I’m in the middle of “The Years of Rice and Salt.” It’s my first KSR book, and I’m hooked! Wow!
Not only is KSR a great SF writer, he’s a great WRITER, period. He obviously does a lot of research, and he practically puts you into the minds of his characters, even for spiritual experiences! I wonder if he’s a spiritual man himself, or dabbled in world religions? He seems to have great empathy for his characters. There’s even a chapter written from the point of view of a tiger! This isn’t just SF or fantasy, it’s historical fiction/fictional biography at its finest.
I may never read Turtledove again. “Master of Alternative History,” my butt. Just because you do something all the time doesn’t mean you’re the best at it!
By the way, has anyone read Steve Barnes’ “Lion’s Blood” yet? Similar premise.