Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.
Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards - and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another's company if they want to see Medieval England - and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS - ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?
©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I listens to the books. I writes the reviews. I uses present tense and plurals when I shouldn't...s.
As was the case with Book 2, still great characters with funny and emotional interactions, but the story does not live up to the pace and content of Book 1. I thought it was a good take on the whole RPG angle but a lot of the story felt very repetitive, given the different points of view between the groups on the quest. Despite this, parts of the story were quite enjoyable and overall it was worth listening to. Looking forward to Book 4!
if you're up to the third book then its because you enjoy the witty banter and the good natured characters. if so you'll enjoy this book. the story and writing is about the same as the other 2
I really enjoyed the storey and I love the whole concept of a computer generated world. I am looking everywhere for the code.
Let the Wookiee win.
This is You The Elder.
You've just read this whole series and loved it, so go back to Off To Be The Wizard and start listening so I can write this flowing review.
"A Pleasant Listen"
Anyone who has read the reviews section of the previous two books knows I am a tremendous fan of this series. I think it is incredibly original, entertaining, light, and funny. The characters are engaging and show depth. That being said, I was not as happy with this installment.
I can't tell whether Scott was trying to bang out another book too fast, or whether he was trying to mix things up and explore different aspects of the character's relationships. Probably a mixture of both if I'm being fair. Much of the book seemed repetitive and without the plethora of geek culture references that made books 1 and 2 so very enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, there are still references. Just not anywhere near as nuanced or plentiful. I do understand that the repetitive nature of aspects of the book is potentially a commentary/reference in and of itself.
Another aspect to note is Scott took on some *much* deeper concepts in this book than previously. I think he did a fine job with them, but it was slightly jolting in comparison to the tone of the series as a whole.
Daniels' narration was great as always.
I love this series and will absolutely continue to look forward to book 4. This one just wasn't as strong. However, if you are into this series, it's absolutely worth a listen and a credit.
"I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,"
YOU LIKED EACH OTHER LESS.
Their is some science fiction in this, but it is mostly about having fun. There is some fantasy, but is more about fun. There is a lot of gaming, but also a lot of fun. This whole series was a blast. I liked this book better then number 2, but not as good as number 1 and that is the way most trilogies go. One ironic situation, that I am not sure the author realized, was when he as making fun of movies these days and how they are all sequels. He complains about it in his third book of a trilogy.
This book was more about gaming than the others. The whole story is a game within a game. Similar to Player One.
Luke Daniels is to Scott Meyer, as Frank Muller is to Stephen King, Ray Porter is to Jonathan Maberry, Wil Wheaton is to John Scalzi. He is great.
"takes on serious premise while keeping it light"
I loved the previous two installments of Wizard 2.0; Off to be the Wizard and Spell or High Water. The storytelling is great, they are packed with thoughtful, (mostly) likable characters with great chemistry, and they’re hilarious. Plus, Luke Daniels is fantastic in his performances. Listening to this was a no-brainer and I was thrilled when I saw it was next on my to-read list. Now, I’m just upset I didn’t give it a listen sooner. In my opinion, this is the best of the three. Scott Meyer hit a home run.
It’s movie night in 12th century England and the Wizards are about to start their second feature. Suddenly, four of the wizards disappear in a blink, leaving Martin and Roy dumbstruck. Phillip, Tyler, Jeff, and Gary along with Jimmy was who was not present for movie night, are teleported to the peak of a mountain. The first wizard that was ever exiled is back and he wants revenge. He has created a deadly game in which the wizards must overcome “perilous” obstacles, complete quests, and journey to their destination: The Chasm of Certain Doom (insert thunder and lightning here). Meanwhile, after discovering their friends have had there powers stripped, Martin and Roy seek advice from Gwen and the Brits. Assuming the worst they teleport to the same location as Phillip and the others hoping to help them. Both groups set off on the same adventure taking on the same hazards, overcoming the hurdles in different and extremely entertaining ways.
As with the first two, this volume takes on serious premise while keeping it’s trademark humor. It’s still a lighthearted read, poking fun at the tedious mechanics of a bad game you inexplicably must finish, or not so subtly pointing out, and living up to, cliches you see in so many novels and video games. As always, the dialogue between the characters is fantastic; complete with witty banter and serious conversation, it adds depth to the characters. Which is key because this is definitely a character driven story, and those characters drive a Porsche. Characters brought to life and made even better thanks to the performance.
Luke Daniels takes the helm again as the narrator or, more accurately, performer. His range is incredible, whether it’s a man, woman, or child the voice is always distinctive and fitting for the character. His delivery is phenomenal nailing emotion and emphasis uniquely for everyone. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a couple other of his works and have been impressed every time.
This humorous series is well worth your time if you’re in the mood for something fun and lighthearted. Scott Meyer and Luke Daniels have a great rapport that shines through every sentence, leaving you involved and immersed throughout the entire series.
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"Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"
Good laughs, GREAT narration, just not as enjoyable as the first two. I'm sure it's hard to recreate the wonder of discovery when the file is first discovered, but that, and the cultural comparisons are what I enjoyed the most in this series, and those elements were a little thin in this one. Still looking forward to more!
