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I put many place markers in my copy of Cryptonomicon just so I could revisit particularly well-crafted passages. Stephenson is a genius.

There have been several spots where I didn't spot the joke, or the brilliance of a passage, until several pages later, whereupon I went back and reread the passage and greatly enjoyed it. It's an extremely well written book so far. Like I said, only a quarter of the way through, but I am loving it.
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I'm about to start this, which a friend at work loaned me:
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After plowing through a bunch of Faulkner, my mind needed a reset with some light pop fiction, so I'm reading Vince Flynn's "Transfer of Power". Such stereotypical jingoistic, pro-military nonsense, but it is rather entertaining. Exactly what I needed.
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After plowing through a bunch of Faulkner, my mind needed a reset with some light pop fiction, so I'm reading Vince Flynn's "Transfer of Power". Such stereotypical jingoistic, pro-military nonsense, but it is rather entertaining. Exactly what I needed.

Being that he was from up in these parts, very popular around here. Never read him, but would hear him regularly on a local radio show. Folks were crushed when he died recently.
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Being that he was from up in these parts, very popular around here. Never read him, but would hear him regularly on a local radio show. Folks were crushed when he died recently.

You're in the Twin Cities? So am I actually, though not originally from here. Hearing about his death on NPR made me finally decide to pick up one of his books.
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This could very well be the stupidest book I've ever read. Good thing it's only 124 pages.

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You're in the Twin Cities? So am I actually, though not originally from here. Hearing about his death on NPR made me finally decide to pick up one of his books.

Yup-
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Have you read Antony Beevor's recent tome? And if so how does this compare?
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The fabulous series - THE WORK AND THE GLORY, by Gerald Lund

 

"The Work And The Glory, an historical novel centered in the 1800's in a young America - begins with the saga of the Benjamin Steed family, who, in the fall of 1826, move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. Almost immediately they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of controversy that swirls around him. Is he a deluded farm boy or a prophet of God? Sincere seeker of truth or clever charlatan? Does he commune with angels or consort with devils? The answers to those questions - intensely personal, bitterly divisive - will profoundly affect the lives of the Steeds and many others."

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So it's Mormon historical fiction?
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So it's Mormon historical fiction?

Yes.
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So it's Mormon historical fiction?

 

Examples of historical novels are:

War and Peace.

 

I, Claudius

More at:  Wikipedia link

In the WORK & THE GLORY SERIES - The author has included non-fictional and fictional characters into true historical events occurring in the 1800's - so that the individual impact on people could be explored.  Although the series is a fictional work, in another sense it is not fictional - where it tells, as accurately as possible, the story of the rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the various state's elected officials, the western movement of American pioneers, and other experiences as documented in the author's bibliography and sources.

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So it's fictional except when it isn't.
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