Book Review – Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Author:
Scott Meyer
Price:
$3.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On 2013-05-01
Last modified:2013-04-30

Summary:

This book is proof that self published books can be good.

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

The blurb:

It’s a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble.

Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

Off to Be the Wizard is a light, comedic novel about computers, time travel, and human stupidity, written by Scott Meyer, the creator of the internationally known comic strip Basic Instructions.

Magic will be made! Legends will be created! Stew will be eaten!

As the blurb says, this book is written by the guy who does the webcomic Basic Instructions.  I like the comic, so I took a chance on the book.

Predictably for a book written by a comedian, it’s funny.  Most of the book is pretty light and charming, which makes the reveal of the bad guy’s crimes kind of jarring.

It’s obviously aimed pretty squarely at geeks, which is fine – it’s nice to be catered to sometimes.

I think the plot arc could use some work – the first 75% of the book is a long discovery and training sequence, then you’re introduced to the bad guy who’s almost immediately defeated and then in the last few pages there’s a hook for a sequel.

This book is proof that self published books can be good.

Enhanced by Zemanta