the baroque cycle

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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2005-08-01 12:48:43

just finished reading the baroque cycle by neal stephenson (it's a trilogy: quicksilver, the confusion, and the system of the world). it was.. lengthy. each of the three books was ~850 pages, and most of it was not as good as it could have been.

the first book was the most boring. apparently (although i only vaguely remember this) i tried reading quicksilver when i was in ottawa two terms ago and gave up. this time i managed to get through it, but only just. the second book was the best, but still not nearly at the level of cryptonomicon. the third was so-so. the ending was kinda dumb and therefore disappointing. meh. all in all, i probably wouldn't recommend it.

oh, and for those of you who have read cryptonomicon and were wondering, enoch root is in fact immortal. or rather, he knows how to resurrect people. or something along those lines. in case you weren't wondering and are now wondering why you should have been wondering, there's a part in cryptonomicon where enoch dies in (sweden?) in the WW2 part of the book, but then he shows up later playing card games with the present-day waterhouse in a jail cell.

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