Quicksilver

Quicksilver

Book - 2003
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver is here. A monumental literary feat that follows the author's critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Cryptonomicon, it is history, adventure, science, truth, invention, sex, absurdity, piracy, madness, death, and alchemy. It sweeps across continents and decades with the power of a roaring tornado, upending kings, armies, religious beliefs, and all expectations.

It is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-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 overnight. It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox ... and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life -- a historical epic populated by the likes of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, William of Orange, Benjamin Franklin, and King Louis XIV -- Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

Publisher: New York : Morrow 2003
ISBN: 9780380977420
0380977427
9780060593087
Branch Call Number: STEP
Characteristics: 927 p. : ill

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sat7
Sep 13, 2016

Neil Stephenson has got it going on. This is art -

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1tarheel
Apr 09, 2016

It's Neal Stephenson. There's almost nothing else to say. Who else makes Europe in the 1670s and 80s worth exploring? Yeah, I can't hear you.....

This one took a while to grind through, but i'm a history buff. Certainly, that colors my review.
Still. Highly entertaining stuff.

GeoffAbel Sep 08, 2013

Normal humans are not capable of writing this great. Stephenson never fails to make my brain hurt (so good). Sure he overwrites (900 pages in book 1 alone - and it took me soooo long to read) but everything is pure gold. This may not be the best book of the author's to cut your teeth on (maybe read Anathem first to get his unique style) but this story has everything possible in it from calculus to ribald adventure. MUST READ!

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philisgreat
Aug 25, 2010

A marvellous book and an amazing adventure. Worth taking the time to read this and the other 2 in the trilogy.

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