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

{4.5/5} “In the history of magic it is a general trend that all new rulers wish to use our time-transporting skills to their advantage, but the more seasoned they become, the more they understand the complications, and the less they wish to lean upon it.”

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, published in 2017

Melisande is telling the story of how she ended up in 1851 with no way of getting back to the 21st century. It starts with running into a man who wants to hire her for her polyglot talents — to do some translations. But he works for an ultra secret government agency and she would never be able to tell anyone about what she was doing. Nevertheless, she agrees. The first thing she noticed in the pieces to be translated is that they all were written as if magic was real.

This novel grabs you right from the start. It’s a unique combination of science, magic, top secret government agencies, and schemes.

It’s about what can go wrong when you involve yourself with magic and time travel — and what happens when you bring people from the past into the present.

This is the 11th book I’ve read by Stephenson. I previously reviewed Atmosphaera Incognita. I also reviewed Hieroglyph, an anthology he was involved in.

This is the 1st book I’ve read by Galland.

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