Just finished reading the Baroque Cycle, Neal Stephenson's wonderful romp through the 18th century. The three books are a prequel to the equally awesome Cryptonomicon which is set in more recent times. Here are all four books stacked on my bookshelf:

Reading it on holiday:

If you've read any Robert Harris and enjoyed his alternative history novels like Fatherland or Archangel then these books might appeal. The sheer amount of scholarship that's gone into them is mind boggling, and matched only by the sheer amount of fun that the characters get up to.

* That picture seems to have included many of my favourite books in the background - except We need to talk about Kevin - I don't remember reading that yet.

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