Fellow Geeks, Here’s A New Book For You!
Hey there, word nerds.
First off, sorry I’ve been away from the blog for so long. It’s been one of those months where life has trumped all other endeavors. Good things have been happening, but even the good things can dance all over your writing time. Yet here I stand (or sit hunched over a laptop in a coffee shop, to be more accurate), finally able to start getting my writing schedule back where it needs to be.
So for my next trick, I shall reveal a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend – especially if you have any enjoyment of geek culture. It’s the most geek-friendly book I’ve read since Ready Player One, and while it’s not quite on that level of pure nerdy wish fulfillment, it’s still got plenty of fun and laughs. It’s called Off to Be the Wizard, by Scott Meyer.
What you need to know, essentially, is that the world and everyone in it are part of a computer program, a simulation that’s been running for the entirety of man’s existence. Martin Banks realizes this when he stumbles onto one of the source files and discovers that by editing its parameters, he can alter reality itself. Within a week of learning to manipulate the fabric of the universe, he’s wanted by the federal government, and decides to travel back to medieval England and become a wizard with his newfound skill. But he might just not be the only one.
The humor is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-esque without being over the top or trying too hard, the pop culture references make for great easter eggs in every chapter, and the whole “wizards are just computer geeks from the future” concept allowed for a huge amount of fun.
A couple criticisms. The plot is a bit meandering and slow at times, though it’s enough fun that I mostly didn’t care. And while the finale was fine, it did fall a bit short of being as exciting or surprising as it could have been. Those are small nitpicks, though.
If you’re in the mood for a fun time and a quick read, this could be for you.