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Bringing Up Mike Paperback – August 6, 2014
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About the Author
Mark Duncan grew up in Pasadena, not far from Caltech. In high school he spent Friday and Saturday nights at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) and subsequently was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club. He received his BSEE from UC Berkeley. He has worked for numerous startups in Silicon Valley. He lives in Menlo Park, near Stanford and has written extensively on emerging technology topics.
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I absolutely loved this story. The author gave the characters so much depth. I laughed so hard at the bumbling villain every time he tried to pull a fast one. I was hoping that there were recipes at the end so I could try out some of the dishes that were served. They sounded so amazing. As a side note, the town in this story is only 20 miles away from me. It was wonderful reading about all the things I have discovered on my own since moving here. I can truly say I agree with everything said and written about the area. I don’t know if the author will continue this story but I certainly hope so.
Author: Mark Duncan
Publisher: Askmar Publishing
Genre: Coming of Age
Sub Genre: Hard Science Fiction; Young Adult; Fantasy
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars
Joe, a unique 17 year old has never attended high school, but was the youngest person to ever receive a doctorate from the prestigious Caltech. He know has a secret job with the government having to do with computer programming and viruses and Trojan threats. To say he is a genius is putting it mildly. His best friend is Mike an AI he created. When Mike causes problems with Joe's superiors and he is suspended for being immature and difficult to work with. Joe decides to take advantage of a clause in his contract and move in with a couple, George and Martha in Rural Tennessee. Locking away his classified work saying goodbye to Mike he sets out to become a "normal" 17 year old and attend high school as a senior. His hope is to learn how to make Mike act like and adult instead of the 5 year old prankster. The problem is Joe is just as clueless as Mike on how to interact with others outside of his work. As he begins his new life Joe is learning things he didn't know he lacked. His adventure would change him, Mike and those around Joe in ways he never could have expected.
I have to say I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book. The target age may be for 12 - 18 year olds, but I believe it is a book just about any age above 10 could enjoy. The characters are thought out and evoke emotions in the reader. Some like George and Martha you will admire, sympathize and want to know better, Sly and his friends you will want to punch in the nose and pant out in the pasture, Amy/Sue will tug your heart strings with her tough persona. Joe himself will have you wanting to hug him and tell him things will work out and he will find a place he can fit in. Then there is Mike, who by the end of the first chapter will have you forgetting is not human and imagining a Dennis the Menace type young child that is a bit too smart for his own good. He made me wonder if perhaps Joe had not been a bit like him as a young boy. The plot is well thought out and moves quickly and smoothly. I like the light, humorous banter between Mike and Joe, much like siblings. I could keep going on about the different thing to like about the book, but you will need to read it for yourself. I have only briefly described about the first 3 chapters or so. The action does not stop. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
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