[uicksilver] E–pub î Neal Stephenson
Gerous as ver with the new English king The immensity of detail is such that I m thrown deep into the late sixteen hundreds without pause or breath and I feel like I m getting one hell of an immersion It s also so full of interesting plots and twists going back fully into the anti slavery angle ven while whole parts of Christiandom want to nslave whole other parts of Christendom just because of their beliefs it feels like an insane move to go any further or wider in scope when there s such dissension verywhere you lookAnd then there s the science and the conomics and the way that the perennially tapped nobles play the markets in order to regain their wealth The science bits are always the most fascinating for me but I have to be honest The conomics bits are pretty damn close to the top as a favorite Let me be clear I read and loved Cryptonomicon which is like an Epic Economics treatise as well as a cryptography primer so getting the arly xplorations of these same topics but within the frame of Europe during this time is a real treat So much to learnI m really impressed
By These And I Ve these and I ve got five to go What will happen next to my poor MCs cry This is the final book in Volume 1
of The Baroue Cycle and I am very pleased to say that Stephenson wraps things up very The Baroue Cycle and I am very pleased to say that Stephenson wraps things up very while still leaving me wondering what happens further on This book contains both the volving stories of Daniel Waterhouse and Eliza during the tumultuous 1680 s Charles II has died and there is a new king of England however of course things are not that simple A new word is born Revolution or at least given new meaning Not only a revolving around but now a Revolution as we commonly know the word today as an uprising And Daniel and Eliza although both in completely different parts of Europe are uite in the middle of verything Neal Stephenson writes so clearly about these sophisticated political situations and also the ideas of Natural Philosophy at the time that I have no problem understanding and following along One thing I would like to mention that this first Volume has taught me and that is that humanity in the late 17th century could be just as polite nice charming vicious and vile as it is todayThere is so much uality to match the uantity of this massive Volume so if the sheer size of the books of The Baroue Cycle scare you I can assure you it is than worth your time Why do I keep reading theseIf I could just have a few hundred pages of Neal Stephenson talking about the history of science and currency without these characters I would be thrilled Likewise if he could tell me a story about these characters in which I actually believe they have some agency rather than just being pulled along by historical vents that already happened Even a well made clock drifts and must be re set from time to time Neal Stephenson Odalisue An odalisue was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish haram seraglio particularly the ladies in haram of the Ottoman sultan So the book title references Eliza who in book 2 King of the Vagabonds is rescued by Half Cock Jack King of the Vagabonds Eliza in this book A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, enters the world of Europeanconomics and spycraft She rises from broker of the French nobility The Shadow Reader eventuallyarning the title of Countess of Zeur She also aids William of Orange as he prepares to invade England gaining the added title of Duchess of ghlm The book also brings us back to Daniel WaterhouseI personally missed Jack Shaftoe but that was partially assisted because we were introduced to his brother Bob ShaftoeI ve Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies enjoyed Volume one I m a big fan of the Age of Enlightenment and was thrilled toxperience of fictionalized Pepys Newton Leibniz William of Orange tc. Ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of nemy king. Fictionalized history of The Power Of A Choice europe actually netherlandsngland france and germania during the 1680s follows the xchange in amsterdam the court of the sun king the short lived reign of james ii and continuing transformation of the scientific world newton and leibniz struggle to xplain gravity and thus the solar system should science simply try to describe the universe newton or try to xplain it leibniz what place is left for god and hence the catholic church if science can xplain the mechanics of the world and The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right even predict the future in the 1600s being able to predict where a planet would be in the future was viewed satanic sorcery among the relig Well the history is good but it s not much of a novel or narrative really is it There are short passages where the author becomes a bitxcited though in general its uantity over uality I will read the remainng 5 books over the hopefully 40 remaining years of my life I think I m done with The Baroue Cycle for this decade anyway This is the third book in the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling eight book Baroue Cycle and also the third part of the first volume So it involves a fair amount of tying together separate characters and story arcs introduced in the first two books uicksilver and King of the Vagabonds which is mostly accomplished by having Eliza meet up with Daniel Waterhouse in England Jack Shaftoe does not appear at all in this book though he is alluded to a few times by other characters His brother Bob does make an appearance near thend introducing a story arc of his own that intersects with those of Eliza and DanielStructurally this book follows the latter part of King of the Vagabonds in switching back and forth between two geographically distant characters points of view Where in the second book it was Eliza and Jack here it is Eliza and Daniel who are much similar in temperament and habit both are smart cautious characters who observe plan and then act rather than heedlessly throwing themselves into the thick of things This makes for suspense and sense that ach narrative is building toward something as
