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Wizard's Bane

Wizard s Bane What Wiz Zumalt could do with computers was magic on Earth Then one day the master computer hacker is called to a different world to help fight an evil known as the Black League Suddenly the Wiz fin

  • Title: Wizard's Bane
  • Author: Rick Cook
  • ISBN: 9780671698034
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • What Wiz Zumalt could do with computers was magic on Earth Then, one day the master computer hacker is called to a different world to help fight an evil known as the Black League Suddenly, the Wiz finds himself in a place governed by magic and in league with a red headed witch who despises him.

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    1. Evgeny on said:

      What do software development and wizardry have in common? Read and find out.The Black League (the bad guys) is slowly but surely winning over the Wizards Council (the good guys) and there seems to be no hope until the mightiest of the wizards came up with an idea which might help their cause. He summoned a very competent computer programmer called William I. Zumwalt (Wiz) straight from his Silicon Valley company office. The wizard took a great risk doing it and got killed for his troubles, but n [...]

    2. Librivore on said:

      This is what happens when a computer programmer and D&D player attempts to write a book. The result is not pretty.The first few pages are interesting enough and the use of actual programming jargon is a refreshing change of pace (most writers who attempt this tend to have no idea what they are talking about. Rick Cook obviously does). Unfortunately, that's all the book has to offer.The premise is interesting enough but never comes to life. The characters are completely one-dimensional, the d [...]

    3. Eko Prasetyo on said:

      Interesting concept! Making operating system for the power of magics! What an idea!Really, you need to read this to believe it!

    4. Ahmed on said:

      This book is a self-conscious wish-fulfillment fantasy novel. The plot is that a computer programmer is magically summoned into a world that is rife with magic, in order to help the good wizards fight against the evil wizards. A lot could be said about the comparison of programming and magic, and the numerous technical in-jokes, but that would perhaps spoil the fun. I'd say this is a good read, especially in that it doesn't take itself to seriously. Recommended if you like Neal Stephenson's "In [...]

    5. Mars on said:

      "qdr: Название фильма на торрент трекере: Сеть / The net (Ирвин Уинклер)[1995, Триллер, комедия для сисадминов, DVDRip]" (c) bash/quote/403883This particular series is about a programmer who gets summoned to an alternate dimention where magic works and computers don't. He quickly goes mad and He has some fun adventures.It would probably have been much more fun if a) I didn't know anything about computers, or b) the author a [...]

    6. John on said:

      I enjoyed this book. The concept of a computer programmer applying his skills to a magical reality was neat and original. The plot moved along at a good clip and the main characters were likeable, so you cared what happened and rooted them on. Normally, I would probably have given this book 4 stars, good and enjoyable, but not enough of a wow factor to rank five. But(you knew it was coming, of course) there were a couple things that nagged at me enough that I had to dink the book down one star, [...]

    7. Scott Nickell on said:

      The "magic as computer programming" premise is really interesting. Unfortunately, that concept isn't really introduced until about 3/4 of the way through the book, and even then is presented fairly superficially. There are also some problems (at least in the printing I got) with some evil wizards' names getting mixed up*. The premise is strong enough that I'll probably give the author enough benefit of the doubt to read one or two more books from this series, now that said premise is established [...]

    8. Donna on said:

      This is the story of Wiz, a computer programmer who gets summoned to a world of magic. The wizard who summoned him died in the process so no one is really sure what he's supposed to be doing. The book took way too long setting up the story but once the real action started, it was much better. I really liked the throwing of spells as computer commands even though it never actually made sense to me. It was a quick, fun read though it didn't have a lot of substance to it.

    9. Bryan457 on said:

      This is one of my all time favorites. It combines 3 story elements that I really like. fantasy & magic, a modern day person ripped out of their time and place, computer programming. Programming magic like its a computer, I love it.

    10. Ron on said:

      Great concept, adequate story telling. Pop corn for the brain--and I mean that in the kind sense.Maybe not worth four stars, but definitely more than three.A fun read.

