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uicksilverBrings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life uicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our timeAnd it's just the beginningback coverThis PS edition includes 16 pages of supplementary materialsCover design by Richard L AuanCover illustration from the Mary Evans Picture Library; painting of Great Fire of London on stepba. uicksilver by Neal Stephenson is in some ways the strangest book I’ve read this yearThe most surprising aspect of the book is the fact that there is no plot I’ve read books that have started really slowly and even books where the author largely ignores plot to focus on building the setting This book however has no plotFor all intents and purposes uicksilver is The 17th Century The Novel In many ways it feels like the literary euivalent of an open world video game You just go around exploring with the characters with no context or coherence whatsoever Historical value is incredible Certain individuals like Isaac Newton John Churchill and William of Orange figure heavily Tons of others make shorter appearances As for location the book takes you everywhere from the port of colonial Boston to the 1683 siege of ViennaAnd almost surprisingly it’s charming Almost a thousand pages of exploring a historical setting occasionally becomes an arduous task but occasionally also becomes an exciting adventure filled with interesting detailsThe book is divided into three parts Considering the ridiculous size of the whole volume you might define the three as books in themselves I definitely had to take a break and read other things between each of themThe first book focuses on Daniel Waterhouse Puritan thinker and scientist and one time member of the Royal Society His part is split in two between a “present day” 1713 account of his leaving Massachusetts on a ship bound for England This acts as a frame story for the second which is a tale about his life and exploits with the Royal Society decades earlier I strangely enjoyed the former than the latter even though it is moving so slowly that although the book starts out in Boston the ship ends the part by sailing out of Massachusetts BayThe second book focuses on Jack Shaftoe vagabond turned mercenary and Eliza slave in the harem of the Ottoman sultan From their meeting during the siege of Vienna the book follows them on a journey together through the various principalities and kingdoms of Europe filled with strange details and interesting historiesThe third book pulls the first two together in something of a conclusion leading up to the year 1688 The historical ending of the book was rather obvious if you are familiar with these timesOverall it’s a much interesting book to read in than a book to read While there is little sign of a story and the fictional protagonists are not particularly outstanding the setting is uniuely interesting and very well described Despite being a work of historical fiction the reader will inevitably learn a lot about 17th century history in very enjoyable ways

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uicksilver Read & Download ✓ 104 é uicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroue era Europe in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty and where catastrophe natural or otherwise can alter the political landsUicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroue era Europe in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty and where catastrophe natural or otherwise can alter the political landscape overnightIt is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of Half Cocked Jack Shaftoe Lon. 4040It's the Moby Dick uestionThe plot's about an angry guy chasing a whale There's not a lot of variation on this theme he catches it or he doesn't Maybe he catches it and wishes that he didn't maybe he doesn't and regrets that he failed But this basic plot a straightforward uest for revenge is such thin gruel that you'd have to be on the lower end of the intellectual spectrum to fail to realize that the book's about something a little bit than hunting a big fishEven so there's no guarantee that you're going to tolerate 20 pages about rope At the end of the digression you're either going to respond in one of two ways You might be of the sort to go Hmm that was some fascinating rope discourse I had no idea that rope could be used in such multifaceted ways and having read that I am now a different and slightly rounded person Then again you could respond with a JESUS FUCKING CHRIST enough with the stupid rope already For fuck's sake where's that son of a bitch whale The white sea mammal is the TITLE of the book and I'm reading about some shitty rope Christ I need some vodkaYou should know what sort of reader you are before picking this book up because The Baroue Cycle is about 3000 pages long and Neal Stephenson digresses like an ADHD kid on speed Melville's focus is a goddamn space laser in comparison uicksilver has economics mining mathematics piracy slavery early Puritan philosophy and I forget what elseIt is genius pure and simpleThis is one of the first great works of the 21st century and I can't recommend it highly enough But odds are great that you'll hate it mightily if your concern is the destination instead of how you get there

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Don street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the poxAnd it is the tale of Eliza rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy confidante and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of financeA gloriously rich entertaining and endlessly inventive novel that. I think it's official I hate Neil Stephenson's books I hated his so called cyberpunk classic Snow Crash a fact that sets me apart from most of the nerdegalian and I really hated uicksilveruicksilver is kind of hard to classify if you in fact insist on classifying it It's kind of historical fiction in that it's set in the 17th and 18th century and follows the rise of empiricism and science It features real people from that period like Isaac Newton Gotfried Leibniz Robert Boyle Robert Hook King Louis XIV and others But the fiction part of historical fiction comes into play because the main characters an aspiring natural philosopher read scientist named Daniel Waterhouse a former concubine turned finance tycoon named Eliza and a charming vagabond named Jack Shaftoe never really existed and were fabricated for the sake of the book which traces the activities of these three main characters as they live through the eraThe main problem I have with uicksilver was that it was largely plotless I kept waiting for something to happen or some plot to coalesce out of the noise but it didn't The characters are really just there to give Stephenson an excuse to carry on about the development of science as a discipline the ephemeral nature of money and pirates sometimes all three in the same passage There's no narrative just a seemingly endless burbling of scenes the damn thing is nearly 1000 pages long and I READ the paper version of this one I actually kind of liked the some of the parts with struggling scientist Daniel Waterhouse the best because the history of science interests me but even these moments of engagement were covered up by obscure details and diversions that were like overgrown plants in a sprawling gardenIn fact the whole book is bloated with details about experiments geneologies dissertations on stock markets battles family histories and other verbal flotsam that it made it downright hard to read the book and impossible to enjoy I get the impression that Stephenson gorged himself on research for the book and then decided to use it all every last syllable no matter what hellacious effect it has on the narrative or the goal of actually telling an interesting story uicksilver may be entertaining than a high school textbook on the same topics but only marginallyAnd the thing is that it's only the first THIRD of a trilogy plus a tie in to Stpehnons's book Cryptonomicon What's worse is that I went ahead and picked up the other books in hardback though I did so at a thrift store and only set myself back a total of like three bucks I think I'm just gonna eat that cost and not even think about picking them up given how much I disliked uicksilver Life is too short