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Q: How does a shanghaied computer geek conquer all the forces of darkness and win the love of the most beautiful witch in the world?

A: By transforming himself from a demon programmer into a programmer of demons!

It all began when the wizards of the White League were under attack by their opponents of the Black League and one of their most powerful members cast a spell to bring forth a mighty wizard to aid their cause. What the spell delivered was master hacker Walter "Wiz" Zumwalt. The wizard who cast the spell was dead and nobody - not the elves, not the dwarves, not even the dragons - could figure out what the shanghaied computer nerd was good for.

But spells are a lot like computer programs, and, in spite of the Wiz's unprepossessing appearance, he was going to defeat the all-powerful Black League, win the love of a beautiful red-haired witch, and prove that when it comes to spells and sorcery, nobody but nobody can beat a Silicon Valley computer geek!

©1989 Rick Cook (P)2020 Tantor

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Spoilers ahead. Tread with caution!

I've listened to this narrator before and aside from a few mispronounced words he did a good job.

Overall the book was what I expected going into it. Programmer taken to a new world with magic, cool!




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Where this book goes wrong is when MC is "bound" through an infatuation spell to a b*tch witch that hates him and treats him like crap. I strongly dislike all interactions between the two through the WHOLE book. Eventually the spell is broken but he never notices and still loves her for no reason other than she is kind of pretty.

The other problem I had is the magic system. According to the book everyone can use magic but not usually on purpose, however those that study how to use magic can be considered wizards. That's fine I guess but when any wizards talk about mc they say they cant sense any wizard potential in him. I cant figure out how that works if all they have to do is study? By the end of the book he is casting powerfull spells that arent considered spells and he is still not a wizard. I can only assume that means he is a magical programmer, but isnt that the same thing?

These two problems bugged me through most of the book but it wasnt enough to dissuade me from finishing the book like others I have left incomplete.


Not horrible, but not great. Just a mediocre book in my opinion.

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So excited this book is finally available

Loved reading this series years ago. So excited to see these books coming to Audible. Anyone who works as a developer will feel a kinship with the MC. I cant wait for the second book as I think it is even better than this one.

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it’s not bad

OK so the deal with this book is it has so much padding that the entire book should’ve been probably like six to ten chapters of the next book. Not a lot happens and at a vary slow pace.

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Do you think one of the most powerful magicians with summon a random Joe Spending his life to do it and for five months Other most powerful wizard do nothing To try and figure out why.Heck they can try and throw rocks at them to see if he would do magic No they just slap them in them no magic zone say don’t do magic will figure this out later. Oops I just soiled about 7/10 of the book.

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Meh, took a long time to get to the point

I liked the concept, I even liked how the MC did break off from the set path, but then that was immediately smoshed and it took 9 chapter of the 13 to get to an actual story...

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Very Slow

What sucks is the premise of the book sounded really good. But half way in all it's been is a fish out of water story where he gets treated like dirt the whole time. Really disappointing.

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Lacking

It’s truly lacking in substance but the biggest regret in purchasing this book was having to continue to listen to an idiot of an MC that should of died 10 times over. I recommend saving your credit.

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Great book, performance detracted from it

Excellent book, fun and a nice take on the "science in a world of magic" story.

Unfortunately, the audio performance wasn't as good as I'd hoped, with occasional mispronounced words and names, though perhaps the original text had typos, and inconsistent character voicing.

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not my bag

I hated are main character didn't like him early on didn't like her at all only character a good like died in the 1st 5 pages its just not for me

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awesome

enthralling entertaining beter even wen heard out loud after having read paper published book.moving on through series with trepidation

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Nice Visit with an old Friend

If you liked Off to be The Wizard you might like its ancestor Wizard's Bane. Both deal with the idea that magic is controled by symbols. In off to be the Wizard its becasue reality is a simulation. In Wizards Bane its because the main character is transported to a new universe where the force of magic responds to symbols equaly computer code or D&D style Verbal, physical and semantic symbols to work magic. This was one of my favorite science/magic blend series of the ninties and it still holds up well. It isn't as deep or fast paced as later entries in the series but still good and is more like part one of a larger story. It is a little slow but this book was made before new books could be uploaded every few months like some of the much more shallow books that get released these days. Wiz the MC gets transported and losses everything tht gave him value in his world and has to learn a new way to make himself valuable in this new world that dosen't value anything that was important in his old world. And avoid the evils wizards and demons that want to kill him.