Stephenson and fellow novelist Galland team up in a freewheeling fantasy where a government agent and an academic discover that magic was real but ceased to work with the advent of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment. As they embark on a mission to “unjam the frequencies” that keep magic from working in the modern age, readers are treated to a rollicking scientific/historical adventure that combines Stephenson’s vision, intricacy and complexity with Galland’s pacy storytelling.
It’s a #1 Indie Next Pick and arrives with two starred advance reviews
“[An] immense and immensely entertaining genre-hopping yarn…. A departure for both authors and a pleasing combination of much appeal to fans of speculative fiction.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Quantum physics, witchcraft, and multiple groups with conflicting agendas, playfully mixed with vernacular from several centuries and a dizzying number of acronyms, create a fascinating experiment in speculation and metafiction that never loses sight of the human foibles and affections of its cast.”
— Publishers Weekly
“[An] enticing speculative thriller… a complex and engaging what-if tale that blends technology and history.”
— Booklist (starred review)
The authors mix together magic, witchcraft, time travel, science and historical figures, both real and imagined, all the while delightfully skewering bumbling bureaucrats, pretentious academics, a rigid military and other bastions of the establishment to produce a work that is both thought provoking and totally entertaining.”
— Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS
“While there are plenty of serious plot twists in The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., it’s also a surprisingly light-hearted adventure romp, with all the high-tech intrigue typical of Stephenson’s books leavened by a beautifully over-the-top premise: a mysterious government agency is investigating the disappearance of magic, which is tied to the invention of photography. Nicole Galland, who wrote the weird but enjoyable novel Stepdog, adds a dash of romance to the proceedings. Stephenson fans, as well as lovers of books like The Invisible Library or Just One Damned Thing After Another, will love The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Highly recommended!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (9780062409164) by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. $35.00 hardcover. 6/13/17 one day laydown.