Comments: Meat Puppetry

After reading Cryptonomicon, I couldn't wait to hit Quicksilver. I was disappointed. The storyline about Daniel Waterhouse I found very interesting, but I couldn't get into the Jack Shaftoe parts. I started it over again, but just can't seem to finish it.

Posted by Howard at January 7, 2005 02:13 PM

I finished the Baroque Cycle a few months ago and I loved it. While it took me forever and a day to get through Quicksilver, I sped (in relative terms, of course) through The Confusion and The System of the World. Great books and a very satisfying read...when you finally make it to the end. I'm currently reading Cryptonomicon and I'm loving it. Fascinating stuff. I completely agree that Stephenson was making an allusion to Gibson, and he's too smart that I cannot believe it was unintended. He seems the sort who would throw that in there, wondering who would pick up on it. Good for you that you got it. It completely slipped past my husband, who is a Gibson nutjob.

Howard: stick with it. Jack is so confusing in Quicksilver, but he's also ill. I found that once I accepted I was delving into the mind of one who was insane, and let reality drop, it was much more enjoyable. *SPOILER* Plus, he does disappear for the final two-thirds of the book, if that helps you to make your decision.

Posted by Kathy at January 7, 2005 05:59 PM
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