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The Gryphon's Skull (Hellenic Traders #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the tradition of Steven Pressfield and Mary Renault, a seafaring novel of the ancient Greeks

The vast tapestry of the Hellenic world unfolds in this stirring tale of two traders from the island of Rhodes, who range across the wind-blown face of the beautiful and treacherous Mediterranean in search of adventure and profits.

In Over the Wine-dark Sea, H. N. Turteltaub trans
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 7th 2003 by Tor Books (first published December 1st 2002)
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May 15, 2014 Ty rated it it was ok
It sold itself well as a seafaring adventure, which I wanted to get into. But in the end...(and at the beginning), boring, really. It's billed as an adventure, but as far as I read it very little adventure showed up. A lot of talking.

What is worse, it was not interesting talking. (Which I CAN enjoy.) But the dialogue was written in such a way as to pack in as many Greek words and facts about Ancient Greece as possible. That made it sound a little absurd.

Also the characters are too "witty" by hal
Jun 02, 2009 Burt rated it it was amazing
HN Turtletaub is, of course, Harry Turtledove, of alternate history fame. Under the Turtletaub name he writes historical fiction, principally the adventures of Menedemos and his cousin Sostratos, ship captain and traders on "the wine dark sea." The novels are not exactly plot-free, but they contain a wealth of information about life in the 4th century BCE. I just love them and eat up all the detail on the history of the day. I don't think many others do, but if you like this era, like to read ab ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stiff, expository dialogue? Check.
Awkward, unnecessary sex scenes? Check.
Four stars? Check.

If you like the ancient world, this is sweet candy. Yum. It's got ship design, lingustics, clothing design, numismatics, warfare, gender relations, comparative cuisine studies, theology, philosophy, poetics, and more.
Mar 16, 2012 Colin rated it really liked it
Shelves: junk-food-lit
The second book of a series, as enjoyable to me as the first. Turtledove is amazing in both his understanding of Hellenistic Greek culture, and his ability to convey that understanding to the reader.
Dec 27, 2013 Brentman99 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like Harry Turtledove.
While this was a stand alone book, I wish Turtledove had made it a series. Written under his pen name, this is another good book that captures ancient history well. I enjoyed it.
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