- Series: The Baroque Cycle (Book 1)
- Paperback: 917 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060593083
- ISBN-13: 978-0060593087
- 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: #76,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The entire 'novel', which is the first 'novel' in the Baroque Cycle, was actually split into 3 'books' when it went into paperback.
It is not entirely evident, since the title of the first 'book' and the first 'novel' have the same name.
I ordered this book and The Confusion and System of the World thinking I'd purchased the whole cycle. When I got to the end of Quicksilver, I discovered I had only read the first part of the first book and was missing two more books that should be read before the other two I'd already purchased. All-in-all, 5 books. The first 3 are 400+ pages per book, and the two following novels are upwards of 800 pages and 900 pages respectively (the norm for Stephenson).
Beware readers: If you intend on purchasing and reading all the books in paperback in order, you will need to purchase and read these books in this order:
The King of the Vagabonds
System of the World
That being said, so far, I have enjoyed the first 'novel', although not nearly as much as Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash, so I'm hoping it will get better in the next several hundred pages. If not it will be an exhausting read of more than 3100 pages and/or a waste of money.