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3.0 out of 5 stars
Too much Salt, 27 Oct. 2003
Years of Rice and Salt first got my attention due to its interesting core plot, i.e. the non-existence of Europeans. While this is indeed a good base for the story, the novel as a whole does strike me as needing more work, especially at the start since the descriptive style is somewhat simplistic but this does improve quite quickly. Likewise there is little expansion of any of the characters aside from those who keep being re-incarnated. This said there are many fine points to this book; the core plot does keep you wondering what's going to happen next and the emotions of the central characters are explored to a detail you don't normally see. In general if you are interested in this genre then it's probably a good buy otherwise you may feel slightly disappointed.