WebMage (WebMage Series #1)

WebMage (WebMage Series #1)

by Kelly McCullough

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Magic gets an upgrade in the first WebMage novel featuring a computer savvy sorcerer...

Ravirn is not your average computer geek. A child of the Fates—literally—he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can zero in on the fatal flaw in any program. Now that twenty-first-century magic has gone digital that makes him a very talented sorcerer. But a world of problems is about to be downloaded on Ravirn—who’s just trying to pass his college midterms.

Great Aunt Atropos, one of the three Fates, decides that humans having free will is really overrated and plans to rid herself of the annoyance—by coding a spell into the Fate Core, the server that rules destiny. As a hacker, Ravirn is a big believer in free will, and when he not only refuses to debug her spell but actively opposes her, all hell breaks loose.

Even with the help of his familiar Melchior, a sexy sorceress (who’s also a mean programmer), and the webgoblin underground, it’s going to be a close call...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440625503
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Series: WebMage Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 281,204
File size: 579 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kelly McCullough is the author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade series.

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No time for second thoughts now

 Scorched Earth is not a spell that can be aborted halfway. Ultimately, all spells draw power from the same source, the primal chaos that churns between the worlds. But my family mostly uses the predigested forces my grandmother and her sisters channel into the net via their mainframe webservers. Scorched Earth isn’t like that. It taps directly into the interworld chaos. That means it’s both very dangerous and very powerful. It also means I don’t have to have web access to run it. Melchior’s voice interrupted my train of thought.
 “There’s no carrier wave and no Mweb line,” he said. “I think we just took the entire net down, Boss.”
 “Sweet necessity,” I murmured. “What have I done now?”

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“The most enjoyable science fantasy book I’ve read in the last four years.”—Christopher Stasheff

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WebMage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
tinLizzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm IN LOVE with this author and this series. Mashing up cyber/sci-fi and fantasy is always a risky endeavor, and in the wrong author's hands it will at best leave you limp or at worst leave you wishing you could Brillo your brain after reading. But when the mash-up is done well and awesome - you get the likes of Justina Robson, Emma Bull and now Kelly McCullough.The whole series, is a damn fun, clever, engaging tale that not only mingles magic and cyberpunk, but does so against the backdrop of Greek mythos (or MythOS). The characters - Titans, gods, demi-gods, cyber-familiars - are fully fleshed-out (sometimes literally) and multidimensional, and just as scandalous, foible-ridden, self-serving, and at each others' throats as you could hope for in your Greek gods, along with some streaks of believable good-heartedness and altruism. No flat Oedipal/Iliadic snooze-fest here, though no disrespect to the classics meant - just they weren't ever engaging stories to me! Having finished all 5 in the series as of writing this review - I'm only sad to know I'll have to wait awhile for further offerings from McCullough.
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McCullough riffs on Greek mythology, giving the three Fates a set of descendants and a tradition of using computer technology for performing magic. Our hero, Ravirn, is caught up in both family intrigue and strife with Eris, Goddess of Discord, and spends most of his on-screen time caught up in some crisis or other. (The hero supposedly has a life outside his crises, but we see very little of it.) The action is entertaining, some of the repartee quite funny, the mythology a bit sketchy, the computer technology occasionally requires active suspension of disbelief (though people who aren't software engineers might not notice), and the story lacks the depth and nuance of The Dresden Files. A good read for times when you want some mind candy. I"ll be interested to see if McCullough's storytelling skills pick up in the sequels.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weird and wonderful. I was getting a lot of Amber echoes at the beginning (which is not a compliment!) - the more-than-mortal, powerful, backstabbing family. But later on it got a lot richer and more interesting, partly because Ravirn is relatively weak, as his family goes. He has to deal with things sideways and by evasion rather than bulling through, but in the process he learns a lot; about himself, his family, his familiar, and the structure of the multiverse. Nice ending, leaving all his options open. I definitely want to read the next one...and the next...
LaserWraith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love it because it is apparent the author really knows about programming. So many times I get frustrated at sci-fi authors who probably needed someone to help them install/run Word, and who use the wrong terms in their books.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on magic meeting technology. Ravirn is a student, trying to keep his head under the parapet, and failing a fair bit. His manytimes-great grandmother is one of the three fates and she wants him to work on a project. He's not sure about her plans, and there are a few people trying to stop him and he's not sure about their motives either.It's a fun read, a great adventure and the depiction of the gods is filled with both humour and understanding. I look forward to reading more by this author!
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A solid and interesting story that doesn't quite manage to lift itself above that.The idea of the Fates as computer programmers is nicely done, but I found the whole book kind of dry, in that all the ingredients were there, but that extra something that would draw me right into the characters was missing.Ravirn was interesting, but all cleverness without the emotional range that would have made him real. Cerise was little more that a plot point where should could have been a solid and real character. The webgoblins and the webtrolls were the most interesting characters, where they should have been strong additions to the leads.There's nothing major wrong with this book and it's an interesting book, but it could have been more and the fact it wasn't marks it down.
amberwitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story utilising aspects of Greek mythology and spell programming. It manages to keep the interest through most of the story even though it is a bit uneven. The emotional scenes suffer from an overdose of pathos, which makes them seem unrealistic, and very long - the number of dramatic departure scenes as the hero rides out to do battle is way too high.Part of the story and worldbuilding bears a strong resemblence to Zelasny's Amber series, but the inventive use of magic as code and mythology makes it all its own.Ravirn is a distant granchild of the middle fate. Due to his abilities as a hacker he gets caught up in a plot to eradicate free will (makes for a much more orderly universe), and to avoid having his own thread cut, he has to reveal the plot and stop its unfolding with only his grumpy but faithful webgoblin familiar for help.Unfortunately he has to do so while acing exams, courting the love of his life and dodging attempts at his life, and everything he does just ends him in hotter water.Hunted by family and furies he travels through paintings and fairy rings, and end up protecting free will with the aid of his beloved, two webgoblins and a rogue webtroll who has shed the shackles of slavery.
amobogio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Way interesting take on magic as (computer) code. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mixing the greek gods with the internet & hacking made this book very fun to read.
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Very well written and good plot.
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Exciting, clever, fun, sexy, entertaining, erudite, educational. Excellent, unusual series. I am enjoying them immensely. Wow!
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