"Please tell me there will be more"
Yes, it if fun and dose not take it's self serious, just a good book to listen too and the characters are people we all know
None I have not listened to anything or read anything like it
Made me laugh
I would like to request more on this and you can just sign me up for the pre-order for all of them.
"A middling entry in a very fun series"
Firstly, while the author had only been signed on for a three book deal, it is my sincere hope that they sign him up for another three as soon as possible, as I thoroughly enjoy this series.
The audio books are especially enjoyable, and the narrator's performance has a great range, and comedic timing to support the story.
This entry had a few systemic problems, in that the cast of protagonists spends almost the entire novel seperated into a few groups, which caused me to miss some of the enjoyable banter, especially between Phillip and Martin. Secondly, These groups are chasing each other, which sometimes leads to some enjoyable differing takes on situations and misunderstood aftermath, but too often feels repetitive. Thirdly, the villain is rather bland despite being hyped and foreshadowed in the previous two books. Finally, this entry had a more somber subjects than the previous volumes, with less gee-whiz wonderment, and more ruminations on loss of trust, the many faces of sexism, and toiling labor, which sometimes was at odds with the tone of the writing.
Overall, I still enjoyed Unwelcome Quest. The secondary cast gets more time to shine, especially Tyler, who became very enjoyable. The changeups are not unwelcome, the characters remain enjoyably true to who they are, and the writing is still amusing.
Please continue this series, I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Nowhere near as engaging as the first 2 books in this series. still an entertaining story.
"Fun Jaunt, but gets a little repetitive"
Great casual listen, with the same entertaining characters as the previous books in series.
Great narration, but story gets a little repetitive, not as much new material as expected.
"Simple & repetitive but hilarious all the way"
I don't like reading so...yes.
Todd's reaction to everything Tyler said. Any dialogue between Todd and the gang was hilarious.
Todd. Todd's character is hilarious. Luke Daniels voice acting for Todd gets it just right, you can clearly image exactly what kind of person he is.
The 3rd book steps away from the confusing time-travel paradoxes of the 2nd book. It's much more simplistic but also, i would argue, funnier.
After eluding to Todd in book 1, and then hearing much more of him in book 2, i'm very glad that he took centre stage in this 3rd book. Hilarious character, very clever but also a little thick, the interactions between Todd and the gang and the reintroduction of Jimmy is fantastic.
I've listened to this book around 5 times already and out of the series i would say its better than book 2, and only just behind book 1.
It IS simple, and obviously repetitive, but there's so many funny moments to be found in this whole simple repetitive quest.
"The downward trend continues"
The downward spiral continues with this book. After a fantastic start and a passable book two, book three felt deflated, the plot barely keeping the story together. The only thing propping the tale up was the narration of the fantastic Luke Daniels. On the bright side, the last two hours are the most enjoyable of the story, whereby just before you fully give up on the story, it slightly redeems itself.
Love this series of books, I really hope there are more to come. Well written, very funny. Great characters read excellently. "We will gloss over Philips English accent"
"Still as funny as the previous"
I absolutely love the narration of these books. Each character is ready with a unique pazazz which is really engaging. The story was fun, nonsense yet again - although I enjoyed the "real-world" element of the 2nd book a little more than this "in game" world.
I would recommend this series to others.
"The wizards play old style RPG game - for real"
The third part in the Magic 2.0 series sees our heroes being abducted and forced to complete a quest by an arch enemy.
This continues on from the amazing first two books. If you have ever played some classic adventure games, then you will appreciate some of the scenes (such as the quest giver repeating himself until he receives a satisfactory response).
Some elements of the quest were a little off. One such area was the blacksmith - which lasted a little too long in my opinion. Nothing that will ruin the story for you.
The book has been set up to have a sequel, which is good news and I hope there is one - as there is no reason why this series should stay as a trilogy.
"quite dissapointed with this 3rd book"
i was expecting it to beat least at the same level of the second one but... no
Great book. Fun story and fantastically narrated. Can't wait for the next one. Fifteen words.
"Love this series!"
I love the Magic 2.0 series. I think this is my least favourite of the three, however, but that's because I love the Martin/Phillip dynamic and in this book they spend a lot of time apart. The quest structure was also a little frustrating at times, but it did also open up many opportunities to explore different possibilities in this universe.
But there are still loads of great moments in this book, and you also get to know a lot of the secondary characters more, which was good. Personal favourite moment: the Tree Wolves (I may or may not have scared an old lady on the train when I loudly bark-laughed at this...). I would definitely recommend!
"A Fun Revisit to Entertaining Characters"
If you've listened to the other two in this series, this one is a no-brainer. I don't know how these books will stand the test of time with all their pop-culture and gaming references, but as creatures of this time (and gamers ourselves) we certainly enjoyed listening to it. The gaming spin was an interesting place to take the characters. The narration was also great.
"Continuing the awesome."
This series of books has been a real joy to listen to. At home, on the move or at work, I have thoroughly enjoy these and am waiting with anticipation for the next one.
this is a great book but do not read it until you have read the first one in the trilogy and then second one. This one is bizarre funny and compelling I loved it.
"Nerd jokes at the appropriate time"
I love the the Narrator's performance and the story is very comical. I enjoyed this series.
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