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This was a disappointment given ow much I liked Off to Be the Wizard The first book blended Matrix esue computer metaphysics and Robert Asprin breezy fantasy in a way that was fun and engaging The premise was cute the characters generally likable and the casual informality of the whole story was part of its charm Sure the plot was lightweight and the details were goofy eg medieval peasants speaking with contemporary diction and the implications of time travel generally The Traps handled by the not going to think about it myands are over my ears la la la method but who cares Fun low demanding readIn book two we re given a promising opening premise Martin taking on an apprentice which is immediately jettisoned in favor of a dull mystery set in a feminist Atlantis The change of setting is briefly interesting but the mood far less whimsical and fun than that of the prior book One problem is that the computermagic premise is no longer new we need something eually interesting to sustain our attention but never get itA fundamental problem Simple Wicca here is that the main characters are portrayed as immortal there s thus no sense of stakes It s not gripping when characters are faced with grave inconvenience The time travel element worsens the lack of investment in everyone s fates The plot concerns a series of assassination attempts on a character Brit the Younger who is not only invulnerable but who is on speaking terms wither future self Brit the Elder BtE is effectively omniscient knowing all the events about which we re reading yet apparently not emotionally involved in any of them as they unfold Hence neither are we The supposed love interest Gwen is wooden and perpetually dour and it s inexplicable why the feisty Martin Protect Your Purity has a thing forer I guess she s cute As in the first book she seems included out of sense of obligation to add gender balance to a male driven story She Theatre Histories has the opposite effectighlighting Waterloo how dull the female characters are in contrast to their colorful male counterparts The conflict between Brits the Elder and Younger is one of the few interesting ideas and their relationship with Phillip the book s only real emotional beat But even this feelsalf bakedA side story with Jimmy struggling to return from the mundane future Yobo has promise but descends into tedium His escort two agonizingly slapstick cop caricatures make these passages especially wince inducingOne gets the sense that Meyer is uncomfortably bored withis own story about alfway through and is racing through the motions to get to the end The writing is terrible in the C in English class sense full of clumsy descriptive abstractions and random dips into omniscient third person for the sake of telling us what side characters are thinking rather than showing usThe series as blown its credit with me I ll start reading the next book but it Sanctuary (The New World Series, had better be nonstop fun Originally posted at Worlds AboundSpell or High Water is the 2nd in Scott Meyer s Magic 20 series about Martin Banks andis belief shattering discovery that reality is actually a computer program In the first book we saw Martin discover the file that contains reality and figure out what it actually was and ow e could use it to travel back in time give Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) himself pretty much anythinge wanted and all kinds of cool geeky stuff like that We also met a bunch of other geeks turned wizards who found the file as well and all escaped back into Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories history for the same reason Martin did being chased by the feds for bank fraud We left off with Gwen Martin s love interest traveling back to Atlantis to live with other female sorceress and Jimmy the bad guy getting sent back tois own time with no file access The story starts up about a month after Off to be the Wizard ends Camelot is doing well the people are getting over Jimmy s craziness and the wizards are all doing their thing mostly nothing Out of the blue Phillip and Martin get a message from Gwen in Atlantis inviting them to a conference that s being Inside the Hornets Head hosted by theead sorceress of Atlantis to discuss unifying rules that will govern all wizards across all times The book starts out well Martin and Phillip are still Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey hilarious but the book uickly develops issues that really kill the story for me Before going into the stuff I didn t like though I ll go over the stuff I did like 1 There s still a lot ofumor in the story 2 The federal agents that were trying to arrest Martin Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales had a bigger role in this book and they were actually pretty entertaining 3 Martin FINALLY told Gwen off and I was like HALLELUJAH She needed to stop being a wishy washy jerk 4 I loved the narratore did an excellent job with this storyAnd that s about it for the good stuff There were a lot of things about it that made it not as good as the first one for me one thing being that this book seemingly did not want to end I Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., honestlyad to just force myself to listen to the last 2 Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., hours It s not that the story was bad it was interesting it justad too much crap going on and way too much plot dragging Also I will be The Ground beneath her Feet honest Atlantis really made me mad 1 The whole Brit