Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

This is the thriller The Da Vinci Code should have been: an ambitious, intellectually omnivorous tale set in 17th and 18th Century England that pits scientific geniuses (Isaac Newton is a major character), duplicitous noblemen, grizzled mercenaries and saucy ladies against each other in a gargantuan, galactic page-turner about money, power, knowledge and the origins of the modern Western world.