May. 12th, 2006

dreamtouch: (bm yukata)
I just finished volume two of Neal Stephenson's trilogy The Baroque Cycle. I didn't dare start the series until my trip to Europe gave me all that time sitting on airplanes. I expected to be hooked and to a degree I am. As I expected, it is an extraordinary and enriching read, well worth my setting aside my usual aversion to long novels and especially to multi-volume long novels. It covers the development of the modern world in a highly evocative and insightful way. I recommend it for those who have not read any of his other works. This work may well be celebrated as his best, but I consider his earlier and shorter works to be better and worth your first attention. Of course the last volume may change my mind, and I'll let you know if it does.
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