The System of the World

(The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)

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'Tis done. The world is a most confused and unsteady place -- especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy -- in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return to England's shores. Aging Puritan and Na
Wrote 12/13/09
The Sytem of the World
The conclusion to the fantastic Baroque Cycle. Science, politics, economics, intrigue, adventure, alchemy, Isaac Newton, counterfeit currency, the Bank of England, an anti-hero with half a penis - what more could you want? Awesome - this series is...Continua
Wrote 3/22/09
if you don't know how to close a book
... and this has always been Stephenson's problem, being a genius at setting up incredible situations, complex characters, weird genius and almost-historical crises, perhaps a good solution is never to come to a close: or to borrow the closing from h...Continua
Wrote 1/8/09
A long time coming finally finished the 3000 page historical fiction monstrosity that is the Baroque Cycle. I quite enjoyed the riffs on history, economy, contemporary politics, philosophy either as philosophy or disguised as science (the natural kin...Continua
Challenging, but rewarding
1714. Daniel Waterhouse, natural philosopher, is back in London after a long absence. Among eminent scientists (or alchemists?), conspiring noblemen, legendary thieves and clumsy guards, he gets involved in all sort of obscure plots with the only, in...Continua
The System of the World
Again, see comments for "Quicksilver" and "The Confusion," as this is the last book in a series of three. Meanwhile... someone should convert Neal's novels into action movies, comedy/drama films (maybe starring Johnny Depp and cast members from "Pira...Continua

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