The System of the World provides a satisfying conclusion to Neal Stephenson’s epic Baroque Cycle, and manages to somehow tie together most of the strands of the huge tapestry he has woven over almost three thousand pages.
The System of the World focuses in on Dr. Waterhouse and the climactic showdown between Jack “The Coiner” Shaftoe and Sir Isaac Newton (whom only Jack has the temerity to refer to as “Ike”).
If you have read the first two parts of the Baroque Cycle, you really don’t have much choice but to read the conclusion. Rest assured that Stephenson manages to close the trilogy with a bang.
Taking a step back from The System of the World and looking at the entire trilogy, it is hard to fathom the audacity, chutzpah, doggedness, and intelligence Stephenson has displayed—creating something this huge and inclusive, a work that truly brings an Era to life and contains so much raw material as well as so much thought is indeed a feat to be toasted.
My hat is off to Neal Stephenson.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.