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Lest Darkness Fall Paperback – 1963


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pyramid Books (1963)
  • ASIN: B0015JDMVY
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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HASH(0xb6764978) out of 5 stars One of Sprague de Camp's Best July 14 2015
By Kathy Burford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is more like science fantasy than science fiction, involving only the past, not the future. Archaeologist Martin Padway suddenly finds himself transported from modern Rome to the first half of the sixth century AD. He muddles through by guessing at what would be midway between classical Latin and modern Italian, making friends with a Goth named Nevitta and a religious banker named Thomasus (the multiplicity of competing religious views and arguments is a running joke). Martin would like to stave off the dark ages that he knows are coming, so he starts reinventing things that he thinks will be useful, using Roman materials. Fortunately the book contains only one story (rather than two novellas as in some other works), so Sprague de Camp can develop the plot more fully and create more in-depth characters. The details of Martin’s attempts at duplicating inventions and dealing with the complex world of late Rome are engrossing and often very funny. Highly recommended if you like humorous/light fantasy.
HASH(0xb6441f90) out of 5 stars Reading the original text is fun. Jan. 5 2013
By nakamoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this book, when I was a student 30 years ago, in translated text (Japanese). I understood the background history only vaguely at that time, so I read some books about Goths, Romans, etc., which really invoked interests in me.
As the electronic delivery has become ubiquitous recently, I started reading the original books, which used to be expensive.

Though the story was written in 1939, the stage is in 6th century, there's nothing out-of-date. I could enjoy the well-thought time-slipped adventurer's wit and struggle.
I also found that Martin finally decided not to introduce gun powder because there already had been more than enough weapons. It still holds.
HASH(0xb66be2ac) out of 5 stars An amazing read..... June 16 2013
By philswan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Its what I love about alternate history, the story simply does not date. This book was written in 1936 and apart from an early reference to there not being 'another great war' once the main character is back in the 6th century then nothing is dated as its history!

Its a great premise for a book, I mean how would you stop the dark ages perhaps easy if you are a king but not if you are a common man. The writing Is great with the odd slap of humour.

No point in asking for a sequel I suppose....since the author would be about at least 97 years old...shame another author could not take on the story as its a great idea.

Highly recommended

Phil
HASH(0xb6309dd4) out of 5 stars excellent book of the "alternate history genre" April 6 2015
By gil - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent book of the "alternate history genre", and considered by many to be one of the fathers of this modern type of literature. like many early science fiction writers, this is one more of those "technology solves all" tales, but unlike others of this kind, this one works...
HASH(0xb685ca98) out of 5 stars ... tone is a bit condescending because of that (Amerika uber ales), but it's still worth a read May 17 2015
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an old book and the overall tone is a bit condescending because of that (Amerika uber alles), but it's still worth a read.

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