9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A good idea badly implemented,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Years of Rice and Salt (Paperback)
This book has a good idea behind it and starts well. However, as the book progresses, the inventiveness and originality get overshadowed by just how utterly dull the book is. Robinson spends pages building up this "world without Europe" only to have his characters do nothing in it. Another problem is the fact that the characters are reincarnated several times as we follow them through history. This means the book is like a collection of short stories and very dull short stories too.