I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't make it past the first section. So erudite, so boaring, so full of non significant significance. I fell for the promotion of it. If you like the history of this period, stay away from this book.
The narration was good, historical facts mildly interesting, plot was weak. I noticed it was a series and downloaded all three. After listening to the first, I thought it was mediocre at best but couldn't imagine anyone publishing a series if it didn't have some appeal somewhere. I assumed book 2 would improve on book 1 and 3 would be the pinnacle that everyone seemed to be raving about. Book 2 was even worse, I could not stay awake. I never downloaded book 3 and am looking to return it.
I was first introduced to Neal Stephenson through his book Cryptonomicon (to which, in some ways, Quicksilver is a distant prequel). I loved Cryptonomicon, with its intricate plotlines, its fantastic characters, and its tidy resolution. I was eager to read more.
Quicksilver was a good book, but it did not live up to Cryptonomicon primarily because it is too slow moving.
If you are interested in natural sciences and the history of the Royal Society, this is a playful historical fiction that is extremely interesting in its portrayal of those scientists, their debates and activities.
The main character is a sort of ambling good-natured scientist who meanders through various scientific societies making acquaintance with some of the great minds of the time through seeming happenstance. In this respect, I loved the book and its completely irreverent approach to these great minds.
However, it had none of the adventure, urgency, or swashbuckling of Cryptonomicon. It was an interesting read, but a very slow one. Amusing and entertaining, but never gripping.
I wanted to like it. I think I liked it. I feel confused....
It was different to listen to a book based in the 1600's. I usually avoid those as they are mostly romance. The language and culture used in the book were a bit hard to get used to. The story felt disjointed but had many moments that perked up my ears.
I am not sure what to say beyond that. I love history, science, and economics so I will place my trust in Neal's hands and continue with the series.
Seven hours into this book, there is no discernable plot. And the book is gross, with descriptions of animal torture. I have nothing against a little grossness, as long as it is relevant to the story. This, so far, is not. I will not continue to listen.
the concept is amazing. the interactions between the great scientists of the 19th century. i never even realized that all of these great discoveries and inventions were happening within the same few decades.
however, the book was extremely difficult to get through. slow, not always fun.
I'm sorry to say that I've tried and failed to finish this book. There are choice pieces of information that I find fascinating but it's not enough to keep me interested. I love period history and that is what drew me to this book in the first place....I'm sorry, but I need a PLOT!
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So disappointed in the book overall. I expected more. The story drug on and on and never got anywhere. Would not recommend your time or $.