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Off to Be the Wizard Paperback – March 29, 2013
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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, and performs as a cast member of Walt Disney World. Off to be the Wizard is his first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Which is hilarious. Often laugh-out-loud hilarious, most often smile-worthy. Makes your brain smile just about the whole way through, from the daffily preposterous but wholly self-cogent beginning premise through the equally preposterous end that follows and flows logically from that start. And where and if it doesn't, it just doesn't matter. It's just fun.
I love the way Meyer develops characters. They're at turns exposed all at once and gradually. Their voices and even their faces tell you more by degree. The bad guy is as much an idiot miscreant anything else, with just enough Machiavellian attitude mixed with a dash of creativity to make him a dangerous leader-by-default; the protagonists aren't conquered or outsmarted by him as much as they ignore him until he's gotten out of hand and is on his way to dangerous mischief. Kind of a parable for ... so much.
And the good guys are more ... grown-up kids. Or not so grown-up. But that follows from the way they gain their powers, doesn't it?
Read this. After you read the comics. It's fun.
That being said, this book while happening to be encased in a science fiction fantasy style, is still comedic in nature. It looses absolutely no points for this as I have have never been more enthralled with a book. I'm barely halfway with the book and I was compelled to write this review. If you have not yet purchased this title, please save yourself from the misery of having never read it. Buy it now and enjoy every minute of it as I am currently.
PS: If you like this you would probably enjoy the David Wong series, This Book is Full of Spiders and John Dies at the End.
My only real criticism was that the writing was not as good as the story. I wouldn't say that it was BAD, it was just an easy read. I'm not even sure what the age group of this book is. It would be 100% appropriate for someone under 17 or 18, but anyone older might feel that it's got a young adult feel. And honestly, I love young adult books.
But this was still a great book. I honestly loved it, and I couldn't put it down for 4 days straight. It caused me to laugh out loud every few pages, and I can't wait to start book 2.
The book centers around the question of what if being a nerd paid off by allowing you to have god-like powers, yet this is no fan fiction, and the protagonist is no "Mary Sue" character. He's a flawed human being, with many lessons to learn, and Meyer brings gentle instruction in an obvious love letter to his younger self.
The book is self-published, which is a smart move in today's publishing world where so few new voices are allowed. It does, however, need some editing. Meyer describes riding a wizard's staff (don't make the obvious joke) as being like riding a motorcycle, "where you would run into anything you turned your head to look at." Motorcyclists know that this is not the case, as direction comes from what the hands and hips are doing. In another place, Meyer says that the reason that Martin was drawn to the Middle Ages is that he is a "white person of European descent," and yet his mother is a Mexican-American. (Not that there's anything wrong with that-but it's not consistent.)
On the whole, a guilty but smart pleasure, and I'm breathlessly awaiting to devour the next installment.
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