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The Years of Rice and Salt

The Years of Rice and Salt It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur the coming of the Black Death History teaches us that a third of Europe s population was destroyed

  • Title: The Years of Rice and Salt
  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780553580075
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur the coming of the Black Death History teaches us that a third of Europe s 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 been a historIt is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur the coming of the Black Death History teaches us that a third of Europe s 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 been a 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.

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    1. Kim Stanley Robinson says:
      Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award winning Mars trilogy.His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work He has, due to his fascination with Mars, become a member of the Mars Society.Robinson s work has been labeled by reviewers as literary science fiction.Excerpted from.

    Comment 493 on “The Years of Rice and Salt

    1. Clouds says:
      Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

    2. Ted says:
      4 1 2 stars Now rounded up to 5Alternative history, a very believable tale of how the world s civilizations would have could have developed if, in the fourteenth century, the plague that killed 30 60% of the people in Europe had instead killed virtually 100% including almost all Christians and Jews , while being less virulent in the middle east and Asia The subsequent six plus centuries up to roughly the present day are dominated by an Old World population predominantly Taoist or Muslim, with ge [...]

    3. Bradley says:
      This one s going right in the category of OMG this is epic SF of a very serious nature and scope.It goes well beyond the normal subgenre of alternate histories to throw us into a vast and very impressive exploration of China and India as they completely dominate the culture and space of the entire world under the slight alteration that most of the Caucasian world died off in the Black Plague.It s really gorgeous and it flows really well Expect many short novellas giving us snippets of time from [...]

    4. Saadiq Wolford says:
      Dear Kim Stanley Robinson,I think your Mars trilogy is one of the greatest pieces of science fiction every written I ve read it twice in the past ten years and will probably read it three times before I grow old I even read the first book in your eco thriller trilogy and, though there s not much plot to speak of, thought it was interesting In short, I love you, man, you re mi hermano.But, damn, how did you manage to screw The Years of Rice and Salt up The concept is golden the plague completely [...]

    5. Travis Johns says:
      lesson to be learned just because you like one book or in this case, three by a particular author doesn t necessarily have to imply that you will have to like all books This, my darlings, is a blatant case in point Thy premise The black plague knocks out 99 percent of Western Europe so far, so good However, instead of focusing on the immediate after effects of such an event, as is the case with the first chapter, albeit in somewhat of a too stylistically poetic fashion, the novel instead embarks [...]

    6. Mosca says:
      .What if the White European Christians had almost all died out in in the fourteenth century Kim Stanley Robinson has written an Alternative History that isn t steam punk, nor Nazis winning WW2.This is a smart, well constructed, work of historical inquiry that spans seven centuries without the assumed Caucasian and Christian historical domination There are a small cast of well constructed thoroughly human characters who live through those seven centuries in a very different Eurasia, Africa, and e [...]

    7. Bettie☯ says:
      Rosado on the road.Description It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur the coming of the Black Death History teaches us that a third of Europe s 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 been a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a histo [...]

    8. Zab says:
      In retrospect, it s surprising that there aren t MORE fantasy novels about a group of people being reincarnated multiple times, with lives sprawling through a centuries long alternate history But, if there were, most all of them would not be as good as this.The reincarnation plot complete with matter of fact scenes set in the bardo between lives is an excellent way of tempering what would otherwise be a sometimes depressing plot Basically, the novel starts shortly after the Black Plague kills ev [...]

    9. Jack says:
      A classic of speculative fiction This one has really stuck with me, and continues to inform my thinking on any number of topics, not least the clash of civilizations, the impermanence of human culture, the non inevitability of European historical domination, how indigenous American societies might have survived and thrived, and .The book starts somewhat slowly, but is worth sticking with Terrific circular structure to the storytelling becomes and powerful as the various tales and the trip thro [...]

    10. Aerin says:
      Now there is nothing left to doBut scribble in the dusk and watch with the belovedPeach blossoms float downstream.Looking back at all the long yearsAll that happened this way and thatI think I liked most the rice and the salt The Years of Rice and Salt is a thick, dense alternate history spanning continents and centuries Its vast cast of characters includes, as the blurb puts it, soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars Through their eyes we see the forces that shape t [...]

