I picked The Baroque Style to be the next book after my intro to Stephenson with Seveneves, largely due to the 4&1/2 star ratings of volumes 2 and 3, as they are the only Stephenson books rated that highly by Amazon readers. A quick glance at the reviews for The Confusion shows many comments to the effect that this was the favorite book of the three. Now that I'm 55% through volume 3, The System of the World, I can now say that I agree with those comments and absolutely loved The Confusion. Stephenson adds a lot of action to the story in this volume, and Jack Shaftoe takes center stage, whereas Eliza and Daniel Waterhouse were the stars of Quicksilver, volume 1. But otherwise The Confusion is more of what makes this series great, brilliant storytelling and intrigue, lots of laugh out loud dry humor, Stephenson teaching as usual about so many different topics, and a wonderful and detailed look at the lives and loves of prominent and common people living in France, England and The Netherlands. Oh, and the dialogue. I have never been captured and held by dialogue before, and as with the first volume, even without the action in this volume, I would come back solely for the dialogue. I have concluded that Neal Stephenson is the most entertaining author I have read.