The action picks up a notch and the characters are fewer, making it easier to follow. Also not as much jumping around compared to Quicksilver. Still the main focus of the book, like Quicksilver, is the rich historical period. The historical aspect of the series still seems to dominate the fictional characters and plots. Stephenson though writes extremely well and makes it come alive and interesting. Not dry historical fiction which tends to dominate the books I get. The narration continues to be top rate and probably makes this book a 5 star rather than a 4 star. Looking forward to book 3 in the series.
I would read it but not listen again. There is so much information and history I would need to really have time to absorb it all.
Cryptonomicon,by the same author, is equally full of information and funnier than King of the Vagabonds (which is really only the second half of the first book of the Baroque Trilogy titled Quicksilver).
Yes, part one of the this book. Equally good.
This is not a separate book from Quicksilver; this is the second half. I am NOT pleased that you sell it as two books!
near the top
the characters, more of a story than the first installment.
yes, Simon Preble was great reading 1984.
I am listening to the series. This book has been the easiest to follow so far. They all seem to jump around, unless you are paying close attention you will loose your place. I would have rated it lower, but I am comparing it to the rest of the series.