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The System of the World by Neal Stephenson

July 16, 2008

The final book for the Baroque cycle. The three main characters of Jack, Eliza and Daniel again play their central roles, but this is Daniel’s book.

It begins by catching up with those 1714 chapters from Quicksilver that made such little sense at the time, which was ok since being chased by pirates is cool. Daniel returns to a very different London to the one he left, and this time arrives via a circuitous route through the English countryside. It gives him time to apprecoiate the lifestyle of the Tory landowners he has always opposed.

In London his old comrade Sir Isaac Newton is trying to run the Royal Mint, and forever chasing a criminal known only as Jack the Coiner. No prizes for guessing who that is.

I won’t spoil any of the details. Like the other two of this series the book may be long, but every page, every sentence has been crafted to keep you reading. I won’t deny anyone the experience of turning each page with trembling fingers, eyes struggling to stay open for just one more chapter.

The System of the World is a grand finale to a grand series.

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