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The System of the World is the gathering of strings from Confusion and Quicksilver Plots and characters reappear and intertwine distantly and very intimately Mechanisms like a Logic Mill, a steam engine, a volcano, watches, transits, telescopes and microscopes assist the philosophers of the day to explore hitherto un resolved issues and inevitably reveal problems and issues as they are understood Inevitably however, it is the development of a financial system that stands out The three books have followed a hobbyhorse of Stephenson s the development of a monetary method from barter to direct value coinage and on into paper money Fascinating The whole series is a tour de force The treatment of the architecture, the vernacular and the accuracy of the geography brings the series alive so that we can smell the Fleet Ditch, Newgate prison and the clustered slaughterhouses and the effluent pouring into Father Thames.This and its previous volumes deserve major accolades and as for the length well, the material could also have been made twice as long and still have been interesting and absorbing For a long novel, a second or third read may help the reader understand the development and want to know about the background. Highly recommended. In This Concluding Volume Of Neal Stephenson S Epic Work, Half Cocked Jack Shaftoe Must Escape The Noose Of Jack Ketch The Rivalry Between Newton And Leibniz Comes To A Head And Daniel Waterhouse Pursues His Dream To Build The Logic MillThe Baroque Cycle, Neal Stephenson S Award Winning Series, Spans The Late Th And Early Th Centuries, Combining History, Adventure, Science, Invention, Piracy, And Alchemy Into One Sweeping Tale It Is A Gloriously Rich, Entertaining, And Endlessly Inventive Historical Epic Populated By The Likes Of Isaac Newton, William Of Orange, Benjamin Franklin, And King Louis XIV, Along With Some Of The Most Inventive Literary Characters In Modern FictionAudible S Complete And Unabridged Presentation Of The Baroque Cycle Was Produced In Cooperation With Neal Stephenson Each Volume Includes An Exclusive Introduction Read By The Author WOW what a huge and epic saga in one human life span we went from Aristotelian physics to Newtonian from Alchemy to chemistry from coins that were worth their weight in that metal to bills of exchange it was the birth of modern science and so much I m overwhelmed trying to write a review just blown away by the scope and majesty what a daunting work to undertake and what a towering success in completion.and the characters, how vibrant and memorable Jack and Eliza and Dr Waterhouse but by the end of the cycle my favorite character was Dappa. So this is science fiction author writing tremendously accurate historical fiction Shelving it among sci fi is not completely off, but most of the reasons for this are so subtle that you probably won t notice any of them it would help actually living at the times when the books are taking place The plot is taking part or less sometime between 1660 and 1730 and is concerned with a very complex confusion of political and economical evolution of European society at that time There are three main protagonists all of them fictional Daniel Waterhouse, Eliza and Jack Shaftoe From the perspective of narration, Daniel is of an agent designed to probe the problems of natural philosophy, workings of the Royal Society and the difficult mind of sir Isaac Newton, Eliza s domain is mostly economics and courtly machinations, and Jack is supposed to tell us something about the regular folk scraping their lives of dirty London and other streets with certain prospect of becoming a criminal mastermind some time later The Baroque Cycle is composed of eight books in which the protagonists try to fulfill these roles added and betrayed constantly by their own personal agendas which tend to also be entangled in other machinations it gets all so confused or just mixed together at times that it s very very hard to explain even the plot of one of the eight books after just one read through especially for someone who s already managed to forget the most of their high school education in history which originally took place in central Europe not England but I personally believe that Stephenson did all he could to make this attractive and relatable even for people like me who are not exactly history enthusiasts He expresses just amazing sense of humor ranging from some ass kicking courtly dialogues to absolutely ingenious subplot conclusions that I ll remember probably till death fighting an urge to steal and use them somehow Although a little confused and buried in all the historical details and references I probably don t quite get, I ve still enjoyed every second of reading this there is just so much that I can appreciate This is the concluding book 8 of Neal Stephenson s epic Baroque Cycle 3rd book of volume 3 as originally published Finally in this book Newton and Leibniz are placed in the same room and told by Princess Carolyn to resolve their differences As depicted in this book, the calculus issue is hardly mentioned at all The main differences that appear to be contentious are in the areas of philosophy and metaphysics I am under the impression that the physical encounter of these three individuals in 1914 in London did not actually occur as depicted in this book However, there are historical records of significant indirect communications between Newton and Leibniz The following two links provide additional historical information on this subject.Leibniz and Newton calculus controversy Clarke correspondence course this is a novel so there s plenty of adventure, mystery and suspense to keep the reader s attention The two main simultaneous story lines involve 1 the trial of the Pvx and 2 the execution of Jack Shaftoe If you want to know what Pvx refers to I suggest you read the book If you want to know if Shaftoe survives his execution you ll need to read all the way into the book s epilogs I will mention that the Shaftoe character as portrayed on his way to his execution appears to be a Christ figure of sorts.Thus far in the Baroque Cycle I ve felt comfortable considering it to be historical fiction However, in this book there are a couple of events that push it to the fringes of possibly being science fiction Let s just say there s a couple three depending how you count them of resurrection events which don t comply with biological reality Speaking of resurrection, this book finally gives the reader a