Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer

Master of Formalities

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families—the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire—have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome...

Details Master of Formalities

TitleMaster of Formalities
Release DateJul 7th, 2015
GenreScience Fiction, Humor, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews Master of Formalities

  • Rob
    Executive Summary: A fun little story, but for me not as enjoyable as his Magic 2.0 series. 3.5 Stars.Audio book: Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators. When reviewing An Unwelcome Quest, Mr. Daniels tweeted at me that he had the "next one" in the queue. Sadly, I think he might have thought this book was the fourth installment of Mr. Meyer's Magic 2.0 series. Much like that series (and everything else Mr. Daniels narrates) he does an excel...
  • Bruce Gargoyle
    I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:Yes Minister in space.What a strange and amusing little offering I found this to be! I fear I am going through a minor aversion to science fiction at the moment, simply because engaging in new futuristicky worlds seems to be far too much effort. I must say though, that I thoroughly enjoyed this little romp for the strangely compatible senses of familiarit...
  • Travis sivarT
    Excellent narration. Very fun book. Love the play on words with the characters
  • The Flooze
    Master of Formalities brings a lot to the table: interplanetary war, sharply conflicting cultures, and...a huge emphasis on etiquette?That doesn't adequately describe the engaging story Meyer has written. Filled with droll comedy and subtle yet biting commentary, this sci-fi piece includes some surprising twists. I wasn't quite sure of the endgame, and snorted aloud at a reveal in the final paragraph. I've seen other reviews bring up Downton Abbe...
  • Tyler Patton
    I really wanted to like this one... I'm a huge fan of his Magic 2.0 series and preordered this book promptly after I heard about it. Unfortunately the plot bored me to tears and every single character has no substance nor likability. The only interesting parts were about "sports" and even then it was absurd
  • C
    I really, really wanted to like this book wholeheartedly and without reservation, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. It wasn't a horrible book, it was a little dull or, possibly, a lot dull. I wasn't overly impressed with the world building or, what to me, seemed to be a lack thereof. At no point in time did I ever feel like I couldn't put the book down (or stop audible). It's entirely possible that the Mr. Belvedere-in-a-space-opera type ...
  • Dawn
    Eh... I mainly read (listened to) this because the audio book was on sale, Luke Daniels was the narrator (love), and I like Scott Meyer's Magic 2.0 series well enough. Unfortunately, I can't say much more about this other than it was ok. I wish I could give it more than two stars, because honestly.. I wasn't necessarily bored by it, and I didn't DNF it. It just was sort of "meh". The plot meandered and didn't really have any direction. It seemed ...
  • Anna
    I was expecting to read a "My-Man-Jeeves-Conquers-Space" kind of story. Maybe it was the comedic past of the author that fooled me or the title itself. Don't get me wrong, the book is quite funny at places, especially when the two empires collide. But the worldbuilding, the cast of characters, and the ample dialogue point to something way bigger. It is a very well written space opera.It took me a while to get into the story, but at the end of par...
  • Elsi
    Master of Formalities was a delightful book. It's cataloged as science fiction, but other than that the date is announced at the beginning of every formal meeting (“Know that two thousand, one hundred, and seventy-one conventional years have passed since the Terran Exodus.”) and they must have some very fast space ships to hop from planet to planet almost overnight, there's not a lot of SF here. Rather, it's a humorous, and at times “hyste...
  • Dan
    Check out my blog, One Man Book ClubThe Value of a Star: Ratings ExplainedIf you like to laugh, enjoy reading books, and like to laugh while you read books, I highly recommend you start reading books by Scott Meyer. He wrote the awesome and original Wizard 2.0 series, and I strongly suggest you go check it out.Apparently, awesome and original is something Scott Meyer is very, very good at, because Master of Formalities was just as awesome and jus...
  • Andrew Stirling MacDonald
    Meyer continues to cement his place as our generation's master of blending science fiction and comedy together. In Master of Formalities, Meyer creates the perfect blend of epic political space opera with interesting and compelling personal growth and interaction between the characters at the center of the narrative.Comparisons to Douglas Adams are inevitable, and well-deserved - the book references pays deft homage to classics like The Long, Dar...
  • Koeur
    1970-01-01 47 NorthPublishing Date: July 2015ISBN: 9781477830918Genre: SciFiRating: DNFPublisher Description: Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families—the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire—have reached a critical point in their gener...
  • Unwisely
    I tried, I really did.I adore Basic Instructions (and if you haven't read that webcomic, go right now. Sorry if you had other plans for the day, but you'll thank me.) I actually almost got sucked back in just looking up the link, and I've read the entire run at least twice. I actually enjoyed his Off to Be the Wizard series, so I figured this would be at least a nice diversion.Man, I tried. I really tried, twice. I got to page 332 and just couldn...
  • Will
    A delightful and unexpectedly gripping comedy of manners (and sport) in an aristocratic society of the fare future galaxy. The Masters of Formalities have to deal with the war between two noble houses, complications in the kitchen, and disgruntled heirs.... making sure that everything is done in proper form. While nothing going on is exactly what it seems. Will eagerly look for more by Scott Meyer
  • Kyle
