Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Whats it about?

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.

Thoughts?

If you’ve been following my reviews over the last year or so you will know that I’ve launched an onslaught on the time travel genre, there’s a lot of serious time travel literature out there, the Magic 2.0 series IS NOT serious in any way, shape or form, if you can’t detach yourself from novels with loose use of “the proper way to do things”, if you are one for pulling your hair out if you find a plot hole or a simple solution to what’s going on in the book then this is not the book for you. However if you can read a book and enjoy an adventure because its an adventure then give Off to Be the Wizard a shot because its an interestingly fun take on the genre. This is the perfect read for someone whose coming down from a hard hitting emotional series.

Honestly I’ve never read anything so creatively absurd and I love it! None of the characters are that likeable, but somehow that’s a good thing? I think a few of them may fit well in a Monty Python film.

Rating? 50/100

“He tried to come up with a word that meant “witch,” that didn’t have any insulting or demeaning overtones. He couldn’t. In fact, after some thought, he couldn’t think of a word that meant female that men hadn’t imbued with some belittling shade of meaning. Finally, after a much longer silence than he had intended, he simply said, “I can understand why.”

“Phillip had many other food choices he could produce, but a selection of specialized burritos is all the variety most men need.”

1 Comment

  1. Sounds like a good one for a gentle read. Another added to the list. Maybe I can encounter time travel just to have a bit more time to read books…?

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