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there are some genuinely funny moments (the Draco Malfoy wizard costume was a nice ...
on 15 December 2014
I hadn't heard anything about the book or the author but was sold on the premise of the story, which struck me as a cross between The Matrix, Back to the Future and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. A hacker nobody discovers that the world as we know it is just a computer simulation and with a few changes to the program he can make himself anything he wants to be... but things do not go to plan so what he has to be ends up as a Wizard in Medieal Englandd. So in a book world which increasingy relies on high profile authors, recommendations and online marketing campaigns I stumped up my 6.99 purely on the blurb alone.
The main character is likeable and his relationship with his mentor is a highlight, but unfortunately I found that ultimately the story fails to live up to my expectations. Yes, there are some genuinely funny moments (the Draco Malfoy wizard costume was a nice touch) but often the pop-culture references seem a bit forced, the medieval setting is not explored enough and in certain places the writing feels rushed and aimless.
To the authors defence this was a self-published story that he admits needed some cleaning up in this second release by 47 North. The ending of the book is handled nicely and a further installment is well set up, I won't be rushing out to find out what happens next, but when I am lost for something else to read I won't rule out buying book 2 (but only if it is cmuch heaper than 6.99).
Overall - Great idea, wrong time in the author's fiction career - probably with a few more titles under his belt this would have been so much more.