The Chronicles of Loquacious, Centaur, of Rhodes
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You are invited to meet a scholar turned traveler, pilgrim, soldier and voyager in a long-vanished world where philosophers train general-kings, empires rise and shatter, and technology teeters on the very brink of industrial revolution. Herein can be found the writings of Loquacious of Rhodes, student of Aristotle, acquaintance of Plato, awed and amazed by the world around him, whose accounts of his time it is the very great pleasure of the Esterhazy Press to spread here before you. The Fourth Century B.C. is a forgotten era of huge ships, huge weapons, epic battles, and epic voyages. In Loquacious’s world, centaurs, satyrs, silenoi and men fought, voyaged, lived and died together—and who is to say in another reality that such great exploits are but myth? Miracles of nature, miracles of the gods—and miracles of science and ingenuity display themselves suddenly in terrifying instruments of war and great voyages to the edge of the known world.
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Jan 1, 2014I found this book engaging, and delightful, I picked it up thinking that I would skim through it quickly, but found my self drawn in and wanting to read slowly and savor it. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. In fact I have been highly recommending it to everyone I know. My recipe for a pleasant evening; Buy the book, brew a pot of tea, prop up your feet, enjoy!
Aug 26, 2013I loved it! This book makes you laugh, cry and most importantly think. I was able immerse my self every time I picked it up. I found my self wondering what it would be like to be a centaur but then getting my answer only few sentences later. Over all I would recommend this book for any one wanting to know what it was like during the time of Aristotle or if you're looking for a great adventure. But be warned, this is recommended for those with a strong reading level for it is bursting with the vocabulary of a higher education and I hand look up a few words, which took time away from the story. Totally worth the money and I would definitely buy it again if it ever come out in hard back (I love have as many hard cover books as possible)!
Mar 17, 2013There are two things the reader should know about the author: First, he is a Phi Beta Kappa PhD historian specializing in ancient warfare, especially ancient naval warfare. He has co-authored several books on these subjects, and presented lectures at a number of highly respected military institutes. Second, he possesses the most wonderfully inventive imagination I have ever encountered in a fellow human being. "Chronicles" represents an amazing synthesis of these two attributes. In the first section of the book, Rob gives his whimsy full reign. He assumes the identity of a centaur (!), born and bred on the island of Rhodes and educated in the lyceum in Athens at the feet of Aristotle. He then becomes an itinerant scholar, in the course of whose travels we glimpse life through the eyes of a centaur, and learn of his rather idiosyncratic relationships with humans, fellow centaurs, satyrs, silenoi, and, of course, the ever-present and ever-capricious Greek gods. It is worth... More > reading the first half of the book just to learn how a centaur feels about the experience of being shod! Then comes the heavy part, which fans of ancient warfare will love. We join Loquacious as he participates directly in the Great Siege of Rhodes, and in the subsequent design, construction, and maiden voyage of the mega-ship Rhodia. Rob describes these events vividly, in (one suspects) historically accurate detail. Ancient battles were "up close and personal" affairs, and this fact is well portrayed in the author's descriptions. The book was a joy to read, despite the fact that I generally prefer post-apocalyptic fiction to fantasy. I reached the end of the book with only one significant criticism: Rob, if you are going to throw ancient Greek terms at your readers as rapidly as one of your polyboloi throws bolts, then for heaven's sake, include a GLOSSARY! Although the author includes plenty of context and usually a brief definition of each Greek term he uses, the inclusion of a glossary would have added a good deal of depth to the reader's appreciation of the work. There is something here for readers of pure fantasy, as well as readers who savor well-written descriptions of life in ancient times. And anyone in search of a book that is simply fun to read could do far, far worse than this volume.< Less
Mar 4, 2013If you like fantasy, naval warfare, and history, this well-researched book written in first person by Centaur Loquacious is for you. It is set in the Fourth Century B.C. and features "huge ships, huge weapons, epic battles and voyages" as well as centaurs, satyrs, and silenoi. Rice weaves a riveting tale that carries readers through the turbulent times and subsequent battles brought about by the changing politics of this ancient time.
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- Rob S. Rice (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Esterhazy Press
- December 9, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.73 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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