the Elder and Brit the Younger story line was just convoluted and annoying 2 The male servants that all sorceressesad at least one of excluding Gwen If that Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders had been a group of men that entire idea would be gross but it s ok because it s not women doing the serving Honestly I can t think of anything really very redeeming about Atlantis I think they made a good point that in most times throughoutistory a female witch would be persecuted but they wholly lose the moral Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) high ground when all of their working force is built of attractive men in revealing clothes In all I ll give the story a 25 out of 5 I will probably still read the next one in the series and justope that we never William Gibson have toear about Atlantis again Toxic masculinity is never repulsive than when it s gender flipped by a male author and assigned to a fictional female character or matriarchal society It becomes the kind of annoying yet toothless Nancy Drake harassment that occurs at a bachelorette party because the men being objectified never feel threatened The fact that this nonsense was supposedly at theeart of a society created by women in this story resonated a bit of Ursula K Le Guin s The Matter of Seggri with sarcastic male overtones and no payout as this chestnut s only purpose is to amuse the little boys who read this sort of Bandbox humor with it s absurdity by saying Look women are just as petty as you areNeedless to say this wasn t amusing to me In fact it soured my. The adventures of an Americanacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, his next step on the journey toward masteringis reality altering powers and fulfilling Kicking It (Alex Craft, his destiny A monthas passed since Martin Homeport helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy and things couldn’t be going better Except foris love life that is Feeling dist.

Mood sufficiently that this book Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose held me in a state ofigh dudgeon for nearly 8 The Donovan Legacy (Donovans hours which is a pity The female characters in this seriesaven t been bad save for a detail Breaking Down (The Garage, here and there This one detail simply went too far It broke me The remainder of this book is exactly what you d expect from the premise What if The Matrix was stripped of its robot overlords and discovered by a group of young men who loved ADD and fart jokesI purchased book three An Unwelcome uest an age ago and I ve agreed to read it before the end of the year so I m going to get it out of the way I justope it doesn t leave me wanting to attend a book signing by Mr Meyers for the purpose of punching im in the mouth The list of men who make me feel that way is long I m tired beyond words What else could I ave expected It s Scott and Luke at it again If this is the type of umor you like you ll ave a blast Exactly as predicted the seuel followed the winning recipe to the letter Interesting story lovable characters geeky Passionate Kisses Boxed Set humor and generalilariousness Can t wait to grab the next bookScott Destiny and Power has a great talent for writing crazy stuff and Luke to make it sound evenilarious Truly a winning combinationIf you re wondering why I m acting like such a fanboy you surely Amazing but confusingWhen dealing with alternate time lines and realities things get kind of confusing no matter My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, how many times I rereadBut what isn t confusing isow fun and creative this book is If you need a uick palette cleanse sit down for a few The Café Book hours and try to wrap youread around this witty read What if the lost city of Atlantis was a lady utopia created by time travelers Well there s this book so you can find out one possible answer at leastLast time around we were introduced to the time traveling wizards who inhabit medieval England because computers and everything is in a computer and what are you gonna do Our Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, hero Martinelped defeat the wizard gone bad Jimmy and as officially taken up comfortable residence in Camelot slash London It s only been three months since they defeated Jimmy and Gwen left for the female friendly Atlantis but now Martin and is mentor Philip Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies have been invited to a summit in Atlantis for time travelers The incident with Jimmy is just one example of time travelers abusing their powers and it s time to institute some rules and regulationsThe book is actually split into two separate narratives one in Atlantis and the summit and trying to figure out who s trying to kill the leader of Atlantis and one in present day with Jimmy trying to bamboozle the FBI agents Murphy and Miller into gettingim access to time travel again and that s uh ohI really like this series It s just fun But this book wasn t as fun for me as the first one simply for the fact that last time we were being let in on the secrets and this time we already know them We do get to visit Atlantis for the first time but that was sort of an anti climax Actually going to Atlantis takes all the fun out of Atlantis you know Philip continues to be my favorite character especially the way Luke Daniels narrates im and there is a little bit of romance in ere where last time it was just Martin getting shot down by Gwen all the timeIt s just a nerdy good time nothing special35 stars rounded up for Luke Daniels narration on the