A graphic novel starring Ada Lovelace — often regarded as the first computer programmer — and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer. Padua supposes an alternate reality where Lovelace and Babbage build the world’s first computer together, and they use it to fight crime, among other mathematical tasks. The Thrilling Adventures is unlike any graphic novel I’ve read before, partially due to its extensive, thoroughly researched footnotes, endnotes, and appendices. It is both smart and hilarious; Padua’s talent in rendering Babbage’s facial expressions kept me giggling constantly.
–Emma, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA