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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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Jul 16, 12

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Read on June 01, 2012, read count: 1

I was weary to start the Baroque cycle because I didn't think I would find the time period and noble court setting very interesting.

I was wrong.

Neal Stephenson is a master of historical fiction, incorporating real people and events while interjecting his own characters into the heart of it all.

This first volume is split between following the story of Danial Waterhouse from the beginning of the Baroque cycle and following his story decades later foreshadowing and leading up to the end of the epoch. Encorporating all the lineages from Cryptonomicon this series is strewn with Waterhouses, Shaftoes (although not until the next book), and of course timeless Enoch Root.

This first book is a good start to a series that will have you be picking up book after book until you've finished them all.

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