Off to Be the Wizard

Off to Be the Wizard

by Scott Meyer

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Overview

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

An io9 Can't Miss Science Fiction and Fantasy title in March 2014.

Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612184715
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Series: Magic 2.0 Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 98,697
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott Meyer grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Washington. He began his career in humor by working as a standup comedian and radio personality, a highlight of which was participating as the opening act in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Running with Scissors” tour. Following a long stint touring the United States and Canada, Scott settled down in Orlando, Florida, where he works on his ongoing comic strip, Basic Instructions, and performs as a cast member of Walt Disney World. Off to be the Wizard is his first novel.

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Off to Be the Wizard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Murph More than 1 year ago
Absolutely in love with the humour, wit, characters and writing style. I don't think many people realize that this is the first book of a trilogy. I am sososo excited for the next book I am eagerly waiting for it to come in the mail.
Softyrotolo More than 1 year ago
I took a chance with this book being way out of my routine read. It was very numerous, imaginative, and out of the box.I listened to the audible version and the narrator Luke Daniels was amazing. Martin found a file on the internet that he could use to change many things. The very original idea of time travel and magic was entertaining. Scott shows a great sense of humor i laughed many times. It is a recommended book if you would like a fun change! The characters are created without being overdone. With very little to no profanity, and a few adult jokes that children would in no way catch I would think this an incredibly good read even for our young readers. About The Author Scott Meyer has been a radio DJ, a stand-up comic, a writer for video games, an office manager, and a pretend ghost bellhop. He is the creator of the comic strip Basic Instructions, and has now written a novel. He and his wife live in Florida, to be close to their cats. Facebook @basicinstructions My blog website http://thebohemianhousewife.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it now!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
A fun book along the likes of “Ready Player One”, “Off to De the Wizard” does a great job of mixing pop culture, fun characters and geeky fun.  The characters are great from the power hungry Jimmy to the Marty’s sarcastic mentor Philip, they say and do just what you think they would while adding an over the top feel to their actions.  The one liners in this book are wonderful as well.  I listened to this audio book while running and found myself laughing out loud at points, while saying “Flugie” and trying to fly (I forgot I needed the robe).  If you’re a bit of a pixilated geek at heart you’ll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect blend of humor, geekiness, and science fiction/fantasy. The characters are fairly detailed for a smallish novel. I especially like that the story doesn't treat the reader like an idiot and explain every detail, instead leaving nods to geeky culture throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't create a "pen name", so anonymous I go. Anyway, I commend Scott on a wonderful read. Frequent laugh-out-loud moments - I even found myself practically flailing around in delight at some of the zingers/surprises. His style actually reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams' work and I seriously think his sense of humour, clever ideas, and excellent delivery are every bit as good as what is in the H2G2 series. I'm recommending the book to others, eagerly awaiting the sequel, and constantly daydreaming of how the story would look in movie format... :o) - Niilo
Harrkev More than 1 year ago
This is a very fun little story. It has an interesting premise and likeable characters. The only real complaint is that it seems that 2/3 of the book is the setup, and the conflict in the story is only in the last 1/3. It is still, however, a fun read. Highly recommended.
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DustWindBun More than 1 year ago
A fantasy cyberpunk comedy novel. I loved it! Hoping for a sequel. It's charming, easily accessible even if you're not familiar with either fantasy or cyberpunk/hackerstuff already, and has a good balance of elements that surprise without being out of left field random (like some writers I know like to use, just to show off). Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Mr. Meyer's "Basic Instructions" comic series for years, and found this book by accident on the website. I wasn't expecting much - writing a good comic strip is no guarantee of being able to write a novel, and (in general) first novels are not as good as the later ones.  This novel was very good! Far better than the Elizabeth Bear novel I was slogging through and eventually gave up on. If BoingBoing hasn't covered this already, they ought to. Go and buy it - it's four bucks, about as much of a latte but way more karmically fulfilling.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I wish it would have been a bit deeper, with a more well-developed plot, it's a very entertaining light read. More importantly, it's filled with that Basic Instructiony wit and dialog that so many of us have come to love. If you are a fan of the comic, or even if you are not, it is worth picking ip and reading.