- Series: The Baroque Cycle (Book 2)
- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 14, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060733357
- ISBN-13: 978-0060733353
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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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.
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).
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.
This novel shows that almost all that we think as modern is 300 years old or older, just applied differently. This is just book 2 or a three book saga. Make sure to read Quicksilver first as it sets the stage for all that happens in this novel. Book three of the Baroque Cycle is The System of the World and they all make up a wonderful story that you don't want to end.