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Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0 | [Scott Meyer]

Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.
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Publisher's Summary

The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we're talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer's Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can't control rotten luck.

©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Charles USA 06-28-14
    Charles USA 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic: 2.0"

    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.

    58 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 06-18-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Martin and Philip's Atlantis Adventure"
    Would you listen to Spell or High Water again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Binkers 01-16-15
    Binkers 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Grows increasingly annoying"

    I felt the first book had a lot of flaws for me. Primarily it was too cartoonish with simplistic characters. The voice acting aligned with this as well with over the top inflections and accents. However I really liked the premise and there were some laugh out loud lines for me such that I purchased this second book in the series. Well, the story this time was weaker and the voice acting grew incredibly annoying. I finished the book but overall did not enjoy it and will not continue with this series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2011

    I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.

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    "A+ Narration makes up for 3 Star story."

    Like the first book, Luke Daniels produces a great narration. If I were reading this book I would have set it down and forgotten it, but add good narration and it makes for a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Gough Seattle, WA, USA 07-31-15
    Bryan Gough Seattle, WA, USA 07-31-15 Member Since 2014

    movie reviewer maven

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    "Narrator Goes to 11"

    Great story. I feel like the narrator was just 1 degree TOO animated... like, hearing a story told by Shaggy from Scooby Doo... After a while, the mewling, whiny voice/character impersonations took on a prepubescent tone—like hearing adults talk in a "but I don't wanna go to bed" voice ALL the time.
    Still, it's quite enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-22-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Geeky fun!"

    Another great offering from the Magic 2.0 series. While not quite as funny as the first (that would be a tall order) it still delivers plenty of laughs and fun for the computer nerd in all of us. Well written, witty and full of surprises “Spell or High Water” is a fun listen.

    Mr Daniels makes this book so much more enjoyable with his performance. He really brings it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 08-29-15
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 08-29-15 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Nearly As Good As The First"

    The original was a breath of fresh air. A very original story, and concept, that was both fun and exciting. The second book lives up to that as well. There is some great intrigue, and lots of drama between the male and female main characters (I'll say no more). There are many new characters introduced that are also add a lot to the series.

    The one thing that I wasn't crazy about is that a substantial portion of the book was devoted to a "B-story" about "Jimmy" (the villain of book 1), but there was absolutely no payoff for all that buildup. I guess we will see payoff in book #3? But in any case, it seemed like a tremendous waste, and quite frankly kind of bad storytelling. Happily the "A-story" mostly made up for this. I do look forward to book #3 now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kates2424 Athens, OH United States 08-27-15
    kates2424 Athens, OH United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good sequel"

    I liked most parts of this book.

    SPOILER:

    I didn't like the Atlantis part about 3/4 thru the book with the whole Ida and her servant thing. It was hard to follow - at least with and audiobook.

    I did like the two separate story lines with the Atlantis and with the Jimmy story.

    Maybe I'm not smart enough but I am still trying to figure out how there are two Britts. Sometimes time travel stories are like that tho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rupert Raleigh, NC USA 08-21-15
    M. Rupert Raleigh, NC USA 08-21-15 Member Since 2015

    Rupert Dinwiddie

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    "Best narration I've ever heard"
    Would you listen to Spell or High Water again? Why?

    No---I do not generally listen to or re-read fiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    One line in particular made me laugh harder than any: "Brit isn't traditional. In fact, she quite progress. YES!"


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Phillip.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of good laughs. Meyer is intelligent, funny, and in touch with geek culture.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not let the cover of these books fool you--They are not books for kids--They are books for adults who still have ability to enjoy fun and smart science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SCM Los Angeles, CA 08-18-15
    SCM Los Angeles, CA 08-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "ENTERTAINING and SMART!"

    I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed this audiobook and the first one in the series - Off to Be the Wizard. It's smart, funny, clever, and stimulating without being the least bit depressing or dour. I realize that some people are convinced that quality in writing can only be attained with deep, dark, soul clenching grit and human misery, but they're wrong. There is a huge value to something that engages your mind, AND makes you smile. On top of that, the narration is brilliant and adds so much color and humor it ought to be classified in its own category. Luke Daniels is an elite level audiobook narrator. I just bought book 3, and will eventually purchase Meyer's latest book too.

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    "Great concept"
    What did you like most about Spell or High Water?

    The concept behind this book is just great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    When Martin first looks in the mirror and realizes what is happening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/3/15
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    "Excellent funny book"

    Loved the story, and the narrator was one of the best I have heard. Reminds me of early Pratchett. Now going to listen to book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Back to being a professional wizard"

    The second book in the Magic 2.0 series sees our Wizards moving to Atlantis. Atlantis is a place run by women, who are called sorceresses. Males are relegated to servants who live the good life in return for sexual favours (or, that's how it came across to me).

    This follows the similar style of writing and humour from the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two story threads. The first are the Wizards in England/Atlantis and then there is Jimmy's story (the same one from the first book). Both are enjoyable, but Jimmy's is a little predictable.

    Atlantis has Brit the Elder and Brit the younger - basically the same person occupying the same time. This then leads on to a lot of Time Travel story lines, which is the main plot for this book.
    The reason for the plot was a little weak to me, but the journey was fun so I can let that fall.

    The audio again was brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kev
    3/2/15
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    "Loved this"

    The way this story unfolds was great for me. I love this type of story and the reading was as good as the first and I can not wait to get the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Icewraithuk
    2/17/15
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    "A worthy sequel"

    Another good yarn, some interesting twists and turns with a few surprises for good measure. Enjoyed it immensely and am actively recommending it to friends and family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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