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September 30th, 2003

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09:13 pm - Incompetent Caretaker
One would think that one concerned about one's health would concern oneself with one's proper care and feeding. One would think, and that one might be wrong.

Corvis has eaten twice today, at his scheduled times, in his scheduled quantities.

Only now do I realize I haven't consumed anything today except pills -- no food, no water, nada. And despite that I am neither hungry nor thirsty; indeed, my stomache is quite content; I will now attempt to remedy this situation.

I'm now more than a quarter done with Quicksilver. After my previous post, I rallied and did some research work. Then I took the dog to the bookstore, acquired the book, and romped around the reservoir. Only then did I curl up with it -- it is good.

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Date:October 1st, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
I only recently recieved the book, but I am waiting until a moment of tangible need for a godsend before I read it.

I am also considering rereading Cryptonomicon before I delve into it, just to 'get in the mood.'

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Date:October 1st, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'd say that rereading Cryptonomicon, assuming that isn't a large reading burden, might be worthwhile -- or, at least, I'm tempted to reread it after I finish this one, just to reexamine Enoch Root.

Quicksilver isn't quite as smooth as the previous books, although at least we can look forward to the ending not being as miserable because he's still got at least 1400 pages (800 reported by amazon.com for the next volume) to go in the cycle. But it is deftly woven.
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Date:October 1st, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's ever safe to assume that Stephenson won't fuck up an ending. I mean, he hasn't managed not to yet. Although Cryptonomicon didn't so much end as just trail off, which was an improvement to his earlier stuff.
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Date:October 1st, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)
I just don't think he tried to write an ending -- that's what The Confusion and The System of the World are going to be. I completely anticipate disappointment with the last 100 pages of a 2000 page cycle...

I'll let you know if there is an ending to this one. I'll know in a day or three.

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