Fall, or Dodge in Hell

Fall, or Dodge in Hell

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. No The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wild...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Fall, or Dodge in Hell
Author:Neal Stephenson
Rating:
Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Fall, or Dodge in Hell
ISBN
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:896 pages pages

Fall, or Dodge in Hell Reviews

  • Jason Pettus
    Jun 15, 2019
    So to establish my bona fides right away, let me mention that I've read and loved all 16 novels that Neal Stephenson has now written in his life (yes, even his disavowed 1984 debut, the now out-of-print The Big U), and consider him one of my top-three all-time favorite writers currentl...
  • Kemper
    Jul 26, 2019
    If I wasn?t hoping that death is just an endless, dreamless slumber before then I sure am now. Richard ?Dodge? Forthrast made billions with the video game company he founded, but money doesn?t help him when a routine medical procedure goes sideways and leaves him braindead. ...
  • Lisa Wright
    Mar 05, 2019
    Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, the creator of the world's most popular video game, dies suddenly, unexpectedly, and without updating his will. So his heirs are obligated to cryogenically freeze him or find a way to upload his mind to a computer. So begins this fractal of a novel filled wit...
  • Nick
    Jul 01, 2019
    TL;DR: This is fundamentally a novel about people with morally obscene amounts of wealth fighting over who gets to be what kind of god in a digital afterlife. It does not engage substantially with any of the questions you might expect to arise in a world where people's consciousnesses ...
  • Liviu
    Jun 06, 2019
    After a great start, the book bogs down into gibberish that is neither sf (see P Hamilton Void series for that), not portal fantasy (see M Stover) nor theology (lacks any moral dimension); 5 star for the first third, 1 star for the last two thirds and a huge, huge disappointment after ...
  • Martin
    Apr 11, 2019
    I devoured this book immediately after receiving it. Absolutely top shelf Stephenson. This novel is absolutely overflowing with ideas and questions, any one of which would make me put the book down and have a bit of a think for a while. The amount of research and the presentation of kn...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jul 02, 2019
    ?I?m a go-between. On the one side is Elmo Shepherd, who believes that brains can be simulated?and that once the simulation is switched on, you?ll reboot in exactly the same state as when you last lost consciousness. Like waking up from a nap. On the other side is Jake, who be...
  • Maine Colonial
    Jun 24, 2019
    This is a mix of techno-thriller, Creation/Gods myth and quest fantasy. I liked the techno-thriller, especially because it features Zula Forthrast and Corvallis Kawasaki (from Reamde, though you don?t need to read that first), Zula?s daughter Sophia, and several other full-fledged ...
  • Joe
    Feb 19, 2019
    Paradise Lost for the Post-Matrix Age. ...
  • Richard Derus
    May 29, 2019
    Watch Neal Stephenson discuss the successor volume, not sequel!, to REAMDE with Nancy Pearl! ...
  • Bentgaidin
    Jun 01, 2019
    'Fall, or Dodge in Hell' is a book that's hard to talk about because I find it basically fractally bad -- at any level I look at it, there's an interesting idea shot through with some fatal flaw, and so if I let myself I could go on at far too much length about any one of its problems....
  • Bradley
    Jun 12, 2019
    This is a very hard book to review, but one thing is absolutely true: I'm absolutely blown away by this book. Ameristan! Lol MOAB! lol This is definitely one of Neal Stephenson's better books. Just for the ideas and the great twisting of several tales in one, I'm already loo...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    Jun 15, 2019
    This is a SF novel about digitalizing consciousness. The author, Neal Stephenson, often writes books, which in paper version can be used by powerlifters. 896 pages, over 31 hours of audio! Just like late Robert A. Heinlein he is in urgent need of an editor, who will cut the manuscri...
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Jul 17, 2019
    Is this the Neal Stephenson book I have been waiting for? After the Baroque Cycle was finished Neal promised a book set in the future, Crypto being the now and the Baroque being the past. I kept holding on to this and he kept putting it off. I guess until no one was asking anymore. ...
  • Campbell
    Jun 12, 2019
    Well, this is different. It's not at all what I expected (a fault, I admit, of my own Creation), given its connection to Reamde. It's a Giant, shambling, shaggy dog mess of a story and completely all over the place. The first third Mr Stephenson was in technology heaven, riffing fre...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Jul 25, 2019
