Very large and chewy. I’m two-thirds of the way through these books and have paused to digest. There’s a lot to digest. Neal Stephenson has gotten more coherent with age, but his scope just gets bigger and bigger. These are 8 books collected in 3 mega-books.
1. Quicksilver: Isaac Newton! Alchemy! The scientific method! A boring guy called Daniel Waterhouse!
2. King of the Vagabonds: JACK SHAFTOE!!! Awesomeness! (Read my review)
3. Odalisque: We’re all pen pals! Cryptography! Spies! Finance!
The Confusion (“Confusion” refers to an obsolete pun about how things have been conned and fused.)
4. Bonanza: Pirates! Pirates! Pirates!
5. The Juncto: Complex financial maneuvers! Clever women! Aristocracy!
The System of the World
6-9. To be read! Later!