audiobook Executive Summary While not as funny as the first book I still found this book a lot of fun and look forward to the next oneAudio book I m convinced Luke Daniels could read the phone book and make it sound interesting When given a funny book to read Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, he shines even He may be my favorite audio book reader His voices are great and seems to really bring the characters to life Full Review I grabbed the first book in this series a few months ago because partially because it sounded interesting but mostly because it was read by Luke Daniels I grabbed this bookowever because I really enjoyed the first one and was excited to see that a second book was outMy favorite character in the series is probably Philip and Scruples Two he seemed to get focus in this book This book also addressed my major criticism of the first book Where are all the womenThis book sees us visit Atlantis which was used as the explanation for why there was almost no women I enjoyed the female characters introduced in this one especially the BritsTime travel stories are reallyard to write well as it can all be very confusing I think Mr Meyer does a great job of What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, handling this byaving the characters be just as confused as everyone else They offer several theories to explain things but seem just as unsure of the plausibility as I was This is definitely not a Carl Hiaasen Collection hard sci fi bookTheumor in this book probably wasn t as good as the first one but that didn t make the story any less fun I did find the parts focused on Jimmy to be less enjoyable than the stuff with Philip and Martin Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command howeverOverall I think this was another great entry in this series Almost everything was nicely wrapped up while the epilogue planted the seeds for a possible third book Iope Explosive Acts he does write a third because I llappily listen to it If not maybe I can get Luke Daniels to read me the phone book I don t think I would Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, have been as disappointed as I was with this book if Iadn t read the first one We re off to be the Wizard was smart charming and full of compelling characters who amazingly Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria had some really relevant things to say about gender and malefemale relationships Philip in particular was a favorite character of mine becausee was so even keeled and so good at pointing out to EVERY OTHER CHARACTER ow STUPID it was that they couldn t just see women as peopleAnd then something appened with Scott Meyer because Two Reels And A Crank he suddenly stopped being the super cool amazing creative author from We re off to be the Wizard who magically saw women as people and instead fell back on every negative stereotype that weave about women in our very stereotype ridden modern western culture and churned out disgusting character after disgusting character Women in this book are either cowed by men or enjoy being chased they are petty they thrive on drama and when they fight it is by defensively anticipating the other person s move instead of being at all aggressiveIf that doesn t bother you too much which again it might not Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, have bothered me if Meyeradn t done such an awesome job of NOT being that guy in is first book still don t get your opes up because the book is boringI was so excited for this book that I The Camping Cookbook had it sent directly to my kindle the moment. Ant and lost Gwenas journeyed to Atlantis a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses and a place known to be a safe aven 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.

It was available Despite that it took me than a month to finish reading itThe characters ave circular redundant conversation after circular redundant conversation which are not made any interesting or acceptable when they acknowledge time and time again that they ave already ad the conversationThe side story also just felt like it was inserted to add a few chapters to the book It felt irrelevant and disconnected from the rest of the story which is STUPID because it was so beautifully set up in the last book Also the way the side story finally goes down was boring I think Meyer was trying to do something unconventional but it fell so so flatReading this book was a waste of timeThat said I will probably still try reading whatever Meyer puts out next because Black Stone his first book was SO GOOD There must be awesome left inim somewhere Full review now postedRating 455 starsThese are such cheesy books but man are they enjoyableSpell or High Water picks up about a month after the events of Off to Be the Wizard Martin and Philip are invited to a summit for magical time travelers to be On Liberty held in the mythical city of Atlantis where Gwen is now a resident In the present Jimmyas managed to get out of South America and is No Way Down hot on the trail of Martin intent on convincing the Treasury agentsunting Martin to Pulled Thread Embroidery helpim Plot wise that s basically it The entire book follows Martin and Philip s adventures in Atlantis with all the politics and romance and murder attempts involved there and Jimmy s experience with the Treasury Agents Between these two storylines there s a lot of laughter to be English Humour for Beginners had My favorite thing about Atlantis which is where every single woman who discovers the File ends upas to be the man servants Musclebound men with little than fluff for brains congregate in Atlantis Absolutely on Music hoping to catch the eye of one of the sorceresses In doing so they guarantee an easy comfortable life for themselves doing manly stuff like cleaning and filing papers while the sorceresses take care of the womanly things like politics and city infrastructure The gender role reversal was very entertaining for me and the uniform these men often wore comprised of mesh shirts and short kilts just made me role my eyes soardJimmy s storyline with Agents Miller and Murphy was laugh out loud funny The lengths that Jimmy The Ransom of Mercy Carter had to go through to work aroundis magnetic field that destroyed all electronics was one of the most amusing things I ve ever read But what really killed me was Agent Miller s extreme anger issues The man is Gone for Good hilarious And again what made this book so incredibly fun for me was listening to it on audio Luke Daniels is a treasure andis voices for the Treasury agents were fabulous All in all this is a very fun light series I didn t enjoy this book uite as much as the first but the difference wasn t large enough to adversely effect my rating If you re looking for a fluffy blend of science fiction and fantasy that will Lallieva (Alice Allevi, have you chuckling as you read give this a go And if you want to upgrade those chuckles for full belly laughs pick up the audiobook Original review can be found at Booknest 35 stars Spell or High Water is a good follow up to Off to Be the Wizard Admittedly a bit of the novelty factor from the first book did start to wear off and I find this volume to be weaker but the narrative retained its enjoyable comedic tone Martin and Philip were invited by Gwen to Atlantis a safeaven for all female sorceresses from a society which is far from friendly to those whom they deem as witches where a grand summit to gather all the leaders of all known wizard colonies in the world will be eld In the meantime Jimmy was masterminding is way of getting back in time through the two federal agents who were looking for Martin back in the 21st century Firstly I will British Society Since 1945 have to stress that this story is best enjoyed via audiobook The narrator truly brought out the best of what the authorad to offer In the few times when I was just reading it off the pages I found that while it was still funny it was nothing compared to listening to Luke Daniels acting out each character to perfection Sure some the voices sounded a bit exaggerated but in the spirit of the comedic turn of this story it is appropriate The good cop bad cop representation of the two unluckiest federal agents was corny and clich d but I ad to admit I really ad a good laugh over it Like I ve said in my review for the first book you should not take this too seriously Miller and Murphy employed an exaggerated version of the old good copbad cop routine that Jimmy liked to call violently unstable rage aholic cop friendly talkative youth pastor cop Meanwhile in Atlantis Martin and Philip met the Britts and got entangled in a web of murder and intrigue The plot around the Britts was at times long winded and thoroughly confusing as their very co existence created a time travel conundrum that resulted in regular alliteration of its theoretical possibility And of course while all that is Reiki And The Seven Chakras happening Martin was still trying to win the girlThe worldbuilding element of Atlantis was pretty darn cool That it was all created by a woman kind of makes sense from an aesthetic point of view However a society that was solely ruled by women did result in certain aspects which were not exactly tasteful in my opinion While some readers might feel offended byow such a female dominated society is portrayed I took it in stride as a form of parody given the deliberate comical narrative of the story Seriously or perhaps not so seriously some of the action scenes could belong in a campy slapstick comedy He saw the fearsome creatures the wall of flame the large audience and the international task force of wizards all clearly ready for action standing in what e ad to admit were mostly bad imitations of kung fu poses Although the writing is easy and direct the author I Curse the River of Time has a way of playing with and putting together iterations in a whimsical fashion that fits the narrative He wasalf of a two man task force assigned to investigate and possibly solve a series of possibly connected impossible occurrences that were possibly crimes While this was not as good as the first partly due to some long winded sections and partly due to the villains who annoyed me I still find it enjoyable enough to want to continue with the next books in the series It s rare to find smart comedy like this and one with an amazing narrator as well Last but not least I love the whimsical 8 bit graphic covers This review can also be found at Booknest. With Gwen Of course this is Martin Banks we’re talking about so murder mystery and Once I Was a Princess high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one shot to get the girl The follow up to theilarious Off to Be the Wizard Scott Meyer’s Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you ave over time and space you can’t control rotten lu.

Scott Meyer has been a radio DJ a stand up comic a writer for video games an office manager and a pretend ghost bellhopHe is the creator of the comic strip Basic Instructions and has now written a novelHe and his wife live in Florida to be close to their cats