Off to Be the Wizard

, #1

373 pages

English language

Published April 5, 2014

ISBN:
978-1-61218-471-5
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OCLC Number:
860752931

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4 stars (48 reviews)

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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Review of 'Off to Be the Wizard' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Fun premise though it was frustrating at times. Felt like large plot holes were introduced in order to make it follow a typical story narrative. I will probably give the sequel a chance to see if it improves.


Characters make many seemingly crazy decisions, especially near the beginning -- your best idea for an escape button is.. medieval England? Before even checking to see if your phone will work from there? Why not like.. the roof of some building in the same city? Also seems ridiculous that the wizards would make their robe/hat/staff an actual requirement of casting all their magic.. sure, you can wear them if you want but it's just an unnecessary complication added to justify all the wizards in the story being dressed as wizards, and it gets predictably taken advantage of.

As a side note, it seems hard to believe that a bunch of independent computer …

Review of 'Off to Be the Wizard' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Very slow start. I almost gave up on this one but it gets much more interesting when he makes it to medieval England. Interesting world with lots of potential for the future. There were some self imposed limits to the time travel that I didn't really understand with some other frustrating parts but I would cautiously recommend if you find the premise intriguing. Also, very bland writing style that does grow on you with time.

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Subjects

  • Wizards
  • Time travel
  • Medieval Civilization
  • Hackers
  • Fiction