Opposed To Just Listing Along From One Episode To The to just listing along from one pisode to the But it also makes for fewer ntertaining incidents so if you really liked Jack s part of the last book you might find yourself bored by this oneEliza by now is nsconced in King Louis IV s court at Versailles where she has a sponsor of sort the comte d Avaux whom she met in the previous book and who has gotten her a position as governess to the children of some noblewoman That s only a pretext for her to be at Versailles though where she has several important roles she keeps shrouded in varying degrees of secrecy Nearest to the surface she acts as personal finance manager to practically the ntire court most of whose members are nearing bankruptcy trying to maintain their households and wardrobes at a suitable level of opulence Known to fewer people she corresponds with d Avaux keeping him updated on what goes on at court she also corresponds with the Natural Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz who has published his calculus She uses a couple of different codes to write her letters the letters she writes to d Avaux are written in a simpler code that she anticipates will be broken by Dutch spies who are her real audience for
*those missives d *missives D it was revealed in the last book is working to undermine King Louis but is not pro Dutch ither I m not 100% sure how much his agenda and Eliza s overlap though I don t THINK he knows the Dutch are reading his correspondence Anyway at the highest level of secrecy she s spying for William the Prince of Orange who intends to seize power in EnglandAnd reading that paragraph you will start to see why I don t like the ti. The trials of Dr Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one hundredfold. ,
Tle of this installment in the Baroue Cycle An odalisue is a woman whose defining feature is her idleness she s kept by others to be idle and beautiful for them Eliza who has to be the one the title refers to is dizzyingly active ALL THE TIME simultaneously doing two or three incredibly difficult things and making sure no one sees her doing them at any given time Stephenson might well have chosen the title ironically that s the only way I can see it making any senseI mentioned that Daniel Waterhouse comes back into play in this book he does and when we meet him he has come into his own as a political power player He s still a Fellow of the Royal Society but he doesn t conduct any research of his own Instead he hangs around King James II s dwindling court watching his doctors try to treat his advanced syphilis and talking with other people about what s going to happen next He intercedes on behalf of his fellow Puritans getting them released from jail whenever they get rounded up on suspicion of fomenting another rebellion remember that in the first book Daniel s father Drake was instrumental in bringing Oliver Cromwell to power and was rewarded for this by having his head cut off once Charles II was restored to the throne While he s watching and waiting the Glorious Revolution happens around him He knows he has played some role in bringing it about but he mostly just wanders around dazed once it actually starts unfolding Mostly he tries to keep an ye on his friend Isaac Newton who is going off the deep nd abandoning physics for some sort of Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. esoteric metaphysics His parts of the bookspecially compared to Eliza s and specially toward the nd are anticlimactic Finished this 3rd book in the series I njoyed the book that features things like spionage and science cryptography and political intrigue The uestion I have did people really care on this much sexually or is the sex gratuitous But was free and outrageous than classical so perhaps the author was trying to depict this difference historically while I could have done with a bit less sexual detail it does fit the time period Interesting book The book is rich in science details features the Royal Society member in the English scientific community Such characters as Isaac Newton and Liebniz Its an interesting way to brush up on history Like the others in this series the plot and characters don t really grab my attention but the writing style is so Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, entertaining I read it anyway After reading and thoroughlynjoying Cryptonomicon I instantly dove into this book hoping for nay Il morto di Maigret expecting the same delightfulxperience I m sure that to some French andor British historians and other learned persons steeped in the soteric machinations of the Royal Families tc this book is a delightful way to pass time I will simply call it tedious Lucid satiric verbose and imaginative as well but that is of course the very reason I started reading it to begin with All the hallmarks of Neal Stephenson buried in 20 pounds of make up wigs and cravats insufficiently illuminated by wavering tallow and plaue ridden pyres Still going strong We have all the characters from the first two books plus a few ntries that only deepen the sense of the world of Europe In the
*previous two we *two we to see a lot of England and then a massive amount of the Dutch world in the second but this one focused mainly on the FrenchOur favorite teasespy lives her life as a fake noble but not so fake that no one fails to realize it but that s all right It s the life of intrigue in Louis the Fourteenth s court Truly fascinatingWe also return in full force to Daniel and while veryone is older the political intrigue is nevertheless as dan. In an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities as the beautiful and.