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Spell or High Water

(Magic 2.0 #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  20,944 ratings  ·  1,019 reviews
The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn’t be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has jou
Paperback, 431 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by 47North
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TS Chan
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Spell or High Water is a good follow-up to Off to Be the Wizard. Admittedly, a bit of the novelty factor from the first book did start to wear off and I find this volume to be weaker but the narrative retained its enjoyable comedic tone.

Martin and Philip were invited by Gwen to Atlantis, a safe haven for all female sorceresses from a society which is far from friendly to those whom they deem as witches, where a grand summit to gather all the leaders of all known wizard colonies in th
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, sci-fi, fantasy
Full review now posted!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

These are such cheesy books, but man are they enjoyable.

Spell or High Water picks up about a month after the events of Off to Be the Wizard. Martin and Philip are invited to a summit for magical time-travelers, to be held in the mythical city of Atlantis, where Gwen is now a resident. In the present, Jimmy has managed to get out of South America and is hot on the trail of Martin, intent on convincing the Treasury agents hunting Martin to help him. Plot w
Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't think I would have been as disappointed as I was with this book if I hadn't read the first one.

We're off to be the Wizard was smart, charming and full of compelling characters who, amazingly, had some really relevant things to say about gender and male/female relationships. Philip, in particular, was a favorite character of mine because he was so even-keeled and so good at pointing out to EVERY OTHER CHARACTER how STUPID it was that they couldn't just see women as people.

And then somethi
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: While not as funny as the first book, I still found this book a lot of fun and look forward to the next one.

Audio book: I'm convinced Luke Daniels could read the phone book and make it sound interesting. When given a funny book to read he shines even more. He may be my favorite audio book reader. His voices are great and seems to really bring the characters to life.

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I grabbed the first book in this series a few months ago because partially because it sounded int
What if the lost city of Atlantis was a lady utopia created by time-travelers? Well, there's this book, so you can find out one possible answer at least.

Last time around, we were introduced to the time-traveling wizards who inhabit medieval England, because computers, and everything is in a computer and what are you gonna do. Our hero, Martin, helped defeat the wizard-gone-bad Jimmy, and has officially taken up comfortable residence in Camelot slash London. It's only been three months since they
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing but confusing

When dealing with alternate time lines and realities things get kind of confusing, no matter how many times I reread.

But what isn't confusing is how fun and creative this book is.

If you need a quick palette cleanse sit down for a few hours and try to wrap your head around this witty read
Valyssia Leigh
Toxic masculinity is never more repulsive than when it's gender flipped by a male author and assigned to a fictional female character or matriarchal society. It becomes the kind of annoying yet toothless harassment that occurs at a bachelorette party, because the men being objectified never feel threatened. The fact that this nonsense was supposedly at the heart of a society created by women in this story resonated a bit of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Matter of Seggri with sarcastic male overtones a ...more
Sinisa Mikasinovic
What else could I have expected? It's Scott and Luke at it again :)

If this is the type of humor you like, you'll have a blast! Exactly as predicted, the sequel followed the winning recipe to the letter: Interesting story, lovable characters, geeky humor and general hilariousness. Can't wait to grab the next book.

Scott has a great talent for writing crazy stuff and Luke to make it sound even more hilarious. Truly a winning combination.

If you're wondering why I'm acting like such a fanboy, you sur
Ashley Cael
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Originally posted at Worlds Abound
Spell or High Water is the 2nd in Scott Meyer’s Magic 2.0 series about Martin Banks and his belief shattering discovery that reality is actually a computer program. In the first book, we saw Martin discover the file that contains reality and figure out what it actually was, and how he could use it to travel back in time, give himself pretty much anything he wanted and all kinds of cool geeky stuff like that. We also met a bunch of other geeks turned wizards who
Mike Shapiro
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment, given how much I liked Off to Be the Wizard. The first book blended Matrix-esque computer metaphysics and Robert Asprin breezy fantasy in a way that was fun and engaging. The premise was cute, the characters generally likable, and the casual informality of the whole story was part of its charm. Sure the plot was lightweight and the details were goofy (e.g. medieval peasants speaking with contemporary diction), and the implications of time travel generally handled by th ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
While the first book, Off to Be the Wizard, was certainly not deep, it was cute and entertaining and had a fun story. I was looking forward to seeing how Meyer handled the women wizards and the society they created. Turns out, it's not the society that women would create but the society that men think women would create, you know, if they were men. Seriously, Meyer has no idea how to write women.

