Decisions, decisions... - MtnVwPilot
The Baroque Cycle is, ultimately, worth the effort. IMHO.
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?
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.
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.
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...