gruesome ways. the motivations of the monster don't change that. in fact i liked that it was more than just some ravenous beast, and sort of became this vengeful spirit of the ice. identifying with the monster isn't something that's supposed to happen, but i loved that i felt sympathy for it in the end.