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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyoni View Post
    Mine would be Neal Stephenson, hands down.

    Quicksilver but it was so dense in its history content that I read several lighter books as I read it, and it took me much longer than normal to read (and re-read as I researched info while reading). So much so that I have not yet read any others of his
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsatiableCuriosity View Post
    Quicksilver but it was so dense in its history content that I read several lighter books as I read it, and it took me much longer than normal to read (and re-read as I researched info while reading). So much so that I have not yet read any others of his
    Oh god. Quicksilver is a hard read. The Baroque Cycle (3-part series, Quicksilver is the first) are written in a different style than his other books. Try Snow Crash or Cryptonomicon first, both wonderful books that are very engaging - you won't want to read anything else in-between

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
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    'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' was wonderful, I need to read more of his books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyoni View Post
    Oh god. Quicksilver is a hard read. The Baroque Cycle (3-part series, Quicksilver is the first) are written in a different style than his other books. Try Snow Crash or Cryptonomicon first, both wonderful books that are very engaging - you won't want to read anything else in-between
    I have Cryptonomicon on my must read list but am currently reading an Ecothriller, The Last Albatross, by Aussie author Ian Irvine, and two books on physics/consciousness and one on dyslexia, aptitude in the arts (a re-read). It, The Last Albatross, is written OK but its theme is so close to reality it is quite shocking! Was written in 2008 and set in 2010 - two more to follow so Cryptonomicon is a bit down my list at the moment.

    I will add the other on your recommendation - I loved the depth of research in Quicksilver! I am a lazy historian and like to have my history peopled instead of just about one character. Well researched fiction is a great way to go
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    Nabokov.

    My favorite book is Catch-22, but Heller didn't really do much else. And Nabokov is pure joy in every sentence.

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    Terry Pratchett.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyoni View Post
    Oh god. Quicksilver is a hard read. The Baroque Cycle (3-part series, Quicksilver is the first) are written in a different style than his other books. Try Snow Crash or Cryptonomicon first, both wonderful books that are very engaging - you won't want to read anything else in-between
    I agree. Crypto was hard to put down.

    I'd have to say my favorite author though is Cormac McCarthy, with Neal Stephenson running a close second.

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