Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

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. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbe...

Details Fall, or Dodge in Hell

TitleFall, or Dodge in Hell
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Co
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy

Reviews Fall, or Dodge in Hell

  • Will Byrnes
    “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 believes in the existence of an ineffable spirit that cannot be re-created in computer code.”“What do you believe, Enoch?”“Jake’s opinion is based on a theol...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.April 1st: "Fall, or Dodge in Hell" by Neal StephensonIs 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 that went like this.Unix erotica? Here are some examples of inputs and responses from the Unix C Shell.
  • Liviu
    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 such an awesome start
  • Bradley
    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 looking forward to a glorious re-read. He does lead us down a few winding paths that eventually turn out to be VERY important to the whole, and I admit to laughing out loud severa...
  • Jason Pettus
    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 currently alive and publishing new work. So what a profoundly heartbreaking thing, then, to finish his latest, the 900-page virtual-reality morality tale Fall: Or, Dodge in...
  • Eric
    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 Enoch Root- Topic of discussion is really cool as its all about the afterlife- Ameristan is the most hilarious thingThe Bad:- As usual, its way too long, just under 900 page...
  • Bentgaidin
    '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. At the highest level, it's a story about uploading human consciousness and the creation and organization of virtual realms, told with a tech-bro's certainty in tec...
  • Lindsay
    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 uploading and then the fate of the digital world he finds himself in while the real world changes around the existence of life after death.The book is interesting en...
  • Lisa Wright
    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 with computer science, mythology, eschatology, corporate dirty tricks, life, death and what might come after. Stephenson's digs down through layer after layer of what-...
  • Martin
    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 knowledge is tremendous but not overwhelming. This is a book I will return to in a few months or so. Very highly recommended.
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    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 manuscript in half without losing all the great ideas. To answer a question whether other books (Reamde, Cryptonomicon) should be read to enjoy this one, No.Richard “Dodge”...
  • Peter Tillman
    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 stuff, most of which I skimmed or skipped. Gah.The techie stuff, as usual, is well-researched, interesting and thought-provoking. Though my WSOD took a serious bea...
  • Campbell
    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 freely on all manner of deep questions concerning death, the continuation of consciousness, the digitisation of the (for want of a better term) 'soul' and all that jazz. T...
  • Rob
    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 same narrator as Reamde so I appreciate the continuity. He does some voices, but nothing that really blew me away. Audio is a good option, but not really a must listen....
  • Radiantflux
    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 explored ideas about digital afterlives in far more interesting ways.For those who like Stephenson's early books, this one can be skipped.2-stars.
  • Maine Colonial
    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 and interesting characters.As the book description says, tech billionaire Richard “Dodge” Forthrast dies suddenly, his brain is preserved and, when turned back ...
  • Bruce
    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 favourite books and characters, I couldn't put it down and had a hard time trying not to stop people on the street and contact everyone I know to say "have you read this b...
  • John
    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 many falling back into subservient roles. Neal Stephenson in fine form.
  • Greg
    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 bogged down in it's own self-mythology created from the patrons of the transhumanist afterlife, with a few "I kid you not" moments of old-gods resembling greeks being ousted...
  • Joe
    Paradise Lost for the Post-Matrix Age.
  • Nooilforpacifists
    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 dies, and his will turns out to demand cryogenic freezing of his body—or whatever better technology is available at date of death. Dodge’s brain is scanned, destroyi...
  • Steven Mastroyin
    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 the point because the stories of Bitspace I found to just be so uninteresting, derivative, and boring. I guess the idea that the human mind would not be able to escape t...
  • Suddenly Life
    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 turned into plot-related developments. Stephenson seems to have had no such stage in writing this book. The amount of nonsensical, plot agnostic, kind of babble be...
  • Jon Lewis
    I will have a full review on LA Books, but this is a mixed bag. The first 2/3rds are excellent, but the last 1/3rd left me cold. There are two great plot lines that are resolved, but incomplete to my tastes.All that said, the first 2/3rds are his work since Anathem.
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    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.So the fact that this is that sequel only hit me when the Waterhouses, Shaftoes and finally Enoch Root made an appearance - being crucified.The story is fascinating in a...
  • Marty Fried
    I looked forward to this book, and enjoyed much of what I read, but after about 2/3 of the way, it began to bore me. I probably missed some of the symbolism, not being especially up on a lot of the mysticism that may have been present, but I did appreciate the technical references, having been a user since before 1990 on usenet. In fact, I didn't really start getting overly bored until the story moved from "meatspace" to "bitspace". That part bec...
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