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WebMage (Ravirn, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 25, 2006
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WEBMAGE is Kelly McCullough's first novel. His second, also featuring Ravirn and company, comes out next year. Several of his short stories have been published, and he was one of the Writers of the Future.
Gripping and imaginative, rooted carefully in the real world, WEBMAGE is an exciting chase novel filled with techno jargon the cyber-crowd will enjoy as well as Greek mythology for the fantasy enthusiasts. The first-person narrative rings especially true and drives the tale. Dialogue between Ravirn and Melchior is sharp and cutting, and sounds like two old friends who constantly pick at each other. The add-on features to the real world are consistent (always a plus in fantasy) and well thought-out.
Fans of Roger Zelazny's AMBER books, and especially JACK OF SHADOWS, will enjoy this fun romp, which promises to be the first of a series. Packed with action, mythology, humor, and a resonance of true relationships, WEBMAGE is a great read.
Strike one for romance.
There's a lot of hardcore net geekery (to a very casual user like me, anyway) that often made me skim long sections rather than read. That was something of an occupational hazard, I knew it was going to be a techno-magic fantasy. Still got boring.
The characters' appeareances were cliched (c'mon, pointed ears? Just because they were descended from the Fates? And how, exactly, did that happen? There's *nothing* in the mythology that indicates the Fates had consorts, so how exactly did they get these century-sprawling bloodlines?)
Strike two. It helps when the reader can understand the setting and the magic system.
Lastly--I honestly didn't *care* about any of the characters. I wasn't all that bothered by Fate winning, or Eris' predicament, or the fate of the young lovers. The hero was brash and daring because Hacker Heroes should be iconoclasts. The heroine was fierce and devoted and equally predictable.
It's an intelligent book, a decent read for the money, but I don't consider it a keeper.
McCullough uses two primary premises to fuel his plot. First of all, the real true universe is run by the whole cast of Greek gods. In particular, the fates, Clotho, Atropos, and Lachesis. Secondly, ritual magic has been replaced by digital magic. The Fates have their own magical internet, Eris - the goddess of discord - has hers, and all the lesser godlets have goblin or troll familiars that feature the latest in flat screen monitors and cool keyboards. Ravirn, the central character, makes a habit of getting in trouble with his grandmother and her sisters. The kind of trouble that is likely to get his thread snipped if he doesn't watch out.
Well, as you might expect, Ravirn, college student and hacker, rarely watches out. Atropos asks him to debug a program for her, one that will severely alter the balance between chaos and law. In a rare flash of integrity Ravirn refuses and his great aunt sets about making his life hades. Ravirn and his trusty familiar Melchior jump from crisis to crisis, making it clear that, even though Ravirn is defending free will, he doesn't have a clue how to use it.Read more ›
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This was a terrible book. All the characters were one dimensional and extremely unlikable, especially Ravin. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ann
I've read McCullough's "A Fallen Blade" series, and I think he's a talented writer.
This series is an amalgam of cyberpunk genre and magic under the umbrella of Greek... Read more
Interesting concept of using computer code to work magic. Love the characters and their interactions. A fun romp through mythology in the modern day.Published 8 months ago by Trish Green
A rollicking techno-mythological adventure. I read this one out loud to my pre-teens and I had to "skip over" a couple scenes that were too adult for a 12 year old. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Truong
This book gets five stars not because it is excellent, but that it does everything an Urban Fantasy series should do. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jonathan
Not quite as polished or nuanced as the later works but a very fun read with neat characters meshed around the premise of what if all Greek mythos and Magic was modulated through... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Griffon Walker
Non traditional scifi fantasy. Provides exceptional flight to imagijnation.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This starts one the best urban fantasy series I read. The Greek mythology and computers enter the urban fantasy lexicon. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jack R. Bell Jr.
Bought this one to complete my hard copy collection. Recommended it to my grand children! The combo technology and mythology is wonderful.Published 20 months ago by Deborah Bogue