The Philosopher Kings

The Philosopher Kings

Book - 2015
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The god Apollo, living under a false human identity in the City founded by time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, suffers a tragic loss, and the desire for revenge leads him to sail into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean in search of the man who may have caused his grief.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765332677
0765332671
Branch Call Number: SF WALTON, JO
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 22 cm

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dirtbag
Mar 10, 2017

I actually thought this was a better book than The Just City. The Just City shows everyone trying their best to attain Plato's goals. Everyone is on their best behavior and therefore, just a little bit boring.

The Philosopher Kings starts to indicate what happens when human foibles return as part of the picture and how awkward and messy individuals being their individual selves can make a society. These people in this book are being more "human" than they were in the Just City. That makes for a more interesting story. There is also a lovely little philosophical aside about the nature of Christianity that is quite wonderful. I can hardly wait to find out where Jo Walton takes this in the final book.

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red_cobra_341
Jul 21, 2015

More entertaining than its predecessor, this book has a case of "better-than-the-first-book"

Spell-binding as I got absorbed but ultimately not a book I would read again.

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morrich
Apr 17, 2016

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Apr 17, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: One character is tortured (skinned alive).

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