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Quicksilver

Stephenson, Neal (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The exploits of an alchemy-rejecting scientist, a vagabond leader, and a former Turkish harem prisoner intersect in the world of the American colonies, the Tower of London, and the courts of Louis XIV.
Authors: Stephenson, Neal
Title: Quicksilver
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 927 p. ;,25 cm.
Notes: Maps on end pages.
Contents: Bk. 1. Quicksilver
Bk. 2. King of the vagabonds
Bk. 3. Odalisque.
Summary: The exploits of an alchemy-rejecting scientist, a vagabond leader, and a former Turkish harem prisoner intersect in the world of the American colonies, the Tower of London, and the courts of Louis XIV.
Local Note: 1 6 23 29 53 104 106 109 118 133 148 160 167 173 210 216 222 224 228 235 243 264 268 272 278
Also available as an eBook (Harper Collins)
ISBN: 9780380977420
0380977427
Statement of Responsibility: Neal Stephenson
Subject Headings: Alchemists Fiction. Scientists Fiction. Eighteenth century Fiction. Seventeenth century Fiction. Adventure stories.
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Alchemists
Scientists
Eighteenth century
Seventeenth century
Adventure stories.
LCCN: 2002035752
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Sep 08, 2013
  • GeoffAbel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Normal humans are not capable of writing this great. Stephenson never fails to make my brain hurt (so good). Sure he overwrites (900 pages in book 1 alone - and it took me soooo long to read) but everything is pure gold. This may not be the best book of the author's to cut your teeth on (maybe read Anathem first to get his unique style) but this story has everything possible in it from calculus to ribald adventure. MUST READ!

Aug 25, 2010
  • philisgreat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A marvellous book and an amazing adventure. Worth taking the time to read this and the other 2 in the trilogy.

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