Angels and No Demons

As puffy books go, Angels & Demons was OK. I remember that it must have taken me an afternoon to finish the book. But just like the DaVinci Code, I could only stomach 27 minutes of the associated movie with Tom Hanks. Ok, maybe for the DaVinci Code, it was about 30 minutes. I watched about that much. Taking breaks didn’t help. In the end, I just moved on.

Personally, I think Dan Brown books are alright. I think that if you like the DaVinci Code, you should really read Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Now that’s a great conspiracy book. When I was 17, I read the French translation, Le pendule de Foucault. There were so many complicated words that were used in this book, that I needed a dictionary in order to grasp it fully. I’m planning on reading it again, but don’t foresee any problems as I’ve read other Eco books without needing any reference books.(Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana) None of these were as complex as Foucault’s Pendulum.

That kind of reminds me when I read War and Peace for the first time. I must have been 12 and had to stop when there were all these descriptions of troop movements. I started up again a few months later to finish the book. I remember the ratty old copy my mom had lying around. Strangely enough, this copy was taken by my wife to Asia when we moved there. She took it out of my library.

Quicksilver Neal Stephenson

I’ve been trying to read this book for years.

Quicksilver.

The Baroque Cycle.

I think that this was my fourth attempt at trying to read it. I found a post from last year when I was trying to read it as well. I was at page 150. Currently, I’m almost halfway through the 900 page monster. I’m a Neal Stephenson fan. I’ve enjoyed Snow Crash, Crypotnomicon, and other Neal Stephenson books.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is the first volume of his series The Baroque Cycle. The second and third volumes (released in the second and third quarters of 2004 respectively), are entitled The Confusion and The System of the World.

Quicksilver is set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, mostly in England, France, and the United Provinces, with sections that take place further east and in Massachusetts. The scenes from the 18th century are narrated in the third person present tense, while the scenes from the 17th century are third person past tense.

These are the books that I’ve read from this author. Snow Crash and Interface are incredible. I loved The Diamond Age as well.

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