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Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

A Novel
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller - Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick - that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.   

One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived. 

In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife - the Bitworld - is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. 

But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem... 

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

©2019 Neal Stephenson (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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not as good

not his best work, slow to start, and longwinded in later parts, reamde I hardly could put aside, with this one I often phased out while listening and had to retrace, only to find that nothing important had happened

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ending sucks

Neal is damn lazy not to have finished with a better conclusion. Makes me feel sorry for Zula who got left behind.
I hate this. Still a decent story I guess.

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zielloser Fantasysalat

Wozu die kritischen Rezensionen mit 4-5 Sternen? Das Thema ist interessiert und absolut verfehlt!
Der Teil, der sich wenigstens im Ansatz mit dem "Leben" bzw. Digitalisierung nach dem Tod befasst, macht höchstens ein Drittel des Buches aus. Der Rest ist eine chaotisch zusammengestoppelte Sammlung von... Ja, was eigentlich?
Ich habe es nicht bis zum Ende geschafft. Unvorstellbar, das dieser Wust noch irgendeine Art roten Fadens oder Sinn bekommt.

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Neal Stephenson hat sein Mojo verloren

Neal Stephenson scheint es nicht mehr zu schaffen, einen spannenden, ideenreichen, humorvollen und fesselnden Abenteuerroman mit grandios cleveren Ideen zu schreiben. Cryptonomicon, die Quicksilver-Triologie und Reamde haben mich auch beim dritten Lesen noch gebannt, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell hatte einige clevere Ideen und starke Momente, aber insbesondere die Geschichte in der virtuellen Welt waren zäh, verwirrend und nur mäßig spannend. Schade.

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It's turtles all the way down...

A satisfying conclusion (?) to the wide arch of Stephenson's universe including books such as Cryptonomicon and Reamde.

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Long.

Finally, finished it after months. Started off as a very interesting sci-fi stiry extending from now into the future but got totally tangled in virtual fantasy.

Definitely had captivating moments or I wouldn't have finished it, but looking back at the story it feels like a short story stretched into hours on end.

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good start and story idea

I found myself completely lost and confused at times. like I was hearing different books. some section's still dont make any sense. mostly the Americastan weird religious part. not even sure how I finished it.

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Tolle Prämisse, aber ab der Hälfte zieht es sich

Die zweite Hälfte bringt keine neue Charakterentwicklung und es ist eine langgezogene Schlacht gut gegen Böse im Kleid eines mittelmäßigen Rollenspiels, samt einer sehr linearen Quest.

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Great Sci-Fi with too long story line

I was in love with first Neal Stephenson books. Cyberpunk with a good blend of true scientific based fiction and a good story line made him outstanding.
This and few recent books (Seveneves, f.e.) are tend to be bigger and longer. And this makes them less enjoy and more boring stuff.

Probably publisher pays per thousand words and this drives Neal and other popular authors to have a long pieces just to take space and not developing the story.
Really, some of the first Stephenson's books are 18 hours narrative and this one is 30+ (!).

Despite being upset with the long story line, still can't enjoy more of a vision for the possible future and details to draw it.

Audiobook narrator and production are excellent and deserve extra Kudos for keeping the same passion and engaging through the whole long story.

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Unbelievable storytelling

This book is truly a masterpiece of our time. It projects thoughts of our future which seem to be sci-fi.