Hard to put down. I was deep into plot and characters. The story is absurd, but that was what I needed.
As a fan of dystopia and speculative hard sci-fi, it was great to have a lighthearted read like this. I like history, but am not a history nerd. I thought Shakespeare was fine as a student, and I am an English professor, but I am not at all a Shakespeare nerd. History and Shakespeare are two main themes here and it didn't bother me one bit to learn some interesting tidbits along the way.
Sure, I wouldn't have read the first book in the series had Neal Stephenson not been the coauthor. I admit that. I am certainly glad that the story continued on here.
Hope to read another absurd story in this series someday.