• "[A] massive tour-de-force- Dense, witty, erudite, packed with fascinating characters, and gripping despite a distended length, <i>Quicksilver</i> is both a worthy prequel to <i>Cryptonomicon</i>, 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 <i>The Name of the Rose</i>."