Baroque Cycle

trilogy of large novels by Neal Stephenson

Quick Silver, The Confusion, The System Of The World

kinda prequel to Crypto Nomicon: characters/families: Enoch Root, Waterhouse, etc.

Reminds me of Robert Anton Wilson's Historical Illuminatus Chronicles series.

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Historical novels frustrate me in making me always wonder how much is "accurate" and how much is fiction. Or even which characters are real.

some topics: Al Chemy (Magick), the English Revolution, the Royal Society Of London, Pirate-s, Watered Steel, Money, the Ottoman Empire....

some historical Natural Philosophy characters: Isaac Newton, John Wilkins, Robert Hooke, John Locke, Gottfried Leibniz, Christopher Wren...

  • it's interesting how many of these people had significant Big Government roles

Basically tapes place over the lifetime of Isaac Newton (1642-1727), and he is sometimes a major character in the books. (Though large sections go without a mention of him.)

  • There was a lot of turnover in control of Great Britain during this time. It's rather confusing keeping straight the various cross-breeding factions.

Sept23'2004 - hey, the System Of The World is out!


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