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VINE VOICEon 14 September 2009
De camp is well known and much maligned for his Science Fantasy novels. He also wrote a series of about six novels set in ancient Greece which are much more successful. Although the building of the Colossus of Rhodes is the theme hinted at in the title, much of the novel concentrates on the siege of Rhodes by Demetrius the Besieger in the 3rd Century BC and the defence of the city by assorted engineers including the sculptor, Chares, who would later build the Colossus. Chares is an entertaining creation, young, arrogant, convinced of his own genius, able to antagonise anyone he comes in contact with, failing to understand why no one recognises his genius. His various adventures on Rhodes and elsewhere in the Hellenistic East are historically convincing and often very funny indeed. I think especially of how he fends off an amorous Demetrius and how he is put right by a Ptolemy of Egypt who is impervious to flattery. This is an enjoyable book, long out of print, but far superior to many novels set in the ancient world written recently.
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VINE VOICEon 13 June 2013
De camp is well known and much maligned for his Science Fantasy novels. He also wrote a series of about six novels set in ancient Greece which are much more successful. Although the building of the Colossus of Rhodes is the theme hinted at in the title, much of the novel concentrates on the siege of Rhodes by Demetrius the Besieger in the 3rd Century BC and the defence of the city by assorted engineers including the sculptor, Chares, who would later build the Colossus. Chares is an entertaining creation, young, arrogant, convinced of his own genius, able to antagonise anyone he comes in contact with, failing to understand why no one recognises his genius. His various adventures on Rhodes and elsewhere in the Hellenistic East are historically convincing and often very funny indeed. I think especially of how he fends off an amorous Demetrius and how he is put right by a Ptolemy of Egypt who is impervious to flattery. This is an enjoyable book, long out of print, but far superior to many novels set in the ancient world written recently.
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VINE VOICEon 8 June 2009
De camp is well known and much maligned for his Science Fantasy novels. He also wrote a series of about six novels set in ancient Greece which are much more successful. Although the building of the Colossus of Rhodes is the theme hinted at in the title, much of the novel concentrates on the siege of Rhodes by Demetrius the Besieger in the 3rd Century BC and the defence of the city by assorted engineers including the sculptor, Chares, who would later build the Colossus. Chares is an entertaining creation, young, arrogant, convinced of his own genius, able to antagonise anyone he comes in contact with, failing to understand why no one recognises his genius. His various adventures on Rhodes and elsewhere in the Hellenistic East are historically convincing and often very funny indeed. I think especially of how he fends off an amorous Demetrius and how he is put right by a Ptolemy of Egypt who is impervious to flattery. This is an enjoyable book, long out of print, but far superior to many novels set in the ancient world written recently.
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