Make Wizardry Great Again by Rednal Sua – Book Review
Make Wizardry Great Again by Rednal Sua
Pages – 28
Release Date – 20th August 2016
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
A short story about a dynamic American businessman who is visiting his properties in Scotland when he is told by a mysterious lake monster that he and only he was born with the powers necessary to free the world from the terrors of the Magic Ministry.
Guaranteed to be an eye-opener for people who have heard only one side of the story.
It’s not very often I get to the end of a book, and sit open-mouthed, dumbfounded. But when I got to the end of ‘Make Wizardry Great Again’, I certainly found myself like that. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Yes, it was supposed to be humorous, I hope it was supposed to be silly too! Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better word, because that is really all it was.
Now I was given a snippet into what the book was about, more than what the synopsis reveals, so I knew roughly what to expect. If you are going to read this book, then I give you prior warning that it’s a spoof on the character Harry Potter, or as he is known in this book Henry Plotter.
The characters in the book also include Henry’s friends, ginger-haired Weed and Hermorrholda, plus we are introduced to comrade Dumbelass. The setting for the book is a Scottish academy called Hogwash. Then we have an American businessman called Drum, who is very orange and has issues with his hair, I think you should know who this character is a spoof of.
The book is a funny take, not on Harry Potter books as such, more on the characters and the situations. But my issue is, if you are going to do a spoof book on probably the most famous and well-loved book in the world, you’re going to have to make it exceptionally good. Unfortunately I can’t say that this book was.
Firstly the swearing, and there was a lot of it. Now swearing in books for me doesn’t bode well, unless it adds to the story, perhaps as in a thriller, crime book etc. In a spoof, not needed.
Secondly if you are going to have people speak with accents in a book, you don’t write it how it sounds, especially when how it sounds is undecipherable – ‘Ven you can stop een dee vine textured, tight turv of dee undulateeng terrain‘ – sorry no idea what Drum’s wife in the book was saying half the time, as this is how her speech was written.
Take the characters and give them completely different names, set the scene in a different location than Hogwash and remove the two issues I had, above, and this could be a really fun, amusing story. As it stands, it certainly isn’t a book for me.
Book reviewed by Stacey