The Age of Unreason: Newton's Cannon 1 Mass Market Paperback – 18 Jul 2002
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" POWERFUL." --USA Today " A NEW MYTH-MAKER, A NEW STAR OF THE FANTASY GENRE HAS ARRIVED. Like Ursula Le Guin in the '60s, John Varley in the '70s, and Orson Scott Card in the '80s, author J. Gregory Keyes may well be the leading fantasy writer of the 1990s." --BookPage -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Come on a journey sideways through time, and lose yourself in a world both deeply familiar and wondrously strange. In 1681, Sir Isaac Newton turns his restless mind to the ancient art of alchemy, and successfully unleashes Philosophers Mercury, the key to manipulating the four elements. Powerful kings will battle to control it, till London itself is threatened with obliteration by a hellish device unless a pair of unlikely geniuses can defuse it in time. This is a fantasy woven from the stuff of history, an enthralling quest whose outcome may raise humanity to unparalleled heights or bring down the curtain of endless night. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product Description
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The first scene is 1681, where Sir Isaac Newton has had a startling revelation in his study of alchemy, unleashing "Philosopher's Mercury" which allows people to manipulate the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This produces things like floating balls of light that make candles obsolete, and powerful weapons as well. We then move to 1720. The French and the English are at war and King Louis XIV of France demands a weapon that will turn the tide, a weapon so devastating that even he doesn't know what he's unleashed. a device known mysteriously as Newton's Cannon. Over in the Colonies, a young apprentice named Benjamin Franklin has stumbled upon the secret. Using the new devices that allow words to be transferred over vast distances, he stumbles upon a mathematical problem that he has the answer for. But is he helping the English, or is he making a terrible mistake?
Newton's Cannon is a great blend of science, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of "what-if." The historical characters, while much younger than we are familiar with (Ben Franklin starts at age 12), are still fairly recognizable. Ben is very intelligent, a writer and a printer's apprentice to his older brother, James.Read more ›
It's not that Newton's Cannon is a bad book. The plot is interesting, and moves along at a brisk pace. Some readers might find it annoying that most chapters end on a cliff-hanger, (and then follow with a completely different character's point of view) but I wasn't overly bothered by it.
What failed to win me over, in the end, was simply the characters. I never really grew to like any of them, and eventually I came to realize that it didn't matter to me what was happening to them. Knowing that Newton's Cannon is the first book in a series of four, there didn't seem much point in forcing myself to the end (as I had no intention of reading the rest of the series). I quit at around page 200.
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It's almost steampunk but with less cast iron and more gold-leaf encrusted baroque cherubs - steame punke? Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2010 by Amazon Customer
An incomparably complex and intricate masterpiece of literature, Keyes' novel meshes together myriad plot elements and characters expertly, each ingenious factor contributing to... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and found it hard to put down. One flaw in this book, however, was the ending. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 1998