    11. Sean Randall on said:

      This is one of the most amazing books I consumed in my teenage years, and having reread it (for at least the fifth time) to write these few thoughts I still find it wonderfully captivating. It's available online for free so you've got no excuse not to go check it out!So, the story: in a world of myth and magic, the Dark League "waxes strong to make chaos of what little order there is in the World" whereas our heroes of the North try to keep things safe."the question a responsible magician must f [...]

    12. Aelvana on said:

      Walter "Wiz" Zumwalt was happy hacking in Silicon Valley, but when he's dragged into a world where magic works, suddenly debugging C++ is the least of his worries. Or is it? The wizard who brought him here is dead, and Wiz is left in the care of a witch that he's been ensorcelled to love. She's determined to keep him out of the hands of the Black League while they try to figure out what the wizard who summoned him was trying to accomplish.What do computers have to do with a land of magic? A surp [...]

    13. Dayl Thomas on said:

      Good book. A little slow going, but it makes the attempt to imagine what someone from the "real" world would do in a land of magic and fantasy and it succeeds. Most of the action takes place in the final third of the book, which to me was the best part. It has its moments of humor, but stays pretty melancholy in the character's realistic actions. You really feel for the main character as an outcast and are happy with his eventual triumph. The author spends a lot of time on detail, from sights an [...]

    14. Hoilo1122 on said:

      This book was so disappointing. I started it because my brother was very excited about it, and I understand why he was. It's a new magic system with lots of potential, but the story fell flat. This to me is an obvious example of an author who has a great idea, but none of the skills to bring it to life. The characters are flat and can do a 180 turn without any clear reason (has Wiz at any point behaved in a way that justified Moira suddenly liking him?). Not at one point does the main character [...]

    15. Skyler on said:

      The idea of (view spoiler)[writing a programming language for magic (hide spoiler)] is a novel one, and definitely has got me thinking about magic systems in a different way, but unfortunately that is the only thing I really took away from this book. The magic system in a way broke down for me due to (view spoiler)[the contrast between how Wiz is able to cast spells and how the other wizards do, as well as a conflict between how the magic system is described and how it is actually displayed. Acc [...]

    16. Charlie on said:

      This book is really nerdy, silly, and fun.It's not written very well. The plotting is clumsy. The way magic works in this world and how it can be literally programmed is so unbelievable that you have to immediately accept it as a convention of the story before you even start reading it. If you don't, there is no point in even picking up this book.However, if you can accept this silly story convention, and you are a geek that knows about computer programming, you will find this book rather amusin [...]

    17. Silent_count on said:

      I found this book at Baen Free Library.The basic story is of a computer programmer, 'the Wiz' (groan), who finds himself in a transported to a medieval fantasy world ruled by wizards and witches. Unlike the natives who consider each spell a separate and unrelated 'trick', Wiz soon discovers that his systematic, programmer's approach facilitates his understanding of magic. Of course there's the requisite love interest and the laughably bad villain.Unfortunately, I can't tell you I enjoyed this on [...]

    18. Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson on said:

      What a strange, yet intriguing read.This is a very unique and interesting take on the whole Epic Fantasy genre. Without wanting to spoil anything, the book brilliantly blends together Fantasy (men and elves and dragons and what have you) with modern-day computer programming. Something that I, before reading this book, thought could and SHOULD never come together in any one place. There's something just so inherently wrong about seeing the word "computer" in a medieval-times Fantasy novel, and ye [...]

    19. Hannah on said:

      Wizard's Bane is a decent read, perfect for when you have a spare moment and nothing else to do. The flaws outweighed the fun parts of the book for me, however. The characters are pretty unsympathetic, and the only one I even vaguely liked was Wiz, because his floundering about in the alternate world was amusing. Moira was beyond annoying, as was just about every other character in the book. Was being a complete snob part of that new world? Because no one there seemed to understand the idea that [...]

    20. Fabio on said:

      All the adventures of Wiz, spanning several books, have a common theme: how cool would it be if a (genius) computer programmer could go to a world where the magic within lends itself well to be "programmed"?It doesn't make it justice, but let me tell you this - if you like fantasy and are a computer geek yourself, or better a programmer, I doubt you'll be disappointed.Yes, the love stories are a bit trivial and some dialogues poor because of them. But the rest is gold. It makes you laugh, especi [...]

