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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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 Philip 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.
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Lizpixie
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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#BookMail Pt8 As a big SciFi fan, I‘m constantly surprised by how many of the top authors of the genre I haven‘t read yet! There‘s so much talent in this area, you could read a different writer every day for a year & still have many more to try. This novel by Stephenson is actually the 2nd in an informal set featuring the character of Dodge, a billionaire that runs a virtual world, the 1st being Reamde which is on order for me from Booktopia.

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cookreadsleep
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
Mehso-so

This book was just too long. It stared off super interesting and fun but then it just kept going. So many bible stories were included. So many other details were added that just weren‘t necessary. So many things were built up that just didn‘t really go anywhere or mean anything in the end. If this had been divided into a trilogy, i would have stopped at the second book which i would have tried because the first was amazing.

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Jason7
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Mehso-so

This novel is a sequel to Reamde, which I didn‘t love but liked enough to try this one. Twelve hours into this novel, I would have said this was a much better audiobook than Reamde. Then, it started to lose steam and slowly petered out. By the end, I wasn‘t interested in the outcome. Some of the interesting storylines were abandoned, and there was a lot of filler. Still, I stuck with it til the bitter end. Overall rating: 3.82 stars.

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cookreadsleep
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson

“The softer illumination if the nighttime brought relief from seeing and knowing so much, and made it so that even the most industrious souls could find a few hours‘ relief from the intensity of their perceptions and the burdens thereof.”

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Branwen
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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I've got a dilemma, littens. I just reached the halfway point in this book. It started off strong, but the last 100 pages or so have really slogged. I feel like I'm forcing myself to keep picking it up. The only thing is, it's almost 900 pages. 😐 I already read about 450 pages. If I give up now, is all that time wasted? Since I've come this far do I try to push through to completion? Or do I throw in the towel? Thoughts? 🤔📚

vivastory I very rarely bail. Maybe set it aside for a few days & see if you feel like reading it next week. 2mo
Avanders What about pushing through w audio? I find that sometimes that‘s a huge help! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘ll known when enough is enough, you‘ll start pondering (which you already have) if the time of your life invested is worth it. Some books have a payoff, others just bore you to tears so badly you don‘t even care if there‘s a payoff. 2mo
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JaclynW @Avanders I often switch to audio too, that usually does the trick. 2mo
jen_the_scribe I'm one who tends to bail. Life is too short to spend your time forcing your way through a tedious, boring book rather than switching it for one you really enjoy. 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hmmm... 🧐 400+ pages seems like a lot to go through if you‘re not really enjoying the book. I think maybe cut your losses this time around and try the book again at another time if you want? 2mo
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 @jen_the_scribe @JaclynW @Avanders @JanuarieTimewalker13 @vivastory Thanks so much for all your wonderful advice, friends! Sadly, my library does not have the audiobook version of this book. 😔 I tried reading a few more chapters last night and kept falling asleep. I think I'm going to move on to some other new library books I checked out today. Who knows, I may pick it back up again someday! 😀📚💕 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Smart move👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽there‘s so many books to love📚💥 2mo
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Shay
Fall | Neal Stephenson
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Mehso-so

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this title.
In general, I was more interested in the events back in the “real” world, rather than the development of The Land. The end of death as we know it has profound effects on Meatspace, not all of which Stephenson takes the time to fully explore. The resulting story is a strange brew of mythology and scripture, meandering at times, and engrossing at others. Full review: https://wp.me/p2P6GA-591

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Branwen
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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I'm only about a hundred pages in, but I'm already really loving this book so far. A super interesting concept with lots of descriptive details that help flesh out the story. I can't wait to keep reading! 🤗💕📚 #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
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Shay
Fall | Neal Stephenson
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Still working my way through this 800+ page beast! It has been a weird ride so far.

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Shay
Fall | Neal Stephenson
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A strong contender for worst sex scene of the year. Although it is possibly deliberately bad.

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danibel
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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YESSSSSSsss

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LittlePixels
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Please let the phrase "doodle containment" become a thing! ??? Between the continued use of "doodle" and the way they "perform sexual intercourse", this is pretty much the least erotic sex scene I've ever read! Absolutely loving the book so far, but come on...Neal Stephenson couldn't come up with anything better than "perform sexual intercourse"?? ?

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LittlePixels
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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New Neal Stephenson! *happy dance* Paired with pizza and MexiCoke, does it get any better than this? 😄🥰#readandeat #newrelease

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speljamr
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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New release Tuesday! Nothing better than coming home to find one of my pre-orders delivered.

Geeklet Isn‘t that the best feeling? I hope that one is a good one! 3mo
speljamr @Geeklet There are so many good ones coming out this summer, there will be surprises every month. 3mo
LittlePixels Reading this one now. I pre-ordered and have been counting the days! ❤️ Neal Stephenson. 3mo
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AiBBot
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Pickpick

Well...there goes gardening/adulting for a while.

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heikemarie
Fall | Neal Stephenson
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It‘s Friday, I JUST got to the classic Stephenson move in this ARC of his new book out Tuesday (to completely change direction/time frame on this story making me scramble@to catch up), and I‘ve got a raspberry iced tea. Sometimes - only sometimes - being an adult is great.

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DrexEdit
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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I won a giveaway! I almost never do but then I don't enter all that many either. Only for books I really want to read. Looking forward to this tale about uploading your brain to the cloud. 👍😂😂☁️ Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks!