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The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale [Kindle Edition]

Pedro Barrento , Lynn Curtis
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Book Description

This is the story of the Prince aka the Master aka Francis, who is more or less immortal and goes through the millennia fighting Desire and Rejection, the roots of all unhappiness and evil. He always fails until the moment he loses interest and decides to die, which he doesn’t. Instead he is promoted.

The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale proposes a fictitious Creation Myth, whisking the readers away on a thought-provoking rollercoaster ride of a story that will make them question as never before what they truly believe about the nature of existence. At once funny and controversial, it can be viewed as a heretical twist on established religious teachings or as a sweet and sensitive depiction of the ascension of a Bodhisattva or as. . . well, it’s up to whoever is reading it, really.

You will get out of this story exactly what you put into it. Love it or hate it, though, you will not be able to remain indifferent to the message of this funny, touching, thought-provoking book.

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About the Author

Pedro was born in Mozambique 51 years ago, attended English schools in Lisbon and pursued his education until finishing a degree in Law. When he was around 33, Pedro decided there’s more to life than being a lawyer and tried his hand at various business activities, the most successful of which was a company that produced and managed rock bands. A year ago he decided to pick up again a long-forgotten hobby of his: writing. He started with a blog, mainly dedicated to political satire. Encouraged by the feedback from the blog Pedro then decided to try his hand at a whole book, an effort which resulted in the creation of The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4121 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Pedro Barrento; 1.9 edition (January 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3B3QNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Prince and the Singularity.......... "Highly Recommended".
It's Muster time! The bored gods assemble to play a game, going on for centuries, in which they bet, and if they lose, they give part of their powers to the Top God, and universes, galaxies, forests etc., are created. If they bet all their powers and lose, they vanish until the next game. The Top God orchestrates the show. The game is a scam deemed an explanation for creation. The birth and rebirth of the Universe is deemed by all to its shrinking to a dot (singularity), and then expounding as the game is played anew. The reviewer has from time to time visited by the idea that we humans are somebody's experiment (`the Gods'?) - we are loosed to experience the earth, and even after centuries, we must find our way back to Source. Earth is at times heaven, at times hell, but we are told to `make the most of the experience', and some of us set out to `change the world' without understanding whether the bounds are fixed or pliable.
I found it easy to finish this book at one reading, and then to read it again. I found it quite easy to dig into the story for its lessons. It is a tale at once simple and deep. It is a strange experience. Unlike other Prince tales, I did not find anything particularly funny; nor did I feel emotional about any character. Anyway, scams at all levels level are mixed with an individual search for knowledge; taking on a mission of saving humankind and finding that it all comes down to individual upliftment in the end. The Prince eventually separates himself from his quest and from the population, pursuing instead, knowledge. He does `die', `beginning a new cycle, a new learning', and in the process gaining freedom, advancement and illumination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reading game January 28, 2013
It's really circular, it's really singular anf it's dimensionally striking. A trip into time, dreams and powers. Barrennto gives us the different vectors, has us lost for then to argue on existencial matters. In between, the main character gets into hilariously peppered situations.
Easy light reading with tones of deepness!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'll admit it: books about metaphysics are boring. They're so abstract and non-committal, I feel like I'm ending a relationship rather than putting a book back on the shelf. Thank goodness there are some good books about metaphysics that don't follow the same dreary format, and that book is Pedro's The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale. The title is appropriate (thanks for being clear); the main character named the Prince decides to battle Greed and Revenge inside humanity's core by delivering a message of peace to the world. Though his intentions are good, the Prince faces obstacles that keep repeating, just like the creation of the world.

Although many metaphysical tales use references and characters from the Bible, Quran, or other archaic sources, The Prince and the Singularity takes the messages from well-known texts and turns it into a new story, one that people today can relate to. The Prince doubts himself every step of his way as he watches people commit heinous acts, causing him to fall deeper into doubt until he rescues himself with his own resolve.

What I like the most about this book is that it has a soft flow to it as gentle as putting a hand into a crystal clear bath. It's easy to read and the messages within the book are easy to understand. This book, if it were personified, would make other books jealous over its simplistically-written deepness. Within the deepness, there isn't a condescending jerk waiting to "save" your soul or pretend that everything makes sense just because there's a thing called religion. The author doesn't try to persuade you with abstract ideals or promises of damnation. He lays out the message and gives you room to accept or reject what he's putting out there.

For optimistic readers in need of a soothing relationship with metaphysics, The Prince and the Singularity is one of the best options out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My head is a good way July 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received a copy via a Smashwords coupon code.

The title of The Prince and the Singularity: A Circular Tale is very apt. The story has many circles, which for the most part I found fascinating.

It's another great example of the experimenting you can do with self-publishing, and I really enjoyed how the author Pedro Barrento was upfront in the beginning of the book about what the story is:

"It's prose, but it reads like poetry.

It has elements of the fantastical including a prince and a damsel in distress, but it doesn't belong to the fantasy genre.

It's a fairy tale, but it is not meant for children.

It has no sex, no violence and no foul language, but it is definitely not boring.

It is circular, but not round.[...]"

There are certainly lyrical elements in this book, such as in the beginning of Chapter 1, which actually gets repeated a few times throughout the story ("In the beginning, there was nothing...").

At first, I thought this was going to be a retelling of the New Testament, with a twist. There are gods, but we are introduced to one man, known as the Prince, who has taken it upon himself to save humanity. We follow him through his journey, where we see him fail with several disciples, including Mary Magdalene.

But then it gets more interesting. **SPOILER ALERT** We find out that the world is just a part of a game. And the game consists of multiple layers of players, and each level is unaware of the players in the level above them. Everything happens over and over again in a cycle, and it is up to the players in the lower level to break their cycles and move up in the game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars be willing to suspend your disbelief
This is an interesting book. Told as an allegory or parable, there are many layers to unpack. At times it felt as if there were too many combinations of references and meanings but... Read more
Published 8 days ago by KarenG
5.0 out of 5 stars Singularly different fable of faith, science, freewill, fate and more
A smoothly written, intriguingly different fable, of faiths and science and fate and free-will and more, Pedro Barrento’s The Prince and the Singularity is singularly absorbing,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Deeth
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY - someone's *done* it!!!
I, personally, am NOT a lover of fiction - but this little tome is so much more than just a G-R-E-A-T read! Read more
Published 5 months ago by David J Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality for those knowitall types who don't take spirituality so...
This is going to be a tricky review. This is a book everyone who is the slightest bit "spiritual" should read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ray H
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, unusual and very enjoyable
Back when I was about 20 I spent my days reading stuff by Richard Bach (eg Jonathon Livingstone Seagull) and Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prince and the Singularity
I really enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to everyone. The authors style of writing is a bit different then I am used to reading but it kept me turning the pages.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Must Read
I'm giving this five stars and calling it a Must Read, and there is a sense in which that is ridiculous because if you haven't already reached a level of enquiry about the received... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MaryH
3.0 out of 5 stars held my attention
As much philosophical musings as a novel. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a well-written summary of one man's view of the world at one point in time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Urbananchorite
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous take on serious subjects.
This is a humorous and imaginative book that plays around with Creation Myths and philosophies from different origins. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pedro Chambel
5.0 out of 5 stars It might just change the way you look at the world
But I don't want to make it sound heavy--this book isn't ponderous. It's short, but contains depths. It's funny, but it's also thoughtful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keith Dickinson
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Pedro Barrento was born in Mozambique in 1961. He has written two books: "The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale" and "Marlene and Sofia - A Double Love Story".

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