King of the Vagabonds (Quicksilver, Book 2)

King of the Vagabonds (Quicksilver, Book 2)

by Neal Stephenson
     
 

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A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe — London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer — risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious

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A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe — London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer — risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

Editorial Reviews

Time magazine
“Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer.”
New York Times Book Review
“[QUICKSILVER] explores the philosophical concerns of today . . . through thrillingly clever, suspenseful and amusing plot twists.”
Newsweek
“Sprawling, irreverent, and ultimately profound.”
Seattle Times
“A sprawling, engrossing tale.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Stephenson’s new machine is a wonderment to behold. A-”
Sunday Telegraph
“An astonishing achievement.”
San Antonio Express-News
“[QUICKSILVER] is a rare thing: a 1,000-page book that you don’t want to end.
Book World
“[O]ften brilliant and occassionally astonishing ...[QUICKSILVER] has wit, ambition and ... moments of real genius.”
Book
“[A]n awe-inspiring book, stuffed with heart-stopping action scenes ... and a treasure trove of forgotten historical lore.”
Independent
“Dense, witty, erudite ... and gripping ... a far more impressive literary endeavor than most so-called “serious” fiction.”
Time Magazine
"Genius . . . You’ll wish it were longer."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060833176
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Baroque Cycle Series, #1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
263,822
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Neal Stephenson is the author of seven previous novels. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1959
Place of Birth:
Fort Meade, Maryland
Education:
B.A., Boston University, 1981
Website:
http://www.nealstephenson.com

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