I cannot believe I finished The Baroque Cycle! It is a major undertaking and it seemed at first as if I would never complete it. Now that I have and now that I see the story as a whole I am just amazed by Neal Stephenson’s creativity and his ability to tie so much together making this unique and unpredictable story. Stephenson is quite long winded. What I mean is that he does not leave out a single detail. While I personally love this kind of writing, this slow but incredibly insightful journey of a tale, many would probably become bored or lose interest so I wanted to point this out. I recommend this series to anyone who loves historical fiction with a fantastical flair and a sometimes dry but witty and clever sense of humor.