[EBOOK / KINDLE] (Fall or Dodge in Hell) by Neal Stephenson
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*way wants us to use our powers conscious beings to *wants us to use our powers as conscious beings to things better And part of that is defeating death pg 50I finally finished Neal Stephenson s latest book an opus about the nature of reality that uses mythology archetypes and technology as the instruments of that examination Coming in at a hefty 896 pages it will most likely be the longest book I read this year Far from being a source of frustration this comforted him and made him happy perhaps even a little smug that he lived in a universe whose complexity defied algorithmic simulation pg 19Richard Dodge Forthrast one of the many protagonists from Reamde suffers an unexpected injury and dies to the horror of his loving family Immediate complexities reveal themselves in his will which contains very specific instructions on what is to be done with his corpse and living brainThese instructions will lead to a technological coalition of companies and big money in an effort to create another reality for the recently diseased And what happens in that new world is beyond anyone s among the living control isn t itStephenson as usual has created a complex science fiction novel that not only makes you think again about where technology is headed but also compels you to ask yourself what that exponential development means It s really only since wireless networks got fast enough to stream pictures to portable devices that everything changed Enoch said and enabled each individual person to live twenty fourseven in their own personalized hallucination stream pg 236And lest one think such changes are so far off you only need to take a look at someone else s Facebook newsfeed The difference between what I see on that platform and what my husband sees is shocking Our own personalized hallucination stream is already a realityStephenson is at his best when he s mixing science fiction and fantasy in Bitworld He s at his worst when he s clocking the changes going on in the real world or meatworld as his characters call it One likes to think that he had reasons for including the myriad of details that he includes but readers could also suspect that he needed a good editorThe first portion of this book moves agonizingly slowly which prevented it from being a five star read for me But that was its only downside in my view So he went into the room where the disciples of Greyhame and Pestle scratched out words on paper and told them to go through all of their documents and make him aware of any mention they might find of angels or the One Who Comes or Daisy or death pg 482I can t say I completely understand the ending of the story but it is epic I find myself still thinking about it and taking pieces apart in my mind And for me that s one of the hallmarks of a good readRecommended for science fiction readers who
can tolerate a very slow build up for tolerate a very slow build up for potentially puzzling end 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 badThe Good One of his 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 pages When the book switches gears at the 34 mark and becomes a fantasy book it can be a pain to read in that the pace slows down too many characters in the other world can be difficu. 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 worldsIn 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 SophiaOne beautiful autumn day while he undergoes a routine medical procedure something goes. It that is rather MORE surprising than I ever gave it credit for and this is coming from an avowed fanboy of Stephenson I definitely like it than Seveneves and Reamde I d have to re read Snow Crash and Diamond Age again to see where it ranks by those I will always have Anathem as my primary Love Tho BUT I Think tho BUT I think will have to nom this one for next year s Hugo Just for its sheer audacity and richness 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 #Big U and consider him one of my top three all 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 Hell and have to be forced to admit to myself You now that book waswell it was ind of crappy is what that book wasDuring the first half of the manuscript I became convinced that this was because Stephenson turned in a clunker of an actual storyline here because for the first time in his career Stephenson takes on here the very contemporary real world issue of the Red Pill revolution of the 21st century which I m defining here as the interconnected throughline that links together the Bush administration the rise of Fox News the Tea Party Gamergate Sad Puppies 4chan the Meninist movement incels the alt right and the dark ascendency of God Emperor Trump Seemingly not a single person in the last twenty years that opposes this movement has been able to write critically about the subject without just losing their shit and uickly devolving into lazy badly written doomsday scenarios about the nightmarish hell our world will become if these people were to ever gain unstoppable power and Stephenson too succumbs to this hacky temptation painting an America 30 years from now that has essentially broken down into a civil war between The Stupids and The Smarts in which the Stupids have forcefully overtaken large swaths of the Midwest through a Christian version of the Taliban a brand new strain of Protestantism which rejects the entire New Testament because it depicts Jesus as a beta cuck about the most lazily on the nose reference to the alt right one can even make who then proceed to literally crucify people from burning crosses for such Old Testament sins as wearing clothes that mix together different strains of animal fibersAlso let me confess that I lost my patience uickly with Stephenson s attempts in this section to paint autistic people as superheroes through his unending self righteous declarations about how much better he and his little STEM buddies are than the rest of us mouth breathers Autistic people aren t fooled by fake news Autistic people s feelings aren t hurt by blunt opinions Autistic people don t feel
obliged to engage in pointless small talk Thank God we autistic people are around to save to engage in pointless small talk Thank God we autistic people are around to save you blathering morons from yourselvesThen in the meanwhile we also follow the fate of one of the characters from Stephenson s 2011 novel Reamde billionaire videogame developer Richard Dodge Forthrast who unexpectedly dies one day at which point it s revealed that earlier in his life he got convinced by a startup buddy to have his body frozen so that maybe one day in the future his brain can be brought back to life if science ever invents a way to do so And through a convoluted series of events science does in fact invent a way and jus. Th itself An eternal afterlife the Bitworld is created in which humans continue to exist as digital soulsBut 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 uestions 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 ag.
