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Neal Stephenson, The Confusion

Few novelists can delve with equal relish into lengthy descriptions of the bloody impact of a musket ball between the eyes and the intricacies of 17th-century international currency exchange. Neal Stephenson’s settings and excessively descriptive passages may be baroque, full of filigreed architecture and well-mannered brutality, but he uses a postmodern touch to chart the evolution of science, market systems, and society’s dependence on codes – whether for cryptography, data storage, or etiquette.

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