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by J. Gregory Keyes

Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: J. Gregory Keyes
ISBN: 0345406052
ISBN13: 978-0345406057
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey Books; 1st edition (May 5, 1998)
Pages: 356
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Book 1 of 4 in the Age of Unreason Series.

Book 1 of 4 in the Age of Unreason Series. What’s this? An author who can actually complete a series of epic fantasy novels in a reasonable time? Far from Jordan or Martin light, Keyes swiftly proved himself a master of creating exotic and absorbing landscapes and unique metaphysical concepts, and The Age of Unreason is one of his best.

Newton's Cannon features the classic elements of science fiction . Published by Ballantine Books

Newton's Cannon features the classic elements of science fiction: high-tech gadgetry, world-threatening superpower conflict, a quest to save the world, and a teen hero who's smarter than most of the adults. The historical setting gives this book something extra. Keyes's elegant alternate-history fantasy begins a series entitled The Age of Unreason that, on the evidence of this beginning, promises to follow honorably in the footsteps of Card's Alvin Maker sag. eyes knows his history, knows his science, and knows how to tell a story. Published by Ballantine Books: Chosen of the Changeling.

Book One of. The Age of Unreason. The ballantine publishing group, new york. A DelRey®Book THE BALLANTINE PUBLISHING GROUP, NEW YORK Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized. Published in the United States by The Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

Newton's Cannon book. a good place to restart my journey through the Age of Unreason. Finding it for 30 p at a library sale was just icing on the cake-it even has I have fond memories of this trilogy from my youth. A dazzling quest whose outcome will raise humanity to unparalleled.

Newton’s Cannon: Isaac Newton’s discovery of philosopher’s mercury threatens to destroy all .

Newton’s Cannon: Isaac Newton’s discovery of philosopher’s mercury threatens to destroy all human life on Earth, unless he and his new American protégé, young Benjamin Franklin, can keep the substance out of the malevolent hands of France’s King Louis XIV. An intricately crafted, elegantly delivered story filled with idealism and betrayal, adventure, and philosophy. fascinating (Library Journal). Empire of Unreason: As eternal winter descends upon Earth, Franklin returns to the American colonies to hone his alchemical skills and ready his secret cabal of scientists, Native Americans, and former slaves for the upcoming battle for humankind’s survival.

Gregory Keyes (born April 11, 1963) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and Greg Keyes

Gregory Keyes (born April 11, 1963) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and Greg Keyes. Keyes was born in Meridian, Mississippi, as John Gregory Keyes. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer.

The Age of Unreason is a series of four novels written by Gregory Keyes: Newton's Cannon (1998), A Calculus of Angels. Posts About The Age of Unreason. lt;p

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Newton's Cannon (The Age of Unreason, Book 1). by J. Gregory Keyes. Age of Unreason, 1. Dust jacket has a small tear near spine.

In this stunning new novel, acclaimed author J. Gregory Keyes charts a course sideways through time. Come with him to a world both deeply familiar and wondrously strange. Lose yourself in a fantasy woven from the stuff of history, a dazzling quest whose outcome will raise humanity to unparalleled heights of glory--or ring down a curtain of endless night  . . .NEWTON'S CANNON1681: Sir Isaac Newton turns his restless mind to the ancient art of alchemy. He achieves an unprecedented breakthrough, unleashing Philosopher's Mercury, a primal source of matter and a key to manipulating the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Now, Louis XIV of France and George I of England battle for its control. As English armies push nearer to Paris, Louis calls for a new weapon--a mysterious device known only as Newton's Cannon.Amidst the decadence of Versailles, courtiers and poseurs plot and scheme. And Adrienne de Montchevreuil, an impecunious noblewoman of great beauty and unsuspected talents, labors to unlock the mystery of Newton's Cannon before it is too late--for her King, for her country . . . for herself.In Boston a half a world away, a young apprentice by the name of Benjamin Franklin stumbles across a dangerous secret. Pursued by a powerful and deadly enemy--half scientist, half sorcerer--Ben makes his fugitive way to England. Only Newton himself can help him now. But who will help Sir Isaac? For Newton was not the first to unleash the Philosopher's Mercury. Others were there before him. Creatures as scornful of science as they are of mankind. And burning to be rid of both . . .
Comments to eBook Newton's Cannon (The Age of Unreason, Book 1)
Tegore
I’ve long been a fan of Keyes’ work, having first acquainted myself with his books during the interminable intervals between the newest installment of Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin. What’s this? An author who can actually complete a series of epic fantasy novels in a reasonable time?

Far from Jordan or Martin light, Keyes swiftly proved himself a master of creating exotic and absorbing landscapes and unique metaphysical concepts, and The Age of Unreason is one of his best. An alternative history following the life of Ben Franklin and others of his time, Keyes paints a world where Isaac Newton’s discovery of the Philosopher’s Stone makes magic work, and the inventiveness of the time promptly harnesses that power in endlessly ingenuitive ways, even as the crowned heads of Europe and Russia and others, suddenly gifted with godlike power of magitek, wage their wars with weapons of death and destruction on a scale never before dreamed of.

All the while, dark forces from another plane of existence discern a way to empower themselves once again, enslaving or destroying humanity in the process.

An incredible adventure, a love letter to the period and all it’s hopes, dreams, faults, achievements and philosophies, a rumination of the passage of one world and the birth of another.
Perhaps Keyes’ greatest accomplishment is his characterization of Ben Franklin: as suitable a figure as any in history to have been a real Harry Potter or Sparrowhawk if empowered by magical forces, and he comes alive in every scene, with witticisms pithy and profound.

A gem to be treasured. Pick up the books, read and wonder why you haven’t seen these events played out on a screen.
Kagalkree
Though it started a bit slow and slightly more technical than expected, this book managed to catch my attention and retain it until I finished it within a week. In other words, it was a very entertaining fantasy/sci-fi story involving some famous people from the actual world such as Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton and Voltaire. Now, I love history, so alternate takes and what-if scenarios are also my cup of tea, but I dislike mathematics and complex science and books that dwell too much on it. However, it is a credit to the strength of the story, characters and author's literary style, that even though the book deals with alchemy, math, astronomy, chemistry and fictional science, it is fun to read and the reader does not get lost for long on the explanations.

The two main characters, Benjamin Franklin and Adrienne are likable and imperfect. The supporting characters are also well-presented and complex. The story does provide some plot twists but as a word of caution, it is not self-contained, meaning that the reader will have to follow it on the next book of the series for it ends in a very interesting way.

As of this review, I have not delved in its sequel, but I am anxiously awaiting its arrival to my doorstep. I recommend it to any fantasy fan, especially those who enjoy steampunk books.
Nayatol
Although I'm generally not into alternate histories, I picked this up along with the 2nd book in the series because of the historical people involved as well as the reviews on line. I wasn't disappointed.
The real life historical characters like Benjamin Franklin and Sir Isaac Newton (among others) seemed finely realized, even if their histories were tweaked a bit. For instance, Franklin said and did things I could imagine he would have said and done. The characterizations are well done and believable.
As to the alchemical inventions and what-have-you, I was most taken with aetherschrieber (hope I spelled it right), which you'll come to understand when you read the story. (Hint: It's some type of office machine.)
Though a somewhat dark book, I couldn't put it down, and I finished it in about a week. I was glad I decided to get book 2 at the same time.
Don't be intimidated by the name of this book or that Newton is on the cover. This is not some boring, overly-detailed science book: It'll actually leave you hungering for more!
Nikohn
Ben Franklin, Isaac Newton, Voltaire et al? In a magical world where science controls alchemical forces. What a great book and what a fantastic series.
Najinn
The concept behind Greg Keye's series of alchemy books is great and provides a very interesting alternative history. I thought the first book was the best but each of the remaining three have been very close in enjoyability. Take a trip to this wonderful world!
Kelerana
I put this down several times before I got into it. It's only because I hate not to finish a book that I continued. I'm glad I did and I will read the next book in the series.
Pringles
It turns historical fiction and fantasy on their heads in an adventurous mix. Anxious for the next one in the series.
Excellent Steampunk-type thriller. I enjoyed depiction of historical figures like Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. the skewed physics - or 'magic' was a delightful romp.
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