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The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale by [Barrento, Pedro]
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Review excerpt from HerEthicsBooks:!pedro-barrento-review/c1pnj

...I recommend this book to every reader ... (who is)... ready to meditate about higher truths from ... (an) ... independent perspective.

About the Author

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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  • File Size: 4131 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Pedro Barrento; 1.9 edition (January 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3B3QNS
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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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*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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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. Glad he took the time to share but no great insights for me. Maybe that was the ultimate point.
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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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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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