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An intriguing starting premise,,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Years of Rice and Salt (Hardcover)
as is the structure of this novel, which spans centuries of imagined history using the same character archetypes. (Which seem to be angry/cynical, naïve/optimistic and calm/inquiring.) But I was disappointed with where Robinson takes us. World history without Europe it seems would be, well pretty similar to the one we perceive now strangely. I also got no impression that the characters in the story were significantly different in their cultural background than myself, which surely cannot be right. In other words the book suffers from the same problem that (among others) the Star Trek series has. You know? Vulcans are just Americans that talk about logic all the time, Klingons are just Americans that talk about honour all the time, osv.