This has been the third year in which I have read a volume of ??The Baroque Cycle?? over the summer. “I loved the first”:http://devilgate.org/blog/2007/01/21/book-notes-23-quicksilver-by-neal-stephenson/, despite its dip after the first book. “The second was slower”:http://devilgate.org/blog/books-2007/the-confusion-by-neal-stephenson-books-2007-16/ – in fact suffering from classic middle-volume __longeurs__. I thoroughly enjoyed them both, though.
This third volume is the best of the three. I enjoyed it so much that, towards the end (that is, in the last two-hundred-or-so pages) I found myself sometimes avoiding reading it, because I didn’t want it to be over.
The focus is very much back with Daniel Waterhouse, where it started, which is good from my point of view. Jack Shaftoe and Eliza (Duchess of the preposterously named Qwghlm) are in there too, of course.
And, it’s too damn _long_ for me to write much more about it. If you’ve read the first two, you will, of course, want to read this. If you haven’t read any of them, you should.