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Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0 Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Meyer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 more 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.


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    About the Author

    Scott Meyer grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Washington. He began his career in humor by working as a standup comedian and radio personality, a highlight of which was participating as the opening act in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Running with Scissors” tour. Following a long stint touring the United States and Canada, Scott settled down in Orlando, Florida, where he works on his ongoing comic strip, Basic Instructions. Spell or High Water is his second novel.


    Product Details

    • File Size: 1392 KB
    • Print Length: 443 pages
    • Publisher: 47North (June 17, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HVF7OJM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars When does book 3 come out?! June 17, 2014
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    Yep, I'm already waiting for book 3 to come out. Actually, I'm waiting for book 7 to come out so I can buy the _first_ box set. Hopefully we'll have as many of these as there are Xanth novels. And then maybe an ABC TV series, or anime! Ooh, ooh, and then movies! Man, I'd better clear off a spot on my shelf for all these box sets!

    If only I knew the password...
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    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Follow-On to Off To Be The Wizard June 20, 2014
    By Dana L
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    I enjoyed reading this book. It was a nice diversion, although I didn't love it quite as much as the first. To be fair, the first book introduced us to an all-new universe, and the second one had to do a lot to avoid just being a follow-on. Scott Meyer came up with some interesting plot twists to throw into this one (Atlantis, the Brits), but at the end of the day, it didn't feel all-new so much as a slight rehash of Book 1. It almost felt like Meyer didn't have enough material for another book.

    With that said, I enjoyed reading about the continued adventures of Martin, Phillip, and Gwen. I just hoped that there would be slightly more meat to them than the relatively straightforward assassin plot. I mean, what's the point in repeatedly trying to kill people who can't be killed?

    The one thing that didn't really make sense to me was the side plot woven in through the whole story. I assumed that either it would integrate into the main plot or else the book would end on a cliffhanger, making way for a sequel, but instead the author wrapped up that plot quite neatly in just a few pages.

    Overall, fans of the first book will probably enjoy this one, but I've definitely read better.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    By Eli
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    I like Scott Meyer, and think comic is consistently funny. Plus, the premise of this series is wonderful. The humor? Juvenile, and sparse, but I did chuckle out loud a couple of times. Unfortunately the characters and plot are two dimensional and unrealistic to the point of distraction. I can't empathize or care about characters that are as pointlessly bland and absurd as these. The actually interesting parts of the plot -- the underlying system of the simulation, the discussions about predestination and fate -- are wonderful, but confined to a vanishingly small number of pages. While the ponderous and ultimately pointless plot takes up the vast majority of what eventually becomes tedious stretches of reading.

    Its saving grace is that it's occasionally funny, and a pretty quick read. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Count this as 2.5 stars August 31, 2014
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    I really feel like this was a massive step back from the last book. Large portions of the book dragged on, and a lot of it was extremely repetitive. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the Jimmy side story to be the best part of the book. I don't want to get full detailed with this review so I won't go into a spoiler alert breaking down what parts I did and didn't like, but I really felt the ending of the Atlantis dilemma was pretty weak and predictable. The Jimmy portion was actually fascinating. I'd like to read more about his cross continental situation.

    I will buy the next book in the series, though. The storyline is very original.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    “Spell or High Water” is Scott Meyer’s second episode of his “Magic 2.0” series. Like the first book, this one takes place in a time long passed and involves the same basic cast of characters from the first book. In this episode, our friends travel to the beautiful city of Atlantis to attend a summit on magic. While they are there, an assassination attempt is made against one of the main characters and we spend most of the rest of the book trying to figure out who did it, how, and why. In addition to this plot line, there are chapters devoted to our former head of wizards (Merlyn/Jimmye) and his attempt at re-gaining access to the “file” and re-introducing himself into the lives of Martin and Phillip. In Jimmye’s plot line, we’re treated to some great dialog between him and a pair of very frustrated CIA officers. Unfortunately, this part of the story gets mostly overshadowed by the Martin / Phillip plot line – which is a shame because there are some really funny exchanges as our CIA friends struggle with Jimmye and his seemingly ridiculous plan to find the file.
    Overall, this book was a lot of fun. Meyer’s personality and quick wit come through loud and clear as he weaves his way through this second story. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first and I think that was largely because the idea, the world, and the rules had already been established in the first book. So part of the “magic” of the story (pardon the pun) was used up in book one. I’m not sure what Meyer could have done differently other than maybe tie up the CIA agents story line with a little more gusto and perhaps not had the assassin and his accomplice be quite so idiotic. That aside, the book is a mindless and enjoyable summer read and worth every penny of the price of admission.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Predictably enjoyable August 6, 2014
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    Well, I bought this book with a set of expectations and all of them were fulfilled. Is it a masterpiece? It is not. But it's got great, geek humor and overall it's very enjoyable. I was delighted by how Jimmy's branch of the story turned out (not the cliché way), but as a whole the plot and the characters were quite predictable, and somewhat plain. Maybe the first book prepared me for this, but at any case I wasn't bothered by it.

    So, if you want a light and fun reading, this is precisely what you'll get. Understand Meyer is not a very experienced author, so he has to keep it simple or he might screw up. I do hope he does something more daring, though, maybe in another series. He's got plenty of material to work with, the universe he's created is very powerful.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars good read
    Good read for gen x ers. Interesting concept about reality.
    Published 1 day ago by s. marl
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best book i've read in a loong time.
    Its one of the best books i've read lately.
    Definetly page turning.
    And the best thing: makes you imagine yourself in Martin's world, and thats pretty awesome!
    Published 2 days ago by Jorge Penna
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel - now when does the movie production start?
    Excellent follow-up to "Off to Be the Wizard". Scott has done an excellent job building off his first novel and creating a new world with enough twists and humorous jabs to keep... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Myster E
    5.0 out of 5 stars new favorite in humor
    Love this author and this series. Very funny and fun to read. If Scott Meyer writes a book I am reading it
    Published 7 days ago by jeff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining wizardry!
    Fun, engaging, mystical and an overall good time! I enjoyed this book as much as the first and am looking forward to the next in the series.
    Published 8 days ago by Alana Sisk
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
    This is an easy, enjoyable read with a bit of philosophy thrown in. Highly recommend but start with the first book. This is the second. I hope there will be a third.
    Published 9 days ago by oceanboy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Delightful
    Published 9 days ago by Matthew Vaughn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Last time I've had this much fun reading a book was
    Last time I've had this much fun reading a book was... Well... It was when I read Off To Be a Wizard... But before that I can't even remember. My point is, this book is fun. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Roman Duntov
    4.0 out of 5 stars Magic meets computers
    Magic meets computers. Works ok.
    Published 10 days ago by Jens Guld
    4.0 out of 5 stars More of what's good, with lots of new stuff
    Well of course it's not like the first one.

    It has more of a "Whodunnit" vibe, it's set in another locale than the first one, and there are some new... Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Karl
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    More About the Author

    Scott Meyer has been a radio DJ, a stand-up comic, a writer for video games, an office manager, and a pretend ghost bellhop. He now creates the comic strip Basic Instructions, and has written several novels.

    He and his wife live in Florida, to be close to their cats.

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