Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can... show more
Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance. A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time. And it's just the beginning ...
Publish date: October 13th 2009
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
Series: The Baroque Cycle (3 volume)
As the first part of eight books it is clear that Stephenson knows that he has all the time in the world to tell his story.Daniel Waterhouse, the protagonist in two different times in his life, alternately runs back and forth as a member of The Royal Society and putters around on a ship on the New E...
logorrhea... logorrhea... how many words does it take to explain one minor attempt at ciphering a letter. how many minor counts, baronets and aristotrash attending a single german prince's minor meeting about a small business venture does it take to complete a neal stephenson book...oh god, NS, Diam...
I did this one on audiobook and the time shifts were hard to follow at first. Confession: I checked the wikipedia page to orient myself, which made a big difference in my comprehension and therefore my enjoyment of the book. I am a math nerd and I loved watching Isaac Newton and his process. What...
Historical SF that got me really interested in history. To the point of getting a PhD. Really.
pically never quit on a book, and I didn't quit on this one either. However, I will probably quit on the series. Heck there are two or three more books in this cycle and I don't think I could handle being lectured to for another 2-3 thousand pages. I hear his first work, Snow Crash, is really good b...