SUMMARY Ó The Plot to Save Socrates

REVIEW The Plot to Save Socrates

SUMMARY Ó The Plot to Save Socrates ☆ In the year 2042 Sierra a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates recently discovered in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future Thomas the elderly scholar who has shown her the document disappears and Sierra immediately begiY begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend Max The trail leads her to time machines in a gentlemen's club in London and in New York and into the past and to a time traveler from her future posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD Complicatio. Perhaps I'd rate the book with 35 starsThe Plot To Save Socrates is towards a complicated time travel caper than what I was expecting I don't care much for books such as Crichton's Timeline which to my way of thinking are basically historical fiction with some characters who are outsiders to the historical culture being portrayed I read The Plot To Save Socrates hoping the Socrates angle would bring ideas into the story It didn't really turn out to be historical fiction in that the characters didn't tend to spend most of the book immersed in one particular historical setting Rather they hopped around between a number of times and places It also didn't turn out to have that much idea SFThe story at first has characters trying to make sense out of a few puzzling elements Later it's conflicts between different groups of time travelers who are interested in doing essentially the same thing it seems In the process there is some discussion of potential paradoxes of the actions of time travelers Readers who are as picky as me will find some uestionable circular causality in the story I wouldn't recommend the book for readers anticipating a generous portion of Socrates By the end of the book some readers may even feel Socrates' secret adds an absurdist element to the bookWe do meet some interesting historical characters At least the edition of the book I listened to had an appendix about those historical persons helping to clarify for me what was actually historical fact about themI'd mostly recommend the book to1 readers who have a taste for time travel tales and aren't too concerned with the logical consistency2 readers who like adventures with enough complexity to make the word caper come to mind3 readers who would like to see a bit about ancient Greece without taking on an entire book about it

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In the year 2042 Sierra a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates recently discovered in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future Thomas the elderly scholar who has shown her the document disappears and Sierra immediatel. THE PLOT TO SAVE SOCRATESThere’s an old saying “If you love Greek history and you’re fascinated by time travel you’ll love Paul Levinson’s The Plot To Save Socrates If you’re reading this in 2009 you’ll likely disagree that it’s an old saying but if you time travel to 2061 you’ll find that it’s true Paul Levinson’s delightful sci fi book opens in New York in 2042 Sierra Waters a student of the classics who is working on her dissertation comes across a newly discovered dialog of Socrates In it an unidentified time traveler tries to convince Socrates to escape his death sentence by letting a cloned double drink hemlock while Socrates travels to the future As the characters time travel to different periods in the past and the future the reader cannot help but be absorbed in not only the engaging plot but also by the myriad uestions that time travel raises I think we all can relate to even the smallest incidents in our own lives that have profoundly changed the course of our personal history In that sense The Plot To Save Socrates really challenges our minds as we’re led to contemplate how even the smallest adjustments in history could literally change its courseThough written in a lighthearted style the depth of research and thought that Paul Levinson put into the writing is clear and the result is truly a thought provoking breathtaking and highly entertaining novel

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The Plot to Save SocratesNs mysteries travels and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades to William Henry Appleton the great nineteenth century American publisher to Hypatia and Socrates himself appea. This is a fast paced time romp I don't think I have a full appreciation of ancient times to fully enjoy this book however that is a slam on myself not on the book A lot of this book was philosophical as any book with Socrates should be Discussions about the illogical physics of time travel If I go back in time and tell myself something and that information affects my future in a way that prevents my future self from not going back in time in the first placeWhere does the loop begin and endThe author really did do a lot of work in researching the time period Had I written this book I would of taken a whole lot of creative licenseThe index was eye opening to the realities of many of the characters in history as far as we knowThe book ended abruptly and in my opinion lacking a pay off There is a revelation that makes you go WHAT at the end but for me it was not enough A good book Worth a read I am not disappointed in anyway but it is a 3 star book A strong ok