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Master Dung's study was silent So silent in fact that one might have been able to hear a gnat passing air if only an obligingly flatulent gnat had happened nearbyThe Scriptlings is the unlikely yet strangely charismatic lovechild you would expect if Magic and Science were to have one too many drinks during a stand up comedy show in VegasIn short it follows the story of Merkin and Buggeroff two magician apprentices in a world where magicians are capitalists computers are quasi magical and goats are sometimes invisible all under the watchful eye of a wandering tribe of monosyllabic demigods


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    Sorin Suciu has done something that I thought damn near impossible He has taken a very Pratchett like sense of humor and pacing and placed it quite well in a modern setting The Scriptlings centers on two protagonist each Scriptlings or students of magic Merkin is a natural born to magic the same way a tigress is born to the hunt She is the Scriptling of Master Dung a paranoid plagiarizing magician who steals his scriptlings work and calls it his own has a fould temper and is all around as nice as a moldy piece of lunch meat served with tepid algae laced water Having had enough of him after he had grounded her Merkin uses a spell she devised in this magic system based on computer code and syntax and a plan involving a poor pizza delivery boy being murdered by Master Dung and kills him fainting away as she does so After a sereis of events involving two policemen and another man she finds herself the scriptling of a new master Master SewerThen there is Simon Simon has a degree in computer science and works at 'Second Cup' a coffee house He is also about as magical as a stick of gum Simon receives an email with a job offer and decides to check it out He goes to the supplied address to find a door with a computer mouse for a knocker Using his keen gamer instincts he double clicks the mouse and the door is answered The man who answers takes what Simon believes to be a geiger counter and scans him Handing his a sheet of paper with some writing on it the man ask Simon to decipher it It's in latin Simon know as much latin as a 3rd century Chinese Cat tamer but he recognizes the writing as similar to computer code As he is about to tell the man this he is shot through the heart with a miniature crossbow and dies He wakes to a strange version of Toronto and a talking staple with eyes hovering over him Things progress and Stapley the personal assistant informs him that he is being reconfigured by Master Loo He wakes Master Loo informs him that he is now his scriptling telling him about magic and what not After a bit of drinking to celebrate this event Loo informs Simon that he must pick a magician name and offers the name Wart Simon says that he will think of a name later or if he doesnt' and wakes with a hangover his magicians name will be the first thing he says when he wakes In the morning Loo wakes him and the first words out of his mouth are Buggeroff Say hello to the Scriptling BuggeroffThe rest of the novel involves a goat that thinks it's a snake A world traveling Tribe and the Ultimate computer virus I fear of telling too much due to spoilers and what not but trust me it's well worth the readI would venture as far as to call Mr Suciu a budding Pratchett of North America but somehow I don't think even Sir Terry could work the word BEYOTCH into one of his Discworld novelsI really hop this is the beginning of a long and healthy series from Sorin Suicu I would be first in line for a sequelWell Done