Bringing Up Mike by Mark Duncan *Giveaway
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Bringing Up Mike
by Mark Duncan
What happens when Joe, a teen prodigy makes drastic changes to his life and attends high school incognito with Mike, an artificial intelligence? His plans take an unexpected turn when he buys a neglected former racehorse.
Bringing Up Mike is a tapestry of intertwined stories over the course of a school year: A teen genius who has grown up too fast, a neglected former racehorse, a bereaved couple morning the death of their son, a girl struggling to attend college, and a former mobster determined to be top dog.
Bringing Up Mike is about people given a second chance at happiness and success and how they become better people and mature.
“Mike, what’s the Rebel going to look like?”
“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…” said Mike in the voice of Josef Fischer in The Illusionist.
Sue looked at the first website. “That’s a bit gaudy. It looks like a coloring book. How about something with all the headings and text in black with white backgrounds?”
“Behind door number two.”
“That’s better. But I didn’t mean no color—rather, to reserve it for use in photos, graphics, maps, and clip art. Put one big visual at the top, and a small one elsewhere on the page. A feature story under the main headline, with room for two or three smaller stories to follow it. Some tabs for the various departments.”
“And behind door number three.”
“Yes, you got it.” Sue looked puzzled. “Mike, how can you possibly prototype a website so quickly?”
“My dear, a magician never reveals his secrets,” said Mike in the voice of Gypsy from A Bug’s Life.
“What are you, superhuman?”
“They’re just off-the-shelf WordPress templates. I selected a subset developed for online newspapers. You change the CSS and bibbity-bobbity-boo, presto-chang-o, a new website!” Now he used the voice of the fairy godmother from Cinderella.
oe is a 17 year old genius who after graduating from Caltech has been working on his personal assistant Mike. Mike is an artificial intelligence who needs to pass as human. Whilst on a forced holiday Joe introduces Mike to the couple he is staying with and the test begins.
Mike improves as he has new experiences and along with him Joe grows as a person.
A surprising read.
This is a mix of a coming of age story and an intellectually stimulating read. Alongside Joe’s development as a person there are interesting questions and thoughts that may challenge the reader.
The author develops the characters throughout the story and the humor had me chuckling to myself.
This is a refreshing, witty and interesting read that would suit a YA reader.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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 or consulted for numerous startups in Silicon Valley. He lives in Menlo Park, near Stanford and has written extensively on emerging technology topics. He enjoys photography, movies, theater, fine dining and has visited all 50 states and much of Europe. He is the author of Bringing Up Mike, http://www.askmarpublishing.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Book and Author Links
Book Website: http://www.askmarpublishing.com/books/bringing up mike.html
Publisher Website: http://www.askmarpublishing.com
Author Website: http://www.askmaroublishing.com/authors/mark duncan.html
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/askmarpub
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askmar
Is writing your only profession?
No, I’m also an electronic book publisher. I have about twenty-five titles including several famous Chinese cookbooks and a textbook on microeconomics. Three of my titles are also available as print-on-demand books.
Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
Mike, the artificial intelligence in Bringing Up Mike, was the most fun. He imitates the voices of actors from movies and television shows as a way of determining if the person he’s talking to has grown up in the United States. For example, Clint Eastwood playing Dirty Harry, saying “Go ahead, make my day.”
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Four new science fiction authors that I enjoy are Andy Weir, Marko Kloos, Pierce Brown, and Elliott Kay. Established authors include John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Lloyd Biggle, Neal Stephenson, and David Brin. Old classic authors who are deceased are Arthur C. Clarke, Lloyd Biggle Jr., and Robert Heinlein.
What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing?
I enjoy having a variety of snacks to select from. In the late fall, I eat a Fuji persimmon everyday. I love dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts, but only eat a few at a time. Fig bars are very satisfying, they bring back childhood memories. Jensen makes dark chocolate peanut butter cups that are simply wonderful!
What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? LOL
I don’t like mean people, bullies, or loud, opinionated jerks. I’m not a fan of Rush Limbaugh—he’s very annoying.
What is your favorite TV show?
I like Castle and Bones, but recently I’ve started watching Gotham. I buy each season on iTunes since I dislike commercials and I don’t have cable.
What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)?
Of all the places that I’ve visited, I have returned to Hawaii most often. In fact, I’ll be visiting a friend on the Big Island over New Year’s. That said, I’ve never been to Australia, Japan, New Zealand and I hope to go there on vacation in the future.
Mark will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.