Author: Scott Meyer
Performed by Luke Daniels
Released: March 2014 by Brilliance Audio
"It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble.
Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.
Off to Be the Wizard is a fun, comedic novel about computers, time travel, and human stupidity, written by Scott Meyer, the creator of the internationally known comic strip Basic Instructions.
Magic will be made! Legends will be created! Stew will be eaten!"
Martin Banks, a total computer nerd, finds a hidden text file and, as he dives deeper he discovers the world and people are all computer simulated. He realises he can modify the file and change his reality. What he doesn’t realise is he’ll get caught out sooner rather than later. The lure of being able to do, and have, anything he wants is too strong and Martin gets himself into all kinds of trouble and has to execute his escape plan. Having already decided Medieval England is a good option that’s where he finds himself, unaware that many more before him thought the same thing.
Suspend all credibility regarding time travel, teleporting and various other forms of magic, if you have trouble with these concepts, and you have a highly entertaining and fun adventure with amusing dialogue and humorous interactions. The characters are engaging, likeable and, in the main, decent. I did wonder how computers and smart phones would work in those days but then why worry about that small point when there’s so much more incredible stuff going on, just roll with the what ifs.
It was interesting to have some of the fantasy world built around legends and the different slant was cleverly integrated. The story moves quickly and creatively, Martin gets himself into some outrageous and amusing situations and I like how his character develops. The concept of creating a reality is explored with lots of imagination and humour and is refreshingly different.
Luke Daniels really shines voicing off the wall and unusual characters and he has quite a few to play with here. A very enjoyable and impressive listening experience.