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DOWNLOAD Û The Rise and Fall of DODO S DODO gets cracking on its real mission to develop a device that can bring magic back and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive and meddle with a little history at the same time But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology they overlook the mercurial and treacherous nature of the human heartWritten with the genius complexity and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down to earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible and take you to places and times beyond imagini. Neal Stephenson Cyberpunk King writing about witches and magicNeal Stephenson Speculative Fiction King writing about time travel witches and magicNeal Stephenson Historical Fiction King writing about turning the thought exercise Schrodinger s Cat into an actual experiment which leads to time travel witches magic and the militaryCan it get any better Oh yeah there is an epic 10th century Viking saga about Wal Mart

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DOWNLOAD Û The Rise and Fall of DODO A nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of moneyTristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents which if authentic are earth shattering They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners Magic stopped working altogether in 1851 at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce Something about the modern world jams the freuencies used by magic and it’s up to Tristan to find out whyAnd so the Department of Diachronic Operation. Assuming you buy its premise and do not throw it away disgusted when it is close but not uite imho though opinions may differ about that in uite a few places jumping the shark among many oddities the novel contains a viking saga poem in verse cca 930 s about the sack of an Walmart cca 2010 s this is a delight funny don t remember when i laughed out loud so many times when reading a book zany uite subtle on occasion while it seems to start in our universe cca early 2010 s there is the Trapezoid rather than the Pentagon for example and with a format that adds a lot to the story line while most of the narrative is a first person Victorian style with modern annotations crossed out from Melisande see the blurb who is marooned in London 1851 and wants to write a memoir and deposit it in a secure vault to arrive in our present and witness the creation of the DODO and her role in that there are narrations in many voices Rebecca East Oda descendant of Salem witches and New England aristocratic matron whose genius physicist husband Frank Oda former professor at MIT hounded from academia for alleged mistreatment of cats as in the Schrodinger Cat experiment is the brain behind the time traveling machine at the heart of DODO and Grainne Irish witchspy in Elizabeth I England 1601 are some of the distinctive voices and powerful characters of the novel transcripts of official documents from debriefings after action email exchanges between characters to the diversity policy of DODO this one is a hoot not to speak of the Halloween dress code official paper the aforementioned Viking saga in verse and much While 750 pages long the book ends way too soon would have loved to read another 700 pages and has a very useful glossary of the alphabet soup typical of governmental organizations most common being DODO Department of Diachronic Operations DTAP Destination Time and Place DEDE Direct Engagement for Diachronic Effect and KCW Known Compliant Witch and a cast of characters in the various times and places the novel takes place both have some spoilers so knowing the main acronyms above is probably enough to avoid needing read it until halfway through the book at leastThe ending is excellent in many ways and has enough closure to make the book a fully satisfying read on its own though it really reads like a stopping point with to come in future volumes which i would highly welcomeOverall fast funny some mind bending stuff and lots of ingenuity close but not uite jumping the shark on occasion and the top novel of the year for me to date

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DOWNLOAD Û The Rise and Fall of DODO From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near future thriller combining history science magic mystery intrigue and adventure that uestions the very foundations of the modern worldWhen Melisande Stokes an expert in linguistics and languages accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel a low level faculty member with an incredible offer The only condition she must sign. We seem to be living in a period in which time travel has captured a considerable portion of the public s attention its attention for entertainment at least There are several TV series on at present that I know of that deal in temporal backs and forths I really loved Flash Forward several years back and there seem to have been few extended periods in which the form was absent from the airwaves and wires It has long been an attractive concept for feature films My personal favorites are Time Bandits and Interstellar Instead of loading up this review with a vast list of time travel related works I refer you to this wonderful Wiki entry if you can find the time Rod Taylor in a nifty film version of HG s classic tale looks a bit like it was intended to traverse the everglades Occasionally time jumps are used to illuminate political views about the chronological base point for those stories what the future might look like if this or that keeps on The Time Machine by HG Wells pops to mind for that Another notion takes a optimistic view What might a utopian future look like Edward Bellamy s Looking Backward fills that bill although Bellamy uses the cheap device of the imagined future being visited via dream Samuel Clemens had a go in a less political vein with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court The time travel yarn has been around for a long time Nicole Galland from her site The latest entry into this long favored class The Rise and Fall of DODO offers one of the most delicious concepts I have ever encountered in a time travel book hell in any sort of book merging hard science fiction with witchcraft Melisande Stokes is stuck in London in 1851 Thankfully she has left her journal in a safe deposit box in a bank she knows will persist into the 21st century which is a good thing Stokes is in serious danger of being stuck in that time permanently zero bars Having been transported to this past by a combination of technology and magic she is running up against a deadline July 2 1851 is when magic vanished from the earth or in her immediate case will vanish and getting back to her own time without it is just not gonna happen Tick tock Melisande was an adjunct prof at Harvard s Department of Ancient and Classical Languages or will be I get so confused when she literally bumped into Tristan Lyons a military intelligence guy with a shadowy government agency Meet cute Turns out he has a special need for her particular skill set And so the journey begins It appears that diverse ancient and not so ancient cultures wrote about the existence of magic Trust me this is not a spoiler and Lyons needs someone to translate these rare and fragile materials Mel and Tristan s early time together is an adorable seuence entailing living small lots of late nights in limited space and too much takeout Chinese presumably there being no takeout Sumerian nearby So what happened to magic