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by Neal Stephenson

  • ISBN: 0060523867
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Neal Stephenson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 13, 2004)
  • Pages: 832
  • ePub book: 1486 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1655 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 419

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I recommend Stephenson's books in general and this 3 book Baroque Cycle series to all readers - especially if you appreciate continuity stemming from historical . The Confusion is Volume II of the author’s Baroque Cycle

I recommend Stephenson's books in general and this 3 book Baroque Cycle series to all readers - especially if you appreciate continuity stemming from historical characters blended smoothly with accommodating reality based fiction replete with intrigue, violence and sex (at times erotically intermingled). The Confusion is Volume II of the author’s Baroque Cycle. Volume I contains the first three books of the cycle, while The Confusion contains Book 4 (Juncto) and Book 5 (Bonanza).

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Daniel Waterhouse is the most maligned victim of Stephenson’s overreach.

An unexpected byproduct of CRYPTONOMICON that ended up taking over my life for a number of years. As I was finishing CRYPTONOMICON, I had two chance conversations with old friends. One was with George Dyson, author of DARWIN AMONG THE MACHINES, in which he talks about the deep roots of computing in the work of Leibniz at the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. The other was with Steven Horst, who mentioned Isaac Newton's tenure at the Royal Mint and his obsession with alchemy.

There are many people to be thanked. for their help in the creation of the Baroque Cycle of which this book, The Confusion, is the second volume. Accordingly, please see the acknowledgments in Quicksilver, Volume One of the Baroque Cycle. THIS VOLUME CONTAINS two novels, Bonanza and Juncto, that take place concurrently during the span 1689–1702

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The Baroque Cycle is a series of novels by American writer Neal Stephenson. It was published in three volumes containing eight books in 2003 and 2004. The story follows the adventures of a sizable cast of characters living amidst some of the central events of the late 17th and early 18th centuries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America

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The Confusion - Baroque Cycle 02 - Neal Stephenson tp rigging Crucible tp type Vol. II of THE BAROQUE CYCLE Neal Steph. Stephenson, Neal - The Baroque Cycle 02 - The Confusion. Stephenson, Neal - The Baroque Cycle 01 - Quicksilver. Neal Stephenson - Baroque Cycle 1 - Quicksilver. Neal Stephenson - Baroque Cycle 1 - Quicksilver The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2). Report "Neal Stephenson - Baroque Cycle 2 - The Confusion".

II of THE BAROQUE CYCLE. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE TO BE THANKED for their help in the creation of the Baroque Cycle of which this book, The Confusion, is the second volume. THIS VOLUME CONTAINS two novels, Bonanza and Juncto, that take place concurrently during the span 1689–1702

Neal Stephensons Baroque Cycle - Quicksilver Book 2 Confusion Book 3 The System of the World. The second book of the Baroque Cycle and a sort of prequel to Cryptonomicon with strangely familiar characters although now set during the Age of Enlightenment.

Neal Stephensons Baroque Cycle - Quicksilver Book 2 Confusion Book 3 The System of the World. Excellent (if long) historical fiction. To be found in the sci-fi section in bookshops but there is nothing really sci-fi about this historical epic set at the time of Isaac Newton and Leibniz. Swashbuckling and scientific! The second book of the Baroque Cycle and a sort of prequel to Cryptonomicon with strangely familiar charecters although.

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, a.k.a. King of the Vagabonds, a.k.a. Half-Cocked Jack, lately and miraculously cured of the pox -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues, rife with battles, chases, hairbreadth escapes, swashbuckling, bloodletting, and danger -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, legendary gold that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

Meanwhile, back in Europe ...

The exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, master of markets, pawn and confidante of enemy kings, onetime Turkish harem virgin, is stripped of her immense 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 possession -- her child.

While ...

Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, nobles are beheaded, dastardly plots are set in motion, coins are newly minted (or not) in enemy strongholds, father and sons reunite in faraway lands, priests rise from the dead ... and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended.

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I picked The Baroque Style to be the next book after my intro to Stephenson with Seveneves, largely due to the 4&1/2 star ratings of volumes 2 and 3, as they are the only Stephenson books rated that highly by Amazon readers. A quick glance at the reviews for The Confusion shows many comments to the effect that this was the favorite book of the three. Now that I'm 55% through volume 3, The System of the World, I can now say that I agree with those comments and absolutely loved The Confusion. Stephenson adds a lot of action to the story in this volume, and Jack Shaftoe takes center stage, whereas Eliza and Daniel Waterhouse were the stars of Quicksilver, volume 1.