    "Not only can we defeat entropy, but the universe, in a way, wants us to use our powers as conscious beings to make things better. And part of that is defeating death." pg 50 I finally finished Neal Stephenson's latest book, an opus about the nature of reality that uses mythology, a...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jul 16, 2019
    Neal Stephenson has written some great books over the years. This isn?t one of them ? but it?s pretty good, except for his total lack of writerly discipline. 885 pages! A good editor would have blue-penciled half of these ? including 3/4 or more of the boilerplate fantasy-quest...
  • M.
    Jan 26, 2019
    Where have I seen this before... We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse #1) by Dennis E. Taylor Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he...
  • Lindsay
    Jun 16, 2019
    A loose continuation of the author's other contemporary novels (Cryptonomicon, Reamde) sees brain-scanning and uploading become a reality along with a digital afterlife modeled on Paradise Lost. The story follows Richard "Dodge" Forthrast just before he dies, the events preceding his u...
  • Rob
    Jun 17, 2019
    Executive Summary: This book starts out quite strong, but as it goes on it becomes essentially two interconnected stories and I liked one of those stories a lot more than the other. 3.5 stars. Audiobook: Malcolm Hillgartner did a solid job with the narration. I checked and he's the ...
  • Greg
    Jun 11, 2019
    Fall is occasionally exceptionally poignant, when Neal Stephenson chooses to engage with his near-future real world, with the wide implications of AR, automation, post-truth, culture-divides and even the implications of running an after-life simulation. Most of the time, it's bogge...
  • John
    Jun 21, 2019
    Rounded up from 4 1/2 stars. I loved this book & found it thoroughly engrossing. It?s sad to ponder but probably true that giving humanity a reboot into a digital universe would probably result in reformed superstitions & prejudices with the few using this to rule & the m...
  • Radiantflux
    Jun 21, 2019
    77th book for 2019. After an initially interesting start, the book rapidly dwindles into a bit of a snooze fest with a digital afterlife strongly reminiscent of a MMORPG like World of Warcraft, which made little sense when looked at carefully. Greg Egan and Ian M. Banks have explore...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Jun 14, 2019
    This book is a death spiral into boredom. It starts off with a technological bang, and ends as a whimper of a Monty Python farce. ?Seveneves? held my attention longer, and I hated that. The idea is good?and a masterful triple entendre. A Seattle multibillionaire named Dodge d...
  • Manuel Antão
    Jun 19, 2019
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. April 1st: "Fall, or Dodge in Hell" by Neal Stephenson Is it April 1st already? Or is this one of the worst attempts at writing serious SF!? When I was doing UNIX for a living, I fondly remember a running joke ...
  • Eric
    May 22, 2019
    So I had some issues with this book, overall I liked it, but I found it was easier to separate into the good and the bad: The Good: - One of his more readable books, so no heavy technical nonsense like in cryptonomicon - Features the Waterhouses, the Shaftoes, the Forthrasts and E...
  • Bruce
    Jun 13, 2019
    I can't even begin to describe how excited I was to get this book and start reading. Not only that but once I got started I was totally and deeply engrossed in what was perhaps the best writing and story Neal Stephenson has come up with yet. A culmination and continuation of my favouri...
  • David C Ward
    Jun 07, 2019
    Interminable. . . It?s rare that I can?t or won?t finish a book but I got halfway and couldn?t finish this one and so won?t rate it - and I?ve read all of Stephenson?s other books from his great Baroque Cycle to the weak 7Eves. The theme of the year for me is what ever ha...
  • Steven Mastroyin
    Jun 10, 2019
    I'd like to give a little more than 3 stars but it's hard. Generally though, 5 stars for meatspace, 2 stars for Bitspace. This seems to be the general consensus of reviews, and while I hate to agree with consensus, it's hard to find fault. I suppose like others I completely missed t...
  • Suddenly Life
    Jun 07, 2019
    You have to really be a fan of Stephenson's style to like this book. What's his style like, you ask? Well, one of the most prominent tips given to writers is "Just write!" and Stephenson takes it to a new level with this book. Writers usually do re-writes, where the senseless rants get...