Cybermancy (WebMage Series #2)

Cybermancy (WebMage Series #2)

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by Kelly McCullough
     
 

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To save his girlfriend's webgoblin, Ravirn-a sorcerer with a shape-changing laptop-must brave Hell itself. Can he do it without corrupting the magical Internet-and without facing the Lord of the Dead himself?

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To save his girlfriend's webgoblin, Ravirn-a sorcerer with a shape-changing laptop-must brave Hell itself. Can he do it without corrupting the magical Internet-and without facing the Lord of the Dead himself?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Michael Levy
In this sequel to McCullough's much-praised cyberfantasy, WebMage (Ace Books, 2006/VOYA August 2006), Ravirn, the young hacker-trickster-mage of that novel, now tellingly renamed Raven by his aunts, the Fates of Greek mythology, must brave the underworld and the wrath of the god Hades to achieve his objective. Shara, his girlfriend Cerise's much-loved webgoblin/laptop, who incidentally contains the data that Cerise needs to finish her doctoral dissertation in computer science at Harvard, has been trapped in the underworld. Sahra is a pawn, as readers gradually discover, in the on-going battle for supremacy between various gods, including Eris, Goddess of Discord; Persephone, the brooding, self-involved and unwilling Goddess of the Underworld; and the powerful and mysterious Necessity, whom even the gods themselves fear. Worse still, Raven soon discovers that the entire "mweb," the magical internet through which modern-day Olympians conduct their important affairs, is in imminent danger of crashing, and he has been set up to take the blame. McCullough combines tropes from cyberpunk, contemporary fantasy, and Greek myth with dazzling proficiency and great humor, combining scenes that evoke a legitimate sense of wonder with witty repartee and just a touch of sexiness in a manner that recalls both Roger Zelazny's Amber series and the earlier mythological romps of Thorne Smith. Although not for the prudish, it is a genuinely lovely book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015382
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
WebMage Series, #2
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
498,630
Product dimensions:
4.39(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Kelly McCullough has sold short fiction to publications including Weird Tales, Absolute Magnitude, and Cosmic SF. An illustrated collection of Kelly's short science fiction, The Chronicles of the Wandering Star, is part of InterActions in Physical Science, an NSF funded middle school science curriculum. He lives in western Wisconsin.

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Cybermancy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, fun, educational, easy to read. I couldnot put it down. Greek mythology, sorcery, upgraded, digitized. Really enjoyed this book and others in the series. Brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yawns.
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Hey uh. Do you know tigerheart? She came here to tell soulstar not to let you join.
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Blinked, as she padding in slowly.
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He watched, tilting his head.
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The shy she cat padded in, her green eyes looking down at the dirt ground. "You needed a med cat?" She mewed, her voice gentle.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Necessity created the magical web (mweb) in order to interconnect the infinite worlds of the multiverse as a means to keep chaos under control. Sorcerer Prince Ravirn of the house of Fate was chosen as the web administrator because of his superior hacker skills. However, as is his way, alienates his three great-aunts, the Fates (Clothos, Atropros, and Lachesis). Actually it was Lachesis who exiled her nephew and his best friend webgoblin-laptop Melchior from the family while Clothos renamed him Raven of chaos.------------- Ravirn¿s (Don¿t call me Raven) girlfriend Cerice mourns the death of her webpixie-PDA Shara, who died saving her mistress life. Making her grief insurmountable and driving Raven crazy is that Shara the PDA contained Cerice¿s doctorate in Computer Science. Thus her paper is on the other side of the River Styx with no way of retrieving it without trickery. Ravirn has a plan to fool his poker buddy Cerberus, the guardian of the underworld and hack into Lucifer¿s database to retrieve Shara. Ravirn succeeds, but the outcome proves different than he imagined. Instead of kisses, he finds the mweb is falling apart as if a worm is eating away one byte at a time and Lucifer is madder than hell that someone hacked into his computer. As his great-aunts predicted Ravirn has brought chaos into order and they fear that even worse he plans to fix his mistakes by deleting and rebooting the multiverse.-------------- This zany mixing of computer technology with mythology is a cleverly designed satire in which the audience will have a great time following the antics of Ravirn in the mythological information age. The amusing story line spoofs American top secret paranoia as Ravirn hacks into Lucifer¿s protected database and abducts Shara from the other side while correcting his miscues with greater errors. Readers who appreciate something different will want to read this enjoyable insane sequel to the as much fun and crazy WEBMAGE.------------ Harriet Klausner