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Newton's Cannon by Greg Keyes
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Jun 29, 11

really liked it
Read from June 18 to 28, 2011

Setting an alternate history in the Age of Enlightenment is an intriguing concept: human understanding of the universe was in its infancy. Putting an alternate system of physics into the hands of Enlightenment thinkers, tinkerers, and builders would result in some interesting developments, both for industry and society as well as the turbulent politics of the age.

After reading, the thing that bothers me is the character of Trevor Bracewell, the pursuer of Benjamin Franklin. Early in the story his motivations seem straightforward if mysterious--stop Franklin from fiddling with alchemical devices and powers, because You Know Not What You Do. But at the end...what? It's not explained, or if it is explained, then it was a twisted cruller of plot logic that escaped me.

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06/21/2011 page 70
18.0% "Not feeling the love."
06/24/2011 page 140
36.0% "Oh. There's the love. It was hidden on the back shelf all this time."
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