Friday, May 07
New Terry Pratchett book. See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 05
The Confusion, which constitutes books 4 and 5 of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver being books 1 through 3), is a rather better-written and more cohesive work than its predecessor.
Indeed, in many ways it is clear that the main purpose of Quicksilver was to set the scene for The Confusion and the concluding volume (to come), The System of the World. A 900-page introduction is still rather on the wordy side, but I agree with what others have said: That The Confusion retroactively improves Quicksilver; and indeed, the way the ending of the former points towards the opening of the latter (and yes, I meant it that way) is rather neat.
In fact, I am now even willing to give Cryptonomicon another go.
(Neal Stephenson's web site, on the other hand, sucks.)
Sunday, May 02
Just finished reading Quicksilver.
My take: Far too long. Stephenson needs to be ruthlessly edited. Or, you can take the view that it's not a novel, but a collection of short stories and essays, in which case it still needs to be ruthlessly edited.
It's a decent book, and interesting, but it would be a much better book if there was less of it.
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