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Out of Spite, Out of Mind

av Scott Meyer

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Serier: Magic 2.0 (5)

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When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong?Pretty much everything.Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's. And there's the small matter of a glitch that's making Brit the Elder's body fritz out. Brit the Elder's ex-boyfriend Phillip wants to help her, but he'll have to keep it secret from his current girlfriend, Brit the Younger, who can't stand her future self.Meanwhile, Martin is trying to protect Phillip from a relentless attacker he somehow hasn't noticed; Gwen is angry because Martin accidentally proposed to her; Gary tries to help the less fortunate, with predictably disastrous results; and an old nemesis might have to be the one to save them all.In Out of Spite, Out of Mind, our fearless wizards discover the biggest glitch in their world's program may well be themselves.… (mer)
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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FIRST THINGS FIRST
I can't talk about this one without spoiling the end of Fight and Flight. This entire book is built on the foundation of that last chapter. Read at your own risk.

WHAT'S OUT OF SPITE, OUT OF MIND ABOUT?
Let's get the subplots out of the way (at least one of which is going to turn out to be important for the next book, and one will be important for this one). Gary hires a local peasant—and then several others—in a misguided, but surprisingly good-hearted, attempt to help them out. This is almost entirely a comic storyline, and I love that Meyer takes the time to do things like this.

Martin and Gwen are fighting (which happens a lot, sure)—because they both want to get married, but not right now, and things are awkward because Martin raised the subject. If that seems odd to you, imagine how poor Martin feels. It feels very sitcom-y—if the sitcom is in a later season and is trying to come up with some low-stakes conflict because the writers can't figure out how to keep happy couples interesting. I rolled my eyes at this stuff a lot—but found it a little amusing. Where this storyline resolved, however, might end up being the most grounded, mature, and admirable thing in this series.*

* Wow, I'm supposed to keep my evaluative-powder dry in this section. Whoops. Feel free to call our Customer Service line for a full refund.

The third subplot also involves Martin (he's our point-of-entry character for this series, so it makes sense that he gets 2 storylines)—he's convinced that Phillip is being stalked by some sort of masked figure who keeps launching stealth-attacks at him. None of the attacks are particularly successful—especially once Martin susses them out and works to prevent them. But they're also not at all lethal, at best they'd be impediments to his activities, irritations, distractions—ridiculously elaborate pranks, really. Phillip thinks that Martin is seeing things. Gary, Gwen, and the rest of the gang aren't really convinced either. It's Martin vs. the Masked Meddler.

But the main thing is this—in the last book, we learn that Britt the Elder has different memories of the events of Fight and Flight than Britt the Younger does. And we're not talking about how two people who were at the same event recall details differently—we're talking about different outcomes here. As Britt the Elder is—ask anyone who isn't Phillip—the older version of the Younger, who co-exists with her younger-self in a way that only works in silly time travel stories, that should not be.

Britt spends some time pondering this and trying to get to the bottom of it and ultimately determines there's a problem in the Code, and she's going to need help figuring all this out. While she's doing this pondering, she starts to develop some physical glitches as well. She's really going to need help. Sadly, the only person she can really rely on here is Phillip—who's dating her younger-self and really can't spend time with the Elder without getting the Younger upset. Things get stranger and worse from here.

HOW WAS THE NARRATION?
This is about an audiobook, so I need to say something about the work Luke Daniels put in. But...but...it's Luke Daniels. I've run out of things to say about how great a narrator Luke Daniels is. I literally have no idea what to say here.

This is the best I can do—my first exposure to this series was the eBooks, and I read the initial trilogy that way, Only coming to the audiobooks as a way to review the trilogy before getting to the second trilogy. I don't change formats for a series—if I listen to a series, I listen to a series. If I read a series, I only listen to re-read (and then not exclusively). After listening to Daniels narrate the first three, I'm not going back to the print version. I switched to audio-only for the remainder of the series (however long that is).

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT OUT OF SPITE, OUT OF MIND?
So all my complaints and concerns and whatever from the last book are gone. This might be the best book in the series since the first. Meyer and the characters brushed up against exploring the whole philosophical underpinning of the series premise—but don't get bogged down in it. And they fully embrace—and exploit—the silliness of time-travel conceits.

Earlier in the week, I talked about Chu's fantastic fight scenes in his new book—there's a fight scene at the end of this book that is almost their equal in execution and description—but far surpasses them in hilarity. The only way I can think of to describe this adequately is to say: "imagine a fight scene starring Lucille Ball, magic, and medieval weapons—with a soundtrack of 'Yakety Sax' (but not really, because the book specifies a different soundtrack)."

We get a dangling plot point resolved (and, boy howdy, do I wish we hadn't), we get some great comic stories, some strong emotional moments, and a good set-up for the next book (it's not as tantalizing as the set-up for this was, but it does make the next book sound pretty appealing).

If you're on the fence about this series after the first trilogy—get back to it. If you haven't read the series at all (how did you make it this far in this post?)—change that, but go to the beginning or it won't make any sense. These books are a great hybrid—Meyer got his comedy chocolate in his SF peanut butter and wrapped it in a candy-coating of Fantasy—and this is one of the more enjoyable installments in the series. ( )
  hcnewton | Sep 5, 2022 |
Entertaining and had a few interesting ideas, but overall the weakest of the series so far. Starting to get a little tedious at times. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
I really enjoy the entire Magic 2.0 series, though books 1 and 2 are the best, the rest are very enjoyable. And Luke Daniels hits a home run (as he always does) with his narration of the entire series. This is book 5, the last book in the series so far. The story is very heavy with time travel glitches, paradoxes, and problems to solve, and is a total blast to listen to. Very geeky and just a lot of fun. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Great concept, and same funny characters and clever writing ( )
  davemiedema | Jul 16, 2019 |
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When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong?Pretty much everything.Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's. And there's the small matter of a glitch that's making Brit the Elder's body fritz out. Brit the Elder's ex-boyfriend Phillip wants to help her, but he'll have to keep it secret from his current girlfriend, Brit the Younger, who can't stand her future self.Meanwhile, Martin is trying to protect Phillip from a relentless attacker he somehow hasn't noticed; Gwen is angry because Martin accidentally proposed to her; Gary tries to help the less fortunate, with predictably disastrous results; and an old nemesis might have to be the one to save them all.In Out of Spite, Out of Mind, our fearless wizards discover the biggest glitch in their world's program may well be themselves.

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