• "[A] massive tour-de-force- Dense, witty, erudite, packed with fascinating characters, and gripping despite a distended length, Quicksilver is both a worthy prequel to Cryptonomicon, and an indication that Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is shaping up to be a far more impressive literary endeavour than most so-called "serious" fiction - No scholarly, and intellectually provocative, historical novel has been this much fun since The Name of the Rose."

    Charles Shaar Murray, Independent
  • "Staggering diversity and detail ... An astonishing achievement."

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A great, heaving countryside of a book...consistently funny...fluent and elusive, while retaining just the right hint of poison"

  • "Stephenson mixes a library’s worth of ideas with compulsive derring-do … its scope and inventiveness become addictive."

    Time Out
  • "A breathless ride…the writing gives an immersive sense of time and place"