Monday, August 8, 2011

Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson

Ok, this is not crime related, so I am just making a post more as a log rather than a review. Quicksilver is a sci-fi/historical drama that is the first part of The Baroque Cycle, a group of 8 novels gathered into 3 books.

The central figure is Dr. Daniel Waterhouse, a bystander to Isaac Newton and various other natural philosophers. The story also involves Jack Shaftoe, a vagabond and Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, a freed slave that ends up shaping monetary policy throughout Europe.

Overall, the story is sprawling in a Thomas Pynchon sort of way, but much more readable. A working knowledge of Eurpean history, calculus and physics will probably enhance the experience.

Up next is The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. I've alread read it, but just need a little time to catch up. I'm currently reading Cloudburst by Ryne Douglas Pearson.

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