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Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream.
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Vocabulary

I'm almost finished with Quicksilver and will be starting on The Confusion after I've taken a break and read something less exhausting. It's not that it's difficult to read; it's just minutely detailed about everything, setting, characters, interaction, description, all of it. It's cool to be able to really feel immersed in the book, to feel what it was like to live in 17th century London/Vienna-under-siege/Versailles/Amsterdam, but it makes it a little too dense for bedtime reading.

Neil Stephenson's vocabulary is astounding. He has used more words that I didn't know than even A. S. Byatt did, and she used all sorts of words from British literary academia. Some of Stephenson's words are archaic or rarely used in a modern setting or are simply trade/science/jargon.

The only difference is that I can usually figure out the meanings of those new words from its context from Stephenson's work. Byatt is much more troublesome. I still enjoyed Byatt, but I enjoyed her more after I threw the dictionary away from me and stopped trying to look up every word I couldn't figure out.

What novels or non-fiction have you enjoyed that you felt you had to chew through sometimes to get through it?
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