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O Rei dos Vagabundos (The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,166 ratings  ·  73 reviews
«Nesta segunda parte do Ciclo Barroco (a continuação de Argento-Vivo), o romance centra-se no vagabundo Jack Shaftoe e em Eliza (uma jovem da ilha de Qwghlm, onde não existem vogais), que ele resgata de um harém depois da derrota dos turcos em Viena, em 1683.

Os dois formarão uma parelha invulgar, criando-se uma simbiose entre a coragem e o espírito impulsivo dele e a astúc...more
Paperback, 1ªed, 422 pages
Published March 2008 by Tinta da China (first published 2004)
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I wasn't for sure what to expect from this book after the first in the series was such a well written historical fiction of early science. According to the reviews I read, this was nothing like the first (with the exception of the setting being the same time period). So while I wasn't for sure what to expect, I didn't think I would laugh so much. This book was so enjoyable. The characters were real people, living in a hard world. They knew the world was hard, but they didn't know it could be any...more
Feb 25, 2012 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of colorful characters who aren't afraid of A LOT of period detail
A couple years went by between my reading the first book in this series and getting my hands on the second, but given how little the characters and events in this book overlap with the first, it really doesn't matter.

Where the first book followed Daniel Waterhouse, Natural Philosopher and scion of a staunch, politically active Puritan family, and took place mostly in England, this book follows "Half-Cocked" Jack Shaftoe (whose nickname refers as much to an anatomical peculiarity of his as it doe...more
Время продолжает свое неспешное течение,а я продолжаю свое спешное чтение. Как я уже говорил в предыдущем очерке: это не более, чем мое отношение к главам большой книги огромного Барочного цикла. Соответственно, перво наперво необходимо прочесть пару слов о моем отношении к первой книге тома( или первого тома книги) "Ртуть" Нила Стивенсона.
Продолжим относительно Короля бродяг. Дело в том, что большая часть относительно стиля повествования Нила Стивенсона уже сказана, точнее сказано будто бы в...more
’El rey de los vagabundos’ es el segundo libro de los tres en que se dividió en castellano ‘Quicksilver’, el primer macro volumen del Ciclo Barroco. Neal Stephenson continúa narrándonos las peripecias de los antepasados de los principales protagonistas de ‘Criptonomicón’, centrándose esta vez en Jack Shaftoe, el rey de los vagabundos del título. De nuevo, Stephenson se centra en acontecimientos históricos del siglo XVII, aderezados con hechos ficticios. Y todo ello de la mano de este peculiar pí...more
A ver si voy cogiendo ritmo y me pongo al día de las reseñas de los libros que he leído.

Este volumen es la continuación del libro que comenté anteriormente y que como su propio nombre indica, está dedicado al "rey de los vagabundos" Jack Shaftoe, miembro de una de las sagas familiares claves de Neal Stephenson junto a la familia Waterhouse.

A pesar de que me ha parecido muy entretenido, creo que en su mayor parte es relleno de la historia principal y que sirve de introducción al personaje clave d...more
Absolutne arcydzieło... co jak co, ale jednak Neal Stephenson potrafi stworzyć książki kompletne, bohaterów idealnych i historie tak prawdziwe jak tylko potrafi być prawdziwa fikcja literacka. W postaci cyklu barokowego (w tym przypadku pierwszego tomu [lub pierwszych trzech ksiąg)) dostajemy powieść historyczną w której znajdziemy oblężenie Wwiednia, piratów (z port royale i Turcji) rozważania filozoficzno-naukowe, rozwój nowoczesnej fizyki, biologii, astronomii, zegarmistrzów, chirurgów (nie m...more
Clif Hostetler
This is the second book of the eight book Baroque Cycle. Most of this story takes place on mainland Europe in the 1680s. I find this time period interesting because it was the beginning of the modern world. The previous book in the series, Quicksilver, described the birth of modern science. This book describes the beginning development of modern business and commerce.

