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Sublime & Intriguing,
This review is from: The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2) (Paperback)
In the Baroque cycle (of which this is the 2nd book) and in his previous book Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson creates sublime story-scapes mixing history, science and fiction to create a kind of new mythology of recent western history.
As a reader you a drawn in unsure of where the boundaries between truth and make believe lie. You mind and knowledge are vastly expanded but you always have the nagging worry that what you have just learnt isn't quite true - but the narrative is written so seamlessly that you never really find the edges.
This is epic and thought provoking fiction, if you have always loved Sci-Fi but have kind of grown up then this is for you.