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The System of the World: Volume Three of the Baroque Cycle (P.S.) by Neal Stephenson Excellent...A Stew Of Ideas With A Melange Of Historical And Philosphical SpicesEngland, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between thebrilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton,and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilitiesare suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jackhatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britains newbornmonetary system. Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Danielhas been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift betweenadversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to theidentity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up NaturalPhilosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the
impending death of the ailing queen, and the holy grail of alchemy, the keyto life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton.As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object ofDaniels 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.Personal Review: The System of the World: Volume Three of theBaroque Cycle (P.S.) by Neal StephensonNeal Stephensons Baroque Cycle is one of the most ambitious series ofhistorical fiction in recent years and he does an excellent job of bridgingthe distance between 17th century and today by focusing on putting theideas and persons in the context of their time. Having read through thevoluminous series when it came out, I was a little hesitant to re-read thethree books (Quicksilver, The Confusion, The System of the World) but mycuriousity won out. Im glad it did. There is so much information packedinto the series that the second reading really made me appreciate theideas and historical personalities invovlved.I also noticed something that had slipped by me the first time. DanielWaterhouse, rather than just being a neutral participant in the storyline,really came out as a catalyst for all the events in the book. Even more, histransformation from a person scared into inaction by the fear of othersdisapproval into a man capable of exerting his will to make the world abetter place is absolutely central to the storyline and Im sad to say that Imissed it the first time. This slow transformation permeates all three booksand I think it must something very personal to Mr. Stephenson.The other arguement for a second reading is that the events are socomplex and the historical descriptions of warfare, economics and naturalphilosophy are often so detailed that catching everything after only onereading is difficult. I think of this as a strength of the book rather than aweakness, although some people probably do not appreciate the density ofbackground material in the books.The Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon form an interwoven historicalnarrative and I think that they wi ll stand as a great literary achievement. Ido wish hed intersperse more of his shorter novels Snow Crash (BantamSpectra Book) and The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Ladys IllustratedPrimer (Bantam Spectra Book) alongside his large works (Baroque Cycle,Cryptonomicon, Anathem) but Ill happily read anything Neal Stephensonwrites since he has a gift for conveying complex ideas in an exciting andcompelling way. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The System of the World: Volume Three of the Baroque Cycle (P.S.) by Neal Stephenson 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!