Spell of Catastrophe

Cover image for


Published: 1989
Language: English
Wordcount: 103,612 / 286 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,693
Added to site: 2007.09.11
mnybks.net#: 18170
License: by-nc-nd

For a change, Max was not actually on the run, which is to say that he didn't think anyone in particular was after him. Of course, his perception (which happened to be wrong) did not materially change the situation. He did indeed have a pursuer, and later that night the pursuer caught up.

Show Excerpt

but it is a long story. Actually, it's not that long a story, but it's sort of -"


"All right, all right. You noticed the castle?"

"Yeah, sure. Looks like a nice place."

"Well … it's okay."

"So, what's wrong with it? It have rats? Things?"

"It's not what it has," Karlini said, "it's what it does. It moves."


"Not like earthquakes, I mean, or settling ground. I mean you wake up in the morning and the whole castle's jumped somewhere else. It's been here for almost two weeks, but before that, it was bounce, bounce, bounce. Just enough time to get an idea where we are, and then, poof!, another hemisphere. Last month we spent six days somewhere around the North Pole. We almost froze. I'm just waiting for this thing to head for the open ocean."

"I assume we'll get to the real point when you tell me why you can't get rid of the place. You got a problem with the landlord?"

Karlini looked suspiciously at Max. "You sure you h


Average Rating of 2.5 from 4 reviews: ***

You are dropped right into the middle of this repetitious and incoherent mess with badass hero Max encountering another new badass character every two pages or so... and so on... and so on...

Eventually I learn that Max is attempting to track a kidnapper. But who are these people? Where are they? What are they about? Why are they doing what they do? My final question - why am I reading this? I gave up.

Debbie McCarthy

Not brilliant. The author is trying too hard and it comes off as as bit slapstick (which is not my bag). I'm not really inclined to read the others in the series.


Not a bad book but ... First half was written very good. Toward the end it has become mediocre and maybe even boring. Last third seemed like author couldn't decide weather to write in first person or in third person. The part about how to name the (first person) storyteller was especially ridiculous ;) Also the whole story itself wasn't very consistent throughout the book. The second part will hopefully be better. It has the potential.

Brad Sims

Great book! It's like a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk novel but with all the technology replaced by gods and magic. Instead of jacking into the matrix, the heroes (and there are several of them) tap into spells. And were cyberpunk usually has some ominous, mysterious artificial intelligence pulling strings behind the scenes, the Brenner books have gods using the mortals as pawns.

Well written. Funny. Intriguing. Surprisingly original for such an overdone genre.

I don't know why Brenner's books haven't gotten more attention, but I'm glad they're available on Manybooks.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook

Loose Ends

A California Corwin P. I. Mystery
David VanDyke

"Loose Ends was a great read, if you're looking... Read more

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook


Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook


Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

by Brandon Sanderson
12 Steps
by Darren R. Hawkins
The Beach Scene
by Albert Berg
by Peter Watts
Freedom Incorporated
by Peter Tylee
The Jargon File
by Eric S. Raymond
by Charles Stross
The Demon Girl
by Penelope Fletcher
(Nothing But) Flowers
by John G. McDaid
by Will Shetterly

See more popular titles from this genre.