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.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
It's REALLY a shame that this book turned out the way it did. It has a fantastic plot and wonderful ideas but its execution is extremely lacking. Considering how great of an idea this book had, it could have been a new favorite of mine. What I found instead was corny narrative, poor dialogue, and obvious plot holes in what should have been a slam dunk.
I listened to the first 6 hours of this book, then just couldn't take it anymore.
I know how brilliant this book sounds, but pass on this one.
6.85 / 10.0
I would have enjoyed this book quite a bit when I was a pre-teen/teenage geek. If you are one now, then feel free to stop reading this review and go ahead and read & enjoy this series as light fiction. But as an adult I found the main character (and other characters), setting, and plot all disappointing. Has such a limited view of people, society, etc. that it is almost offensive in how insular and unaware it is (and yes, I am a white male geek!). As humorous SF/Fantasy it is supposed to be light, but falls short and just feels flat and contrived. My memory tells me that even Piers Anthony was better, and certainly this book is not even a pale echo of humor/parody as written by Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Connie Willis, Douglas Adams, Steven Brust, etc. Read those authors first, then don't come back to this book. (As for the narration -- it was good; light in tone befitting the materials. I would listen to other books read by Luke Daniels).
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
This book is delightful, and a really fun listen. Not too serious, but entertaining, well thought out, charming, intelligent, and nicely-written. Overall, it exceeded my expectations in every way.
As to the narration—Luke Daniels was unknown to me prior to this book, but I'm an instant fan. He reads like he's telling—rather than reading—the story, and his characterizations are great!
No—not just great, actually remarkable and amazing! For example, there are very few narrators who can even approximate sarcasm, but for Mr. Daniels, getting it perfect is no problem at all. His portrayal of Phillip, the hero's mentor, is energetic and hilarious. His portrayal of Martin, the hero, is humble, articulate, and spot-on. And he manages female characters without any of the annoying squeakiness or nasal affectations that so many narrators resort to. This guy truly understands his craft.
If you're looking for a diverting listen that bridges the gap between fantasy and sci-fi in a really fun way, it would be hard to do better.
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When I picked this book up, it was on a whim. I wanted something light and fun in the midst of a sea filled with dark fantasy and zombie thrillers. Upon seeing the cover, it seemed to fit that bill. After reading the summary, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.
Martin Banks isn't a hacker. He was just surfing around the internet one day and finds a random file, opens it up, stumbles across his name, and changes a few numbers; total happenstance. Martin continues to manipulate this file and ends up getting into some trouble. Having discovered he could travel through time with his new favorite app, he sets his sights on Medieval England with a ploy to become a powerful wizard! Upon his arrival, a very entertaining series of events unfold and bring to light something Martin had never considered; he's not the only person to have discovered the mysterious file. On his journey to becoming a master wizard Martin makes a lot of new friends, all of them very unique and extremely entertaining. He does however make an enemy or two, one of whom you may recognize; The legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlin. Not only does he does he ascertain that the fictional kingdom of Camelot is real and Merlin is serving them, he also goes on to unearth Merlin's dark plans to create a perfect world.
Prior to listening to this, I had only seen Luke Daniels' name. He's most well-known for his work on The Iron Druid Chronicles, which I have never read and is actually the narrator on a couple of other audio books in my library. After hearing this, they were definitely moved up on my list. The production quality was great, there were no background noises or sounds, and Luke delivered a fantastic performance. His impressive range and solid performance will keep him at the top of any audio book fan.
This story was a complete joy to listen to. It snagged my attention from the beginning and I could not pull away. Scott has built an interesting world filled with surprisingly deep characters that I think everyone would enjoy. He definitely has a knack for character building and a very good understanding of relationships and how people would genuinely interact. Not to mention how funny this book was. It had me laughing out loud at parts. It's mostly silly, slapstick humor but like I said before; I wanted a light, fun read. That is what this story is, blended with some characters you can't help but care about world where the possibilities are quite literally, limitless.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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I've been depressed ever since finishing the disc world novels for the fifth time. I've tried a few books since Pratchett, but it's like trying to drink black coffee when your used to mochas. Luckily, I found this gem and tried it out. I haven't laughed so hard or been so engrossed in a book since I was a kid. While I am a Systems Administrator, I will agree with what several other reviewers have stated: this book is for everyone, geek and non-geek alike.
