Originally posted 2015-06-24 15:58:29.
Title: Off to be the Wizard
Author: Scott Meyer
Published: March 18th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Humor
Series: Magic 2.0
Kid Friendly Rating: 10+ Mild Language worst being “bitchin”, mild cartoony violence. A mention or two of sexual things, but nothing really notable and they are not overt. There are some references to 80’s and 90’s things that a young child will not understand but you would enjoy!
What a funny and underrated book! It all begins when a normal guy named Martin discovers that he can manipulate reality using just a computer program. He starts small but then grows his abilities and reaches out to bigger and better things. But, people have started to notice all these little changes, or big changes like his bank account, and the cops get suspicious. Once he is noticed by the police, Martin moves the program to his phone and travels back in time to the middle ages where he begins to pose as a Wizard! There are plenty of surprises that Martin runs into, including other Wizards!
I loved all the characters in this book, especially the other Wizards which made me think of my gaming group as they played board games and ate pizza in the nerd cave! It was something that I know a lot of role-players would love to do, travel back in time and become a powerful wizard using computer code! I enjoyed how the characters where developed and grounded, even when using “magic.”
I would have liked to see more of a presence for women in the book but the female character they do have is a great character! She has personality and does not just end up being a love interest only. I really enjoyed seeing her so flushed out in the mal dominated cast.
I will say that most of the book was spent out of the main plot and more on the track of training and discovery. This could use a bit of clean up as the major plot felt rushed in the end.
This is a cute and fun book. I enjoy the look at nerd culture in a completely different way. I found it to be funny and have good morals which every child will enjoy. Like I said there are a few instances of mild language and cartoon violence. I would rate this book a 7 out of 10!
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