Wizard 2.0 – A Book Series Review

I convinced a friend of mine to read the book Off to be the Wizard, the first book in the Wizard 2.0 series by Scott Meyer. He’s enjoying it a lot and asked me if I wrote a review about it, I thought I did but it turned out that I didn’t. So, last week I finished listening to the third and final book An Unwelcomed Quest and decided that a full review of the series should be done. [No spoilers below].

First off, I loved this series. The books were well written, engaging, humorous and easy to follow. All the characters were interesting and well defined. If you are into computers and time travel and a little bit of history then I’m sure you’ll find these books entertaining. You might be faced with a couple of computer terms from the earlier decades that are currently obsolete but that won’t matter. I listened to all 3 in audio and they were all so much fun to listen to. The narrator Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators. He made each character very unique, and there were a lot of characters. He portrayed them and their emotions with excellence and I was able to know who was talking just from the accent and tone of his voice. Now that I have finished the series I feel that I am going to miss those characters. That’s how good the books were and how the narrator gave each character their own unique identity.

Off to be the Wizard

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The first book was my favorite. It introduces the reader to one of the main characters named Martin and how he ends up being a wizard after finding a certain computer file. The concept of the book is very different from what I have read before and it has computer and software terms so appeals to my geeky side and is filled with humor and time travel. I was hooked from the first chapter. This book introduces most of the characters that will appear in the following books.

Spell or High Water 

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The second book was interesting. Without spoiling the series, I loved the imagination used in this book, and I would love to see it depicted on a TV show or movie. I found one concept in this book a bit confusing and up till now I still can’t grasp the idea but it doesn’t change or effect the understanding the story line. This book follows the journey of 3 of the main characters from the first book in addition to a lot of new ones.

An Unwelcomed Quest 

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This book was my least favorite. The idea for it was interesting and the imagination was good but it dragged a bit during the middle part, some of the scenes were a bit redundant. I thought it could have been reduced or have less dialogues. However, I did like the ending. It was a bit predictable but none the less better than I expected. Mainly all of the main characters from the first and second books are present with no new ones in this book.

I highly recommend you check these books out. They’re perfect for when you just want a fun, light read or listen and enjoy your time. If you decide to check it out don’t forget to get it in audio :). Trust me it’s worth it.

The Thorn of Emberlain New Release Date Announced

Finally and after several delays and a lot of waiting it seems we’ll be getting the fourth book in the Gentleman Bastard series sometime this coming September!

The British publisher Gollancz announced yesterday on Twitter that The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch will be released in September to coincide with the author’s appearance at Fantasy Con happening in the same month. The author also confirmed on Twitter after that, so it seems this new release date is final. Can’t wait!

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The Prince of Thorns – A Book Review

This is the first book in The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence. It has been on my to-read list for a long time. I tried to read it a while back but after the first couple of chapters I left it. It was too gruesome for me at the time. But after reading The Prince of Fools (my review) by the same author and checking out many reviews by fellow bloggers and friends who highly recommended it, I thought I’d give it another try. Glad I did. The book was still too gruesome and quite dark but as you read further you get to know more about the characters and their reasons. I’m not saying that the reasons justify their actions, I’m only saying you understand them. [No spoilers in this review].9579634

The book follows the journey of Prince Jorg Ancrath, aka the Prince of Thorns, to take revenge on his mother and brother’s brutal murder that happened when he was 10 years old. At 13, he leads a group of bandits to find and kill the person who ordered their deaths. Jorg and his bandits, whom he calls Brothers, attack villages and torture and burn everyone in their way. He is not your average teenager, he’s brutal and has no remorse for his actions. This doesn’t sound like a book that could appeal to everyone nor make you feel any empathy towards the main character but there is a lot more to this book than that.

What I liked about it

  • The author’s writing style: I don’t usually read dark fantasy like this one, but the author did a great job with the writing and after getting past the first chapters it kinds gets easier to go through once you get into the story more. The book easily flows back and forth in time describing Jorg’s past and showing the reader how he ended up the way he did.
  • Humor and wit: As dark as it was, the book also had humor and wit which are two things I really like in a book.
  • The story line: it will keep you intrigued. After reading The Prince of Fools I am already a bit familiar with the setting of the book and some of the characters mentioned so it was easy to get engaged in the world of the broken empire.
  • The magic: there is no specific magic system, but the magic in this book was more of characters who posses magic and the existence of magical creatures and the way they were portrayed was interesting.
  • The cover: what can I say I like good covers.
  • Memorable Quotes: from the many here is one

         “Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.”