Much gratitude to the author for such an amazing book.
Also, the narrator is definitely one of the best I have heard. He really brought the characters to life, ESPECIALLY Philip.
The story is good, light-hearted nerdy fun that is good to read, but Daniel's narration really makes this story a compulsion.
Ready Player One or Land of Dis
Phillip? I don't know, they're all distinct and enjoyable.
My Opinion of the Book: B+
The author, Scott Meyer, delivers a humorous story of how Martin, a 20-something computer geek, discovers that reality is actually determined by a computer file. Through a series of events, Martin finds himself in medieval England posing as a wizard! Things get really interesting when Martin discovers that many other geeks have found the same file and, for similar reasons, have ended up in medieval England.
This book is definitely targeted towards those who are a little tech-savvy. While you don't necessarily need to have any experience with coding or technology to enjoy this book, there are many moments where some prior "geek-knowledge" will let you in on private jokes. Moreover, Meyer commonly references technology from the past 40 years, so those who remember DOS or why a Commodore 64 is better than a VIC 20 are treated to some fun memories. Again, if you are not a computer geek, you can still enjoy this book!
I dinged the score on the book slightly because I had some issues with inconsistencies (read the remainder of this paragraph with a nerdy, overly exaggerated, "computer geek" voice). Martin discovers the ability to teleport by changing his GPS (latitude and longitude) coordinates within the master file; however, when he does so to teleport to the second floor of a parking garage in his town, altitude is never considered. In fact, Meyer commonly refrains from broaching this issue. Meyer has created this entertaining way of teleportation, describes in excruciating detail how certain aspects of it works, and then never addresses the possibility of Martin (or any other "wizard" for that matter) to teleport a few inches into the floor or above the ground. It's as if Meyer thinks that the GPS coordinates provided by Google Maps are precise to within a hair's width and that altitude is something that we can just assume will work itself out. This flaw became glaringly obvious when Martin started using his cell phone to help him teleport a few hundred yards at a time when first arriving in medieval England - the ground should change in altitude by at least a few inches, but this is never a consideration by Meyer.
My Opinion of the Production: A
If you have read any of my other reviews, then you know that I have raved about two narrators in the past - MacLeod Andrews and Michael Kramer. The narrator for this book (and series), Luke Daniels, is at the top of the list of my favorites. His performance in this book is incredibly engaging and every character is easily distinguished within a word or two. I must admit that I removed the "+" from the "A" rating for this read because he made Philip sound like a 70-year-old man (when he is supposed to be in his mid-40's); however, that actually makes Philip funnier.
The audiobook was produced by Brilliance Audio. The recording quality is superb.
I am an avid reader of science fiction, adventure and technology. My hobbies consist of PC gaming, movies, 3D printing, and software dev.
This book has an interesting spin on reality with a fun story whilst portraying emotion in a superb manner. The voice actor fits well.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
JUST BECAUSE YOU CALL SOMETHING, SOMETHING, DOESN'T MAKE IT, IT.
If you like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, then you will love this. During the first hour, I thought this is cute, but it is going to grow old. Over nine hours later, I am still laughing. As the story grows, it gets funnier and more interesting. If you are driving be careful, you may miss your exit, it is that engaging.
TECHNICALLY I AM OLDER THEN YOU, I WAS JUST BORN LATER
I am 56 and barely understand computers, so this was not aimed at me, but I loved it anyway. It was a fun light book, with plenty of surprises. After a while some of the jokes become predictable, but they are still funny. There is a little Connecticut Yankee in here, an updated version. This has time travel, wizards, Lord of the Rings, orcs, etc...
SILENCE SO THICK, YOU COULD LEAN ON IT.
