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@Read Epub º Odalisque ë The trials of Dr Daniel Waterhouse and the Natural Philosophers increase one hundredfold in an England plagued by the impending war and royal insecurities as the beautiful and ambitious Eliza plays a most dangerous game as double agent and confidante of enemy kings I preferred the middle book of the first volume This was interesting historical fiction I crossed referenced some of the events with my history of Britain death of Charles II, reign of James II, take over of William, Prince of Orange I m also curious of some of the events on the continent Louis XIV move in to Germany, etc , and will have to look in to those some time as well. Still going strong We have all the characters from the first two books plus a few entries that only deepen the sense of the world of Europe In the previous two, we got to see a lot of England and then a massive amount of the Dutch world in the second, but this one focused mainly on the French.Our favorite tease spy lives her life as a fake noble but not so fake that no one fails to realize it , but that s all right It s the life of intrigue in Louis the Fourteenth s court Truly fascinating Still going strong We have all the characters from the first two books plus a few entries that only deepen the sense of the world of Europe In the previous two, we got to see a lot of England and then a massive amount of the Dutch world in the second, but this one focused mainly on the French.Our favorite tease spy lives her life as a fake noble but not so fake that no one fails to realize it , but that s all right It s the life of intrigue in Louis the Fourteenth s court Truly fascinating.We also return in full force to Daniel, and while everyone is older, the political intrigue is nevertheless as dangerous as ever with the new English king The immensity of detail is such that I m thrown deep into the late sixteen hundreds without pause or breath and I feel like I m getting one hell of an immersion It s also so full of interesting plots and twists, going back fully into the anti slavery angle even while whole parts of Christiandom want to enslave whole other parts of Christendom just because of their beliefs, it feels like an insane move to go any further or wider in scope when there s such dissension everywhere you look.And then there s the science and the economics and the way that the perennially tapped nobles play the markets in order to regain their wealth The science bits are always the most fascinating for me, but I have to be honest The economics bits are pretty damn close to the top as a favorite Let me be clear I read and loved Cryptonomicon which is like an Epic Economics treatise as well as a cryptography primer, so getting the early explorations of these same topics but within the frame of Europe during this time is a real treat So much to learn I m really impressed by these, and I ve still got fiveto go What will happen next to my poor MCs cry Even a well made clock drifts, and must be re set from time to timeNeal Stephenson, Odalisque An odalisque was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish haram seraglio , particularly the ladies in haram of the Ottoman sultan So, the book title references Eliza, who in book 2 King of the Vagabonds is rescued by Half Cock Jack King of the Vagabonds Eliza in this book enters the world of European economics and spycraft She rises from broker of the French nobility, eventually eaEven a well made clock drifts, and must be re set from time to timeNeal Stephenson, Odalisque An odalisque was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish haram seraglio , particularly the ladies in haram of the Ottoman sultan So, the book title references Eliza, who in book 2 King of the Vagabonds is rescued by Half Cock Jack King of the Vagabonds Eliza in this book enters the world of European economics and spycraft She rises from broker of the French nobility, eventually earning the title of Countess of Zeur She also aids William of Orange as he prepares to invade England, gaining the added title of Duchess of Qqghlm The book also brings us back to Daniel Waterhouse.I personally missed Jack Shaftoe, but that was partially assisted because we were introduced to his brother Bob Shaftoe.I ve enjoyed Volume one I m a big fan of the Age of Enlightenment and was thrilled to experience of fictionalized Pepys, Newton, Leibniz, William of Orange, etc This is the third book in the eight book Baroque Cycle, and also the third part of the first volume So it involves a fair amount of tying together separate characters and story arcs introduced in the first two books, Quicksilver and King of the Vagabonds, which is mostly accomplished by having Eliza meet up with Daniel Waterhouse in England Jack Shaftoe does not appear at all in this book, though he is alluded to a few times by other characters His brother, Bob, does make an appearance near This is the third book in the eight book Baroque Cycle, and also the third part of the first volume So it involves a fair amount of tying together separate characters and story arcs introduced in the first two books, Quicksilver and King of the Vagabonds, which is mostly accomplished by having Eliza meet up with Daniel Waterhouse in England Jack Shaftoe does not appear at all in this book, though he is alluded to a few times by other characters His brother, Bob, does make an appearance near the end, introducing a story arc of his own that intersects with those of Eliza and Daniel Structurally, this book follows the latter part of King of the Vagabonds in switching back and forth between two geographically distant characters points of view Where in the second book it was Eliza and Jack, here it is Eliza and Daniel, who are muchsimilar in temperament and habit both are smart, cautious characters who observe, plan, and then act, rather than heedlessly throwing themselves into the thick of things This makes forsuspense, andsense that each narrative is building toward something, as opposed to just listing along from one episode to the next But it also makes for fewer entertaining incidents, so if you really liked Jack s part of the last book, you might find yourself bored by this one.Eliza by now is ensconced in King Louis IV s court at Versailles, where she has a sponsor of sort, the comte d Avaux, whom she met in the previous book and who has gotten her a position as governess to the children of some noblewoman That s only a pretext for her to be at Versailles, though, where she has severalimportant roles she keeps shrouded in varying degrees of secrecy Nearest to the surface, she acts as personal finance manager to practically the entire court, most of whose members are nearing bankruptcy trying to maintain their households and wardrobes at a suitable level of opulence Known to fewer people, she corresponds with d Avaux, keeping him updated on what goes on at court she also corresponds with the Natural Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who has published his calculus She uses a couple of different codes to write her letters the letters she writes to d Avaux are written in a simpler code that she anticipates will be broken by Dutch spies, who are her real audience for those missives D Avaux, it was revealed in the last book, is working to undermine King Louis, but is not pro Dutch either I m not 100% sure how much his agenda and Eliza s overlap, though I don t THINK he knows the Dutch are reading his correspondence Anyway, at the highest level of secrecy, she s spying for William, the Prince of Orange, who intends to seize power in England.And, reading that paragraph, you will start to see why I don t like the title of this installment in the Baroque Cycle An odalisque is a woman whose defining feature is her idleness she s kept by others to be idle, and beautiful, for them Eliza, who has to be the one the title refers to, is dizzyingly active ALL THE TIME, simultaneously doing two or three incredibly difficult things, and making sure no one sees her doing them, at any given time Stephenson might well have chosen the title ironically that s the only way I can see it making any sense.I mentioned that Daniel Waterhouse comes back into play in this book he does, and when we meet him he has come into his own as a political power player He s still a Fellow of the Royal Society, but he doesn t conduct any research of his own Instead, he hangs around King James II s dwindling court, watching his doctors try to treat his advanced syphilis and talking with other people about what s going to happen next He intercedes on behalf of his fellow Puritans, getting them released from jail whenever they get rounded up on suspicion of fomenting another rebellion remember that in the first book, Daniel s father Drake was instrumental in bringing Oliver Cromwell to power, and was rewarded for this by having his head cut off once Charles II was restored to the throne While he s watching and waiting, the Glorious Revolution happens around him He knows he has played some role in bringing it about, but he mostly just wanders around dazed once it actually starts unfolding Mostly, he tries to keep an eye on his friend Isaac Newton, who is going off the deep end, abandoning physics for some sort of esoteric metaphysics His parts of the book, especially compared to Eliza s and especially toward the end, are anticlimactic