The Prince and the Program
Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing-again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides "Software Engineer" has a nice ring to it. And though experience with "killing the Once and Future King, my... show more
Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing-again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides "Software Engineer" has a nice ring to it. And though experience with "killing the Once and Future King, my father" and "that time in feudal Japan" makes for a poor resume, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto. In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company's offsite lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a "living" entity at all-he may, in fact, be the world's first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.Mordred's attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing's demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company's CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn't just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After-and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one. Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.
Publish date: June 25th 2012
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages no: 340
Edition language: English
Series: The Mordred Saga (#1)
Leaving this unrated. Really enjoyed the first half, but then it all got away from me. This book was definitely smarter than me. It grew way too bizarre and weird. And in my current mood, I couldn't find the patience to try to follow the logic, if there was any. Left me feeling frustrated and then j...
I am afraid that I am too stupid or too uneducated for this book. Therefore no rating from me. I liked the language and the general feel of the novel, but I still don't have a strong picture of Mori or Alan before my inner eye. Let's not start about the plot (which plot???). And that leaves me at ...
I was afraid to read this book. And after the first chapter I knew, it would be something special. And I knew that it would be CRAZY, WIRED, DIFFERENT. And it was. My thoughts during reading it:"WHAT did he take/drink/eat to write SOMETHING like this??"Because I wanted it too. Not every day for a br...
I didn’t read much of the blurb. I never do. But I saw that Mordred was the MC. And that Alan Turing had a big role. That was quite enough for me. Alan has earned some starshine. So when the author contacted me and asked me if I wanted to read it, I said yes. At once. What did I think of this bo...
You'd have to have been there to get it....but I was there, and I still don't get it.Yeah, all of the mathy-sciency stuff is going waaay over my head. Kind of cool to sit and bask, though. In the scientific aura of sciency stuff. And then it just got weird for a while.It's odd. It's like logic I can...