“So You Want To Be A Wizard” by Diane Duane
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
Something stopped Nita’s hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a . . . books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a Writer. But his one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.
I don’t belive this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious–and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn’t . . . ?
The book reminded me a lot of A Wrinkle in Time. There was a lot of ‘science’ in the book. I was surprised at how dense in made the reading. I had a really hard time getting past the fantasy of the book. It’s not that it was bad because it wasn’t at all. It just wasn’t my type of magic or fantasy so I had a hard time getting into the book.
I do have to say that getting a new perspective on magic was interesting though. Instead of waving a wand and saying a few magic words, you have to ‘translate’ what you want to happen from the Speech (?) and you have balance your equations. (See what I mean by ‘science’?)
The bottom line? It was an interesting read but I probably won’t be picking up the next book any time soon. If you adored A Wrinkle in Time and that type of fantasy, you’d most likely enjoy this!