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Originally osted 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 computer Heiress in Regency Society program 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 himselfretty 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 the Rescued by Mr. Right people 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 actuallyretty 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 much La nostalgie des origines plot 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 goodoint that in most times throughout history a female witch would be Golf for Enlightenment persecuted 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 willrobably 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 fun and creative this book is If you need a uick alette cleanse sit down for a few hours and try to wrap your head around this witty read 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 one We re to be the Wizard was smart charming and full of compelling characters who amazingly had some
Really Relevant Things To Say About Gender relevant things to say about gender malefemale relationships Philip in articular was a favorite character of mine because he was so even keeled and so good at The Sod-Busters 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 Royal Protector people and instead fell back on every negative stereotype that we have about women in our very stereotype ridden modern western culture and churned out disgusting character after disgusting character Women in this book are either cowed by men or enjoy being chased they areetty 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 *inserted to add a few chapters to the book It felt irrelevant 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 a waste of timeThat said I will robably still try reading whatever Meyer Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, puts 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 Theremise was cute the characters generally likable and the casual informality of the whole story was The Seven Basic Plots part of its charm Sure thelot was lightweight and the details were goofy eg medieval Undercover Virgin 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 Environmental Dialogue Gdr 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 Trouble problem is that the computermagicremise is no longer new we need something eually interesting to sustain our attention but never get itA fundamental Hogan problem here is that the main characters areortrayed as immortal there s thus no sense of stakes It s not grip. 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 Wedding Daze powers and fulfilling his destiny A month hasassed since Martin helped to defeat the evil rogrammer Jimmy and things couldn’t be going better Except for his love life that is Feeling dist. Ping when characters are faced with grave inconvenience The time travel element worsens the lack of investment in everyone s fates The Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum 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 Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, 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 A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) 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 geeky humor and general hilariousness Can t wait to grab the next bookScott has a great talent 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 NarratorVerdi 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 m convinced Luke Daniels could read the Summer Break (Gods at Eighteen 3) phone book and make it sound interesting When given a funny book to read he shines even He may be my favorite audio book reader His voices are great and seems to really bring the characters to life Full Review I grabbed the first book in this series a few months ago becauseartially because it sounded interesting but mostly because it was read by Luke Daniels I grabbed this book however because I really enjoyed the first one and was excited to see that a second book was outMy favorite character in the series is Gone Cold probably Philip and he seemed to get focus in this book This book also addressed my major criticism of the first book Where are all the womenThis book sees us visit Atlantis which was used as the explanation for why there was almost no women I enjoyed the female characters introduced in this one especially the BritsTime travel stories are really hard to write well as it can all be very confusing I think Mr Meyer does a great job of handling this by having the characters be just as confused as everyone else They offer several theories to explain things but seem just as unsure of thelausibility as I was This is definitely not a hard sci fi bookThe humor in this book robably wasn t as good as the first one but that didn t make the story any less fun I did Find The Parts Focused On the arts focused on to be less enjoyable than the stuff with Philip and Martin howeverOverall I think this was another great entry in this series Almost everything was nicely wrapped up while the epilogue lanted the seeds for a ossible third book I hope he does write a third because I ll happily listen to it If not maybe I can get Luke Daniels to read me the hone book 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 time 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 ages I found that while it was still funny It Was Nothing Compared To Listening To was nothing compared to listening to Daniels acting out each character to Mama Ds pasta pizza perfection 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 youthastor cop Meanwhile in Atlantis Martin and Philip met the Britts and got entangled in a web of murder and intrigue The The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, plot 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 theoreticalossibility And of course while all that is happening Martin was still trying to win the girlThe worldbuilding element of Atlantis was Betty Fedora Issue One pretty darn cool That it was all created by a woman kind of makes sense from an aestheticoint 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 is Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work portrayed I took it in stride as a form ofarody given the deliberate Ant and lost Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses and a lace 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.