The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

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Author: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
Publisher: HarperCollins
Category: Fiction

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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 questions the very foundations of the modern world.When 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 a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money. Tristan 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

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About The Author

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Nicole Galland's five previous novels are The Fool's Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago, and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha's Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.


  • Atri Basu
    Like all of his books, it takes scientific concepts and takes them in a really interesting direction. I am almost inclined to compare him to Jules Verne, but of course this will have to wait to see if any of his predictions eventually come true. Fun read
  • Anton Chuvakin
    Awesome as most/all Neal Stephenson
  • Brandon Seils
    Less technical than most other Stephenson novels, but this may have been my favorite thus far. Very funny and really an enjoyable read!
  • David Rochberg
    Excellent fun Less serious than recent Stephenson novels.
  • Brian Romanowski
    Good read, worth it
  • Dave Deckard
    Kinda long and drawn out. But kept my interest.
  • Henry Tregillus
    Thoroughly impressed – I’m loving these recent scifi-but-with-magic books.
  • Music one
    I will write a review here

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