The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
(The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2)

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In the year 1689, a 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 gold.

In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, 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.

Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry 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 descended.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde; Anathem; the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); as well as Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 848 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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Now, she’s not only trying to raise her three children, but also operates as a crafty spy, brokering a byzantine deal involving the minting of monies in London to pay the massed French-Irish army soon to cross the Channel—to take London.

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The Confusion by Neal Stephenson 624pp, Heinemann, £16.99 Five years ago, Neal Stephenson published Cryptonomicon , a novel of such ambition and intensity that most modern fiction looks timid and shallow in comparison.

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“Juncto” is concerned with the fortunes of the Juncto as it approaches its recoinage, with their interest in installing Newton as head of the Mint, and also with the financial machinations of Eliza, still living primarily in France and orbiting the court at Versailles.

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It is about halfway through this central book that Stephenson puts the apparent central metaphor of the trilogy into the mouth of Roger Comstock, Marquis of Ravenscar, who is discussing recoinage with Daniel Waterhouse, a natural philosopher: "(…) Daniel, you know that I think Alchemy is nonsense!

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Bookmarks Magazine

Though neither entry in the Baroque Cycle (including Volume 1, The Quickening, 3.5 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2003) has impressed the critics as much as some of Stephenson’s previous work, The Confusion proves his narrative skills are still in fine shape.

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Fantasy Literature

Given its length, The Confusion could be seen as an indulgent novel, but I found that Stephenson did a better job of pacing than he had in Quicksilver.

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Really, I can't recommend the Cycle enough.

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The Zone

The Confusion is the second part of Neal Stephenson's Baroque cycle, which began with Quicksilver earlier in the year and will conclude with The System Of The World to be published in October 2004.

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