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Monday, January 23, 2006

The Confusion :Neal Stephenson



This is the second book in a massive trilogy. I read Quicksilver over a year ago and my memory seems to have faded somewhat. From what I can remember The Confusion was easier to follow than Quicksilver, but I missed all the references to Cryptology. There was one notable cypto posrtion of the book when the evil French discovered how to re-encrypt a series of messages. Speaking of Jack's story: Since when is he an nypurzvfg?

I did get bored when Eliza started going on and on about money. I almost believe that I now have a thorough understanding of 17th century finance now. A lot of Jack's story was glossed over but I was glad to see that he was erhavgrq jvgu uvf puvyqera.

The end of the book was somewhat mystifying. I mean what in the world does it mean that Jack gur "Pbvare" vf orvat frag gb Ratynaq gb qrfgebl gur Zvag??

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6 Comments:

  • OK, I am confused. This is one of those series that I am not going to touch with a 10-foot pole until it's completed. My memory of books (especially sci-fi or fantasy) fades too quickly and I'm not entering another vicious "new installment coming out --- must re-read series" cycle. (I've given up on Jordan -- I just don't care. So I can't tell sisters from Kin from Windfinders by name any longer -- I'm not sure he can, either)

    By Anna, at 8:47 AM  

  • oh no, it is complete. The third book is "The system of the world". I am waiting til the summer to read it though.

    By Jason, at 2:52 PM  

  • Also, I'd recommend that you actually start with Cryptonomicon. It's set in the present day but it came out several years before the trilogy.

    By bshort, at 3:06 PM  

  • "So I can't tell sisters from Kin from Windfinders by name any longer -- I'm not sure he can, either) "

    heheheeheeheeh.

    By evt1618, at 2:27 PM  

  • Indeed. I re-read Eye of the World recently and was amazed at how well it started off the series. And then... it all... started... to die...

    By lillygog, at 8:49 PM  

  • Here is someone who has put together a series of photographs of the tower of london to go along with some text in the trilogy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/notlikecalvin/sets/72057594068198516/

    By Jason, at 7:06 AM  

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