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Master of Formalities is a lot different, but at the same time, very much the same as the Magic 2.0 series. It's different in that the plot is not at all like Meyer's previous books. However, the characters and Daniels performance of them are very reminiscent of them.
What Meyer's does best is create characters that are on the surface more like caricatures (in that they seem over the top) but as you get to know them they have a depth to them. There's a strange charm that he gives to even the villains of his novels. It's hard to describe, but I love it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, but who doesn't mind it getting a little silly. This is not hard core science fiction. It's very entertaining.
47 of 51 people found this review helpful
This new Scott Meyer book takes place in the interesting context of a very formalistic future. The story involved a fair bit of set-up, as I imagine it is intended to be the first in a series. This set-up made the the story initially feel a bit slow and left me wondering where it was heading. But the action and the pace picked up in the second half, the pieces fell into place and, in the end, I found the book very satisfying.
I really appreciate Scott Meyer's writing style. He produces genuinely funny and cleverly written stories. He never gets pretentious or pedantic. He impresses with his skill and with subtlety, and not through the (over)use of a thesaurus or clever references to obscure tidbits of knowledge. I look forward to the next instalment in this new series.
Luke Daniels is a great narrator and, for me, the voice of Scott Meyer.
Highly recommended, especially to other Scott Meyer fans.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you liked Off to be the Wizard you will like this. It's not quite as funny but it's a great read.
Like Daniels performance was great as always.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fantastic Hitchhikers guide humour. Brilliantly performance with colourful characters and an interesting back story. I will be listening to this one again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book has a lot more depth that the Magic 2.0 series. The characters and story of this book and The Authorities are much more entertaining and developed than those in the Magic 2.0 series (and they've had 3 books). This was great, get it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Master of Formalities in three words, what would they be?
Witty, smart, entertaining
What other book might you compare Master of Formalities to, and why?
ranks alongside the 'Off to be the wizard' trilogy.
What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?
Great narration by Luke Daniels, there were often times when you thought someone else was doing a new character voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Meyer certainly gets you to care for the characters and frustration builds as things don't start to go their way.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful