An Unwelcome Quest : Magic 2.0

  • by Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Magic 2.0
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.
Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards - and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another's company if they want to see Medieval England - and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS - ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?

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I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

YOU LIKED EACH OTHER LESS.
Their is some science fiction in this, but it is mostly about having fun. There is some fantasy, but is more about fun. There is a lot of gaming, but also a lot of fun. This whole series was a blast. I liked this book better then number 2, but not as good as number 1 and that is the way most trilogies go. One ironic situation, that I am not sure the author realized, was when he as making fun of movies these days and how they are all sequels. He complains about it in his third book of a trilogy.

This book was more about gaming than the others. The whole story is a game within a game. Similar to Player One.

Luke Daniels is to Scott Meyer, as Frank Muller is to Stephen King, Ray Porter is to Jonathan Maberry, Wil Wheaton is to John Scalzi. He is great.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

A Pleasant Listen

Anyone who has read the reviews section of the previous two books knows I am a tremendous fan of this series. I think it is incredibly original, entertaining, light, and funny. The characters are engaging and show depth. That being said, I was not as happy with this installment.

I can't tell whether Scott was trying to bang out another book too fast, or whether he was trying to mix things up and explore different aspects of the character's relationships. Probably a mixture of both if I'm being fair. Much of the book seemed repetitive and without the plethora of geek culture references that made books 1 and 2 so very enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, there are still references. Just not anywhere near as nuanced or plentiful. I do understand that the repetitive nature of aspects of the book is potentially a commentary/reference in and of itself.

Another aspect to note is Scott took on some *much* deeper concepts in this book than previously. I think he did a fine job with them, but it was slightly jolting in comparison to the tone of the series as a whole.

Daniels' narration was great as always.

I love this series and will absolutely continue to look forward to book 4. This one just wasn't as strong. However, if you are into this series, it's absolutely worth a listen and a credit.
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- Charlie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio