Book Review: Off to Be the Wizard

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Another book down. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer is the first of a trilogy and if there is any part of you that is a computer/technology nerd, you’ll find this book to be an amusing read. On audiobook, it clocked in at a little over 10 hours.

The book is about a young man by the name of Martin Banks, who discovers that his life and the reality he lives in are really just bits of code found in a computer file he stumbles upon. Feeling empowered by this knowledge, he gets himself into all sorts of trouble and lands himself in Medieval England, in the company similarly fated individuals.

The plot is really quite simple and straightforward. There was nothing that was truly surprising or jaw dropping but it doesn’t mean it was any less entertaining. The beginning of the book felt a little clunky, but it quickly smooths out into interesting and fun dialogue as more characters are introduced (and which the narrator Luke Daniels captures wonderfully). The biggest challenge is letting go of any urge to understand HOW things are happening and to merely accept that it is. It’s like in Independence Day (one of my favorite movies ever), when Jeff Goldblum’s character uploads a virus to the alien mainframe…using his Mac.  How the heck he managed to get his Macbook to be compatible to alien technology, when I have trouble syncing my iPod to iTunes is beyond me. Look past those minor issues and you’ve got yourself a fun story.

If you’re looking for sophisticated writing, this isn’t the book. If you’re looking for a thoughtful introspection into the meaning of life or the ethicality of altering the past, again, not the book. Pick this up if you want a light read and bad jokes about appropriate use of using one’s wizarding staff (evidence that this book was written by a man).

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