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Myth-taken Identity (Myth Adventures) Paperback – September 21, 2004

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About the Author

Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946. While he has written some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu, The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series: The Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve; the Phule novels; and, more recently, the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans. He also edited the groundbreaking Thieves World anthologies with Lynn Abbey. His most recent collaboration is License Invoked written with Jody Lynn Nye. It is set in the French Quarter, New Orleans where he currently lives.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Myth Adventures
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592220290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592220298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,348,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Steven Karam on December 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think that after so much time, Robert Asprin has forgotten his own series. There's plenty of obvious glaring mistakes in this and his last book:

1) The dimension Skeeve is from is Klah, not Klahd. People from it are Klahds.
2) The dimension that Cassandra (note two s') was from is Limbo, not Blut. Blut was the main town where the dispatcher lived.
3) The Weasel (in the glossary from Myth Alliances) was not the mob knife-man. That was Snake. Weasel was the owner of the Suspended Sentence on Arcadia (where Tananda went to collect from Mr. Hoos)
4) The kingdom Skeeve was Court Magician for was Possiltum, not Possletum.

Of course, it IS his book, so it's not up to me to correct him, I suppose. But having read these books for years over and over again, I find myself dissapointed at the blatant writing style differences. In seeing these, I can only assume one thing: that it is the new co-author.

What didn't I like about this book?

1) Okay, so Massha's a Jahk. Move to the head of the class. We don't need to hear that she's a Jahk over and over again. It hasn't been mentioned once in any previous books, why now?
2) Massha's now a simpering little harem girl? What happened to the vamp? I doubt Hugh would have quenched that fire!
3) The dialog was horrible! Yes, it was replaced by some great action (which is why it got 2 stars from me instead of 1). But these books used to have both action AND dialog AND real comedy (not stupid puns) all built into one. Take Aahz and Skeeve's triumphant theft of the trophy from Veygus in Myth Directions, for example. Yes, the end of Myth-taken Identity had a great action scene. But it just didn't jive with the rest of the books in the series. No brilliant planning or twists...
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Greenfield on August 4, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a loyal reader (and re-reader) of the MYTH series I have to say that "Myth-taken Identity" is the worst of the series.

I remember when Mr. Asprin made some commitments to his fans and publisher on the MYTH series that he just couldn't keep and he missed some deadlines. I understand writing is a creative endeavor and as Mr. Asprin wrote in the Author's Note for "M.Y.T.H Inc. in Action", "trying to get a book out of an author when 'it isn't happening' is like pushing on a rope." I've had my share of dressing downs from my bosses, it isn't pleasant, and you strive to never have it happen again.

The upside of this for the readers was that Mr. Asprin never sent out a manuscript that was sub par and was always true to the MYTH series. I never knew when a new book was coming out, but when one did it was like Christmas in July.

On the other hand, this book feels like it was written to fulfill a publishing commitment. Mr. Asprin/Ms. Nye had a contract and a deadline to write a MYTH book and they pushed on the rope to get this book out.

Pretty much everything about the book was disappointing: the plot, the characterizations, the dialogue, and the continuity. It took me forever to finish this book. I could only read it for a short while before I got so annoyed that I had to put it down.

Will I be re-reading this book in the series? No.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A. Keller on February 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was so happy to find this book in the local bookstore, and, just like I always do when I see a new Asprin book, I snatched it up, paid for it immediately and began to read it the moment I was out the door. I typically will sit down and read an Asprin book in a day, putting aside all others but this's been 2 weeks since I bought the and I'm still trying to slog through it.

My issues:

- I miss the parody and comedy. This book is filled with silly and stupid puns.

- I miss the quotes at the start of each chapter (yeah, I know, it's a small detail but still!)

- The dialog didn't match the speaker. I've read the other M.Y.T.H. books many times and through out them all, the main characters have been constant in their tone and language. This book took the past and ripped it all up.

- I could tell which chapters Asprin wrote and which one's his co-author wrote. The 2 authors' writing styles do not mesh well. He seems to be handicapping himself, trying to match her, and she just can't come close his caliber of writing.

My tip to you: Don't waste your money on this book. If you want to complete your collection, wait until the paperback comes out.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Thomas Colpi on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a big fan of Robert Asprin's (especially the MYTH series) as long as I can remember. However, I didn't think this latest book (or really any of the books Jody Lynn Nye has co-wrote, but this book more than the others) have measured up to the caliber of the original 10 of this series. I don't know if it is the influence or writing style of the new partner, or if the long break in writing for this series got Mr. Asprin out of the "MYTH groove"... but something is lacking.

Apart from the name discontinuities (character names and places getting swapped around or renamed) this book just didn't make me laugh like the others did. The plot line had great potential, but ended up being kinda dumb and seemed to just drag on and on and on and on (almost like the publishing company wasn't happy with the length of the book and forced the authors to stretch it out... like some highschool student and his/her term paper).

I truly hope that this isn't a new direction this series is taking. I was so overjoyed to hear of it's comeback, but other than Myth-Ion Improbable I haven't been that happy with the newer books.
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