Thus spake the Virgin Queen:

In fact, of all the popular writers I’m currently reading I would have to say that only Neal Stephenson routinely comes up with plots that are original and engaging and surprising

Which wouldn’t hurt a bit, were it not combined with this recent post:

I absolve myself of all responsibility for my lack of posting lately, as it is entirely Vox’s fault. I’ve been reading The War in Heaven at breakneck speed in between lab duties and I will be posting a book review soon.

On second thought, it probably doesn’t apply to me at all, considering that “popular” is not an adjective often applied to me wearing my writer’s hat. But in any case, I have no problem admitting that Neal Stephenson is a much more interesting and accomplished novelist than I am.

Dan Brown, on the other hand, has merely sold more books….