Grumpy Old Wizards

Grumpy Old Wizards

by John O'Riley

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BN ID: 2940046083316
Publisher: Dreamy Worlds Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Grumpy Old Wizards , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 198,225
File size: 278 KB

About the Author

John O'Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an award winning fiction writer and the author of the Grumpy Old Wizards series, The Winters Family Psi Chronicles series, and the Wizards of Seattle series. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in and managed a variety of bookstores including Borders. He currently resides in Washington state and has a parakeet companion named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Dima Zales.

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Grumpy Old Wizards 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
175pgs. Refreshing twist to supernatural. Girls are a hoot. No pgs wasted on drawn out love scenes and foul language. Clean reading. Off to the next one now...........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a lover of fantasy in the real world, this humorous and intriguing novel was just the balm for my insatiable search for a good fantasy read. This is the first time I’ve read this author and his command of the genre is readily apparent. So many fantasies in this vein create staid cardboard cutout caricatures that have been worn out years ago, but this author’s characters are unique, three dimensional individuals that are such a joy to read. Suspension of disbelief is easy and before I knew it I was absorbed into the story entirely. Josephine is a treasure and her antics keep the story moving forward as an aside, even when the broader plot remains the primary focus. The mystery is palpable and some of the darker turns are taut while remaining within their proper equilibrium; no one mood takes over for too long because the masterful writing keeps things changing as the mystery progresses forward. Given that this is book one in the series I now look forward to the next one. I’m so glad I’ve found this series because I know it’s going to be a joy for me to read for quite some time to come. Anyone else who reads this is sure to feel the same way.
AlexProster More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Josephine and her friends and foibles. Lots of great stuff is going on in this book. First of all, it's very funny, while at the same time being propelled by a good plot, making for a really engaging read. The humor arises from the biting dialogue, which is really clever, believable, and adds depth to the characters. For example, one character called her ex 'Spot" in reference to his complexion and his doggish behavior, and funny details like that are liberally sprinkled in to the scenes. Josephine is a great character, an aging wizard who just wants to retire. She's fantastic and if she were my aunt I'd be thrilled to visit her in Siesta Key, even though trouble follows her, or rather calls on her, as she is required by the government to assist in the solving of crimes based on her keen abilities to read energy in a room or off of a victim, much like a forensic scientist reads physical evidence. Really cool concept that is well executed throughout. Another strength in the story is the creation of the world of wizards, with all of their powers, limitations, strength and vulnerabilities. O'Riley has done a great job of invoking complex rules of how a world that somewhat accepted these powers would try to use and control them, and having Josephine up against all of that as she tries to solve a serial murder case is excellent. It's all very well done, unfolds visually like a rewarding movie, and readers will be satisfied with the way it crosses many genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided not to buy the other books. This one interesting but I have others books to read. Might go buy it later but not at this time. Is Fun to read this first one though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, but still manages to give a good mistery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading!
chbrown21 More than 1 year ago
This book has some hilarious moments and some hair raising ones as well. Lots of weird characters that we can all relate to. For some reason this story just resonated with me. Give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this one, it made me laugh quite a few times. If you put the words in perspective as you read it, you will laugh too! An inside glimpse of Senior Citizen life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped to. I liked Josephine and her friends enough, but Morgan was totally annoying. The one-track nature of some of the activities was off-putting. And despite this being a murder mystery, the tension level was rather flat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fun to read.
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
An exciting read full of action and suspense. In this fictional world where a great part of humanity has gained different levels of power due to a disaster in a magical vortex. Wizards are very common but only a few are category 5 or 6, which means the power is immense and can cast spells and control the elements that may cause another disaster, so they are controlled by police and enforcers to prevent them to use the power to their full extend. Josephine is an octogenarian level 6 wizard, that looks like she is 30 something, and this can bring a lot of trouble since she decides to live in a retirement community with her much older looking friends. When a serial killer strikes, the police needs her help to read the crime scene and help them in the case, even though she is retired and want to leave at piece baking cookies and brownies for her grandson. The involvement in the serial killer case may put her in the black wizard list of future victims, and as the plot thickens, we’ll see unexpected twist that will leave you begging for more. Glad this is just the first installment of the series and that there are more to complete. NOTE: I received a copy free for review purposes and an honest and un-biased opinion.
VKingsBooks More than 1 year ago
I downloaded “Grumpy Old Wizards” a few months ago while it was free because I loved the cover art and description. It sounded like the right kind of book for me: magic, suspense and a crime to solve? I’m in. When I started reading, the first thing that caught my attention was that is written in 3rd person. Most books now are written in 1st person, which is good but sometimes you miss the environment descriptions and you are limited to the main character’s points of view. Third person worked amazing for this book, because it gave me a wider spectrum of what was going on. With a unique writing style and a solid plot that won’t end on a cliff-hanger before you reach the last page, it will give you all the answers you need. However, being the first book of the series, it just leaves you wanting more, not because you need to know how the story ends, but because the characters and story are so engaging that you want to keep reading about their next adventures. This book will be saved to my “Favorite Books” shelf for sure, and I look forward to reading Corruption (Grumpy Old Wizards, #2).
Trader961 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Fantasy genres. I am also a harsh critic when it comes to these genres as well. When I picked up this book I expected a rehash of the movie Grumpy Old Men with magic added to differentiate it. I was hoping for one thing and what I got was completely different and unexpected. The main character, Josephine O'Connor is an eighty-four-year-old woman with a propensity for magic. Even at 84 she still looks youthful well beyond her advanced age. I won't give away spoilers, but the plot of the book was well thought out and moves along fluidly with no slow points. The comedy in the book had me laughing at every turn of the page. The combination of fantasy and mystery is done nicely and tied together that is doesn't feel forced. The characters are well designed as well and felt real, something that is rarely found in fantasy literature. This was an enjoyable read that i found my self unable to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good lighthearted read.
tepidautumn More than 1 year ago
In Grumpy Old Wizards, the readers are carried into a world that is ordinary at first sight. But in Siesta Key, Florida, detectives solve complex serial murder cases with the help of category six wizards, the rarest and the strongest of magic enchanters. Josephine O’Connor happens to be a category six. Although she’s an eighty-four-year old retired wizard—who looks like she’s in her early twenties—and just wants to lead a tranquil, predictable lifestyle, she cannot help but feel that it is her duty to crack one case in particular that not only directly affects her and her younger associate Gary, another category six, but that can also negatively impact the world they live in today and tomorrow. What truly impressed me in the first book of Grumpy Old Wizards is the main protagonist. Josephine is a very admirable character in the novel. She is quirky and spunky. Even though random calls from the police station may throw her whole day off as she is used to habit in her everyday schedule—her daily cup of coffee ritual and gym session with her retired friends—she is always determined to help her fellow police officers solve even the most daunting, impossible crimes. She is obstinately tenacious in assisting her friends (and strangers) even if it means putting herself in a risky, fatal even, situation. She’s resilient and strong-willed. She’s definitely a gleam of hope and empowerment in the book. Overall, Grumpy Old Wizards is fast-moving and self-explanatory and full of hysterical and touching moments. The readers need not be fantasy buffs or devotees to find this novel enjoyable as it is essentially very down-to-earth and easy to read. I especially recommend it to teens, young adults, and even mature readers who relish in a little magic and psychologism in the real world, witty humor, and unforgettable characters.
RizaldyFernandez More than 1 year ago
Wizards and magic in an age when mobile phones are a must! If there's something that made me pick this book, it was the reviews. I was mighty curious about wizards, magic and crime investigation, but to mix it up in a light novel like this piqued my curiosity more. Alas, I didn't made a mistake with this book. The plot, although like other readers, I had an idea who the culprit was mid-story, was a light, page turning, word mincing one. It doesn't utilize deep magic sounding words to make it interesting. The character development of the heroine was built up nicely. The introduction of other characters are also balanced. All characters are used to advance the story and none was for "display" purpose only. Few characters, nice story, good wordings and nice plot makes this one of the good ones. A nice introduction to the series. If ther's a negative thing to say about it, it was about how short the final battle was. Can't wait to read the next one!
SuperReaderTA More than 1 year ago
Original and very fun read - I love the fantasy genre but particularly appreciate a story that is able to seemlessly blend other elements into the story, such as mystery, suspense and humor. Author John O'Riley has a winner here with his "Grumpy Old Wizards" that does just that and it was a very entertaining read. The story of a powerful octogenarian wizard, Josephine, who apparently doesn't look a day over 21. She has some very unique powers that result in her being called into service by the police to help in a murder investigation. This is a great story filled with some delightful humor and I can't wait to dive into the rest of this series. Well done.
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cjoesgirl More than 1 year ago
I thought from the title this would be about old men wizards and their escapades, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it revolved around women. The main character Josephine is really likable and had a great sense of awareness about her. I really like the story line and the different aspects of the magic that were used to perform all the spells. This story was very well written and made me feel like I could actually see what was happening. He gave very detailed descriptions of everything. I also liked the mystery combined with the magic. Detective mysteries are some of my favorite types of stories to read and with the added magic it makes it even better. There were so many different and unique aspects to this story. At the end of the book there was an intro to the next book, I thought that was quite intriguing and it definitely made me want to continue reading his books and getting to know the characters even better. I give this book a thumbs up!! Worth reading for sure!
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not a very interesting book nor characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt stay into the story that well though it coild just be me others might like it .
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BennyJay More than 1 year ago
Quirky characters and intriguing storyline. I really got into this story and enjoyed the detective aspect of it. With Josephine's powers being limited by the government I was curious to see how she would work around her limitations and rely on others. I kept trying to guess what would happen next and was happy to be surprised several times. My 12 year old niece is reading this series too and I've made her promise not to spoil anything as she is ahead of me. I liked the descriptive writing as it made the story come alive and I was able to vividly picture everything that was happening. Josephine and her friends were great fun and I am excited to read the next 4 books. Can't wait to see these mysteries solved.