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Slaves of the Shinar

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The storied land of Shinar can be both brutal and forgiving. For two men making their way under its harsh sun, it is a land of fate, blood, and strife. Uruk is a nomadic thief from the jungles of sub-Saharan Africa braving the hard walk across the desert. His destination is nothing less than the fabled city of Ur, its temples swollen with riches. Ander is a slave, and has ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by The Overlook Press
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Brady
Oct 26, 2008 Brady rated it liked it
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For a debut novel, the book was surprisingly easy to read and kept me interested throughout. The story did not captivate, but did hold my attention. However, I was constantly reminded that the novel was from a new writer.

It took me longer than expected to figure out who the main characters where as well as the actual storyline. On multiple occasions, I felt like I invested too much interest into certain characters or sub-plots only to have them end without warning. There are parts of the book t
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Sdwolfpup
Jul 22, 2008 Sdwolfpup rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
A book that suffered from a misleading book jacket summary. I spent the entire book expecting it to conform to what the summary hinted at but it never came together. Even without that summary, the book itself was disappointing. The characters never came together for me and I only barely cared about any of them. The writing was straightforward, but there were a lot of editing problems in the version I read, which I found very distracting. There is a good sense of place in this, and the idea of it ...more
Matthew William
May 19, 2015 Matthew William rated it it was amazing
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This was a great book. It captured my attention from the opening chapter. It is a great account of what life and the battles were like in the ancient middle east. I highly recommend this book.
Michael
This was an imaginative and relevant book. A fiction set in Mesopotamia around 2500BC. (Between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In the general area of mythical Eden and the real Babylon.) There was a city there called Uruk that was ruled by Gilgamesh, and this book imagines it's founding.
Janice
Nov 13, 2009 Janice marked it as to-read
actually I want to read Year of the Horse by this author. It was reviewed in the kdl sci fi and fansty newletter but I could only find a error record and it's not listed here...strange
Susan
Nov 01, 2007 Susan rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this. I just could not get into it- I didn't find a character I really connected or empathized with and that's a big negative for me.
Sumayyah
Apr 16, 2012 Sumayyah rated it liked it
Interesting premise and story but WAAAY too much focus on the black-skinned people versus the pale/white-skinned people.
Avery Burns
Sep 21, 2009 Avery Burns rated it liked it
Historical Fiction. First novel. Fictional account of early cities and wars in Mesopotamia.
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Justin was born in Boise, Idaho in 1974. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in philosophy, was named one of the school’s Top Ten Scholars, and invited to present the valedictory address at the commencement of the College of Arts and Sciences. Soon after, Justin moved to New York City, where he enrolled in Columbia University’s Writing Program, specializing in fiction and sincer ...more
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