eligible curtis sittenfeld paypal join us on facebook make the most of Lovereading rebus 30th anniversary
Search our site
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon Read the opening extract of the brand new Nicolas Obregon book before its publication on 18/09/2017

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  

Quicksilver

Historical Fiction   Literary Fiction   eBook Favourites   

RRP £10.99

Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

A massive historical tour de force (926 pages!) of staggering scope and invention about the founding of the Royal Society. It features a huge cast of characters and is quite simply stunning. So, if you are into reading massive tomes then this one is definitely for you.

If you like Neal Stephenson you might also like to read books by Cory Doctorow, Iain Pears and William Gibson.

Synopsis

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson follows his international bestseller, the WWII thriller Cryptonomicon, with a novel set in the 16th and 17th centuries, in a world of war, scientific, religious and political turmoil. With a cast of characters that includes Newton, Leibniz, Christopher Wren, Charles II, Cromwell and the young Benjamin Franklin, Stephenson again shows his extraordinary ability to get inside a place and time; as he did for the futures of his science fiction (Snowcrash,The Diamond Age) and for WWII (Cryptonomicon), here he does for the England of the Civil War and the Europe of the Wars of Religion and the Scientific Revolution.

Quicksilver is yet another tour-de-force from a writer who is simply unique.


Browse inside this book

Reviews

'Dense, witty, erudite, packed with fascinating characters... No novel has been this much fun since The Name of The Rose.'
Independent

'A great, heaving countryside of a book...consistently funny...fluent and elusive, while retaining just the right hint of poison.'
Telegraph

'Stephenson mixes a library's worth of ideas with compulsive derring-do...its scope and inventiveness become addictive.'
Time Out

'A breathless ride...the writing gives an immersive sense of time and place.'
The Face

'Stunning... [it defies] any category, genre, precedent or label - except for genius.'
Time

'a great, heaving countryside of a book, massive in scope & littered with treasure.'
Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the author of eight novels, including the cult successes Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award six times, winning with Quicksilver. Four of his last five novels have been number one New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Seattle.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on CRYPTONOMICON...
From the author of the major cyberpunk opus SNOW CRASH, a massive tales of conspiracies that span the ages and the globe as wheels within wheels of clandestine espionage and secret history unfurl. Wide screen baroque at its best and what Pynchon would write if he were a science fiction author.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

7th October 2004

Author

Neal Stephenson

More books by Neal Stephenson
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.nealstephenson.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Arrow

Format

Paperback
944 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites

Historical fiction
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099410683

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools