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Sand Reckoner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    For the past 24 hours, I have been to Ancient Greece and met Archimedes!

    Gillian Bradshaw has the ability to transport the reader to Ancient lands in such a way that you can smell the sea and feel the dust on your sandals. The Sand -Reckoner depicts a time is history when life was cruel and unjust for many;however, Ms. Bradshaw's ancient tale allows the reader to witness the barbaric warfare, and to know the thoughts of characters that have no control over their lives(women and slaves) without tainting their dialogue and thoughts with politically correct views and ideas. This enlightening novel gave me a glimpse as to what it must have been like to live in this glorious age when mankind was just beginning to understand the wonders of the universe. I can't wait to begin the next thrilling adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000


    <P>None of the novels I've started reading recently really caught fire with me (I currently have 4 half-read novels sitting in various places around my condo). Then I picked up Gillian Bradshaw's latest, <I>The Sand Reckoner</I> and read it in one shot. <p> Wow. <P> Gillian Bradshaw moved onto my auto-buy list with her previous novels, <i>The Beacon at Alexandria</i> and <i>Island of Ghosts</i>. <i>The Sand Reckoner</i> proves that she's only getting better and better with each book. A work of historical fiction about Archimedes, her novel includes a strong romantic element and she provides an emotionally satisfying ending. <P> <i>The Sand Reckoner</i> is filled with sympathetic characters, high stakes, fabulous historical detail, witty dialogue, a sweet romance, and lovely, lovely writing. I saved this book as a reward for completing some unpleasant chores, and then read it all in one sitting, happily absorbed in the world of ancient Syracuse. <P> This novel is really the story of two men: one a boy genius slowly coming to terms with the magnitude of his gifts; the other, his slave, a proud man torn between his affection for his master and his hatred of his slavery. Along the way, we get glimpses into the restricted lives of Greek women, early Roman warfare, the Museum at Alexandria, and some breathtaking works of engineering genius. <P> Ms Bradshaw has the rare gift of truly making the past come alive. Her settings are always unusual and her characters are a delight. <P> I eagerly look forward to reading her next book. Whatever she chooses to write about next, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.<P> Karin Welss

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great historical fiction

    Archimedes loves his time in Alexandria where he shares his intellectual pursuits with fellow-minded individuals. He sits for hours pondering and studying sand contained inside a box because he loves math, especially geometry. The world floats around him, but nothing seems capable of distracting Archimedes from his pursuit of knowledge. There is no thought of returning home to Syracuse until he learns his father is dying. Archimedes ends his three-year sojourn in the intellectual capital of the ancient world to come home. <P>Syracuse is at war with the Romans and the newly arrived Archimedes is drafted to use his mechanical skills to defeat the enemy. He builds superior war machines that that help his city-state come closer to victory. King Hieron wants Archimedes to exclusively work for him and not the Egyptian monarch who has made an offer for the now famous engineer's services. However, Hieron's regal support and nurturing lead to jealousy and betrayal from Archimedes peers and rivals. Still Archimedes falls in love with Hieron's sister, which forces him to choose between his love for math in Alexandria and his love for Delia in Syracuse. <P>THE SAND-RECKONER is an incredible and breath-taking work of historical fiction that vividly brings to life the world of Archimedes and the Classical Age of the Ancients. Using the limited information known about the great mathematician-engineer, Gillian Bradshaw paints a fabulous story that shows why she is recognized as an extraordinary author, one who uses fiction to make history fun while unfolding the past as if it is occurring today. Fans of historical fiction will want to read this superb depiction and Ms. Bradshaw's previous works such as ISLAND OF GHOSTS. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Math meets History meets Novel

    A friend recommended this book to me because he knew I was into both math and history. You really don't need to know ANY math to love this book, but identifying with Archimedes takes a small amount of math-love. The book is based on historical accounts of the time and pieces together a one-year time period during the First Punic War from the standpoint of Archimedes and those around him. It's written mostly from his perspective, but also follows the surrounding characters as well. I finished it in a few days and it reads really well. Couldn't put it down. For $10 as an eBook, I think it's a steal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    One of the best books I have read

    I hate reading something that I'm not interested in but this book was amazing. I was so great I could not put the book down. I highly recommend it.

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