The Years of Rice and Salt

The Years of Rice and Salt

eBook - 2003
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Alternate history based on a world where the Black Death killed most of the population of Christian Europe, China, India, and the Middle East are dominant regions, and Islam and Buddhism the dominant religions.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9780553897609
Characteristics: 763 p. : maps ; 18 cm.


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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 wor... Read More »

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Sep 16, 2012

His best book to date - which, given his other stellar work, is really saying something!

The more you put into this book, the more you get from it.

Mind boggling,

arllynh Sep 10, 2012

This novel is dense, idea-heavy, plot-light and at times the actions/characters are almost impossible to keep straight. But it is well-worth reading, if perhaps one section at a time rather than all the way through in one sitting.


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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

In an alternate history world, the population of Europe is almost completely wiped out by the Black Death during the fourteenth century. Three superpowers - China, India, and the nations of Islam - battle for supremacy in a World War destined to create a new world order.

SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

This novel sets up the premise that Europe's population was decimated by the Black Death plague in the 14th century and China was the country that discovered and colonized the New World.


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