The System of the World
England, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton, and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack... show more
England, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton, and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack hatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britain's newborn monetary system. Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Daniel has been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift between adversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen, and the "holy grail" of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton. As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object of Daniel's quest, everything that was will be changed forever ...This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publish date: September 6th 2005
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 908
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Alternate History
Series: The Baroque Cycle (3 volume) (#3)
The third book in Neal Stephenson’s The Baroque Cycle is the best. Strangely enough Daniel Waterhouse, my least favorite protagonist, is the star and leads us to an exciting conclusion. The Baroque Cycle is a collection of eight books in three volumes; an opus of 3,000 pages to the Age of Enlight...
Review to follow.After this I read: Cold Days
Wrapped itself up very nicely after the previous book. Much more focused--Jack's storyline wasn't nearly as insane or hard to follow as in The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2)...probably because this takes over a shorter period of time. But I liked how, so many decades later, the characters have al...
Phew - that was something, spending 3 months in these books. The last one did have some parts that dragged, but I was glad that he managed to wrap it up without falling into a big morass of WTF as often happens with Stephenson.
I was tricked into reading this, but I'm glad because why else would I have started in on this 2700 page trilogy? Years ago Neal Stephenson intrigued and thrilled me with his cyber-punk classic "Snowcrash" so that I could see where he was going with "Diamond Age" a neo-victorian culture in an incred...