The plot was not terribly interesting and the never-ending confused babble about how two versions of
Christian Norfleet
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Repetitive and boring, the author lost a step.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great follow-up!
Spell or High Water picks up a few months after Off to Be the Wizard ends. I find it hard to critique this. It wasn't particulary suspenseful, and the humor is still quite cheap, but there is good entertainment value in this series, the science makes sense, for the most part and the charaters are likeable (or not, when they aren't supposed to be).

I did really like the representation of Atlantis and the way everything is organized. The men vs women situation turned on his head was entertaining as
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy, own-ebook
3.5 stars

The second installment of time-traveling code-wizards is entertaining, low-brain-usage fluff. I enjoyed the world, especially Atlantis with its sleek diamond spheres and transparent, relaxing elegance. Meyer ventures into a bit risky territory for a male writer: he creates Atlantean society as the reverse of gender stereotypes. Sourceresses run the city, with beefcake servants who try to catch the women’s eye by displaying their bodies and male prowess, because that’s their only way of
Kenny Bellew
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know the cover makes this look like a kid book, but it's not. Scott Meyer is a humor writer and this series is hilarious. I really should spend my time reading something with more substance, but I can't stop. Scott Meyer books are so fun to read that I'll probably read the entire series without a break. ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first. Maybe better. I bought and read it the day I finished the first one--practically in one sitting which is pretty rare for me.
Joshua Gross
Jul 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this damn book. First the positives. Author has a good sense of humor and we still see snippets of that in this book. I liked the Elder Brit/Younger Brit idea and the questions it raised about free will, but it wasn't really explored much. I also appreciated that he created a flawed system of government and then wrote about what would make it better, unfortunately it was the system created entirely by the women, so I'm not sure what that says.

The book is long and meandering.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another cute story in the Magic 2.0 series. I really liked the story, though am unsure that the Jimmy story line is really resolved. What I think I liked best about this book was seeing Atlantis, seeing a different imagined world in time. I kind of envisioned the Britt's way of building it like an atom-by-atom rapid prototyper/makerbot machine. Maybe a little too much time was spent on discussing if the two Britt's are really the same person, but the "mystery" was fun and the way it was solved w ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved book one of the serie so I decided to read (or rather listen) to book two. I wasn't enthusiastic of the plot, not bad but nothing special either. My biggest problem was that what was funny when it was new became a little borig with time, so I didn't really care about the story or characters and I wasn't laughting either. It was just a quick read, entertaing for a little while but it took me a few weeks to finish it, and that's a long time for me. I don't think I will go on with book thre ...more
Shanna Early
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
These books are light, fun reads. They're funny, creative, and really enjoyable. ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fun story! I'd say it's more 4.5 stars. The book loses points for a digg at the star wars prequels. Spending more time in this world is great fun, the best part is the humor. I loved the expanding the word created in the first book and setting up what I'm sure will be another great 3rd book! ...more
Rick Wilson
Aug 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was so bad. I don't.... It's just.... sigh....

The writing is not good. The characters are flat and mostly unlikable. The whole second half I felt like I was engaging in self harm for continuing to read.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the series very much! It feels like some totally new ideas in the genre and is very refreshing. Looking forward to the next part!
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, audio, audible, 2019
I really like the Magic 2.0 series. I think Scott Meyer does an amazing job of combining Science Fiction, Fantasy, and, best of all, Humor. It's sophomoric and silly humor, but it does not take away from the story or lessen its quality. The first book, Off to be the Wizard, really set a high standard for me. I thought Spell or High Water got off to a slower start. I was not as invested as I was, but Meyer soon brought me back in. I cannot wait to read more from Meyer and more from this series.

Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, humor
No snappy subtitle this time

The novelty begins to wear thin a bit, but the humor is still on point. The authors "voice" is still ever present and Luke Daniels (narrator) is very much an MVP of the book.

I do wonder how much would my opinion differ if I were to read the book, instead listen to it. I often wonder this, especially in more "pulpy" books and I think it's inevitable. But that's perfectly fine. I hope the third installment covers some new ground.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This was better than part one and made me laugh out loud so many times in public. Because Star Wars references and such. Jimmy is still awful though but man this was so much fun! part three here I come!
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A really fun read. Like this author and this series.
Tabea Vanessa
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute perfection! I highly recommend the audiobook.
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Scott Meyer has been a radio DJ, a stand-up comic, a writer for video games, an office manager, and a pretend ghost bellhop.

He is the creator of the comic strip Basic Instructions, and has now written a novel.

He and his wife live in Florida, to be close to their cats.

Other books in the series

Magic 2.0 (6 books)
  • Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0, #1)
  • An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0, #3)
  • Fight and Flight (Magic 2.0, #4)
  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 #5)
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