Master of Formalities
Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families—the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire—have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only son, has been captured, a...more
Audio book: Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators. When reviewing An Unwelcome Quest, Mr. Daniels tweeted at me that he had the "next one" in the queue.
Sadly, I think he might have thought this book was the fourth installment of Mr. Meyer's Magic 2.0 series. Much like that series (and everything else Mr. Daniels narrates) he does an excellent job.
Between how much I've enjoy ...more
Ten Second Synopsis:
Yes Minister in space.
What a strange and amusing little offering I found this to be! I fear I am going through a minor aversion to science fiction at the moment, simply because engaging in new futuristicky worlds seems to be far too much effort. I must say though, that I thoroughly enjoyed this little romp for the strangely compatible senses of familiarity and originality that it provided.
I did find the ...more
That doesn't adequately describe the engaging story Meyer has written. Filled with droll comedy and subtle yet biting commentary, this sci-fi piece includes some surprising twists. I wasn't quite sure of the endgame, and snorted aloud at a reveal in the final paragraph.
I've seen other reviews bring up Downton Abbey in Space in an effort to describe the cast of ch ...more
It's entirely possible that the Mr. Belvedere-in-a-space-opera type of plot is just not my cup of tea, but I honestly ...more
It took me a while to get into the story, but at the end of part 1 I couldn't put the thing down. It was a really ...more
The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained
If you like to laugh, enjoy reading books, and like to laugh while you read books, I highly recommend you start reading books by Scott Meyer. He wrote the awesome and original Wizard 2.0 series, and I strongly suggest you go check it out.
Apparently, awesome and original is something Scott Meyer is very, very good at, because Master of Formalities was just as awesome and just as original.
Master of Formalities is a lot Downt ...more
Comparisons to Douglas Adams are inevitable, and well-deserved - the book references pays deft homage to classics like The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - but Meyer has never been ...more
Publisher: 47 North
Publishing Date: July 2015
Publisher Description: Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families—the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire—have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only ...more
I adore Basic Instructions (and if you haven't read that webcomic, go right now. Sorry if you had other plans for the day, but you'll thank me.) I actually almost got sucked back in just looking up the link, and I've read the entire run at least twice. I actually enjoyed his Off to Be the Wizard series, so I figured this would be at least a nice diversion.
Man, I tried. I really tried, twice. I got to page 332 and just couldn't get any farther. It was neither funny nor inter ...more
I'm unsure if this story is a one-off or setting up a new series but I would be willing to revisit this universe.
There were some great moments in the story, but also a fair few stinkers as well.
All in all, i am glad i read the book, but i doubt i would ...more
Yes, there is a guy getting hit in the crotch in the book, just like in all four of the Magic 2.0 books. Yes, somehow it is tied into the plot intrinsically. I thought Scott Meyers couldn't beat how he ret-conned Merlin's crotch shield from a weird inexplicable gag in 'Off to Be the Wizard' into a major plot point in 'An Unwelcome Quest', but he totally did. There is basically an entire chapter dedicated to the art of the crotch-hit in 'Master of ...more
As humanity has colonised the stars, and civilisations and cultures have diverged, proper etiquette has become ever more important in regulating how cultures interact. A central Council of Arbiters supplies ...more
There we're times where I sensed something was supposed to be funny. The juxtaposition of ideas and concepts which occasionally amused me but mostly fell flat. Either because of the expense they took at the characters with in the book or a pessimistic humor. Amusing for the sheer absurdity o ...more
I quite enjoyed a lot of aspects of this one but there were some things I didn't really enjoy. But it balanced out for me in a way that made me like it more than I did not like it. Full review to come on Books and Ladders
Also, Luke Daniels is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators for audio books.
Interesting and different book by Scott Meyer.
I've loved all of his Magic 2.0 books, and what really comes through is the wry humor that is a consistent feature of Meyer's novels. While technically this is a SF book as it is set on a future earth colony planet, the book is almost entirely focused on social structures and the interplay between characters. Honestly, this same fact is true of the Magic 2.0 books.
Master of Formalities tells the story of a royal family and the interaction ...more
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.