©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesis begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.
This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.
As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.
I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.
Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.
I can't wait for book three. Hurry up, Scott.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Yes, but I'll give it a few. Got to keep the story fresh. This is an easy listen with a funny storyline and likeable characters.
The whole Atlantis thing - 100:1 male to female ratio and the whole women wear the pants scene while the guys are fired up to clean and get their hair done. Different take on roles makes the story funny in a kooky way.
Luke Daniels is a flat out pro. He made this book flow. I bought Spell or High Water this morning and just finished it - almost 11 hours of audiobook and I feel refreshed. The author made the right choice in hooking up with Luke Daniels.
Is Martin up to the challenge of winning Gwen's heart? Stay tuned to see what gets stuck in Martin's mouth - Gwen's tongue or his foot!
Get this book. The price is right, Luke Daniels comes up strong and Philip wakes up next to an "untraditional" vixen and doesn't even think about pulling a coyote.
kept me laughing when i least expect it
didnt know what would happen next
fight at the end
yes it was
The second book by Scott Meyer in the series is just plain old fun. I have to admit that I was a bit concerned that he wouldn't be able to keep up the level of humor into a second book or that the characters would seem a bit tired.
I was completely wrong. The story is fast paced, the characters become more interesting in the second book and I was left wanting more story at the end.
My only knock on this book (didn't effect me of course) is that you absolutely would have had to listen to the first book in the series to make heads or tails of what's happening in the second book.
I don't know if Scott Meyer plans on a third book in this series, but if he is, I know I'll get it the day that it's released to be able to slip back into this fun and fascinating world he's created.
Beyond the story, the performance is top notch and the narrator provides a great array of wonderful voices during the performance.
Well worth both your time and your money.
no. I loved the first book and had to have this, but I found this audible very annoying. The whole story line with the "britts" and jimmy and the federal agents, I just couldn't stand it. I'm pretty disappointed.
I really wanted to like this.
Started this based on a recommendation...If you like Ready Player One you will love this.
Phillip - grumpy, dry wit
I don't know how he does it, but this one delivered more content than the 1st. Very complex, very grown-up set of relationships are being established.
Jimmy.... (I don't want to give anything away), but keep your eyes on Jimmy.
"Listening with my other ear"
Once again Luke Daniels knocks the narration out of the park. The writing quality of Scott Meyer is consistent with Off to be the Wizard, but I guess to me the story was lacking. I'm not really sure why I didn't care for this one as much as I loved the first book, I just didn't. Maybe it was the unneeded intimacy between some of the characters. I love a good love story and I wouldn't have minded here so much, but because of the narration and the last book I guess I just pictured the characters differently. But, on the other hand I love Mr.Meyer's writing and the way he thinks and I hope the next book in this series is as good as the first. But honestly it doesn't matter what I think because, my seventeen year-old son adores these books. He loves the computer jargon and the old video game reference ( some I missed ). We read them in our home school literature class along side the classic we have been reading and I have never seen him devour a book like he did these. He even went out and is buying an old Commodore computer. So, for those reasons I give this one, four stars anytime you find books that start a kids love of reading books or listening, I Say Kudos Sir.
I really loved the first book and this one did not disappoint. They are just a blast to read!
In brief, the 2nd book is very good. Don't hold it to the same standard as the first book. I believe the plot and the story is a little weaker, but there are some nice twists and quite a few fun moments. Excellent narration by Luke Daniels. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one.
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