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The Years of Rice and Salt
The Years of Rice and Salt | Kim Stanley Robinson
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With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years. In his grandest work yet, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a world vastly different from the one we know.... The Years of Rice and Salt It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occurthe coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europes population was destroyed. But what if? What if the plague killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have beena history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt. This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the worlds greatest scientific mindsin India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions and Christianity is merely a historical footnote. Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world. From the Hardcover edition.
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AdaChivers
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This book was in my tbr mountain for over a decade but I'm glad I read it at this moment.

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I liked this well enough but I don‘t think it delivered on its amazing premise, ie what if even more of the population of Europe had succumbed to the Black Death, leaving Christians a tiny minority and leading to the dominance of Islam and the Chinese? Some parts were heavy-handed and others dragged.

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Got a couple hours of reading in between work and my swim session.

I like this book but it‘s taking forever to read.

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Updated #tbr till the end of this year. Currently reading two of them.

Melissa_J I‘m in the process of picking out my reads for the rest of the year. It‘s a little easy though, since my picks will mainly consist of books I‘ve already started but haven‘t yet finished. 1y
twohectobooks @Melissa_J I‘m hoping I‘ll be able to squeeze in a few more during my Christmas break reading frenzy, but these are the ones I really want to be sure to finish this year. Have never really done this before, so we‘ll see how it goes! 1y
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This is a scene in which the Chinese discover the Americas. But dandelions are a non-native species introduced by Europeans, so they shouldn‘t be here at all yet!

Not a major issue, obviously, but this really jumped out at me.

(If there are native plants called dandelions that are different from the introduced ones, please jump in and correct me!)

Lindy Yes, there are native dandelions, different from the introduced common dandelion. I don‘t know if the native varieties would fit the location and description in this text, however. 1y
Lindy Also, since this is alternative history speculative fiction, I would allow the author leeway in regards to plant species. (It‘s been a few years since I read it, but I remember getting thoroughly engrossed.) 1y
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Does The Baroque Cycle count as alternate history? If not, this is my first alternate history novel in seven plus years, since I read The Difference Engine. Very excited to dig into this one.

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Coffeeshop breakfast. Caffeinating and starting my next book club pick before heading off to a service on Buddhist principles at the local UU church. Thanks for the opportunity to win, @ju.ca.no ! #drinksandbooks #giveaway

ju.ca.no that looks delicious😍 2y
2BR02B @ju.ca.no it was! Can't beat homemade granola. Mmm. 👅 2y
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#setinthemiddleeast & a few other places, too. #maybookflowers
This was a powerful read!

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