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The King of the Vagabonds, Neal Stephenson (HarpurCollins, 2003 {Brilliance Audio, 2010; Narrator: Simon Prebble (with Forward by Neal Stephenson)})

The King of the Vagabonds by Neal Stephenson, is a fun if improbable alternative historic romp across 17th century Europe. It is the highly enjoyable second installment in the Baroque Cycle, and though it does not pick up at the end of the cliff-hanger end of the first book it is a fun and brilliant read in its own right. Continue reading

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Quicksilver: Baroque Cycle Book 1, Neal Stephenson (HarpurCollins Publisher 2003: {Brilliance Audio, 2010; Narrator: Simon Prebble}

What do you get when you combine Oliver Cromwell, Blackbeard the Pirate and Sir Isaac Newton? A very good novel by Neal Stephenson. Quicksilver is the first of a trilogy that is highly enjoyable, though like other of Stephenson’s works, it does sometimes read like an enormous info-dump. I can’t say this book is for everyone, but for that growing number of speculative fiction fans who want to think deeply about their reading, I highly recommend this book.
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