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Nov. 22nd, 2005 01:46 pm Decisions, decisions...

So, do I keep wading through Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, which is the first of 3 thick books in his Baroque Cycle, where I'm on about page 60 of 944 (yes, I bought all the hardcover editions when they came out, and they've been sitting on my shelf taunting me ever since)?

Or do I set it aside and indulge in the quick treat of mind candy that is the latest Honor Harrington book from David Weber, which just arrived from Amazon this afternoon?


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Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
The Baroque Cycle is, ultimately, worth the effort. IMHO.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Appropos of nothing, doublejack, as a rabbit owner, I have to say that your little icon of the rabbit breaking a balloon had me laughing inappropriately loudly in my office. Where did you get it? Is it your rabbit?
Date:December 7th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Nope. Just a pre-made icon I snarfed from some other random LJ user. I'm shameless like that. =) Glad you like it -- it cracked me up, too.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Life's too short to read bad books! If you're dreading slogging through it, put it down. Read the treat.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Quicksilver starts out as a bit of a slog, but it's a great read. It's also split into pretty much three books, so you could easily read the "Waterhouse book", and take a break to read the Honor book. Things really pick up the pace in the second section, the "Saftoe book".

I suppose I could offer to take the Honor book and keep you from temptation for a few days. Although frankly, at this point I'm probably two books behind in the series because I tend to wait until they come out in paperback.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
Stay the course! Quicksilver does start out slowly and somewhat inexplicably, but it does pick up the pace quite a bit in the next section, and in fact, the Waterhouse parts from 1713 are quite a bit different than the rest of the book, and the whole trilogy for that matter, which will become noticeable further along.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Trudge, trudge... By the way, I was wrong before, I was only on about page 45 when I posted my original message. NOW I've made it page 60. Trudge, trudge, trudge... ;-)
Date:November 23rd, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
If you ARE planning on staying the course, write down peoples' names and titles. You'll really appreciate it when you start the second/third books and he's referring to people you've forgotten.
Date:November 23rd, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh... Can't I find Cliff Notes on the web somewhere yet? ;-)
Date:November 23rd, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
A year ago when I was looking for that there wasn't anything, perhaps by now...
Date:November 24th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge Stephenson's fan, but I didn't think the Baroque Cycle was worth the time. I'm also a very fast reader. If you must try them, skip the *entire* first "book" (about half of the first volume), as it covers very little you can't live without.

On the other hand, it's still better than any Honor Harrington book...