    21. Mark Brinkman on said:

      I loved this -- It is a combination fish-out-of-water story combined with a tale that turns a relative nobody into hero. Add to that mixing computer programming with casting spells? A delightful tale that I've read several times. A computer programmer from Earth is transported to an atypical Fantasy world supposedly to save it -- but he has NO idea how to work magic when he gets there. But things change quickly.Granted I'm chiefly a science fiction fan, and a systems programmer, so I'm something [...]

    22. Scott Vout on said:

      This was one reccommended by the site based on my previous reviews.It ended much better then it started and i would rate it 3.5 if i could.A story about Wiz, a computer programmer from our time that is summoned to a fantasy realm where he learns to cast spells by writing them as computer programs. A unique twist that i rather enjoyed.This being the first book in the series there was a lot of "get to know ya" stuff which i really found tedious - not sure why - but i did. But once the heroine get [...]

    23. Oliver on said:

      Programming is magic - a cool concept. Sadly, the implementation is not convincing. The protagonist saves the day with the power of emacs somehow. The gimmick would have been justified if the magic system (and Wiz's strange use of it) was analysed in more detail, but instead we only see the result. From the reader's perspective, the source of his powers could have just as easily been an ancient magical artefact or similar. We don't really get to appreciate the way that Wiz uses his mind to overc [...]

    24. Jon Ringstad on said:

      I know what you're thinking: "2 stars? This book has to suck!" But you're wrong! It's fun, but maybe not good. On my scale, 2 stars means you need to be into that sort of thing, and if you do you're going to enjoy it.These books are all about a computer programmer who's transported to another world, one where magic works like programming. Thus he becomes a powerful wizard. Stuff happens along the way, adversity and triumph, but all the programmer-come-wizard stuff is all you need to know to deci [...]

    25. geoffrey on said:

      Basic premise: a computer programmer is mistakenly (?) summoned into a world where magic exists and permeates all. He must depend on magic to survive or even have a chance of returning home, but possesses no innate magical ability. There are no "magic words" that would allow him to perform magic. Despite being assured by powerful magicians that he will never be capable of harnessing magic, he develops a "programming language" that allows him eventually to defeat malevolent wizards. I read this a [...]

    26. Leisuresuitlarry on said:

      Good enough for a quick distraction but rough at times. The first half is a long, generic chase scene, and there's a story within a story that doesn't contribute anything at all to the larger narrative. At around 55-60% through it gets interesting and the whole point for Wiz being there finally starts to get some action. Even in the last half there are some asides to the main action that do nothing to advance the story and just took me out of it. I might check out the sequel, but only because it [...]

    27. Bob on said:

      I have a lot of nostalgia for this book, mostly because it came out during my graduate school years. Its primary gimmick is the fairly modest "computer geek in magic land" theme. These days that doesn't seem so groundbreaking but back when the z80 assembler was still relevant, being a computer nerd was still a novelty. I'm not sure if the jokes and references still hold up for normal people but they still get a smile. It's not great literature but it's still fun.

    28. Konrad on said:

      Just like a dinner in McDonald's. A guilty pleasure. It's cheesy, it's nothing but cliches, the plot is basically "Go to X, defeat Y", the character relationships are stupid But when you want a light, mindless read, it's surprisingly okay. Ish.As a whole, the book really, really reeks of a Gygax-era low-level AD&D adventure But it's entertaining and brings you back to the Conan-style fantasy. Except it's worse. Still, if you have nothing better to read, it isn't horrible.

    29. Kevin Brown on said:

      This is one of my all time favorite series. This is a book I highly recommend because of its great use of humor, action and hint of romance. I did a complete video review of it HERE. And followed it up with an examination of the series as a whole in two parts. Here and for part two Here

    30. Chad on said:

      Not great writing, or a great story, honestly. But for those of us with a CS background, it is reasonably good fun. I read it as a vacation novel and it was perfect for that. It was published in 1989, so is rooted in the systems programming of the time, but that has remarkably held up, and so the jokes have as well. It'd be nice if certain obvious tropes weren't fallen into time and time again, or if there were more facets to the characters, but it commits few actual sins.

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