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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⚑ Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0, #2) ♈ 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 Powers And Fulfilling His Destiny A Month Has Passed Since Martin Helped To Defeat The Evil Programmer Jimmy, And Things Couldn T Be Going Better Except For His Love Life, That Is Feeling Distant And Lost, Gwen Has Journeyed To Atlantis, A Tolerant And Benevolent Kingdom Governed By The Sorceresses, And A Place 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 With Gwen Of Course, This Is Martin Banks We Re Talking About, So Murder, Mystery, And High Intrigue All Get In The Way Of A Guy Who Just Wants One Shot To Get The Girl The Follow Up To The Hilarious Off To Be The Wizard, Scott Meyer S Spell Or High Water Proves That No Matter What Powers You Have Over Time And Space, You Can T Control Rotten Luck
What if the lost city of Atlantis was a lady utopia created by time travelers Well, there s this book, so you can find out one possible answer at least.Last time around, we were introduced to the time traveling wizards who inhabit medieval England, because computers, and everything is in a computer and what are you gonna do Our hero, Martin, helped defeat the wizard gone bad Jimmy, and has officially taken up comfortable residence in Camelot slash London It s only been three months since they defeated Jimmy, and Gwen left for the female friendly Atlantis, but now Martin and his mentor, Philip, have been invited to a summit in Atlantis for time travelers The incident with Jimmy is just one example of time travelers abusing their powers, and it s time to institute some rules and regulations.The book is actually split into two separate narratives, one in Atlantis and the summit, and trying to figure out who s trying to kill the leader of Atlantis, and one in present day with Jimmy trying to bamboozle the FBI agents Murphy and Miller into getting him access to time travel again, and that s uh oh.I really like this series It s just fun But this book wasn t as fun for me as the first one, simply for the fact that last time we were being let in on the secrets, and this time we already know them We do get to visit Atlantis for the first time, but that was sort of an anti climax Actually going to Atlantis takes all the fun out of Atlantis, you know Philip continues to be my favorite character, especially the way Luke Daniels narrates him, and there is a little bit of romance in here, where last time it was just Martin getting shot down by Gwen all the time.It s just a nerdy good time, nothing special 3.5 stars, rounded up for Luke Daniels narration on the audiobook 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 off to be the Wizard was smart, charming and full of compelling characters who, amazingly, had some really relevant things to say about gender and male female relationships Philip, in particular, was a favorite character of mine because he was so even keeled and so good at pointing out to EVERY OTHER CHARACTER how STUPID it was that they couldn t just see women as people.And 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 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 are petty, they thrive on drama and when they fight it is by defensively anticipating the other person s move instead of being at all aggressive.If 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 boring.I 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 it.The 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 conversation.The side story also just felt like it was inserted to add a few chapters to the book It felt irrelevant and 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 flat.Reading this book was a waste of time.That said I will probably still try reading whatever Meyer puts out next because his first book was SO GOOD There must be awesome left in him somewhere 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 one.Audio book I m convinced Luke Daniels could read the 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 because partially 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 out.My favorite character in the series is 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 women This 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 Brits.Time 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 the plausibility as I was This is definitely not a hard sci fi book.The humor in this book probably 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 Jimmy to be less enjoyable than the stuff with Philip and Martin however.Overall I think this was another great entry in this series Almost everything was nicely wrapped up, while the epilogue planted the seeds for a possible 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 phone book. 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 as predicted, the sequel followed the winning recipe to the letter Interesting story, lovable characters, geeky humor and general hilariousness Can t wait to grab the next book.Scott has a great talent for writing crazy stuff and Luke to make it sound even hilarious Truly a winning combination.If 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 MaaaartiiiiiinSpell or High Water Magic 2.0 2 by Scott Meyer Goodreads Author , Luke Daniels Narrator Verdict Exactly as I wanted All the good pieces from part 1 are here, too.Overall Performance Story Amazing but confusingWhen dealing with alternate time lines and realities things get kind of confusing, no matter how many times I reread.But what isn t confusing is how fun and creative this book is If you need a quick palette cleanse sit down for a few hours and try to wrap your head around this witty read Toxic masculinity is never repulsive than when it s gender flipped by a male author and assigned to a fictional female character or matriarchal society It becomes the kind of annoying yet toothless harassment that occurs at a bachelorette party, because the men being objectified never feel threatened The fact that this nonsense was supposedly at the heart of a society created by women in this story resonated a bit of Ursula K Le Guin s The Matter of Seggri with sarcastic male overtones and no payout, as this chestnut s only purpose is to amuse the little boys who read this sort of humor with it s absurdity by saying, Look, women are just as petty as you are Needless to say, this wasn t amusing to me In fact, it soured my mood sufficiently that this book held me in a state of high dudgeon for nearly 8 hours, which is a pity The female characters in this series haven t been bad, save for a detail here and there This one detail simply went too far It broke me The remainder of this book is exactly what you d expect from the premise What if The Matrix was stripped of its robot overlords and discovered by a group of young men who loved ADD and fart jokes.I purchased book three, An Unwelcome Quest an age ago, and I ve agreed to read it before the end of the year, so I m going to get it out of the way I just hope it doesn t leave me wanting to attend a book signing by Mr Meyers for the purpose of punching him in the mouth The list of men who make me feel that way is long I m tired beyond words. Originally posted at Worlds AboundSpell or High Water is the 2nd in Scott Meyer s Magic 2.0 series about Martin Banks and his belief shattering discovery that reality is actually a computer 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 himself pretty 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 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 quickly 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 actually pretty 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 story.And 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 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 good point that in most times throughout history a female witch would be 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 2.5 out of 5 I will probably still read the next one in the series and just hope that we never have to hear about Atlantis again. Full review now posted Rating 4.5 5 starsThese are such cheesy books, but man are they enjoyable.Spell or High Water picks up about a month after the events of Off to Be the Wizard Martin and Philip are invited to a summit for magical time travelers, to be held in the mythical city of Atlantis, where Gwen is now a resident In the present, Jimmy has managed to get out of South America and is hot on the trail of Martin, intent on convincing the Treasury agents hunting Martin to help him Plot wise, that s basically it The entire book follows Martin and Philip s adventures in Atlantis, with all the politics and romance and murder attempts involved there, and Jimmy s experience with the Treasury Agents Between these two storylines, there s a lot of laughter to be had My favorite thing about Atlantis, which is where every single woman who discovers the File ends up, has to be the man servants Musclebound men with little than fluff for brains congregate in Atlantis, hoping to catch the eye of one of the sorceresses In doing so, they guarantee an easy, comfortable life for themselves, doing manly stuff like cleaning and filing papers while the sorceresses take care of the womanly things, like politics and city infrastructure The gender role reversal was very entertaining for me, and the uniform these men often wore, comprised of mesh shirts and short kilts, just made me role my eyes so hard.Jimmy s storyline, with Agents Miller and Murphy, was laugh out loud funny The lengths that Jimmy had to go through to work around his magnetic field that destroyed all electronics was one of the most amusing things I ve ever read But what really killed me was Agent Miller s extreme anger issues The man is hilarious And again, what made this book so incredibly fun for me was listening to it on audio Luke Daniels is a treasure, and his voices for the Treasury agents were fabulous All in all, this is a very fun, light series I didn t enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but the difference wasn t large enough to adversely effect my rating If you re looking for a fluffy blend of science fiction and fantasy that will have you chuckling as you read, give this a go And if you want to upgrade those chuckles for full belly laughs, pick up the audiobook Original review can be found at Booknest. This was a disappointment, given how much I liked Off to Be the Wizard The first book blended Matrix esque computer metaphysics and Robert Asprin breezy fantasy in a way that was fun and engaging The premise was cute, the characters generally likable, and the casual informality of the whole story was part of its charm Sure the plot was lightweight and the details were goofy e.g medieval 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 read.In book two we re given a promising opening 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 the prior book One problem is that the computer magic premise is no longer new we need something equally interesting to sustain our attention, but never get it.A fundamental problem here is that the main characters are portrayed as immortal there s thus no sense of stakes It s not gripping when characters are faced with grave inconvenience The time travel element worsens the lack of investment in everyone s fates The 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 and perpetually 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 baked.A side story with Jimmy struggling to return from the mundane future has promise, but descends into tedium His escort, two agonizingly slapstick cop caricatures, make these passages especially wince inducing.One 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 person for the sake of telling us what side characters are thinking rather than showing us.The series has blown its credit with me I ll start reading the next book, but it had better be nonstop fun.