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

Pedro Barrento , Lynn Curtis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story, but Pretty "Lectur-y" July 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For the past couple of days, I've been trying to decide how best to write a review of this book. As the synopsis implies, it's rather difficult to define exactly what it's about, but I'm going to give it a try:

It's about the creation of the Universe, and everything in it. Then it's about the people in that Universe, their actions, and how they affect (or fail to affect) everything else in it. Then it's about how everything starts all over again.

As a work of fiction, it's pretty good! But in parts, it's very theological - quite blatantly so. Contrast this with Terry Pratchett, one of my favourite fantasy authors of all time. Pratchett is a true atheist, and his philosophies definitely come through in his stories. But they're so subtle that a reader could very easily ignore them, as I choose to do, and still enjoy fantastic stories.

With The Prince and the Singularity, there's no ignoring them, and it often feels as though you're being lectured to. I personally don't subscribe to Pedro Barrento's philosophies about the meaning of life (although I deeply respect his right to hold them), and I really shouldn't need to, to enjoy what's otherwise a decent story!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My head is spinning...in 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 11 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Different concept on creation
This is a story with no beginning and with no ending, a universe that expands and contracts time and time again. Read more
Published 2 days ago by grammyk
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this. Every time I thought I had a ...
I really enjoyed this. Every time I thought I had a firm grasp on the concept of the universe Mr. Barrento had created, he threw in another level, sphere, in this case and the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Laura Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
I enjoyed the storyline and character development. The turns were interesting and for free it was a wonderful value:) thanks!
Published 3 days ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, Wisdom sharing?
The author takes on the meaning of life, God (or gods) and wraps it in a very entertaining package. I recognized several theologies & mythologies that at times worked singly & at... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Karyn Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Talk about "reset"!
Yes, this story is indeed a circle!
Things do happen in cycles and this author took that to an extreme and gave a very interesting concept of God and gods. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Patricia Kenworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nike said it best, "Just Do It".
Singular, non-ending, circles of thought. Don't be afraid little child; you will be as you are, complete in a moment!
Published 9 days ago by T. Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars but for the Hindu universe of great Cycles of Creation and Destruction
Imagine Douglas Adams' HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but for the
Hindu universe of great Cycles of Creation and Destruction, with the
Universe being created, every... Read more
Published 9 days ago by F. Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars Among my favorite all-time books!
It is so hard to find books that make you think. There are plenty that amuse and entertain, and there are certainly a sh*tload that preach what you should be and what you should... Read more
Published 9 days ago by M Lomeli, author
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent one-seating read. then a re-read.
I laughed. I cried. I looked at my world with new eyes. Thank you Pedro Barren to for sharing your Magic!
Published 10 days ago by Gail Vanderhoof
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 22 days ago by KarenG
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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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