Review ¿ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ô Neal StephensonLt to follow and therefore slow and boring The Meatspace human world parts of the book are the most interesting so its a disservice when it becomes purely the other world for the half part of the book No ending againOverall I did like the book but its got some major strikes against it which eep it from being on the level of Snow Crash and Reamde This is a very hard book to review but one thing is absolutely trueI 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 several times when the important bits bit me on the butt All told it s the hundreds of wonderful details ideas technological problems and the nature of our world of Lies and Truth in the Miasma Stephenson s term for the future of the Internet that make this an extremely memorable book but it s the depth of the themes that go well beyond the obvious Milton s Paradise Lost that make me grin like an idiotMy favorite is the whole perception as reality by way of Philip K Dick hitting all the big points AND even throwing the scholars a bone by setting up a fantastic Manichean Heresy Real God and the Flawed God and the temperance of Sophia And for you PKD fans look no further than Divine Invasion The other obvious theme connecting it to Paradise Lost is actually a subversive red herring There s a big twist to
this that makes it a lot like PKD including the paranoia the corruption and the faulty memoriesI came into this indathat makes it a lot like PKD including the paranoia the corruption and the faulty memoriesI came into this inda a single viewpoint corruption and the faulty memoriesI came into this When Someone You Love Is Addicted To Alcohol Or Drugs kinda a single viewpoint like many old SFs that take on uploaded consciousnesses andor Hell but younow what This is so much better We have many viewpoints great adventures and very little actual Hell except in a you brought this with you sense Kinda awesome when you think about it No cheap theatrics only an in depth issue revolving People doing what People always do Character driven with a lot of added juice Like several ages of mythology run by high speed processors in the ultimate game of Life as an afterlife skirting the edges of a technological singularity and wrapping it all up with a reality based hackathon by way of a Gamer s Ultimate uestI think I see the point here For all of us future afterlifers let s MAKE SURE THE GAME DESIGNERS retain control over it Please No one wants to live an afterlife CONTROLLED BY THE BEAN COUNTERS The book has some great mirroring going on rooting itself in near future meatspace with tons of corporate intrigue funnynasty worldbuilding that put the uality of Truth on trial The whole SF of tackling perception as reality is taken to new heights and multiple threads that The Real Ebonics Debate keep twining and intertwining in really great ways And then it takes on HUGE significance in the digital realm Nasty significance Lordy The Moab disaster in ways than one is the very thing that sparks the Heaven 20 disaster I loved that The whole mad god theme is great And perfectly in line with regular corporate madness too Why shouldn t we bring all our usual messes into the afterlife We are after all only human even when some of us become gods angels or incarnations of DEATH lolI had such a fun time with this I can t even begin or rather I have begun but I couldeep going on foreverLike I said it s a really hard one to review It has a lot of great depth to. 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 revivedIn 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 dea. ,