    11. Ben Babcock says:
      I dug into The Years of Rice and Salt with much gusto, for its premise was an intriguing example of why alternate history can be so seductive Yet almost immediately, my expectations were completely torn apart and shoved in my face Sometimes this can be good other times it ruins a book completely In this case, while I quite enjoyed some of the philosophical aspects of the book, it failed to sustain my interest for its 760 pages.In this version of history, the Black Death decimates the white Chris [...]

    12. Chadwick says:
      An alternate history, in which the what if is, what if European culture had been totally eradicated by the Black Plague Using the conceit of a group of repeatedly reincarnated souls returning again and again as the thousand odd year saga unfolds, Robinson hits yet again with a thoroughly brilliant work that asks all of the important questions that face us concerning life on earth, most crucially how do we get it right In The Years of Rice and Salt, the world ends up being divided between Islam a [...]

    13. Daniel Roy says:
      Let me start by saying that I m not generally a fan of Kim Stanley Robinson s work I loved Red Mars, then stumbled through Green Mars and gave up in disgust at Blue Mars I found they were filled with exposition and endless descriptions of landscapes, and I really didn t like the fact that the main characters stuck it out through three novels instead of allowing interesting characters to take their place.I felt drawn to The Years of Rice and Salt, even though the same annoyances seemed present T [...]

    14. Jess says:
      Finishing this book was a chore It was impressively researched, decently written, and incredibly insightful, but at the end of the day I found myself glancing at my watch and trying to remember why I was supposed to care The marketing of the book is quite misleading This isn t just a straightforward alternate history book What if the Black Death killed off 99% of Europeans and the rest of the world s civilizations survived Rather importantly, it is a story about reincarnation You start in the f [...]

    15. kaśyap says:
      A sprawling historical narrative spanning centuries The major theme dealt with in this book is the speculative philosophy of history.Does history as whole have a structure A direction Is there a teleological sense to history Is history a progress The author s opinion here seems to be in the affirmative and so he leaves us with a lot of optimism at the end of the story.This book is set during the period of Christian domination In this alternate history, a plague kills almost all the Christians So [...]

    16. S.A. Parham says:
      I d seen this heavily recommended by others with similar reading tastes, so I had high expectations for it The premise what if the Black Plague killed 99% of Europe s population was intriguing For the first two or three sections, the reincarnation system of recycling the main characters even worked for me But after a while, I started to feel like I was reading a textbook This happened in this era This happened in the next era Half the time, I didn t see the characters long enough to form any int [...]

    17. Fantasy Literature says:
      In The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson uses the Black Plague to remove the Europeans, leaving the Old World to the Chinese, Islam, and the many cultural groups that end up in India The Chinese discover the Americas, their diseases spread through the Native American populations, and their armies plunder the Incans The novel begins with the Plague, but its vignettes move from one period of history to the next until it reaches the end of the 20th century.How do you write a novel about [...]

    18. Jeff says:
      I picked this up from the library after reading good things on the AVClub in a section about alternate histories I found the premise of The Black Plague wiping out almost the entire population of Europe and how that would affect the socio political development of the rest of the world to be very promising Unfortunately, this premise is mere backdrop for an extremely boring story Someone really should re visit this idea in the future because it holds so much potential.I appreciate that, had Chris [...]

    19. Cpd says:
      We had people over for the Fourth for the fireworks and, of course, the house had to be cleaned and by that, I mean all the books sprawled about the floor in lazy, often surly piles, crowding every available planed surface had to be reined in and brought to order Rice Salt got rammed into a corner atop the largest bookshelf in the living room and I m looking at it now it balefully staring back at me I do not like this book In fact, I ve been trying to dump it for the last however long I ve had i [...]

    20. Nikki says:
      Rather than a novel, this is like a series of short stories novellas It follows the same characters through various incarnations In some of them the connections are easy to make, in others it s not so easy The alternate history aspect is interesting, and couldn t have been fully explored without this device, I suppose, but I found it jarring to be jerked from time period to time period, culture to culture, and I never really fell in love with the characters as continuations of the previous char [...]

    21. Koshin says:
      I really enjoyed this book I wanted to read the book on its premise alone What if Europe had been wiped out by the plague, how would world history have been shaped without a European influence The book is a series of different short stories that catalogue the lives of people at different points in the alternate history, from the time after the plagues in Europe until the modern era Each story is an alternate history different important points that coincide with history The Islamic renaissance, d [...]

    22. Derek says:
      I was very disappointed It s not that the book is badly written it isn t but I thought I was reading a what if European civilization had never developed novel, but really it seems completely irrelevant that the Europeans were wiped out in a plague Instead, it s a series of vignettes about life in other parts of the world, that seem like they could have occurred with or without Europeans present.

    23. Tim says:
      This is the fourth KSR book I ve read so far The previous 3 were his Science In The Capitol series In The Years Of Rice And Salt KSR travels back to the past, to a world where Europeans play no role Thanks to the 14th Century Black Plague No, this time it s about what if the world would have been dominated by the East, under influence of the Islamic and Buddhist religions,.As you can imagine, beliefs, religion, spirituality all play a key role in this novel It s such an epic work 763 pages , tha [...]

    24. M.G. Mason says:
      Kim Stanley Robinson is one of those rare breeds in SciFi today, he writes what is traditionally called hard science fiction but he differs from the likes of Alastair Reynolds, Greg Bear and Peter F Hamilton in that there is a great deal of focus on the fundamental changes in society that new technological advances bring In this way, he is very much like Ray Bradbury.This is a departure from Robinson s hard scifi though as he branches out to explore the realms of alternative history but the qual [...]

    25. Jonathon says:
      I knew the basic premise going in what if the black death had killed off 99% of the population of Europe instead of the historical 30% What I didn t expect was the form it would take in a novel a series of somewhat interconnected short stories following the reincarnation of various characters through hundreds of years of history At first I didn t know what one had to do with the other until the novel began to bring up themes of reincarnation as do over, a chance to try things again in different [...]

    26. Art says:
      In an alternative history, the Black Death destroys Europe and the world is divided between China and the nations of Islam, with India and the New World asserting themselves in lesser ways It is seen through the eyes of the same group of people, reincarnated time after time, striving to make the world a better place It s a neat premise, and it starts out fairly strong but I honestly wish the author resisted the temptation to include page after page after page of various character musing about wh [...]

    27. Cassandra says:
      This isn t an easy book to read, and it s not at all what I expected The blurb describes a world where the bubonic plague wipes out 99% of Europeans, making European civilization and Christianity a mere footnote of history This is a super interesting premise, and I expected a sweeping historical tale in the style of A Game of Thrones Instead, the book itself is divided into ten stories scattered across the world and time In most cases, the stories are so focused on the characters that it s hard [...]

    28. joyce says:
      Hmm I liked the Mars trilogy and had high hopes for this one but couldn t get than 3 4 of the way through Premise excellent Execution awkward What if the Black Death had wiped out 99% of Europe s population instead of only 30 40% Whole course of history altered, etc etc Unfortunately, it was too ambitious and might have worked better at half the scope, with the rest left to the reader s imagination.Robinson doesn t give you enough time to really get attached to the characters before cranking al [...]

    29. Tracy says:
      I took this book out in April I ve been trying to finish it ever since I finally admitted to myself that I m not going to be finishing this one I remember having the same problem with Red Mars, the only one of Robinson s Martian trilogy that I read I feel badly, there were parts of this book that I loved, especially the story of the Widow Lang and Ibrahim I could have read a novel about them I also loved Bold and the story of him riding through lands emptied by the plague I thought the poetry wa [...]

    30. Jim says:
      returning this to the library What I read of this I enjoyed Perhaps this would be a good summer vacation week book for me back at it This is a book which has a number of unfamiliar historical references Here are some URL s for details,Book 1 Temur the Lame aka as tamerlane historytoday richard c The Magyar Plains and the Magyar People hungarianhistoryeeservers.cZheng He the Great Chinese Armada ngmtionalgeographic ngmThe Tooth of the Buddah Temple of the Toothen.mpedia wiki Templ

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