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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

The first book of the Baroque Cycle explores the world of 17th century Europe, bearing all the marks of Stepehon's signature style: complex character development, meticulously-researched background, a fascination with men of science and technology, fast action, and a razor-sharp wit. This one is more in the vein of his last novel, Cryptonomicon, than his earlier sci-fi/cyberpunk works. Much attention is given to the development of science (Newton and other members of the Royal Society, the world's first real scientific assembly, are primary characters) in this piviotal age. Don't worry though - there's plenty of sex, drugs, violence, so the book can be enjoyed on many levels. This is one of those works that needs to be read more than once to fully grasp all the concepts that it presents, but that doesn't prevent it from being plenty enjoyable the first time around. Sheer genius.
Rating: 5 of 5
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Category Title Author Rating Description
Sci Fi The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson
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Quite possibly the most complex, intelligent, and well-written piece of literature ever created.
Sci Fi Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
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Sci Fi Zodiac Neal Stephenson
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