Where did it go One of the mysteries in the book is why magic vanished when it did Neal Stephenson from his site Stephenson insists that the Children of the Corn are not his Another key player is soon brought in Doctor Frank Oda There is no try only invent who has had way too much fun with Schrodinger s cat and now has a chance to scale up and make some practical use of his theories like creating a space in which one might be able to cast a spell or two And if you intend to do some magic you might need a specialist Voila Enter a crone of a witch sent to the project several lifetimes ago by a time travelling Melisande Still with us The first third of the book is pretty much pure delight as we follow Melisande Tristan Oda the now transformed hubba hubba witch and a few others as they figure out what needs figuring and begin to practice actual time travel In addition to the above named there is an Irish witch in the Elizabethan era who adds her commentary and reporting of events in the form of letters to her leader These are delicious Marty McFly s sweet ride Ok this was HUGE fun to read as the initial group forms and takes on the challenges of transforming the theoretical into the possible Dare we say it s magical There is a running joke for about 150 pps as Melisande offers guesses as to what DODO might actually stand for Department of Diabolical Obscurantism but the truth is eventually revealed and the joke dropped So where does DODO s charm begin to wear thin As the tech becomes reliable the government sponsoring agency grows and what had seemed an entrepreneurial startup in feel if not actuality morphs into a lumbering bureaucracy led predictably by buffoons As happens when governments and contractors are presented with a new toy how to weaponize it is brought in for some consideration It is at this point that the form of the novel takes a turn I expect it was intended as a satirical look at how the heavy hand of institutionalization does its best to stamp out creativity Instead of flowing longer passages of story telling we are treated to a blizzard of Rumsfeldian snowflakes small exchanges back and forths among the primary and too many secondary characters There are internal memos about far too many things Occasionally they poke through the surface crust and offer up a yuck or two but mostly serve to slow everything down I kept on for the entirety 742 pps in my ARE But it sometimes became a chore An epic Viking poem about a raid on a Walmart sounds like a funny idea but was painful to get through The best humor is that based on the characters I thought the resident Hungarian witch Erszebet Karpathy please oh please can Christina Hendricks play her if there is to be a movie was hilarious in her diva mode There is an Irish witch who offers both danger and fun and a nice bit of inside cynicism on Shakespeare Galland has considerable Shakespearean expertise so we can guess who wrote most of this From the TV show Timeless looking ready to munch some ghosts There are other sections that are pretty entertaining Some elements of time travel make for interesting circumstances on the landing end Stephenson it really has to be him takes adolescent delight in concocting joke names out of government acronyms You don t have to have the mind of a 12 year old boy to enjoy these but it helps Others will get to exercise the muscles that make one s eyes roll I flipped back and forth between these modes Monty Python is referenced with some freuency particularly when the witch is being put through her paces I uite enjoyed those Python fan that I am but there were probably too many references to newts It gets better The chapter sub headings are in a 19th century style that was adorable Diachronicle Mel s diary Days 57 221 Winter Year 0 In which Tristan determines to fix magic or Diachronicle Day 323 In which we learn uite rudely that nothing is ever simple I don t want to give up too many details but there are as in most all organizations battles for power intrigue subterfuge back stabbing sucking up The Office witchy time travel edition and all sorts of unpleasantness Multiple places in time become relevant as both strategic advantages and as opportunities for office intrigue and the cast of characters keeps growing One of the notions incorporated here is a relationship over the centuries with a family run bank The Fuggers not to be confused with the 1960s band The Fugs or the leadership of most major banking institutions of today which would be pronounced slightly differently Yes there was and is a real Fugger bank dynasty It originated in the 14th century and is still a going concern It will definitely make your Spidey senses tingle if you are into concerning yourself about the illuminati and global conspiracies Neal Stephenson is second to none when it comes to generating techno babble a skill born of the magical combination of his almost supernatural creativity and his considerable technical expertise He knows where the bull leaves off and the droppings begin and is gifted at disguising the lines between These aren t the droppings you are looking for In explaining how the techno magic works he tosses in a bit of what sounds to my ears looks to my eyes like a Salem version of string theory But no matter If you don t have time for this sort of thing there is no need to get stuck there You can just jump over it I have not previously read any work by co author Nicole Galland so musty rely on external sources for a notion Her profile on GR fills that bill nicely She has much experience in theater and is particularly knowledgeable about The Bard which comes in handy here She and Stephenson were among the co authors of a cooperative writing project The Mongoliad Trilogy I will leave you to wander the internet for descriptions of Neal Stephenson If you do not already know about him uick hurry catch up So The Rise and Fall of DODO is a mish mosh both wonderful and tedious engaging and fun and tedious jejune but sometimes hilarious fascinating but sometimes making you want to scan pages I really have no intel on which of the authors wrote what parts or if the work was even divided that way I suppose interviews closer to the publication date might offer on that who to blame for this and applaud for that The book offers a smart look at the details of what concrete challenges might be presented were time travel a possibility and a harsh look at the persistence of human foolishness through the ages With not a tachyon in sight But the concept OMG the concept is bloody magnificent This book is worth reading for that alone There is enough fun in here to keep you reading There is enough adventure to keep you wondering what will happen next and there are enough characters that you are likely to find some whose fate you care about And if you do you will be heartened to know that the ending holds what seems a promise that there will be a seuel assuming of course that you can set a spell and make some time Review Posted April 14 2017 Published June 132017 hardcover April 17 2018 Trade paper November 15 2017 The Rise and Fall of DODO is named one of the top five Sci FiFantasy novels of 2017 by the Washington PostEXTRA STUFF Links to the Nicole Galland s personal Twitter and FB pages Links to the Neal Stephenson s personal Twitter Google Plus and FB pages For a real world example of someone attempting to solve the science of time travel you might check out this nifty 2015 article by Hugh Langley from Techradarcom This man is closer than ever to building the world s first time machine