- Series: The Baroque Cycle (Book 1)
- Paperback: 917 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060593087
- ISBN-13: 978-0060593087
- ASIN: 0060593083
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 537 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.” (Time magazine)
“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.” (Newsweek)
“A sprawling, engrossing tale.” (Seattle Times)
“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-” (Entertainment Weekly)
“An astonishing achievement.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end. (San Antonio Express-News)
“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.” (Book World)
“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.” (Book)
“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.” (Independent)
About the Author
Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Do you like adventure stories about piracy?
Ever wonder about the plague, the London fire of 1666, and the debauchery of the Restoration?
Do you like stories about counterfeiting? How about ones starring Isaac Newton as a master of disguise?
Do you like crazed conspiracy tales filled with bodice ripping, massive amounts of gold, the King of France, and a man with bizarrely mutilated genitalia?
Do you care about the philosophy of science, but also enjoy really ridiculous puns based on imaginary languages?
Do you like harem girls who turn into world-straddling giants of commerce?
Did you enjoy Cryptonomicon, and wonder what the ancestors of those characters might have been like?
Have you ever wondered about whether the big fight about "who invented calculus" actually may have been really important?
Do you like reading about the people who created the modern world?
Did you ever wonder whether Leibniz might have been the most important thinker in the history of mankind?
Then, you should read this book. Actually, if you love a ripping yarn that (incidentally, mind you) teaches you all about the above mentioned things, then you should read Quicksilver (and its sequels, which are even better). Highly recommended for the self-selecting people who probably realize that they should read it.
The funny thing is, I don't care at all for dialogue and exposition. I'm an action fan in sci-fi and epic fantasy. But I'm finding myself hurrying through the action parts of Quicksilver and settling in again when the dialogues start up once more. His characterizations are brilliant.
I am not a history buff, so any little annoying changes Stephenson may have made to actual character names like he has in previous books (i.e. "Finux" for "Linux" and "L. Bob Rife" for "L. Ron Hubbard") were lost on me which I think made the book that much more enjoyable.