Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Romantic Times (Transcribed by Lyda)
4 STARS Cybermancy, Ace (September 25, 2007, ISBN-10: 0441015382, ISBN-13: 978-0441015382
This is the second book in McCullough's series that fuses hacking culture with ancient gods, and it's every bit as charming, clever and readable as its predecessor. His writing style is easy, his character and his worldbuilding unique and engaging. The story will resonate with sympathetic readers.
SUMMARY: Ravirn has quite the challenge: hack into Hades, recover his girlfriend Cerise's webgoblin's soul and get out in one piece. Despite having to make a teensy-weensy promise to Persphone, things seem to go well. And then the mweb -- the magical Internet -- crashes, hard. Ravirn and Cerise are caught up in a mystery that they seem to have caused, and they must put themselves in the capable hands of Eris, Goddess of Discord, to help right both the current mess and an ancient wrong.
--Natalie A. Luhrs
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates-Transcribed by me)
McCullough, Kelly. Cybermancy. Ace, 2007. $6.99. 978-0-441-01538-2. 5Q 4P S A/YA
In this sequel to McCullough’s much praised cyberfantasy WebMage, 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 himself to achieve his objective. Shara, his girlfriend Cerise’s much-loved webgoblin/laptop, who incidentally contains the data Cerise needs to finish her Ph.D. dissertation in computer science at Harvard, has been trapped in the underworld, a pawn, as we gradually discover, in the on-going battle for supremacy between various gods, among them, 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’s been set up to take the blame. McCullough combines tropes from cyberpunk, contemporary fantasy, and Greek myth with dazzling proficiency and great good 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, this is a genuinely lovely book.—Michael Levy
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Posted by Kelly McCullough at 7:57 AM