Ing plots and twists going #fully into the anti angle even while whole parts of Christiandom want to enslave whole #into the anti slavery angle even while whole parts of Christiandom want to enslave whole 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 everywhere you lookAnd then there s the science and the economics 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 economics 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 " Cryptonomicon which is like an Epic Economics treatise as well as cryptography primer so getting the early explorations 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 still got five to go What will happen next to my poor MCs cry After reading and thoroughly enjoying Cryptonomicon I instantly dove into this book hoping for nay expecting the same delightful experience I m sure that to some French andor British historians and other learned persons steeped in the esoteric machinations of the Royal Families etc 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 Like the others in this series the plot and characters don t really grab my attention but the writing style is so entertaining I read it anyway Finished this 3rd book in the series I enjoyed the book that features things like espionage and science cryptography and political intrigue The uestion I have did people really care on this much sexually or is the sex gratuitous But sex was free and outrageous than classical so perhaps the author was trying to depict this difference historically So 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. Ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy ing.
Neal Stephenson í 1 CHARACTERSThis is the third book
the eight book Baroue 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 the end introducing aIn The Eight Book Baroue
story arc of his own that intersects with those of Eliza and DanielStructurallyarc of his own that intersects with those of Eliza and DanielStructurally book follows the latter part of 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 bit excited 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 fictionalized history of europe actually netherlands england france and germania during the 1680s follows the exchange in amsterdam the court of the sun ing the short lived reign of james ii and continuing transformation of the scientific #World Newton And Leibniz #newton and leibniz to explain gravity and thus the solar system should science simply try to describe the universe newton or try to explain i 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 enters the world of European economics and spycraft She rises from broker of the French nobility eventually earning 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 enjoyed Volume one I m a big fan of the Age of Enlightenment and was thrilled to experience of fictionalized Pepys Newton Leibniz William of Orange etc Why do I eep reading theseIf I could just have a few hundr. The trials of Dr Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one hundredfold. Ed pages of Neal Stephenson talking about the history of science and currency Without These Characters I these characters I 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 events that already happened 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 nicely while still leaving me wondering what happens further on This book contains both the evolving stories of Daniel Waterhouse and Eliza during the tumultuous 1680 s Charles II has died and there is a new From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read 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 commonlynow the word today as an uprising And Daniel and Eliza although both in completely different parts of Europe are uite in the middle of everything 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 Still going strong We have all the characters from the first two books plus a few entries that only deepen the sense of the world of Europe In the previous two we got 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 #second but this one focused mainly on the FrenchOur favorite teasespy lives her life as 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 everyone is older the political intrigue is nevertheless as dangerous as ever with the new English ing 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 interest. In an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities as the beautiful and. .