Monday, May 25, 2015

Read this: Magic 2.0 Series by Scott Meyer

It's not often that you come across a book that's truly unique. Most books, even the really good ones, are still variations on a theme that's been done before. Mystery dramas, political thrillers, science fiction, magical fantasy, they're all well cemented genres that have their place in literature. There's nothing wrong with that, and most good stories (books or movies) take tried and true storytelling techniques and add new elements to make it unique.

So it's hard to find a book/movie that you'd label as being genuinely unique, one that's hard to fit into existing genre boundaries. Well, that's exactly what this series is. Don't worry, no spoilers here.

It's called the Magic 2.0 series and there are three books in the series so far. I honestly don't know how to categorize these books. They are part magical fantasy, part present-day novel, part science fiction (kind of?), part comedy, and altogether enjoyable to read.

The first book is Off To Be The Wizard and it tells the story of how Martin discovers a secret new world and makes a place for himself there. It's hilarious, fun, and a very good story. But above all, it's simply unique. There's nothing quite like this story and if you're a fan of any of the genres I mentioned above (the ones that it sort of fits into), you'll like it.

The second book is Spell or High Water and it further explores the other characters and places in the new realm. It also involves a hilarious amount of confusing time travel, which is always fun. I personally thought this book was just as good as the first, and actually a little but funnier.

The third book is An Unwelcome Quest and it takes the same characters as the first two books and sends them on a quest to save their own lives. It's a good story and has some very funny moments, but overall I found it to be lacking the same spark that the first two books had. It changed too much and as a result it felt like an inferior story because it lacked everything that made the first two books so fun. Still, it was a fun read.

I definitely recommend the series. They were all a lot of fun to read and have a super unique premise. They are available from Amazon in physical form or as Kindle books.

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