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Myth Conceptions Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1986

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All the Myth books are hysterically funny. -- Analog

An excellent, light-hearted fantasy series. -- Epic Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Asprin is editor of the Thieves World series with Lynn Abbey and creator of the Myth series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (December 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441555217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441555215
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,768,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Dennis on April 11, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Skeeve and his friends return in the second book of the Myth series (Another Fine Myth is book 1). Skeeve is a half-trained magician who accepts a position as court magician to Fodrick the Fifth of Possiltum. Why? Because everyone knows that a court magician is a "cushy" job. You really only have to know enough magic to impress a few nobles and you get to sleep-in most mornings!
Little does Skeeve know that a huge army is heading their way. The problem is that if Skeeve can defeat the army, the general will make sure he doesn't live much longer and if he fails, the chancellor will make sure he never works again. What's a poor boy to do?
Don't miss this book if you need a little light reading. It's funny and full of puns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on February 24, 2010
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Myth-Conceptions (1980) is the second Fantasy novel in the Myth series, following Another Fine Myth. In the previous volume, Quigley gave Buttercup to Skeeve. Isstvan took Tananda, Quigley, Higgins, Brockhurst and Frumple to another dimension with a sabotaged D-hopper. Aahz remained behind to mentor Skeeve.

In this novel, Skeeve is now the apprentice of Aahz. Of course, Aahz doesn't have any powers at the moment, but he does know his stuff.

Aahz is a green scaly creature with four inch pointed teeth from the dimension of Perv. He had been a master magician, but lost his magical powers due to a practical joke by Garkin. Now he has Skeeve as his apprentice.

Tananda is a Trollop, a native of the Trollia dimension. Tanda is also green, but a lighter shade than Aahz and much prettier. She is an Assassin and has certain powers of her own.

Brockhurst is an Imp from the Imper dimension. He had been working for Isstvan, but now he is unemployable after that fiasco.

Ajax is an Archer from the Archiah dimension. He is very old, but still exceedingly proficient with his bow and arrows.

Gus is a Gargoyle. He has been working at a Yellow Crescent Inn and is ready to move elsewhere. So is Berfert, his salamander friend.

The Gremlin does not exist, according to common belief. Yet he is blue and moves quickly.

Hugh Badaxe is the Commander of the Royal Armies of Possiltum. He has a mean temper.

J. R. Grimble is the Chancellor of Possiltum. He is a bean counter, always looking for a way to save money. Naturally, he does not get along well with Badaxe.

Gleep is a young dragon, only about ten feet long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1997
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Out of the 10 "Myth" books that Robert Asprin has so far given us MYTH CONCEPTIONS is definetely one of the BEST. This book continues with the humor and mystery that the first one began. Follow Skeeve along on one of his greatest adventures, watch as he further develops his kind nature and see how Aahz and the new characters influence Skeeve to become an effective, courageous, and noble leader. The humor, action, and characters will keep you on the edge of your book (parden the pun).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "sanchee" on November 9, 2001
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Yet again, Asprin has shown us how to look beyond our borders in trough a easy reading adventure of soon going to be Master Skeeve and his teacher, 'gentle' Aahz and their old and new friends - Tanda, Gus, Brockhurst, Ajax and others. Of course, their is also a baby dragon Gleep who with each day grows to a loving personality... An interested mixture of fantasy and reality which you shouldn't miss....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Butler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2012
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The second adventure of the young mage Skeeve and his Mentor Aahz is even more fun than the first. In this novel Skeeve begins to come into his own. Rather than just reacting to everything that happens around him and continually following the lead of Aahz, Skeeve steps up with courage and humanity. Asprin does a good job of slowly building character in Skeeve through the series, and this book starts that process.

As mentioned by other reviewers, Skeeve is tricked into accepting a Court Magician post for a small Kingdom which is about to be attacked by the largest army ever gathered on his world, Khlad. With a small band of misfit adventurers by his side, Aazh and Skeeve must find a way to keep the unstoppable army from rolling over the small Kingdom of Possiltum, a name only thinly disguised to keep you from reading "Possum Town", I think. LOL

Once again Skeeve has fun at the Bazaar run by the merciless Deveel merchants, and adds to his meager but growing list of magical abilities.

The "Myth" series is both light comedy and light heroic fantasy. They are great quick reads, and always leave you smiling.

Highly recommended.
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A Kid's Review on April 12, 2007
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Myth-Conceptions

Myth-Conceptions is an interesting book that I would recommend to all age groups. It starts out with Skeeve, Aahz, Buttercup, and Gleep at the inn. A messenger comes to them, telling them they must travel to the Kingdom of Possiltum to audition as Court Magician. They audition, and Skeeve passes. That is when Skeeve and Aahz are told they must protect Possiltum from an enormous army. Alone. Skeeve and Aahz decide they want to know what they're up against, so they scout the enemy kingdom. This is where Skeeve is surprised by Tanda. Tanda and Skeeve meet up with Aahz, and Aahz is more than happy to see Tanda. The threesome travel together to the Bazaar in Deva, to hire mercenaries to help with the war. Skeeve bundles up quite a group, which consists of an Imp, a very old archer, and a Gargoyle. The group travels back to Klah, to fight the war. The group nearly defeats the army, and the group is all set up in a trap. Aahz tells the supreme commander that nobody has to fight. All of the opposing soldiers end up becoming citizens of Possiltum, and everybody is happy. Skeeve and Aahz are rewarded, but Skeeve still has more work to do in the next book.

Skeeve is a young, ambitious teenager. He's training to be a thriving magician, trained by his mentor, Aahz. Skeeve is still in his teen years, he's tall, and he has blonde hair. Skeeve acts childish at times, which angers Aahz, and when things don't seem right, Skeeve whines about it. But when it's time to get serious, Skeeve acts brave. Skeeve feels worried about their mission, he doesn't want to go up against a growing army alone. Skeeve is confused about what's really going on, but Aahz knows all about it.

All in all, this is an interesting book, apart of an interesting series. I would highly recommend reading the first book, "Another Fine Myth", and continue reading the series.
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