I agree with both the above reviewers - and here are the details:
"Quicksilver" is now divided up and published in three: "Quicksilver", "King of the vagabonds", and "Odalisque". "The Confusion" has been split in two: "Bonanza" and "Juncto" "The system of the World" into three, "Solomon's Gold" "Currency" and "The System of the World".
So nothing new, sadly. Wish it were. You have been warned!
If you don't know what I'm talking about, youre really lucky - you have a treat ahead of you. Start with Quicksilver, and have yourself a ball!
This is book 2 of 8 from the Baroque Cycle. There are 3 volumes and 8 books - here is the complete order of The Baroque Cycle:
Quicksilver: 1. Quicksilver 2. The King of the Vagabonds 3. Odalisque
The Confusion: 4. Bonanza 5. The Juncto
The System of the World: 6. Solomon's Gold 7. Currency 8. The System of the World
My advice is to purchase "Quicksilver" - volume 1 of the Cycle which also contains "Quicksilver" (book 1) and "Odalisque" (book 3). The second volume "The Confusion" (containing two books which are con-fused together) and the third volume "The System of the World" should then be purchased and read without break. May take you half a year but I assure you it's worth it.
I completely agree with the above review. What I want to add is that Stephenson must have done an incredible amount of research into the history of 17th/early 18th century Europe, in fact, the whole Barock Cycle could be used to teach history. It also gives an insight into the birth of the US and the ideas around at that time. It made me understand better some of the present (and very strange to me) ideas and behaviour of Americans.