The trilogy is "The Baroque Cycle", beg pardon for the brain fart.
Much is said about the Englishmen from the unpronounceable Isle, Stephenson has used this gag before, and I doubt not it'll appear again. I can't say why it's so funny, it just is.
Pynchon's "Lewis and Clark', a pomo classic, would go well with 'The Baroque Cycle'. So would Diana Gabaldons utterly irrestable 'Outlander' series. Which shows no signs of ending any time soon, so get started as soon as ever you can, this is some real fun fiction, done to a turn.
Read one chapter(best to do the books in order, they are direct secqels. Reading out of order will confuse, DG is a very able plotter, wonderfully unpredictable, just plain good!