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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.
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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.
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'Dense, witty, erudite, packed with fascinating characters... No novel has been this much fun since The Name of The Rose.'
'A great, heaving countryside of a book...consistently funny...fluent and elusive, while retaining just the right hint of poison.'
'Stephenson mixes a library's worth of ideas with compulsive derring-do...its scope and inventiveness become addictive.'
'A breathless ride...the writing gives an immersive sense of time and place.'
'Stunning... [it defies] any category, genre, precedent or label - except for genius.'
'a great, heaving countryside of a book, massive in scope & littered with treasure.'
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Publication date7th October 2004
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