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In the yeara cabal of Barbary galley slaves including one Jack Shaftoe aka King of the Vagabonds aka Half Cocked Jack devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune A great adventure ensues a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver nay gold nay legendary goldIn Europe the exuisite and resourceful Eliza Countess de la Zeur is stripped of her i. When a thing such as wax or gold or silver turns liuid from heat we say that it has fused Eliza said to her son and when such liuids run together and mix we say they are con fused Neal Stephenson The ConfusionPart Two of Stephenson s massive Baroue Cycle consists of Books 4 and 5 Part One if it isn t obvious consisted of Books 1 3 Since both books 4 Bonanza and 5 Juncto are concurrent Stephenson threadsinterleaves the two books together hence Con Fusion This volume continues with the major characters Daniel Waterhouse Eliza Bob Shaftoe Jack Shaftoe along with a host of other fantastic characters both real Newton Leibniz Louis IV Pepys and imagined Like the previous volume The Confusion takes place during the end of the Nine Years War and the period shortly after and explores the beginning of the Enlightenment complete with politics war modern economics science and the scientific method currency information technology trade religion and cryptography Usually when Newton or Leibniz are discoursing Stephenson is waxing philosophic about atoms thinking machines or currency Fundamentally these books are historical fiction for geeks He pushes some people and events to the point of soft SFmysticism I m thinking of Enoch Root a man who appears and disappears and acts as a catalyst for change throughout time It wasn t perfect and there were some points where I was a turned off by the jocular humor but these were minor issues It isn t close to high art but it is a fascinating read The Isles ensues a perilous race for an KING enormous prize of silver nay gold nay legendary goldIn Europe the Ty jesteś moje imię exuisite and resourceful Eliza Countess de la Zeur is stripped of her i. When a thing such as wax or gold or silver turns liuid from heat we say that it has fused Eliza said to her son and when such liuids run together and mix we say they are con fused Neal Stephenson The ConfusionPart Two of Stephenson s massive Baroue Cycle consists of Books 4 and 5 Part One if it isn t obvious consisted of Books 1 3 Since both books 4 Bonanza and 5 Juncto are concurrent Stephenson threadsinterleaves the two books together hence Con Fusion This volume continues with the major characters Daniel Waterhouse Eliza Bob Shaftoe Jack Shaftoe along with a host of other fantastic characters both real Newton Leibniz Louis IV Pepys and imagined Like the previous volume The Confusion takes place during the The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy end of the Nine Years War and the period shortly after and Complete Amber Sourcebook explores the beginning of the Enlightenment complete with politics war modern Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet economics science and the scientific method currency information technology trade religion and cryptography Usually when Newton or Leibniz are discoursing Stephenson is waxing philosophic about atoms thinking machines or currency Fundamentally these books are historical fiction for geeks He pushes some people and Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, events to the point of soft SFmysticism I m thinking of Enoch Root a man who appears and disappears and acts as a catalyst for change throughout time It wasn t perfect and there were some points where I was a turned off by the jocular humor but these were minor issues It isn t close to high art but it is a fascinating read

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Mmense personal fortune by France's most dashing privateer Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head or both she is caught up in a web of international intrigue even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possessionMeanwhile Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rival. The Confusion is Book Two of the Baroue Cycle While it is an excellent book it did not strike me as profoundly as the first book uicksilver But even a mediocre NS book tends to tower over any rivals and this book by no means is to be considered mediocreIf you are familiar with the Baroue cycle you know that the story centers around a few main characters through whom the events of history are viewed The first book introduced us to the Baroue age and all the changes occurring in society This book picks up where the other left off good thing since this is the 2nd volume However the key focus of this book is money The development of the modern economy and NS even hints at concepts like price manipulation currency exchange rates banking and even the value of specie in relation to the amount of gold or silver in supplyDoes this sound like a yawn inducing MBA primer No worries there is plenty of sex violence and humor It is a NS book after all There are two novels in this book as the first and they are Bonanza and Juncto This time the stories occur concurrently instead of during different timesBonanza follows Jack Shaftoe s adventures in escaping as a galley slave and then joining the Cabal His strange voyages have him go from India to Japan Jack is a great character and a pleasure to follow his ribald adventures Juncto follows Bob Shaftoe and Eliza This overall with Eliza follows the foundation of the Bank of England whilst Bob is working with Leibniz and Newton as well as setting up what will one day be MITPerhaps the idea of the book focusing on the monetary aspects being developed during this time made it slightly less interesting to me than the first book which focused on scientific methods Still the future is evident here as countries try to break away from using precious metals to paper money and bills of exchange In undergraduate and during my Fulbright I had suffered through enough economicsfinance and random Business classes to titillate most hard core MBA types I m a history guy myselfjust well educated to see the brilliance of NS taking horridly boring concepts relating to finance and then dressing them up as a story to convey many financial principles that econ textbooks have trouble elucidating Some might read the entire book and being caught up in the events never even realize the solid economic principles being espoused Credit to NS for taking such dry topics and spicing them up using the vehicle of storytellingThat being said the relentless emphasis on all things financial can make this a book that isn t as fun to read as the first volume Hence the 4 stars ios this a good book Certainly A great book Some might find it to be so I enjoyed it and would recommend it with the caveat that the first book is exciting perhaps because it was originalA nice little read Can t say I am in a huge rush for book 3 But should I run into it before the year is out I may likely check in to see how the story ends Highly recommended for anyone that likes NS Anyone who wants a story introduction to how modern finance came about will also enjoy ferreting out the history and the logic of these events Want to give your brain a bit of a workout Go for this one Alle vi børn i Bulderby. De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby either her or her head or both she is caught up in a web of international intrigue Il piacere nel Medioevo even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possessionMeanwhile Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rival. 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Żywot pisarza escaping as a galley slave and then joining the Cabal His strange voyages have him go from India to Japan Jack is a great character and a pleasure to follow his ribald adventures Juncto follows Bob Shaftoe and Eliza This overall with Eliza follows the foundation of the Bank of England whilst Bob is working with Leibniz and Newton as well as setting up what will one day be MITPerhaps the idea of the book focusing on the monetary aspects being developed during this time made it slightly less interesting to me than the first book which focused on scientific methods Still the future is TFS Ingenuity (The Terran Fleet Command Saga evident here as countries try to break away from using precious metals to paper money and bills of Wybor idiomów angielskich exchange In undergraduate and during my Fulbright I had suffered through How Could She? enough Words on Words economicsfinance and random Business classes to titillate most hard core MBA types I m a history guy myselfjust well Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, educated to see the brilliance of NS taking horridly boring concepts relating to finance and then dressing them up as a story to convey many financial principles that Half My Blood (Dartmoor, econ textbooks have trouble Ja - Ty - My elucidating Some might read the Diamond Grill entire book and being caught up in the The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, events never Katyně even realize the solid Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods economic principles being How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? espoused Credit to NS for taking such dry topics and spicing them up using the vehicle of storytellingThat being said the relentless Craft emphasis on all things financial can make this a book that isn t as fun to read as the first volume Hence the 4 stars ios this a good book Certainly A great book Some might find it to be so I Król życia enjoyed it and would recommend it with the caveat that the first book is Dangerous Promise (Promises exciting perhaps because it was originalA nice little read Can t say I am in a huge rush for book 3 But should I run into it before the year is out I may likely check in to see how the story Red Skies Falling (Skybound, ends Highly recommended for anyone that likes NS Anyone who wants a story introduction to how modern finance came about will also William (Enemies to Lovers, enjoy ferreting out the history and the logic of these From Irenaeus to Grotius events Want to give your brain a bit of a workout Go for this one