This book is somewhat unique among historical novels in that it's main characters, Jack Shaftoe and Eliza, are lowborn and not fro...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

King of the Vagabonds is the second installment of Neal Stephenson’s ambitious and epic Baroque Cycle. I was disappointed with Quicksilver, the first book, because, though it was a thorough and realistic historical fiction, it had neither a compelling main character nor a cohesive plot. Thus, it felt like a textbook, except that I wasn’t sure which anecdotes about the real historical figures were factual and which were fictional. In other words, if we’re g...more
To do justice to Neal Stephenson at his best is inevitably doomed to some form of stylistic copying or more ponderously yet, outright quotation. This book is very well written, in a tone I'll describe as Pratchett-Wallaceian, with humor you'll laugh over, poetic description you'll admire and innumerable sly historical tie-ins you'll catch delightfully, but only you're a nerd and that makes it even better.

Yes history: it's historical fiction, although the emphasis is on the fiction. Suffice it to...more
The second book of Quicksilver, which it itself a three-book volume in the three-volume "Baroque Cycle" series.

Shifting gears somewhat from Quicksilver (the first book, not the first volume), Stephenson follows the adventures of Jack Shaftoe, a seventeenth-century adventurer-hobo ("vagabond") on the Continent. Where the first book concerned itself mostly with science, King of the Vagabonds is a Picaresque novel rife with the spirit of Rabbelais and Shakespere-- bawdy, improbable adventures inter...more
Tim Jin
In "Quicksilver" it was all about learning the elitist and the upper class, but in "King of the Vagabonds" it's all about understanding the have nots. I will keep this review short just because I cannot wait to continue with the series. In this book there is a lot more action than intellectual conversation between the classes. The best way to describe the Baroque Cycle series so far, think Ken Folliet and historical fiction, but from a cyber punk, Neal Stephenson.
Adam Sprague
After the first initial 50 pages or so this book trails off in a hurry.

Cryptonomicon was successful despite its length because of the layering of story lines and overall fast pace and interlocking stories.

Here we don't even read one mentioning of the characters from Book 1; which isn't a problem in itself but the other characters don't have enough to carry such length.

Most of this book is spent detailing plot and scenery and pages upon pages are spent highlighting otherwise trivial things that...more
The characters are interesting in this book - I like Eliza and Jack. It tells of a different perspective during the same time period as the first book - but there are no connections (well limited connections) between characters in the first book and this one. I listened to this as an audio book and it was a great performance. The story is sort of lacking a purpose other then to trace the time of a couple of characters. While entertaining, you are left sort of wondering what the purpose of the st...more
T.L. Evans
The King of the Vagabonds by Neal Stephenson, is the highly enjoyable second installment in the Baroque Cycle. Though it annoyingly does not pick up at the end of the cliff-hanger that serves as the ‘conclusion’ of its predecessor, Quicksilver, it is a brilliant read in its own right, chronicling the life of “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, a syphilitic vagabond and Eliza, a beautiful woman of questionable background. It proves a fun, if improbable alternate history with brilliant descriptions that s...more
Where Quicksilver was about about taking one step forward in the name of science, King of the Vagabonds was about taking two steps back because you're a moron.

While the book was no less brilliantly written (and maddeningly detailed - I probably would understand a lot more if I knew all about, say, William of Orange and the history of various sects of Christianity and a few other religions), book 2 of book 1 (really?) of the Baroque Cycle is all about the gritty underbelly of old England - and Fr...more
William P.
The problem I'm having here isn't really this book's fault. It's not a novel. I'm reviewing one section of a larger narrative and it showed. I can see why the publishers split it up, but it doesn't entirely work to do so. And that's why it doesn't get five stars. Other than that? Oh it gets all the stars. I'm digging everything about the Baroque Cycle. The writing style, the story, the interweaving with historical events and characters, and all the... I don't know... Stuff. It's hard to put into...more
Særpræget og noget spøjs roman (som jeg virkeligt godt kunne lide). Umiddelbart hænger den ikke meget sammen med Quicksilver, men jeg gætter på at resten af serien nok skal få bundet en fin sløjfe på det forhold.
Michael Johas teener
I read "Quicksilver", the first in this series a few months ago .. and it was an interesting "almost historical" novel, with the Newton/Leibniz rivalry as a background with bits of the English Civil War and the Restoration thrown in along with a completely fictional Daniel Waterhouse and his fictional pre-MIT workshop where he's building a pre-Babbage difference engine. Cool stuff. Anyway, this book starts a parallel thread that is much more adventuresome, with sword fights, galloping horses, co...more
Set in 17th Century Europe, the same as the first third of Quicksilver, KoV uses a different set of characters.

