It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble.
Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.
Off to Be the Wizard is a light, comedic novel about computers, time travel, and human stupidity, written by Scott Meyer, the creator of the internationally known comic strip Basic Instructions.
Magic will be made! Legends will be created! Stew will be eaten!
©2013 Scott Meyer (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I really couldn't ask for more. It was funny, the plot had no holes and the characters believable. The narration was exquisite. I highly, whole heartedly recommend this book. I've already downloaded the rest of the series.
The performance by the Narrator, Luke Daniels, was amazing! Definitely brought the individual characters to life! The story was lacking a little bit, but there were witty jokes thrown in enough through the events to liven it up.
I loved the premise but felt distanced by the fact that there was only one woman in the entire story. Language was casual and humorous which was an interesting contrast to the usual writing of fantasy but carried through the crossing of modern culture and medieval England. Also kind of pretended to make mild feminist statements while not representing women at all which felt weird. Maybe it's the juxtaposition of both cultures that made me more aware of this?
Cool story, well read.
I dont know, the magic method of the book was unique, but I takes quite a few stereotypes and wrings them out as much as possible. It was rather under whelming to be honest.
It has a bit unfortunately.
I wasnt to bothered by it
Well, I want to point one thing out. If you can go back in time only, wouldn't you wait and see what the winning lottery numbers are and then go back and buy the ticket,rather than adding money to your account when you KNOW it will be noticed?
But i get it, plot device to get to where you want the MC to be. Ignoring the fact that a far better and more fleshed out story could be told in modern times considering the magic system rather than going to medieval times.
"oh boy. hilarious story"
this story was funny as hell, and... exiting?(not sure how that is spelled)
any way, love that the story is modern time crashing with the old medival england. with allot of humor and fun way to look at life.
How is this an optional review is 20 words are required? That doesn't seem very "optional" to me. What do you think?
"Entertaining and light nerd sci fi"
This book is really easy to get sucked into and translates really well into an audible book . If you're on the fence just get it and you won't regret by the end of the first chapter.
This is a truly enjoyable book!! My husband found it first and all of us have enjoyed it since!
"Absolutely awesome !"
I bought this book because I love Luke Daniels and te title was funny. I was not disappointed ! Like always Luke Daniels brings the characters to life and with the awesome story of this book you're left laughing in the street like a crazy person as you walk to work. What could be more perfect ?
"The day we stop learning is the day we stop living"
Damn near everything. Loved the subtle hints in the beginning of changes resulting from editing the file which he just wrote-off initially. The fact that this story literally made me LOL in the car, by myself is a pretty good testament to just how well done this story actually was. I was glued to this audiobook during my commute to/from the office & even squeezed in additional listening sessions when getting ready for bed, work, etc... (even during my short 5 minute ride to the gym OR at the gym!)
A toss-up between Martin & Phillip. They complemented each other quite well (not LITERALLY complemented if you know what I mean).
I doubt I could've concocted that unique & perfect voices that Luke Daniels brought to the table with his amazing narration.
When Gwen snapped... (Literally, she snapped her wand into 2) & showed who she REALLY was...
Loved this book. Obvious flaws here & there (little deals when it comes to technology), but the book allowed these faux pas to be overlooked. An amazingly enjoyable read, though all down hill from Book 1 unfortunately...
"loads of fun"
this was such a fun story. And, the performance was very well done. it definitely added weight to the experience.
"Full of plot holes."
I loved the concept, but was very disappointed by the result. The largest questions are never been pondered, though they are referred to many times.
"cheesy but i liked it"
its kinda meh but it was really geared to me so i enjoyed it. odd but okay.
"Story kicks in a bit too late"
There is a lot of potential with the story but pacing is a bit off and it takes too long (roughly 2/3 of the book) to really get things rolling. Also the main character Martin is kept as quite unlikeable person for majority of the book. Luckily once the plot thickens things get interesting and you start caring what happens to Martin and his friends.
Performance is top notch.
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