I put many place markers in my copy of Cryptonomicon just so I could revisit particularly well-crafted passages. Stephenson is a genius.
What are you reading? - Page 351
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.
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.
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."
Examples of historical novels are:
War and Peace.
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.