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Scott Meyer
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Book Description

18 Mar 2014 Magic 2.0, Book 1

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.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (18 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184715
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Meyer grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Washington. He began his career in humor by working as a stand-up 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. Off to be the Wizard is his first novel.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read 2 Jun 2014
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Great book, starts off really well, very geeky starts to loose steam towards the end but it was a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massive amounts of fun - a must read! 13 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 #1) is Scott Meyer’s debut novel, and while originally released in 2013 as a self-published effort, it now sees the light of day via Amazon’s 47North imprint. At a quick glance Off to Be the Wizard comes across as a little tongue-in-cheek, has elements of both sci-fi and fantasy, and is wrapped up in an awesomely retro pixel cover. In truth, this is a novel that is written with love which makes you want to keep on reading page after page, and, above all, is simply so much fun.

After discovering that reality is just one big program, Martin Banks starts experimenting with the file that governs the rules. He can increase his height, teleport to specific coordinates in space and time, and inflate his bank balance just by changing some numbers. And he has fun doing all of these things, at least until things start to go wrong. In a last ditch attempt to escape capture, Martin flees to the past – medieval England to be exact – where he can use his new-found powers to be a mighty Wizard! And, of course, he finds that he’s not the only one to reach the same conclusion…

The premise for Off to Be the Wizard – that reality is just one big computer programme to be controlled if you know how – isn’t new or ground-breaking, but Meyer takes the idea and manages to make it fresh and exciting. While the early aspects of this reality-bending plot device are simple (who doesn’t want to add a nice amount to their bank balance?!), it’s when Martin makes his way back to medieval England that things get really interesting. We discover that not only have many others had the same idea, but they have worked together to create a controlled way of using the file to do their magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and witty 10 May 2014
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It's a great book from start to finish filled with awesome ideas and extremely clever jokes that kept me from putting it down from start to finish. Can't wait for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 May 2014
By Q
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I loved the premise of the story. The book manages to balance silliness with seriousness and lightly touches on some serious topics although it does not explore them in too much depth. It is engaging all the way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proper old school 24 April 2014
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Brings back memories of reading my fathers sci-fi/fantasy novels in the '60's/70's. Definitely one for the boring holiday, it was a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an easy read. The concept is fun without being too thought provoking. It's one that you might read in between more substantial books
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but simplistic 20 April 2013
By M. King
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Not a lot of depth to this story about a bunch of computer geeks who discover our world is a giant computer program they can manipulate and who obviously all become wizards and fight amongst themselves and do geeky things.

Not terribly funny either and what humour is in there feels forced and at times out of synch with the tone of the story as it tries to get more serious.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 9 April 2013
By Mark P. VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this having been a fan and follower of Scott Meyer's 'Basic Instructions' website, and having seen all of the praise he'd received in the comments there. It helped that he's made the first couple of chapters available to read as a taster, and upon reading that I immediately grabbed my Kindle and bought a copy of the full thing.

Clever, fun, funny, and easily readable - reminds me a bit of some of Tom Holt's stuff, maybe also Robert Rankin. Can't wait for whatever comes next!
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