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PDF ß BOOK The Rise and Fall of DODO FREE Í INSOLPRO ✓ ❆ [KINDLE] ✿ The Rise and Fall of DODO By Neal Stephenson ➟ – Insolpro.co.uk From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complexA 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 not a perfect novel but closer to five stars than 4this story combined beautiful timey whammy stuff and is driven by overall a beautiful book and with an open end so we may get 😁please mr stephenson and Ms Galland may we have some

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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

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The Rise and Fall of DODOS 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 Some general spoilers here so that I am able to talk about what's troubling me with this novelDear reader I am fucking heartbroken disheartened Neal Stephenson is one of very few authors I drop everything for uite literally I dropped out psychology 101 to read the Baroue Cycle instead I cram every book as soon as they arrive in the stores and sometimes as an advanced reader copy I can count on his books to be my reading experience of the year well maybe not the Big U and usually dive happily into his latest with no intention for stopping unless for basic survival things as sustenance and corporeal upkeep I read his novels assured of their entertainment value his ability to wrap up all the myriad threads the page turner uality the remarkable world building etcNicole Galland is a new authorship for me so I cannot really say much about her earlier writing or assess how much of this novel is her I did give up on the Mongoliad Trilogy after the first novel There's a saying in Swedish the chefs the worse the soup which probably has an excellent English euivalent that I just can't think of It is certainly applicable to the first novel which has an inkling of an interesting idea but suffers from its execition It was a boring read which is not what I expect from Stephenson's authorshipThe Rise and Fall of DODO is no exception to all above ualities It was an utterly fun read intense and satisfying but with a huge flaw that makes me reconsider my assessment of his earlier novels From a gender perspective this book was utter crap Which astonished me because this is not what I associate with Stephenson One of the main p o v characters Melisande is flat has little agency of her own that is not connected to her crush Tristan she upends her life when he comes sashaying in with little to offer really than a potentially interesting work and life than her current Although she is the main story teller she does very little She writes from her position as a damsel in distress saved later on by the same TristanAll other female characters suffers from the same flat stereotypical depiction I was waiting or maybe just hoping for a surprise plot twist in the end where the world we read about was just a parallel one and that it would morph into a modern one in regards of gender euality Alas that was not the story and I am left to wonder what the hell happened? Rebecca East Oda is shown as a caretaker of her husband cats and garden primarily with little self motivated actions Her only reason for digging up her family secret is to satisfy her husband's curiosity Melisande Stokes follows Tristan around like a puppy and does little for herself Her comparisons with her contemporary life and her life stranded in 1851 does little to emphasise what she really has lost except basic freedom as comfortable clothing Yes that is an important point of liberation but surely not the most important thingShe does not even get any kind of retribution against the bovine Blevins whose part in the book seems to just peter outJulie Lee depicted first as incredibly cool and a bit scary according to Stokes is turned into the computer geek's or nerd I can't remember which one was right and which one was derogatory for Mortimer but an illadvised passage all the same when we now live in peak geek cultuer girlfriend solely I was expecting some Stephensonian multilayered turnout where Julie Lee was going to be an important key player as a descendent of the witch Xiu Li but nothing of the sort Erzebet a key player is strangely non critical except being verbally sassy and only seems to have thought of a different solution when Gráinne explains her grand plan The only woman that is somewhat independent is Gráinne who of course turns out to be the villain of the story in a negati