I can not say enough about Luke Daniels. His performance is above and beyond. This would be a great book to read, but I believe that Daniels makes it so much more. Don't miss out on this experience.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME EAT ANY OF THAT STEW?
I will be getting the sequels.
Could not hold my attention. Some very light writing that would probably attract much younger audience. And I enjoy many YA books.
"Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy"
Put it this way, the story is like a mash up of the matrix, ready player one and mediaeval english fantasy. like those? then this is for you. Some parts are really original, but weren't embraced to their full potential. The basis for the story allowed for many possibilities and scenarios, but the resulting plot just seemed extremely unlikely and almost forced to set up the theme mashup. If you put logic aside and just forgive it's shortcomings in setting up the scenario, its a unique story that worth a listen. Can't fault the performance though, great job acting out each character.
easy listening not much thought required good but not if your looking for high fantasy.
"Gum and geeky-ness"
An enjoyable tale which made me laugh several times, while being quite clever. Very light and extremely enjoyable even if your not a fan of wizard stories.
I have been contemplating this book for some time. I was dubious about it but finally decided to take a punt and I was very pleased I did. Reminiscant of the Myth Adventures series by Robert Asprin and with hints of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde I found this fun and enjoyable. As they say in the book it 'avoids the obvious joke' and the humour grew on me. Although the story in very fantastical, it is still well thought through. The characters are likeable and believable (for a fantasy novel) and I am looking forward to the next books in the series.
"Rules of Wizarding."
Whacky, Fun, Lighthearted.
Martian passing off clingfilm as magic.
Phillip, he just injects the character with so much personality.
Do not make the obvious joke.
"great story with a great speaker"
A friend sugested me this story a few months ago. I should follow his advice more often.
I greatly enjoyed the story and the speaker is very nice to listen to!
"A Nerdtastic Adventure"
Yes, I loved the premise of this book and the humour was great. The only downside of this book for me is that I hoped for the story to be a little more epic and/or gritty but if you go into this book just expecting a fun time and some quirky characters, you'll have a lot of fun with it.
I loved the idea behind the book and found the characters quirky and fun to read about. Luke Daniels has done an amazing job at bringing the characters and story to life.
Luke Daniels surprised me. I'm new to listening to Audiobooks so I haven't got much to compare this narration to but having said that, I can't imagine there are many out there that can bring a story to life like he does. He does a really good job at giving each character a distinctive personality, or at least portraying their personalities.
There were many fun times in the book that had me grinning from ear to ear but in all honesty, there was something missing in the emotional department, I think this is why I was hoping it would be a little more epic and gritty rather than a fun, light hearted adventure.
"Very good listen"
I wasn't sure about this at first but about half way through o bought the second book because I was that engrossed by it. The narrator Like Daniels was brilliant. I can honestly say he was the best narrator I have heard.
"Funny time travel yarn of geek"
This was on an Audible offer, and was recommended by the NABCC goodreads club that I frequent. I am so glad I did. This book is spot on for my humour and I liked the general principle of the story. The cover is also great, and reminds me of my early computer RPG playing.
In essence, this is a about a guy who finds a file that amends reality. After the usual blow out, he draws the attention of the government. A plan is devised to escape the Feds to Medieval England - and earn a trade as a Wizard.
What could possibly go wrong?
Turns out a fair bit. Mainly because there are other Wizards.
This book is character focused with a sense of humour. The story is fairly basic, but it does have a fun modern day pop culture reference about it. I loved that the other wizards came from different time periods, and one had a C64 computer.
It doesn't get too soppy, doesn't go too slow and introduces a lot of Geek culture references. All in all, this is a great book.
Luke Daniels did this Audible version as he was brilliant. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the second book from audible straight away.
"The start of a brilliantly funny series"
Funny, engaging characters
The geeks will inherit the earth
The reading of this well written, funny and engaging book with strong characters is brilliant. In what is fairly rare, the narrater is an American who can do a good range of British accents. In fact the voice range is as good as the story itself.
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