The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages - at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea's magic did not always work - at least, not quite as he expected....
This omnibus volume of all of the Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea contains The Incomplete Enchanter, The Wall of Serpents and Castle of Iron.
©1989 L. Sprague de Camp (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
After I've read the review on this compilation, I thought it would be a good read. I have to say that for me the characters make the book for me and this does not deliver. The main character is unlikable petty and stupid. After the first few minutes in all I want is for the character to meet some grizzly end.
"Great story, pity about the narration"
This book's status as a fantasy classic is well deserved, funny, entertaining but also a great fantasy. It is a little dated in parts; some of the language is endearingly old fashioned and knowledge of arms, armour and Western Martial Arts are well and truly stuck in the 1930ies, but it also contains more fantasy action than many modern fantasy epic series. I would have given 4 stars if it were not let down by the narration which is characterised by a slow, monotonous, plaintive delivery with some downright strange pronunciation totally out of keeping with the content. An lighthearted fantasy romp like this needed to be narrated by someone like Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs, the narrator, Ray Chase, doesn't seem to realise that this is a comic fantasy.
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