But otherwise The Confusion is more of what makes this series great, brilliant storytelling and intrigue, lots of laugh out loud dry humor, Stephenson teaching as usual about so many different topics, and a wonderful and detailed look at the lives and loves of prominent and common people living in France, England and The Netherlands. Oh, and the dialogue. I have never been captured and held by dialogue before, and as with the first volume, even without the action in this volume, I would come back solely for the dialogue.

I have concluded that Neal Stephenson is the most entertaining author I have read.
Clonanau Clonanau
Like much of Stephenson's later work, the Baroque Cycle ties in interesting discussions and exploration of factual content with an overarching fictional narrative. Cryptonomicon delved into WWII history, mathematics, and cryptography; Anathem looked at philosophy and quantum mechanics; Seveneves goes into depth on orbital mechanics and various related topics. Similarly, the Baroque Cycle covers economics and world history, with various stops to look at natural philosophy, alchemy, and a variety of other topics. The Baroque cycle has been tougher for me to get into than most of Stephenson's other work, quite possibly because while I have a keep interest and pre-existing knowledge about many of his other topics of focus, I didn't know nearly as much about history prior to reading these novels.

The overarching plot is engaging, and there are many points in the dialogue where I found myself laughing out loud. For the most part, the book is very enjoyable. There are some parts of the writing that become tedious, however, particularly when long, graphic descriptions are given to various settings or long lists of things are spilled out - something which when reading could be skipped, but in audiobook form grows tiresome rapidly. The constantly changing narrative style is a direction that I don't particularly care for - the narration changes at times between third person, first person letters, screenplays, meeting notes, and a number of techniques. I found these changes to be a distraction rather than adding to the feel of the work.

The audiobook performance is excellent - the voices vary between characters and have good emotion and great pronunciation. I would prefer it if the audiobook tracks had some correspondance to the physical book so it were more possible to jump between the two, but you can't have everything, I guess.
Lynnak Lynnak
Neal Stephenson's books all share a vital commonality: detail. And it is this very trait which turns his books into works of art.
Breathtakingly awesome in their scope and length.

I'm only part way through 'Confusion', but it flows on smoothly from 'Quicksilver' (volume 1 of 3 in the Barogue Cycle) and becomes even more enjoyable as the characters list gets longer but ever more entwined, the plot develops and slowly works its way to a satisfying climax (as in all his books).

Word of warning: if you only like 200 page quickie reads where very forgettable plots come and go like a breath of hot air stirring in the tropics, Stephenson is NOT for you. Ya gotta have 'balls' to read what is like a summer storm developing into a full-blown Cat. 5 hurricane twisting and destroying preconceived ideas along the way, and then reconfiguring reality into something more satisfying and wonderful than you could ever have imagined possible. I'm a fast reader on a Kindle, but I continue to be amazed when (as right now) I see messages such as the book is 17% complete - but with 21 hours left to complete the book.

I recommend Stephenson's books in general and this 3 book Baroque Cycle series to all readers - especially if you appreciate continuity stemming from historical characters blended smoothly with accommodating reality based fiction replete with intrigue, violence and sex (at times erotically intermingled).
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The Confusion is Volume II of the author’s Baroque Cycle. Volume I contains the first three “books” of the cycle, while The Confusion contains Book 4 (Juncto) and Book 5 (Bonanza). These two books were originally published separately, but when combined in this volume, the “chapters” are alternated so as to maintain chronological order. That is because the two books deal with two completely separate story lines.

Juncto is set in northern Europe and features Eliza, Duchess of Arcachon and Qwhglm, and Daniel Waterhouse. Bonanza follows the adventures of Half-Cocked Jack Shaftoe from his days as a galley slave along the Barbary Coast through Egypt, the Indian sub-continent (Hindoostan), the Far East, New Spain (Mexico) and ultimately back to England.

If you read Volume I, Quicksilver, or the three books that were encompassed therein, then you are familiar with the characters and the historical landscape (late 17th, early 18th century). While the historical fiction contained in these works is highly educational and at times fascinating (at others, somewhat confusing), this is not my favorite Stephenson effort. Nevertheless, as in his cyberpunk and sci-fi stories, a certain level of attention and effort is required in order fully grasp the author’s work. Some may not want to put forth the effort, but I appreciate it.