Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A Year in Books - The Baroque Cycle

At almost 3000 pages of the smallest type I feel like I've been reading this trilogy forever, certainly on and off for most of the year. Neal Stephenson's epic defies categorisation. It can loosely be seen as historical fiction, but that doesn't start to give it justice. All I can say is that you wont have read anything like this before.The action spans decades and continents. It covers everything from the age of scientific discovery, piracy , the birth of stock exchanges, the intrigues of European politics, alchemy and the start of the royal mint, mixed with good old romance, sex, adventure and violence (and this description only touches the surface). It reads a bit like a historical romp but is chock full of ideas that you cant help yourself but think a bit deeper about. It has a cast of 100s, with a vagabond, a republican and an ex slave girl mixing with Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren and the Sun King. The plot meanders all over the place and a bit like heading away from a motorway, it takes longer but it is a lot more interesting a journey . The biggest test is that after 900+ pages of the first book you cant wait to start part 2 and 3.

If you want to be entertained but also give your brain a work out here is where you can buy

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