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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (February 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Q9U4S4
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de Camp has a lot of other novels should be available on Kindle. He used to do a novel for every issue of "from unknown worlds." They're all great. In particular, the Harold O'Shea/incomplete enchanter series for our hero goes to alternate worlds with different laws of physics and magic are just a fun read.
There have been various novels and short stories written on this theme and some are quite pessimistic about how a 20th Century man would do in an era predating gunpowder, large sailing ships, and powered engines. Poul Anderson's "The Man Who Came Early" is perhaps the most notable of these. This novel, by contrast, is optimistic, and does a good job making its case that a fit and smart man of our time might do quite well. Without giving too much away, our protagonist introduces innovations such as Arabic numerals and the zero (which made arithmetic computations infinitely easier and more accurate), double-entry bookkeeping, and distillation of alcoholic beverages. More would be telling, but this is all great fun.
This is an enjoyable and readable novel that almost anyone will enjoy. RJB.