hint as to who Enoch Root is He s a character in the book that seems to show up a crucial times in history to tweak events to make sure they go in the correct direction We also know that he lives forever because he shows up in the 20th century story told in Cryptonomicon There is a very strong suggestion given in this book that he is the same Enoch described in the Bible Genesis 5 22 29 If you don t know your Bible stories you ll need to do a little research to learn the significance of that.In the end we learn that the logic mill doesn t work and the Czar has lost interest in the project It is concluded that some time will need to pass before the digital computer can be developed That is obviously a conclusion any 21st century reader can recognize as something that has since come to pass On another note, by the end of the book there is a working steam engine pumping water out of a coal mine Thomas Newcomen s engine That is the technological invention of the era that makes the most difference over the coming 18th and 19th Centuries I enjoy Stephenson s style of writing that clearly conveys a picture of time and place complete with clever wit I know this is fictionalized history, but after making my way through the 2600 pages of the Baroque Cycle if Cryptonomicon is included, another 1100 pages needs to be added I can t help believing that if history didn t happen in this way, it should have.LINK TO Wikipedia article about the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of Quick Silver Bk 1 by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of King of the Vagabonds Bk 2 by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of Odalisque Bk 3 by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of The Confusion Bks 4 5 by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of Solomon s Gold Bk 6 by Neal Stephenson.LINK TO my review of Currency Bk 7 by Neal Stephenson. It s not often that I like a book so much I want to read it over again With trilogies, it has only happened once before Lord of the Rings, of course With really long books, once is always enough 2666 But this Baroque Cycle was simply so astonishingly good, the characters so real, the story so compelling, that I would begin it again tomorrow if I didn t have two book club books waiting for me and 50 others on my nightstand I don t know how Stephenson managed to sustain the great writing across the nearly 3,000 pages in this series, but he did, right through to the very end I will mention just two passages that struck me as the best ever in their category the best sex scene ever, and the best duel ever The seduction of Daniel Waterhouse on the Roman chariot in the shadow of the fake volcano is surely the best sex scene ever written Here is a short excerpt Tilt your pelvis the other way, if you please, sir There, much better, you ll admit Now, leave the rest to me, sir The balance of this chariot can be a bit tricky The ride a bit rough Indeed, the axle bearings of the chariot of Vulcan presently began to creak as it got to rocking forward and back, forward and back on its wheels Daniel was old and the ride was correspondingly long but the primo mobile the body of Miss Barton was young and as everyone in London agreed, in the most superb condition, and than equal to the work The duel using cannons between Charles White and Dappa, written in Stephenson s typical hyper detailed mode, poked a hole the size of a howitzer in the swashbuckling genre and drove right through it I have seldom laughed so hard while reading Sheer genius I cannot fail to once again note the SUPERB narration provided by Simon Prebble on the audio book He gave each character a distinct voice and allowed all the humor to shine through Listening to Mr Prebble s performance is undoubtedly the best way to experience the Baroque Cycle. Ah, co by tu napisa Koniec jednej z najpi kniejszych ksi kowych przyg d ostatnich lat Cykl Barokowy to zjawisko niespotykane, jest to literatura kompletna, cho nie dla ka dego Jest to ksi ka ksi ki kt rych przynale no gatunkowa jest bardzo trudna do okre lenia S to bez w tpienia ksi ki historical fiction ot, taki Sienkiewicz z jego trylogi jednak autor okre la je jako science fiction g wnie dla tego, e jednym z g wniejszych bohater w jest tu w a nie nauka, pierwsze realny pr by opisania wiata i rz dz ch nim praw, ale tak e stworzenie nowego ustroju wiata takiego w kt rym to w asnie wiedza b dzie najwi ksz si Jest to tak e ksi ka o tworzeniu pieni dza, bank w nowoczesnego pa stwa niestety takiego z ZUSEM Jest to ksi ka o religii i jej wp ywie na ludzi Jest to ksi ka podr nicza, gdy z bohaterami odwiedzamy praktycznie ca y wiat, od Europy, poprzez Egipt, bliski wsch d, Indie, Filipiny, Japoni , wyspy Pacyfiku, Meksyk, Ameryk P nocn , przep ywamy Horn i l dujemy z powrotem w Europie Sama Europa tak e jest zwiedzona od g ry do do u Anglia, Francja, Polska, Austria, Nimcy czy to tam wtedy niemcami by o Rosja, Ba kanyoczywi cie takie podr e nie s przypadkowe, gdy by y w owych czasach mo liwe tylko dzi ki handlowi poznajemy tu niesamowicie kr te drogi jakimi towary przemierza y wiat oraz jak nimi handlowano, jak zbijano maj tki i je tracono Jest to ksi ka o wojnie i ludziach w niej walcz cych, ale tak e o bardzo dziwnych mechanizmach jakie wp ywa y na wybuch wojen Jest to ksi ka o kr lach i wagabundach O nauce i alchemii O mi o ci wielkiej i niespe nionej O yciu i mierci i zmartwychwstaniu dos ownie Ksi ka kompletna po przeczytaniu kt rej nie mo na czu niedosytu jest tu wszystko czego mo na od literatury beletrystycznej wymaga Dzie o nieprzeci tne Wspania e. My least favourite of the three novels in The Baroque Cycle Not as heady as Quicksilver, not as exciting as The Confusion About 100 pages too long.Climax took place about 150 pages from the end That s one loooooong denouement I hope Stephenson is planning to connect the events of this trilogy to Cryptonomicon A Victorian Shaftoe Waterhouse plot would be simply awesome. The 5 star rating is for the whole Baroque Cycle A immense work of fiction describing the birth of the modern world as we know it.This is the very satisfactory conclusion to the whole series, a little bittersweet after following Jack, Eliza, Daniel and so many others for so long.Maybe this is the time also to praise the spectacular audio adaption from audible read by Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau and Simon Prebble with introductions by Neal Stephenson himself.This is the second time i listen to this wonderful tale and probably not the last.