    The author described it as Downton Abby in the Dune universe and I can definitely see that. I saw the Dune relation right away with the ruling houses in a post-Earth future. I've long enjoyed Meyer's humor and combining that with a space-opera story told through the eyes of the palace servants definitely clicked for me.I'm unsure if this story is a one-off or setting up a new series but I would be willing to revisit this universe.
  • H James
    This book concludes with enough loose threads that the overall feeling is that of a first entry in a series rather than that of a standalone work, but it's witty enough that I would welcome a follow-up.
  • Richard Eyres
    I enjoyed Scott Meyer's Magic 2.0 series, so it was only obvious that i check out this book as well. It is not as enjoyable as Magic 2.0, but i appreciate what it was trying to achieve. My major concern of the book was the really unlikable characters - i know some where not meant to be liked, but the ones you wanted to cheer for - were also a little rubbish.There were some great moments in the story, but also a fair few stinkers as well.All in al...
  • Rashelle Lindquist
    There is no reason to not like this book, there is also no reason to love this book. It’s a fun read and a good way to pass the time, not something I would re-read.
  • Lee
    Quite funny in places and a very unique story. Not as entertaining as the Wizard series.
  • Synia
    I will answer your most pressing question first:Yes, there is a guy getting hit in the crotch in the book, just like in all four of the Magic 2.0 books. Yes, somehow it is tied into the plot intrinsically. I thought Scott Meyers couldn't beat how he ret-conned Merlin's crotch shield from a weird inexplicable gag in 'Off to Be the Wizard' into a major plot point in 'An Unwelcome Quest', but he totally did. There is basically an entire chapter dedi...
  • Caroline Mersey
    Imagine if you will, a cross between Yes, Minister, and Jeeves and Wooster. Then set it in space. That's the premise behind Scott Meyer's new novel Master of Formalities (published 28 July by 47 North, one of Amazon's imprints, who were kind enough to give me a review copy through NetGalley). As humanity has colonised the stars, and civilisations and cultures have diverged, proper etiquette has become ever more important in regulating how culture...
  • Katy Hexberg
    In the future humanity has left earth and populated many different planets. All 'civilized' worlds have agreed to 'arbitration' which means all the world leaders agree to be guided by "Master of Formalities". The duty of the Master of Formalities is "to inform those around us of what the consequences of [their actions] will be and to suggests a course of action that will be less ... consequential." Each Master of Formalities is constantly in cont...
  • Jessalyn
    After a slow beginning, the book picks up and is able to trot along at an enjoyable and promising pace, sprinkling witty and slapstick humor in its way. However, it wraps up suddenly and in a predictable fashion, that is not in keeping with the middle of the book, which was disappointing. I found myself speaking aloud the lines that Luke Daniels hadn't yet uttered and wondering what happened to the author that made things speed along so bizarrely...
  • Caleb
    The premise of this book is really intriguing. The narrator (audiobook version) does an excellent job. But I simply couldn't get into the book and enjoy it the way that comes naturally to my favorite stories.There we're times where I sensed something was supposed to be funny. The juxtaposition of ideas and concepts which occasionally amused me but mostly fell flat. Either because of the expense they took at the characters with in the book or a pe...
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Actual Rating: 3.5*I quite enjoyed a lot of aspects of this one but there were some things I didn't really enjoy. But it balanced out for me in a way that made me like it more than I did not like it. Full review to come on Books and Ladders
  • Erin
    I enjoyed the universe and characters Meyer created in this book. I like the Magic 2.0 series more, but it was still an entertaining read. I'm curious if he intends to make this a series as I was left with a few questions about some characters/plot points at the end. Also, Luke Daniels is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators for audio books.
  • Carl Nelson
    4 stars. The dry humor of Scott Meyer's Master of Formalities is the perfect foil for its ludicrous events, and his situations are both a riotous sendup of the comedy of manners genre and a skewering of social norms. Two millennia after humans leave Earth, House Jakabitus and House Hahn, rulers of their respective planets, are embroiled in a generations-long war. The staff that serves the Jakabitus family has their decorum severely upset when Hen...
  • Jason Cox
    Rating 3.9 Interesting and different book by Scott Meyer. I've loved all of his Magic 2.0 books, and what really comes through is the wry humor that is a consistent feature of Meyer's novels. While technically this is a SF book as it is set on a future earth colony planet, the book is almost entirely focused on social structures and the interplay between characters. Honestly, this same fact is true of the Magic 2.0 books.Master of Formalities tel...
  • Ashley Stangl
    This book was basically made for me. It's like if P.G. Wodehouse wrote space opera. Witty and wacky, with delightfully unrealistic worldbuilding. The novel follows the adventures of a palace's servants and the rulers they serve. Lots of distinct characters, each with their own little subplots, which gives the novel a slightly picaresque structure. We don't get too deep into any of the characters' heads, but I cared about them all (and wanted to s...
  • Rebecka
    This book was skillfully written and features many likeable characters in an interesting universe. Despite this I could barely finish it because it tends to focus in great detail on how bullies, sadists and corrupted officials screw over the likeable characters. Even though I suspected all along that the tables would turn (or at least slightly nudge) before the end, I found no enjoyment at all through the detailed suffering of "the good guys". I ...