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McCullough, Kelly. WebMage.

McCULLOUGH, Kelly. WebMage. Penguin, Ace. 310p. 2006. 0-441-01425-9. $6.99. SA

In an unusual blend of ancient Greek mythology and high-tech Web hacking, this novel chronicles Ravirn's attempts to block one of the Fates from taking away human free will. Ravirn is the grandson of Lachesis, the Fate who measures out the lifelines. He and his blue demon sidekick, Melchoir (who also is his laptop computer), uncover the plot while hacking into the Fates' system. They face myriad difficulties in trying to thwart the plot, especially since Atropos places a spell on Ravirn so that no one will believe anything he says when he attempts to talk to them about the scheme, and she also sends the Furies to eliminate him. He falls in love with Cerise (which gets a little steamy) and in the end, Ravirn and Cerise work together (after Atropos kidnaps Cerise to get Ravirn to surrender) along with the other sentient computer program sidekicks that the Fates have trashed over the years as they upgraded to newer machines.

A unique first novel, this has a charming, fresh combination of mythological, magical, and computer elements: "I turned back to Melchoir. He stood beside the completed hexagram ... spat a netspider into the center ... it paused ... then vanished. It was back an instant later, and Melchoir scooped it up and popped it into his mouth. He made a face at the bitter taste. 'Ltp link established,' said the webgoblin, 'connecting to Mtp://mweb Weasel 1 @Atropos.web/server/ core?'" The tale has various aspects that will enchant many types of readers. Sherry Hoy, Lib. Media Spec., Tuscarora JHS, Mifflintown, PA

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Author:Hoy, Sherry
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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