Thursday, January 22, 2009

Well Worth the Time

by Neal Stephenson

Expansive, detailed, interesting, informative, historical; these all can describe book one of the Baroque Cycle. This books takes place at the origins of modern science in Europe, around 1660 through 1720 (give or take). Where science was expanding and religion and the old system of kings was trying to be more controlling. If Stephenson does anyhting, it is excessive research. So this book is very dense with facts interwoven with a moving plot.

Well worth the time and commitment to read all three books. But if you have never read him before I would suggest starting one of his stand alones like Cryptonomicon or Snow Crash. Still massive books, but does not involve a trilogy od 2700+ pages.

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