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The Wiz Biz (Wiz #1-2)

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It all began when the wizards of the White League were under attack by their opponents of the Black League and one of their most powerful members cast a spell to bring forth a mighty wizard to aid their cause. What the spell delivered was master hacker Walter Wiz Zumwalt. The wizard who east the spell was dead and nobody -- not the elves, not the dwarves, not even the ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Baen
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Dec 12, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
How a Master Programer became a Master Spell Writer.

Walter “Wiz” Zumwalt is a bit out of sorts. You see his day started off as normal where he went to his job fixing all the mistakes that the other programers made. It was a bit of a slog but someone usually came up with a entertaining way to make a program crash and Wiz usually came up with a equally entertaining way to fix it. This was also how Wiz got his nick name as it seemed sometimes he was working magic to get things working again. Life w
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Aug 01, 2016 Patrick Scheele rated it liked it
A computer programmer ends up in a fantasy setting where magic behaves like a programmable computer. It sounded really good to me, because I like both fantasy and programming, but it ended up disappointing me. Not that it's a bad book, I just wanted a better one.

I wanted a lone hero (or group of heroes) going up against impossible odds, fighting for freedom, love, truth and puppies, but I ended up with a likeable hero who is forever trying to solve problems he caused himself, by his alien way o
Mary Newcomb
This is actually two books, Wizard's Bane and The Wizardry Compiled. Both are set in a land of magic, an intrepid computer programmer was summoned there and quickly determines that he can write code for magic spells. Things go awry and a Silicon Valley solution seems to be the only way out. Geeky fun!

May 30, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it
This is a fun amalgam of computer games, programming, and fantasy. Not all of it makes sense, but that doesn't stop it from being entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the computer in-jokes. Having worked in the field for over 30 years, I couldn't help but laugh at many of the comments, especially the ones at the beginning of each chapter. Well done.
Jan 19, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
It was all right.... A bit angsty but the story was interesting and not to technical for those of us who aren't programmers. Flowed well and had some intriguing notions about magic. All in all a fairly good way to spend a day
Claire Blackshaw
Feb 05, 2016 Claire Blackshaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book while still in high-school and I still remember it as one of the funnest fantasy romps I ever had. It reads like a bad fanfic / role-playing campaign written by a true geek but it's done with such humor and light heart prose that its a joy.
Aug 11, 2015 Juan rated it it was amazing
This was a book written to accommodate computer programmers who love fantasy, or fantasy enthusiasts who like their fiction interspersed with technology. It's a perfect mix of the two, and the romantic and comedic aspects are not heavy handed but are perfectly balanced to complement the theme.
Karen Jones
Nov 08, 2010 Karen Jones rated it really liked it
Very good story. Lots of typos and formatting problems, unfortunately. Much more so than with most books. But good writing despite the editing problems. I liked it well enough to buy the next installment in the series and read that too.
Jul 07, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Very geeky fantasy tale about a programmer who gets summoned to a fantasy realm and finds out that magic and programming have a lot in common.
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Jun 01, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it
This book took a while to get my interest but once it did I really enjoyed it. I especially like the why the way WIZ cast the new spells. This book was downloaded from
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Rick Cook is a journalist, computer hacker, and fantasy author best known for his "Wiz" series of books. Since his hospitalization in 2000 he has not resumed fiction writing.

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Other Books in the Series

Wiz (6 books)
  • Wizard's Bane (Wiz, #1)
  • The Wizardry Compiled (Wiz, #2)
  • The Wizardry Cursed (Wiz, #3)
  • The Wizardry Consulted (Wiz, #4)
  • The Wizardry Quested (Wiz, #5)
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