There wasn’t anything specific that I didn’t like. I did get a bit mixed up with the secondary characters, Jorg’s Brothers. I couldn’t get a clear vision of who they are besides two characters; Nuban and Makin.

Jorg is a character who is confident and arrogant and has been leading a group of grown men but while I was reading there was a question that kept popping up in my head: why did the author make Jorg so young and how did he realize that this age will be appropriate for the story?

If you’re looking for a typical hero that everyone will root for, this is not that book. But even so, you’ll find yourself following Jorg’s journey, wanting to know what he will do next and maybe rooting for him just to see him reach his destination.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends – A Book Review

This is a book about the actor Rob Lowe, written by Rob Lowe and narrated by Rob Lowe. I’ve known this actor from the series Brothers and Sisters and now my favorite comedy Parks and Recreation (just started to watch it and loving it) and from his good looks, but I didn’t know much about his personal life other than he started acting in the 80’s and acted in St. Elmo’s Fire (which I haven’t seen).

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The book is about his life growing up in Ohio and LA and his relationships with his parents, brothers and friends and later when he meets his wife and becomes a father. It also talks about how he started and pursued his acting career and his interactions with various directors, producers and other actors.

Lately, I’ve really started to enjoy listening to autobiographies on Audible and this one was no exception. The stories were interesting and engaging and some of them were quite surprising. From his roles in the series I’ve seen, I wouldn’t have assumed he had such a wild youth. What I liked about his story telling was the fact that he seemed humble and very honest. There are some things in the book that I am sure some people would have wanted to forget, but he goes on and talks about it candidly.

I highly recommend this book especially to those who like autobiographies and if you’re a fan of Rob Lowe, you’ll get a glimpse of his life behind the cameras. The writing style was good and easy to follow. The narration was excellent and he did good imitations of other actors he mentioned in the book. He has also written another autobiography called Love Life which I’ve added to to my to read list.

The book has a couple of memorable quotes, the one I liked most is:

“So I came to the realization: Nothing in life is unfair. It’s just life. To the extent that I had any inner turmoil, I had only myself to blame”

What I’ve been reading lately

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since my last book review or since I finished a book. I was in a reading slump last month and it took me quite a long time to find books to read or listen to, and I also took a 10 day vacation from work and so my reading time went down to the very minimum (almost non-existent).

But now I’m back and been trying to catch up with my reading. In the meantime, I got good deals on Audible this past month and I ended up buying 5 books. I’m currently listening to 3  of them (actually just one, the other 2 I stopped listening to in order to finish this one). I also started to read a book that I’ve put off for a very long time.

Here is what I’ve been reading and listening to:

9579634The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve read The Prince of Fools by the same author a couple of months back and enjoyed it a lot. I was about to start with book 2 of the series (The Liar’s Key) when I thought, why not try reading The Prince of Thorns again (I gave up on it the first time after 1 or 2 chapters) since there are some references to this series in the new one. Glad I did. I’m about 75% done with it and I will continue with this one before getting back to The Liar’s Key.

51U2b1VTRxL._SL300_Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe narrated by Rob Lowe. I am really starting to get into autobiographies and it seems I’ll be reading my autobiographies in audio from now on. I like Rob Lowe as an actor especially in Parks and Rec so it’s interesting to find out about his life growing up and becoming an actor. I’m about 40% through the book.

61EMr2Mr6WL._SL300_David Copperfield by Charles Dickens narrated by Richard Armitage. I have never read this book before and being a classic and narrated by this awesome narrator (seriously just go listen to the sample, here is the link) I thought I should get it. It’s 36 hours long and so I’m taking it slow. I’ve finished about 10 hours and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. Seriously check out the sample and get the book!


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by Scott Meyer narrated by Luke Daniels. This is the third and last book in the Magic 2.0 series. Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators and the series is fun. I’m about 20% through listening will get back to it when I finish Rob Lowe’s book.

So this is what I’ve been reading lately, as you can see it’s quite a mix of genres :). I’ll be posting reviews as soon as I finish.

Alice Through the Looking Glass – Movie Trailer 2

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A new trailer for the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie was released yesterday. This is the sequel to the Alice in Wonderland movie that was out in 2010. From both trailers it looks like it’s going to be a very interesting movie. Can’t wait to see it!

If you missed the first trailer then you can check it out here .