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The System of the World - Neal Stephenson

The third book in Neal Stephenson’s The Baroque Cycle is the best.  Strangely enough Daniel Waterhouse, my least favorite protagonist, is the star and leads us to an exciting conclusion.


The Baroque Cycle is a collection of eight books in three volumes; an opus of 3,000 pages to the Age of Enlightenment.  This is historical fiction, regardless of Mr. Stephenson saying it is science fiction (because of some alchemical slight of hand), that spans the world, though primarily England and Europe, from the 1660’s through the early 18th Century.


I will miss Eliza, Jack and Daniel and plan to re-visit them in a couple of years.