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Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O.

Tekijä: Nicole Galland

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Sarjat: D.O.D.O. (2)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

In this brilliant sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.??an enthralling, history-bending adventure traversing time and space, fact and fiction, magic and science co-written with #1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson??a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world.
This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne's plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare's "cursed" play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne's schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan's untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where Edmund Tilney, the king's Master of Revels, controls all staged performances in London.

And now Gráinne controls Tilney.

While Robin poses as an apprentice in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Mel travels to the ancient Roman Empire and, with the help of double-agent Chira in Renaissance Florence, untangles the knotted threads of history while the diabolical Gráinne jumps from timeline to timeline, always staying frustratingly one stop ahead??or is it behind?

Historical objects disappear, cities literally rise and fall, and nothing less than the fate of humanity is at stake. As Gráinne sows chaos across time and space, the ragtag team of ex-D.O.D.O. agents must fix the past??in order to save the future.

Critically acclaimed author Nicole Galland brings her deep knowledge of history and signature wit to this gripping… (lisätietoja)

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näyttää 5/5
I liked it, but didn't love it. First off, the elephant in the room, the main characters from book 1 were barely here, and some of them were done wrong. For example, how dare you treat Frank that way? It was a good hook though, but didn't pay off in this book. Maybe book 3 but who knows. Also, Tristan is barely here, and I had less of a problem with that because I found him to be a little too straitlaced and uptight. We did get a few Mel POVs but otherwise we spent time with a new character, Robin, who was not bad, but was written as an excuse so that the author could seriously geek out about her Shakespearean knowledge. Which, if you got it, flaunt it. The story was interesting, but somehow felt smaller in scale than book 1. We barely got hints of what the other secret organizations around the world were up to, or what the other ramifications of these events were around the world. There could have been more explored here. I will still probably read book 3 if it is published. ( )
  quickmind | Nov 30, 2023 |
Didn't enjoy this one, and I think the editor might be to blame. Telling the story through after-action reports is a nice idea, but the execution poor - nobody would write their after-action report so prosaically, and the attempt to give different characters a distinctive written "voice" felt forced, especially Robin. The other real irritation was the constant reminder of what characters were trying to achieve - every seven or eight pages, the author would make sure you're still following along, which - yes thanks, I was, but also now grinding my teeth. Many of the plot devices felt seriously forced - the Fuggers' "influence"(?) as the reason why characters are somehow unable to interfere with one another in the present day, but fine to be at each others' throats in other eras (wouldn't an investor be much more concerned about the past changing from under their feet?). I think the missions chosen were also a bit odd - if Leonardo is a problem, for example, why not just go and kill him - with the spell that we learn (right at the end) wipes someone from all strands - before he came up with whatever invention; why go after his ancestors? Why wasn't that spell ever used on Robin? Meanwhile, why does Tristan just turn up to the okay at the end, how, and without prior contact with W.S.? ( )
  drycloud | Aug 21, 2022 |
This is a truly terribly-written book. I came to it expecting a light entertainment built on the flimsy ground of its prequel. What I got was a baggy mess that got nowhere at all despite spending a few hundred pages groping for a plot.

If you read the first one, you might be curious about the attempted Irish accent that was inflicted on Grainne. This has not been repaired, and Grainne's dialog, which was just about the worst part of the original, is just as bad. This, unfortunately, is in no way the worst thing about this book.

It's actually pretty impressive just how bad this book manages to be. While the first was able to careen from one implausibility to the next fast enough to keep you from really thinking too much about just how ridiculous it was, this one lingers over its mistakes, like a dog over its vomit.

Trying to catalog those mistakes would be tedious. They all add up to one thing: Galland doesn't trust the plot she's concocted to carry the reader through from one end of the book to the other, and justifiably so. Instead of repairing the plot, she resorts to killing off characters or subjecting them to sexual assault or graphically-described torture when she's afraid the reader's attention might be flagging. The fact that the first of these incidents comes in the opening pages of the book should give you a pretty clear indication that this writer does not believe you're in good hands here.

And, gentle reader, on that she is perfectly correct. If you read and enjoyed The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, it's probably best to leave this one unread.

Personally, having read this sequel I've consigned both volumes to my local Little Free Library. ( )
  kiparsky | Aug 11, 2021 |
I enjoyed this return to the world of D.O.D.O. very much, and recommend it! It's another good rollicking time-traveling thriller. ( )
  JBD1 | Mar 27, 2021 |
In this brilliant sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world. Master of the Revels is an enthralling, history-bending adventure traversing time and space, fact and fiction, magic and science.
  Gmomaj | Jan 6, 2021 |
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"Galland’s careful attention to everyday life in various time periods creates verisimilitude, as does the assortment of found documents through which the tale is presented."
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

In this brilliant sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.??an enthralling, history-bending adventure traversing time and space, fact and fiction, magic and science co-written with #1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson??a daring young time traveler must return to Jacobean England to save the modern world.
This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne's plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare's "cursed" play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne's schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan's untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where Edmund Tilney, the king's Master of Revels, controls all staged performances in London.

And now Gráinne controls Tilney.

While Robin poses as an apprentice in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Mel travels to the ancient Roman Empire and, with the help of double-agent Chira in Renaissance Florence, untangles the knotted threads of history while the diabolical Gráinne jumps from timeline to timeline, always staying frustratingly one stop ahead??or is it behind?

Historical objects disappear, cities literally rise and fall, and nothing less than the fate of humanity is at stake. As Gráinne sows chaos across time and space, the ragtag team of ex-D.O.D.O. agents must fix the past??in order to save the future.

Critically acclaimed author Nicole Galland brings her deep knowledge of history and signature wit to this gripping

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