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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. What happens when you put time travel magic uantum physics witches a top secret military operation alternate timelines Vikings a family of shadowy bankers and government bureaucracy in one book As you might expect things get complicatedThe story begins with the written account of Melsianda Stokes a woman from our present who has become stranded in London during 1851 Mel tells us how she’s an expert in ancient languages who was stuck in a dead end academic career until she is recruited by military officer Tristan Lyons to take part in a top secret effort translating old documents that make repeated references to magic being done by witches Mel learns that magic was indeed once real but that it ceased working in the mid 19th century Now Tristan is leading the government’s effort to bring it backMel and Tristan are able to determine what what caused the death of magic and with the help of a physicist and a very old witch are able to get it working in a very limited fashion The government demands an immediate practical application to justify the taxpayer expense and using magic to send people back in time to alter events in a way beneficial to the US meets that criteria However changing the past turns out to be harder than everyone thought with multiple trips reuired to make the revisions in several timelines and causing a paradox has immediate and dire conseuences Soon Mel and Tristan are part of a growing covert department that sends operatives to the past to recruit a network of witches and perform complex missions to make subtle changes and they find themselves working for infuriating bureaucrats who think they can control everything with PowerPoint presentations and policy memos That’s a very boiled down summary which is what you have to do when reviewing a Neal Stephenson novel because as always there’s layer upon layer that you could write essays about The explanation as to why magic stopped working alone gets into a whole Schrodinger’s cat thing about how observation collapses uantum wave functions which is then tied into the rise of technology like cameras Throw in the usual Stephenson digressions like an explanation of the sexual harassment policy related to issues like wearing codpieces and you get one of his typical kitten suishersStephenson isn’t flying solo on this one and although I haven’t read co author Nicole Galland I could sense that this was a bit reined in and scaled down from his usual thing Still you can see stray bits from other works and one of the big sci fi aspects seem drawn directly from one of his other books Which means that if you’ve tried Stephenson and get irritated with his uirks then you’re probably not going to like this Usually I love a big fat Stephenson novel for its tangents and offbeat nature but I found myself tapping my toe with impatience a bit during this oneThe second act of this book is mainly concerned with the ‘rise of DODO’ part of it and it’s told in a series of emails and policy directives which gives us the picture of how a government agency dedicated to time travel would take shape I’m usually interested in things about how big projects come together and this also lays the groundwork for ‘the fall’ piece by showing the development of David Simon Syndrome in the way that any large institution will almost inevitably become about projecting the image of competence rather than risk failure by doing the job it was created for in the first place In this case the narrow vision and arrogance of those in charge also leaves them vulnerable to threats from withinI get what the authors were going for there and there’s also some good humor laced throughout that part Yet it just seems to go on for too long particularly since we know big trouble is brewing because of Mel being stuck in the past Secondly for all the explanation and set up for how the time travel and magic stuff works we never really know WHY it’s being done in the first place There’s some mention about the government having indications that others are time traveling and changing things so that would be motivation yet we never get enough detail on that Plus no one stops to uestion whether they should be doing this at all which seems like a glaring oversight Even when they see first hand the catastrophic results when too big of a change happens they don’t hesitate for a second With poorly defined motivations this seems especially foolhardyIt also seems as if the schemes ignore common sense and get ridiculously complex For example the first mission is for Mel to travel back to Puritan controlled Boston and obtain a copy of a book which will be incredibly rare in the future This is supposed to be proof of concept as well as a fundraising expedition Fair enough Since the time travelers can take nothing forward or back with them Mel has to get the book sealed up tight and buried near a rock that still exists in the present She also has to do this multiple times to force the change through the various time strands to the one they’re inA problem occurs when her strands undergo a shift that has a new factory built on the spot in the past so that she can’t bury the book in the location they originally pick So they start a second campaign which involves Tristan going back to London to shift the investor from building that factory and again he has to do this repeatedly to get the change to stick in their timelineSoooooWhy not just come up with another location for Mel to bury the book rather than go through the effort of a second mission that reuires trips to the past It’s not even discussed that I remember and it seems like a much simpler solution to the problemThat’s kind of the issue overall with this one for me While it had a lot of stuff I loved view spoilerlike a Viking raid on a Wal Mart hide spoiler

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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. This is the most fun I've had reading a Neal Stephenson novel since SNOWCRASH Co author Nicole Galland brings a nice light touch to the proceedings so that it doesn't delve too much into technobabble Witches time travel and governmental bureaucracy all combine to deliver a thrilling read that I finished over a single weekend GOOD STUFF

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The Rise and Fall of DODO characters ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ä 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 adventuFrom 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. 2ish stars DODO is a tiny shady government entity that introduces us to the awesome combination of time travel and witchcraft The organization starts out small with a lot of promise but then becomes mired in bureaucracy or less undermining its original intent In parallel Stephenson’s and Galland’s novel starts out strong with an original premise but soon hits a brick wall and doesn’t go anywhere For 500 pages As a satire of The System the book is clever and often funny but it takes things entirely too far It’s frustrating to have certain expectations foiled by rolls of red tape and this book does a good job playing on those frustrations There are acronyms than can be counted and even longer lists of potentially offensive terms to be avoided in a diverse workplace But they’re thrown at us over and over again for hundreds and hundreds of pages like that one friend who sings the freakin’ Lamb Chop song because he knows it gets on your nerves so you roll your eyes and let him get it out of his system ha ha he’s such a dork but HE JUST GOES ON AND ON MY FRIENDS Within the middle oh 70% of the book there’s about one collective page in ten worth of relevant information There’s another one page in ten worth of humorous content Honestly this book could have been cut by than half It’s funny in concept but I can’t help feeling like I wasted so much of my life on a gag It goes absolutely nowhere until the last 10 pages or so when the promise is rekindled and the important uestions finally get asked and then the book ends all of a sudden I didn’t love the characters they were really all caricatures used for comic effect against Melisande’s straight man And I didn’t ever feel the chemistry between her and Tristan despite us being assured that it’s there based on the tried and true principle of “if you say it enough it’s true”I guess the joke’s on me this time around Posted in Mr Philip's Library