Originally Arachne posted at Worlds AboundSpell or High Water is the 2nd in Scott Meyer s Magic 20 series about Martin Banks and his belief shattering discovery that reality is actually a computerrogram In the first book we saw Martin discover the file that contains reality and figure out what it actually was and how he could use it to travel back in time give himself Rock Lead Basics pretty much anything he 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 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 to his own time with no file access The story starts up about a month after Off to be the Wizard ends Camelot is doing well theeople 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 hosted by the head 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 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 of humor in the story 2 The federal agents that were trying to arrest Martin had a bigger role in this book and they were actually Lightning Over Bennett Ranch 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 narrator he 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 honestly had to just force myself to listen to the last 2 hours It s not that the story was bad it was interesting it just had too much crap going on and way too muchlot dragging Also I will be 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 sorceresses had at least one of excluding Gwen If that 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 Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei point that in most times throughout history a female witch would beersecuted but they wholly lose the moral 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 robably still read the next one in the series and just hope that we never have to hear about Atlantis again Amazing but confusingWhen dealing with alternate time lines and realities things get kind of confusing no matter how many times I rereadBut what isn t confusing is how f I don t think I would have been as disappointed as I was with this book if I hadn t read the first one We re off to be the Wizard was smart charming and full of compelling characters who amazingly had some really relevant things to say about gender and malefemale relationships Philip in articular was a favorite character of mine because he was so even keeled and so good at Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) pointing out to EVERY OTHER CHARACTER how STUPID it was that they couldn t just see women aseopleAnd then something happened with Scott Meyer because he suddenly stopped being the super cool amazing creative author from We re off to be the Wizard who magically saw women as eople and instead
back on every negative stereotype that we have about women in our very stereotype ridden modern western culture and out disgusting character after disgusting character Women in this book are either cowed by men or enjoy being chased they are etty they thrive on drama and when they fight it is by defensively anticipating the other erson s move instead of being at all aggressiveIf that doesn t bother you too much which again it might not have bothered me if Meyer hadn t done such an awesome job of NOT being that guy in his first book still don t get your hopes up because the book is boringI was so excited for this book that I had it sent directly to my kindle the moment it was available Despite that it took me than a month to finish reading itThe characters have circular redundant conversation after circular redundant conversation which are not made any interesting or acceptable when they acknowledge time and time again that they have already had 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 this book was waste of timeThat said I will robably still try reading whatever Meyer uts out next because his first book was SO GOOD There must be awesome left in him somewhere This was a disappointment given how 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 Th. The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality altering owers and fulfilling his destiny A month has Sketchy Behavior passed since Martin helped to defeat the evilrogrammer Jimmy and things couldn’t be going better Except for his love life that is Feeling dist. E remise was cute the characters generally likable and the casual informality of the whole story was The Beauty of Believing part of its charm Sure thelot was lightweight and the details were goofy eg medieval Sticky Church peasants speaking with contemporary diction and the implications of time travel generally handled by the not going to think about it my hands are over my ears la la la method but who cares Fun low demanding readIn book two we re given aromising opening Forbidden Love Unchained 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 therior book One Witches of the Deep South problem is that the computermagicremise is no longer new we need something eually interesting to sustain our attention but never get itA fundamental Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) problem here is that the main characters areortrayed 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 Christianity plot concerns a series of assassination attempts on a character Brit the Younger who is not only invulnerable but who is on speaking terms with her 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 anderpetually dour and it s inexplicable why the feisty Martin has a thing for her 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 has the opposite effect highlighting 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 feels half bakedA side story with Jimmy struggling to return from the mundane future has Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, promise but descends into tedium His escort two agonizingly slapstick cop caricatures make theseassages especially wince inducingOne gets the sense that Meyer is uncomfortably bored with his own story about halfway 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 Alice-Miranda at Camp person for the sake of telling us what side characters are thinking rather than showing usThe series has blown its credit with me I ll start reading the next book but it had better be nonstop fun What else could I have expected It s Scott and Luke at it again If this is the type of humor you like you ll have a blast Exactly asredicted the seuel followed the winning recipe to the letter Interesting story lovable characters
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geeky humor and general hilariousness Can t wait to grab the next bookScott has a great humor and general hilariousness Can t wait to grab the next bookScott has a great for writing crazy stuff and Luke to make it sound even hilarious Truly a winning combinationIf you re wondering why I m acting like such a fanboy you surely haven t read the first book Go on grab it I ll wait You ll get hooked too Maaaartiiiiiin Spell or High Water Magic 20 2 by Scott Meyer Goodreads Author Luke Daniels NarratorVerdict Exactly as I wanted All the good The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) pieces fromart 1 are here tooOverall Performance Story 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 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 safe haven 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 held In the meantime Jimmy was masterminding his way Of Getting Back In getting back in through the two federal agents who were looking for Martin back in the 21st century Firstly I will have to stress that this story is best enjoyed via audiobook The narrator truly brought out the best of what the author had to offer In the few times when I was just reading it off the The Association of Small Bombs pages I found that while it was still funny it was nothing compared to listening to Luke Daniels acting out each character toerfection 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 had to admit I really had 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 Wilderness Survival Handbook pastor cop Meanwhile in Atlantis Martin and Philip met the Britts and got entangled in a web of murder and intrigue Thelot 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 The White Mans Burden possibility And of course while all that is happening Martin was still trying to win the girlThe wor. Ant and lost Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses and alace known to be a safe haven 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.