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Ry intensifies stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences dastardly plots are set in motion and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descendedThis PS edition features an extra pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and. I couldn t finish this and I am not one who is daunted by the size of a book I should have been warned when I picked it up the first time after having finished reading a novel written by somebody with a poetic sense of language and thinking Wow this is ugly writing I was continually frustrated by the long passages where plot points are explained by the characters to each other and clunky dialog for that matter where characters seem to have no inner life for all the alleged intelligence of the characters you never see somebody wondering or imagining or experimenting or figuring things out for themselves not even the ones who end up explaining things to others and where there is no passion expressed for anything not sex nor research nor discoveryAs a discussion of some interesting concepts about math or financial dealing it s not bad As a novel though it s dreadful Reading it felt like trying to put together a moderately intricate jigsaw puzzle whose creator hadn t sanded or polished the pieces nor used any color in the picture itself Stephenson has always had this problem to some degree but usually there s enough story and character to make it worthwhile Sometimes I get the feeling that because he is a smart guy that editors and some readers feel like whatever they find tedious or verbose must just be because they don t understand For this book I don t think it s the case In uicksilver I half hoped that the length of the book was because it was written in the kind of coding discussed in the book and I found the intersecting stories interesting In The Confusion I no longer cared and uit even though I was most of the way through


10 thoughts on “The Confusion

  1. says:

    Excerpt from the journal of Neal StephensonWhat have I done? I must have been out of my mind to think that I could write a trilogy set in the late 17th and early 18th century that used three main fictional charac

  2. says:

    “When a thing such as wax or gold or silver turns liuid from heat we say that it has fused” Eliza said to her son “and when such liuids

  3. says:

    Wow I can't even remember when I started this book 800 pages as the second book in the 2400 page The Baroue Cycle trilogy I feel like a water skier being pulled by a boat sections have pulled me along thrillingly with wake jumping stunts and all The last couple of hundred pages moved like this Other parts coul

  4. says:

    The Confusion is a typical second book of an atypical trilogy and that is not at all a criticism The second book of trilogies always bridge the gap between the first and the last with a focus on character plot development and building the framework for the payoff When this is done well as with The Two Towers the second installment can hold its own with any installment in the trilogy; when this is done very well as with Empire Strikes Back

  5. says:

    finished the reread of Confusion and while the short review I wrote on the original read is still relevant the book like the whole Baroue cycle benefits so much on the reread as now I can appreciate the little details too; this being said The Confusion the title word itself having uite a few apparitions in the text as the transition word from the old to the new is the most epic adventureintriguepicaresue novel of the three told

  6. says:

    The Confusion is Book Two of the Baroue Cycle While it is an excellent book it did not strike me as profoundly as the first book uicksilver But even a mediocre NS book tends to tower over any rivals and this book by no means is to be

  7. says:

    The jig is up the news is outThey finally found meThe renegade who had it madeRetrieved for a bounty—From Renegade on the 1978 album Pieces of Eight by StyxIf you have been reading my reviews with the close attention that I hope and pray you have then you saw me mention upon rereading uicksilver the first volume of Neal Stephenson's Baroue Cycle that the most fun was to be had during the swashbuckling and adventurou

  8. says:

    I couldn't finish this and I am not one who is daunted by the size of a book I should have been warned when I p

  9. says:

    The Confusion is Captain Jack to uicksilver's Old Jack This is adventure much in the mould of Wilbur Smith heaps of fun as my Aussie

  10. says:

    Fantastic book As long as uicksilver this book feels shorter There is less natural philosophy and swashbuckling including a complete circumnavigation of the globe There's a bit about the alchemical properties of King Solomon's gold and some pre Enlightenment chemical engineering Additionally there is a significant amount of banking as many

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