While Quicksilver focussed on nobles and aristocrats, KoV uses the eponymous King of Vagabonds: Jack Shaftoe and a European girl Eliza, he rescues from a Turkish harem at the siege of Vienna. What follows is rip roaring adventure through Eastern and Central Europe ending in the newly created Amsterdam stock exchange.

Complete with trademark Stephenson wit with an eye for all kinds of jui...more
Seth Kaplan

Absolutely loved this! Once I figured out that it was really the middle third of the first book in the original trilogy, things fell into place better. The first third was pretty difficult to great through, but this was a hilarious romp that read like a thriller. Stephenson's writing is brilliant and his mixing of historical fact and fantasy was so much fun to keep up with. If I had to put this in a category, I'd dub it hysterical fiction. So good that I'm ready to jump right into Odalisque to...more
William Showalter
I was thrown off and surprised when the second volume declined to pick up where the first novel left off, and instead started a completely separate story.

I didn't stay disgruntled for long however, because the story told in King of the Vagabonds is action packed fun and very entertaining. It begins the stories of Jack Shaftoe and Eliza, building the foundation of their tales, which In Jack's case will clime to infamous proportions by the end of this volume.

Like the rest of the Baroque cycle, it...more
A fun read. Not what I expected to follow Quicksilver.
Compared to the first book in this cycle, I enjoyed this much more. The narrative was narrower in scope, but included snippets of larger happenings, whereas the first one felt like it was trying to take on a very large scope. The stories were more personal and engaging, rather than feeling like a fleshed out history book. You definitely can feel more of Stephenson's imagination for the Baroque period rather than historical fact, which made it much more entertaining and made me feel more confiden...more
Michael Nash
Moreso than in Qucksilver, the character of Jack Shaftoe allows Stephenson's dry wit to shine, and I snickered and chortled my way through The King of The Vagabonds. The spot-on humor (and the fact that it's obviously supposed to resemble a picaresque novel) allow me to forgive it for its meandering plot. I was meta-amused by the fact that, despite having an illiterate main character, Stephenson still managed to work in Leibniz so he could satisfy his science boner. 4 stars in stead of 5 for the...more
Peter Kahn
Who wouldn't like a historical tale of a syphilitic scoundrel in 17th century Europe.
It's kind of difficult to know how to review a book that's part of a three-volume, eight book series. I can say that if you've committed yourself to finishing the Baroque Cycle before reading Stephenson's upcoming Anathem, this one is like a nice palate cleanser following Quicksilver. More vagabond-fueled adventure, less binary arithmetic. Now I feel refreshed, and once again ready to follow the complicated social and cultural implications of calculus through another narrative. Sexy! Or somethin...more
Nina Rachele
Well, this was a perfectly exciting book and the pace was much more entertaining than Quicksilver's. All of the scenes with Leibniz and Enoch were gold and I would have loved more flashbacks to Jack's other adventures. But the last thirty or so pages... Hmm. I guess treating women like sets of various orifices is historically accurate, but ugh, must everyone secretly be some kind of deviant? It can't be for shock value at this point, so I am left to assume it is either laziness or misanthropy on...more
Gotta love Jack!!!
Liz C
I started #2 eager to learn more about the history of physics and physicists and was pretty disappointed that the characters from #1 don't make an appearance here. I liked the Shaftoe character a lot but found Stephenson's painstaking details more difficult to tolerate when he isn't writing about science. Also, this is several hundred pages of text during which the plot advances very little. It's main purpose is to introduce the characters Jack and Eliza and I think that could have been done a l...more
Lauren Wise
Not AS stunning as Quicksilver, and the publisher has broken out the separate stories to create numerous different books, but this is still a great read. Main characters are from Quicksilver, and we get to learn more about half-cocked Jack and his adventures all over the world along with the rise of Isaac Newton as head of the English Mint, the rise and fall of Royalty in Europe, what's been happening in the Hague, along with much more. Excellent historical fiction with some history thrown in fo...more
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Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer known primarily for his science fiction works in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, cryptography, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff...more
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