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Ldbuilding element of Atlantis was retty darn cool That it was all created by a woman kind of makes sense from an aesthetic The Courtship Basket 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 by how such a female dominated society isortrayed I took it in stride as a form of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary parody given the deliberate comical narrative of the story Seriously orerhaps 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 he had to admit were mostly bad imitations of kung fu oses Although the writing is easy and direct the author has a way of laying with and Accidental Pharisees putting together iterations in a whimsical fashion that fits the narrative He was half of a two man task force assigned to investigate andossibly solve a series of ossibly connected impossible occurrences that were ossibly crimes While this was not as good as the first Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, partly due to some long winded sections andartly 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 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 harassment that occurs at a bachelorette A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip party because the men being objectified never feel threatened The fact that this nonsense was supposedly at the heart 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 noayout as this chestnut s only Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, purpose is to amuse the little boys who read this sort of humor with it s absurdity by saying Look women are just asetty as you areNeedless to say this wasn t amusing to me In fact it soured my mood sufficiently that this book held me in a state of high dudgeon for nearly 8 hours which is a The End of Intelligent Writing pity The female characters in this series haven t been bad save for a detail 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 theremise What if The Matrix was stripped of its robot overlords and discovered by a group of young men who loved ADD and fart jokesI Introduction to Orthotics 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 just hope it doesn t leave me wanting to attend a book signing by Mr Meyers for theurpose of I-O punching him in the mouth The list of men who make me feel that way is long I m tired beyond words 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 oneossible answer at leastLast time around we were introduced to the time traveling wizards who inhabit medieval England because Full review now டணாயக்கன் கோட்டை [Danaayakkan Kottai] postedRating 455 starsThese are such cheesy books but man are they enjoyableSpell or High Watericks 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 held in the mythical city of Atlantis where Gwen is now a resident In the Understanding Central Asia present Jimmy has managed to get out of South America and is hot on the trail of Martin intent on convincing the Treasury agents hunting Martin to help him Plot wise that s basically it The entire book follows Martin and Philip s adventures in Atlantis with all theolitics 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 Had laughter to be had favorite thing about Atlantis which is where every single woman who discovers the File ends up has to be the man servants Musclebound men single woman who discovers the File ends up has to be the man servants Musclebound men little than fluff for brains congregate in Atlantis 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 Vietcong papers while the sorceresses take care of the womanly things likeolitics 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 so hardJimmy s storyline with Agents Miller and Murphy was laugh out loud funny The lengths that Jimmy had to go through to work around his 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 hilarious And again what made this book so incredibly fun for me was listening to it on audio Luke Daniels is a treasure and his 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 have you chuckling as you read give this a go And if you want to upgrade those chuckles for full belly laughs Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy pick up the audiobook Original review can be found at Booknest. With Gwen Of course this is Martin Banks we’re talking about so murder mystery and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one shot to get the girl The follow up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard Scott Meyer’s Spell or High Waterroves that no matter what owers you have over time and space you can’t control rotten lu. .