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Off to Be the Wizard
Off to Be the Wizard
Off to Be the Wizard
Audiobook10 hours

Off to Be the Wizard

Written by Scott Meyer

Narrated by Luke Daniels

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

3.5/5

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About this audiobook

An io9 Can't Miss Science Fiction and Fantasy title in March 2014.

Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little "tweaks" have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur's court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y'know, die or anything.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMar 18, 2014
ISBN9781480578166
Off to Be the Wizard

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Rating: 3.727118644067797 out of 5 stars
3.5/5

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This was "lite" and funny and pretty original. I did it on audio which made it more fun because the narrator was great. At first I thought it was kind of boring, but the characters really grew on me after a while. The structure was kind of unique. It seemed like at about the 75% mark it could have ended, but that made you realized there really wasn't any "tension" up to that point most of it had just been exploratory. Then, cue minor key music and you start worrying. Phillip was my favorite character. His constant quips about how much he hated Jimmy were the best.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Amusing story, but with several problems that really detracted from the fun for me. I'll keep this vague and no spoilers beyond the first couple chapters (and I'll keep things vague anyway).First, a fundamental flaw with the premise, when the entire concept hinges on changing a file and the protagonist soon goes where he has no possible cell connection, wifi, etc., absolutely no way to affect the file. He discovers others who are also making edits with no possible way of doing so. A major complication that affects time travel stories is simply hand-waved away.Second, the people making the changes are at least average intelligence, and probably above. Yet, they continually make the most stupid and obvious mistakes as the easiest way to progress the story. A bit more work to show they were acting reasonably but still thwarted would have made the whole thing less frustrating for the reader. This is THEIR environment; I shouldn't be constantly waiting for them to realize something obvious.Third, the premise is fascinating but wasn't fully explored (presumably to leave plenty of room for sequels), and the main characters haven't even followed a few of the implications very far, although they've had plenty of time to do so.Versions: The voice acting on the audio version was good. The illustrations in the animated print version were adequate (only about half contained animation), although perhaps carrying through the 8-bit style of the cover would have been more amusing.Some fun to be had, but a great premise undermined by a disappointing execution.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    It reminds me of "Go quest, Young Man," quite enjoyable. A nice adventure story, a good character voice, a little bit of a tired storyline, but it went places I didn't expect, so it was fun and worth the time.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Very imaginative concept and a fun read. To say too much would be to spoil the story.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The audio version of this book is a favorite long trip book for the entire family, which includes more than our fair share of computer geeks and fantasy lovers. Myers has a twisted sense of humor that will keep you smiling and quoting favor lines long after you finish the book.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    In this sci-fi book, these guys find this file, the master file, that controls how we live. They figured out that they could change how tall they were, where they were, when they were, and how much money they had. Martin, the main character, starts experimenting with changing his life. He has a great time until the police notice that he suddenly has an increase in money and started to pursue him. To escape he has to travel to medieval England and pretend to be a wizard. There, he meets another wizard and he learns about the process to become a wizard. He completes and passes all of the trials put before him and becomes a wizard. He becomes friends with a local wizard, Phillip. When Jimmy, a bad wizard, accidently destroys and kills an entire town, Phillip and Martin fight him and send him away to another time and place. In the end, Martin decides it is only right to go home and sort things out with the police.My favorite part was when they fought with Jimmy (aka Merlin. It was exciting! It was especially funny when they sent him back in time. Overall, I liked this book.