Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

by Neal Stephenson

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Fall; or, Dodge in Hell 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
So very dissapointing. I have enjoyed the brilliance and creativity of Neal Stephenson for many years. but cou,d hardly finish this book. The first half is very engaging, with interesting characters and a future look at saving brain connections in a data base after physical death. I was very csptivated at first. But then Stephenson flew into a creation myth with tech overlays that was partly predictible and partly off putting. It did not partner well with the first half, and develooed into a Quest story that drug on and on and felt lifted from known myths. Ending was terribly bland and unsatisfying. Wish it had been otherwise, gven the great beginning.
Anonymous 5 days ago
The books starts wonderfully: great returning characters from Reamde, a great idea and his normal, rich, funny prose.But then it all goes off the rails. half the book is in a virtual world. no problem there. But it turns out Neal isn't good at writing fantasy.but here's the kicker: these parts are written in a different style. A turgid, bad Tolkien knockoff. So 400+ pages have none of the things that I read Neal for!Please, Neal. Go back, knock off 200 pages and rewrite in your wondrous normal style.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I ordered and paid for this book, but never received it.
SheTreadsSoftly 4 months ago
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson is a highly recommended science fiction/fantasy thriller. This is a brilliantly unique novel with great characters and world building established in a cautionary premise. Richard “Dodge” Forthrast is a multibillionaire from a game company he founded. Now he can enjoy his life, especially spending time with his niece Zula and her daughter Sophia. When something goes wrong during a routine medical procedure, Dodge is pronounce brain dead and put on life support. This is when his family discovers that the will he made many years earlier called for his body to be frozen and stored at a cryonics company. The company is now owned by tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive, Dodge's friend Corvallis Kawasaki, who is also the executor of his will, acquiesces. Dodge's brain is scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived. Years later Dodge's grandniece, Sophia, is able to download Dodge's brain into a digital world. Now Dodge (Egdod) is a god in a bitworld he creates, and other downloaded brains find a place in it. At this point the story alternates between what is going on in Bitworld and the real world, or Meatspace. Societal structures and power are explored in both worlds. Bitworld resembles a fantasy world, with footholds in ancient mythology and religion, and provides a sort of life after death for those scanned and downloaded into the digital world. Fall, or Dodge in Hell is absolutely a grand epic drama, featuring both an entertaining narrative and compelling reading. It explores the interfacing of human imagination and artificial intelligence and begs the question whether technological breakthroughs are helping or harming humanity. This continues the story in Reamde, with recurring characters from that novel, but is a standalone novel. The writing is consummate Stephenson, so it is a detailed, complex story presented in a massive novel. But the whole story is here, so there is no waiting for a part two. This is a well-written imaginative novel that explores life and eternity, and combines technology, and spirituality in one literary saga of science fiction and fantasy. The characters in both worlds are well developed and well imagined. The time line is approximately a human life span in Meatspace, but eons in Bitworld. I normally don't read much fantasy, so when the narrative mainly followed Bitworld, it lost a bit of the fascination for me. 4.5 rounded down Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Gavinsp 4 months ago
Another great novel from Neal. It’s another deep dive of detail. A step by step of what happened to Dodge. Each detail more interesting than the last.
Anonymous 28 days ago