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The System of the World

The System of the World The System of the World the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson s shelf bending Baroque Cycle Quicksilver and The Confusion brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling and truly awe

  • Title: The System of the World
  • Author: Neal Stephenson
  • ISBN: 9780060750862
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • The System of the World, the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson s shelf bending Baroque Cycle Quicksilver and The Confusion , brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling and truly awe inspiring conclusion.Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematicians, spies, thieves, pirThe System of the World, the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson s shelf bending Baroque Cycle Quicksilver and The Confusion , brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling and truly awe inspiring conclusion.Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematicians, spies, thieves, pirates, and royalty, The System of the World follows Daniel Waterhouse, an unassuming philosopher and confidant to some of the most brilliant minds of the age, as he returns to England to try and repair the rift between geniuses Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz After reluctantly leaving his family in Boston, Waterhouse arrives in England and is almost killed by a mysterious Infernal Device Having been away from the war decimated country for two decades, Waterhouse quickly learns that although many things have changed, there is still violent revolution simmering just beneath the surface of seemingly civilized society With Queen Anne deathly ill and Tories and Whigs jostling for political supremacy, Waterhouse and Newton vow to figure out who is trying to kill certain scientists and decipher the riddle behind the legend of King Solomon s gold, a mythical hoard of precious metal with miraculous properties.Arguably one of the most ambitious and most researched stories ever written, Stephenson s Baroque Cycle is set in one of the most turbulent and exciting times in human history Filled with wild adventure, political intrigue, social upheaval, civilization changing discoveries, cabalistic mysticism, and even a little romance, this massive saga is worth its weight in Solomon s gold Paul Goat Allen

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    1. Kemper on said:

      (Excerpt from the journal of Neal Stephenson.)So here I am, trying to wrap up the last book of the The Baroque Cycle. This thing has gotten completely out of control. I knew it’d be huge when I planned it, but this story has sprawled everywhere. What the hell was I thinking? Any one of the story threads I’ve had going could be a fair sized novel in itself. Now I gotta gather them all up and try to come up with some kind of coherent ending. I’m not going to have a fan left if I don’t wrap [...]

    2. Thomas on said:

      Whew. About 2,700 pages later, and thank heavens it wraps up beautifully, making the long trek well worth the effort. Now that I've reached the end, I realize fully how enjoyable the journey itself was.People often asked me what these books are about. Er. It's a story of alchemy (human more than chemical), economics, word origins, English history, history of science, philosophy, bravado, character and a little love. Like all of Stephenson's work thus far, it is large and contains multitudes — [...]

    3. Marijan on said:

      Sve što je započeto dvije (ili pet) knjiga unazad, ovdje je zaokruženo i privedeno kraju. malo je više filozofije i metafizike, malo je ograničenija geografija, pa zato dajem četvorku. Ali cijeli ciklus mi je petica, toliko detalja, toliko likova, toliko udubljivanja u duh vremenafantastično

    4. Ben on said:

      I am doing this as a review for the Baroque cycle altogether, so don't bother reading the reviews for the other two if you are reading this one.The Baroque cycle is a massive, epic, depressingly wide reaching body of creative work which, I believe, has made several well respected fantasy/sci-fi novelists give up and go home. If it hasn't, it definitely should. It's just so. big. And while there are a lot of authors who have written large things (the Lord of the Rings, the Wheel of Time, a Song o [...]

    5. Laura LVD on said:

      Después de 6 años, terminé de leer esta trilogía complejísima e inclasificable donde hay personajes y sucesos de toda laya. Por momentos se fue por las ramas, y no entendí mucho hacia donde apuntaban todas esas tramas y subtramas. Finalmente, después de lo que me parece una vida, llegó la conclusión, más que satisfactoria, de la saga. Este último tramo me pareció el mejor de los tres volúmenes. La lectura se me hizo lenta porque la verdad no es una obra que se pueda leer de un tiró [...]

    6. Steve on said:

      Well, I'm now officially depressed. I finished reading the Baroque Cycle. To say that I enjoyed reading the series would be to stretch the word "enjoyed" to the breaking point. It would be rolling the word "enjoyed" off to the juicing room. It would be hanging the word "enjoyed" until half dead, and then drawing and quartering the word "enjoyed" by four sturdy teams of horses, in the hopes that somewhere in the process "enjoyed" would choose to reveal the location of its ringleader, a much more [...]

    7. Liviu on said:

      finished the reread of System of the World and I won't add too much beyond what i wrote in 2008 when i first read the series; less flamboyant and mostly following a 67-68 year old Daniel back in England for the momentous year 1714, but with lots of twists and turns and great appearances from Jack and Eliza (review on first read 2008) Superb ending - in all senses of the word - to the Baroque trilogy and a must for people who love historical fiction a la Dumas or D. Dunnett. The light sf-nal elem [...]

    8. Karl on said:

      I don't even know how to begin to review this trilogy. It's really all one novel, and so it might then be the longest novel I've read.It has everything. An around the world sea voyage. The Barbary corsairs. Love triumphing over death. Women trimuphing over men. The beginnings of the Enlightenment. Battles. The formation of the monetary system. A duel with unconventional firearms. Blackbeard. Peter the Great. And a gaggle of mathematicians.Extensively researched historical fiction, I've been hard [...]

    9. Nicholas Whyte on said:

      nhwvejournal/737376mlAny Man, when he shall have completed a Taſk, be it one which he has aſsigned to Himſelf, or an Impoſition from ſome external Party, may experience a certain Euphoria. I write here of two such Taſks which have been completed, videlicet, primo, the Exertions of Master STEPHENSON in writing the Series of Romances, commencing with Cryptonomicon and continued in Quickſilver, The Confuſion, and the Volume here under Conſideration; and secundo, my own Expenditure of Time, [...]

    10. Melissa Rudder on said:

      The final book in Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, The System of the World, did exactly what the conclusion of a long complex tale, inhabited by a lively cast of characters across five continents, should do: it dazzled its reader with a seemingly unending parade of dramatic climaxes, facilitated by the carefully interwoven tales of seemingly disparate individuals.My usual complaint about Stephenson's detail-driven writing does not apply to The System of the World. Perhaps the first two insta [...]

    11. Amy on said:

      This series was an ambitious project on Stephenson's part, but I think he tried to do too much. I liked the characters he created and found the plot interesting, however, the books are uneven in their pacing and sort of unfocused. Sometimes it's a love story, sometimes it's an adventure, sometimes it's a mystery. He does the love and adventure well, but really falls down on the mystery aspect. It's as though he randomly decided to make things obscure for no real reason. He also just takes too da [...]

    12. Larou on said:

      My favourite way of describing Neal Stephenson as an author is that his ambition vastly outstrips his talent; and the Baroque Cycle is a good point in case, I think. It is fairly obvious what he wanted to do here (mainly because Pynchon already did it before him) and it is even more blatantly obvious that this is not the chef-d’oeuvre describing the emergence of an age and short-circuiting that age with our present time that Stephenson wants it to be.The first novel, Quicksilver had three prot [...]

    13. Max Nemtsov on said:

      Все же вера персонажей в постижимость мира у Стивенсона поразительна — пусть хоть через сто лет, но все наладится, не раз говорят его ученые герои. Автор, конечно, отчасти лукавит, приписывая им такой модус мышления, ибо сам прекрасно знает, что случится потом и куда заведет [...]

    14. Kristine on said:

      In Quicksilver, the first book of the Baroque cycle, it isn't obvious where Stephenson is going. That book is an enjoyable read, to be sure, but I never would have guessed Stephenson's ambition with these novels is to explain how the world we live today came about, where the scientific method rules rather than alchemy, and where money is completely interchangeable, and where financewell, perhaps that hasn't changed so much, but anyway, where the world we live in came from. More than a simple his [...]

    15. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      The conclusion to The Baroque Cycle is a veritable doorstop, but a doorstop perhaps worth its weight in 18th-century gold coins

    16. Ari on said:

      Unfortunately, the last volume of the series was also the most tedious and least interesting one. It was a drudge to get through this one. It also surpasses the other volumes in its tendentious interpretation of the historical struggles in England, and the liberties taken with certain characters. Still, the writing is all right and the subjects interesting and inspiring enough, so my time wasn't entirely wasted.

    17. Jonathan on said:

      Well, it only took me nine years, but I finished the Baroque Cycle! And what a wild, crazy, breathtaking ride it has been, with Daniel Waterhouse at my side.This concluding book in the trilogy focused mostly on England and Daniel's relationship with Isaac Newton, counterfeit coins, politics, explosions, Infernal Machines, gold, science and Systems Of The World. Not quite as crazy as the previous two, with a much tighter story, but still a wonderful ride in the past.

    18. Amanda on said:

      This is the third book in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle - well, the last three books, since Stephenson actually wrote eight books that made up the cycle which were then published to form a trilogy. Here the majority of the action takes place in London, where virtually all of the protagonists we have been following end up bringing the story to a mighty conclusion.The basic plot is that of a murder mystery, but comprises many other components. Daniel Waterhouse has completed his epic trip back a [...]

    19. Ryan on said:

      The Baroque Cycle as a whole takes a great deal of time to read, and I think I've come to somehow identify with the series as a result. Now I find myself torn between an urge to share this series with everyone and to keep it to myself so that it's not cheapened by becoming a 30 second talk piece on The View (apologies to The View). I would also be pleased if these books were never turned into a film or television series, though I would of course have to see it if they were. Although I am normall [...]

    20. Josh on said:

      Baroque Summer 2011 finally ends! In February 2012!It's probably best not to think of these books as three huge tomes, but instead like a longer series of eight normal-sized novels (which the three are divided up into, with the complication that nos. 4 and 5 are told in parallel) or like eight seasons of some well-produced TV show. I wish it had been eight volumes, actually. I never would have been stupid enough to try reading an octology straight through. Like anything that long, there were gre [...]

    21. Benjamin Thomas on said:

      After nearly three long years of reading these books by Neal Stephenson I have finally completed the final volume. The System of the World contains the final three novels in his huge Baroque Cycle, a “project” read that I began back in 2008. This volume contains these three novels: Solomon's Gold, Currency, and The System of the World. All told there are nearly 3000 pages of historical fiction, historical fact, irreverent humor, and a bit of science fiction thrown in.I don't have too much to [...]

    22. Alec on said:

      well, I like Neal, but like most of his stuff, all three books in this cycle could have used a better editor. The mere fact that I read all 2736 pages is a testament to his story telling, but I mean come on at least 1432 pages detailed 18th century architecture and fashion. That level of detail is endearing when he is talking code-breaking or operating systems, but the discussion of periwigs lacks glamor.His characters on many levels are extremely profound and complex, except when it comes to th [...]

    23. Pete Marchetto on said:

      The temptation to two-star this work out of spite was immense, but let's accept it for what it is. A well-written book by a brilliant writer which proves, nonetheless, disappointing.Stephenson as an excellent but disappointing writer has been the theme of my reviews since - oh, so long ago, my darlings - I began reading him first with the Cryptonomicon and then, in its immediate wake, (or 'aftermath' may here be a better word), headed down the difficult road of reading all three volumes of his B [...]

    24. Lindsay on said:

      With this enormous volume, the Baroque Cycle comes to a close. While there is the same kind of speeding up, adding new plot threads and jumping from one set-piece action scene to another that is typical of Stephenson's endings, I thought he actually succeeded at tying everything up in this one. I guess he can do that when he's got an entire epic-length novel in which to end things, as opposed to the fifty pages or so he tends to devote to endings in his stand-alone novels.In this volume, unlike [...]

    25. Miles on said:

      Of the many reasons I do not play chess, the main one is that I’m lousy at strategy. I struggle to think more than one or two moves ahead, can’t easily reposition pieces in my mind’s eye, and am hapless when it comes to sniffing out and thwarting my opponent’s battle plan. I’ve had similar troubles trying to follow and parse the machinations of Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, the first two volumes of which I found to be dense, sprawling, and restrained in their capacity for illumina [...]

    26. Jim on said:

      ZOUNDS!!!!!A 3rd Mountain of a Book to Read. I have just Accomplished the Summit of the 2nd Mountain and I start with this 3rd Trek! Am I Barking Mad? If so, Put a Dog Collar on me, and I'll get a Rabies Shot!! I'm off!!!Ye Gods! The things this man knows! History, Philosophy, Alchemy Science, Currency,(and the interweaving of these), just to name a few! I fear the man has swallowed an Enclopedia, nay, a Library (Hopefully this is the orifice through which it has been ingested!!!) for the knowle [...]

    27. Dan on said:

      This is the final book in the Baroque Cycle. The Historical Fiction Epic about how the modern world was formed out of the 17th (and early 18th) century. The stories weave together accounts of fictional characters with historical figures. The narrative threads through historical events and provides interesting points of view.Certainly the epic is not the most historically accurate account of what happened. But it gets the big idea of it all right, and it is terribly entertaining.This book tells t [...]

    28. Robby on said:

      I finally finished the Baroque Cycle (after what felt like several decades). Throughout my struggle to finish the 2000+ page trilogy I found myself continually wondering why I was still plowing through. Yes, there were great characters, and yes, Stephenson has an amazing way with dialogue (IMHO one of the best), and he has really captured a time period -- when natural philosophers and pirates were kings. But his long-winded passages often made me begin to skim (not something I am proud of). The [...]

    29. David on said:

      I'm already sure that I'm going to die broke and living in a cardboard box, so I'm giving free to all patrons a sure-fire money-spinning idea. Well, maybe not, but if you could monetize this, the world would be a better place. Here it is. You know how, at , iTunes, or even here at , you have that function that says “People who ordered this also liked”. So, what if you did that with fictional characters! Then you could constantly have the pleasure of reading novels with main characters that [...]

    30. Steve Lew on said:

      I'm writing one quick review for the whole baroque cycle and pasting it on all three books. My five star reviews reflect the fact that I had a blast reading this stuff and was very sorry that it eventually ended. I'm going to mention a couple of flaws, but what I have to tell you is that these are great books and you should drop everything and read them. Anyway, NS did a cubic shit-ton of research to pull this off, and as you know he is a capable and thorough researcher. I'm sorry to say that he [...]

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