- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy (April 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812545206
- ISBN-13: 978-0812545203
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,175,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Between the Rivers Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 1999
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From Library Journal
When the gods declare war against the city of Gibil, Sharur the merchant's son takes upon himself the task of discovering the reason for their anger. Bolstered by his belief in the ability of mortals to act without the direct intervention of divine powers, Sharur travels beyond the confines of the twin rivers that demarcate his homeland, disseminating his strange ideas of free will and independent thought. The advent of the Bronze Age and its impact on human civilization forms the backdrop of Turtledove's (How Few Remain, LJ 8/97) latest excursion into the realms of alternate history. The author's cadenced prose imparts an epic feel to this tale of humanity's attempt to forge its own destiny. A good selection for most libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Turtledove turns from the grand scale of his alternate-history novels (e.g., How Few Remain ) to a mythological theme. The living gods of each city and land in a world resembling ancient Mesopotamia intervene in human affairs or even rule directly. Except in Gibil, that is, where the lazy god Engibil has allowed the people to make their own decisions, which has led to the invention of writing, metal casting, and skepticism. For his crime, the other gods are about to descend in their wrath on Gibil. The young merchant Sharur, the city's ruler Kimash, and a foreign thief named Habbazu form an unlikely alliance to steal a talisman that holds the power of the most hostile gods and thus to free Gibil in particular and people in general from the whims of the gods. This new version of the old sf concept of the triumph of reason over faith Turtledove renders excellently, thanks to his customary historical scholarship, narrative gifts, balanced judgment, and dry wit. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
I love the detailed cultural references and customs. The mythology is great. The conflict between man and god is amazing. I probably would have spun it differently, perhaps having the gods be part of the bi-cameral brain a la Julian Jaynes, but Turtledove's take makes good fiction.
This book isn't for everyone, but it was for me.
Overall-Just fun fanstay, however I didn't like the habit the characters had of saying everything twice, lots of redundant dialogue.