The Philosopher Kings

The Philosopher Kings

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato's Republic and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of. The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as "Pythias" in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers--including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence--Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find--possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves "Greek." What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover...will change everything. "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, 2015
ISBN: 9780765332677
Branch Call Number: WALTO
Characteristics: 348 pages : illustrations ; 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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Apr 17, 2016

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Apr 17, 2016

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

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