- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ace (November 15, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441023622
- ISBN-13: 978-0441023622
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another Fine Myth (Myth, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1986
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Don't expect any lofty language, but DO expect a few laughs and a wonderful romp.
Skeeve aspires to be a magician--not to learn arcane sorcery or become all powerful, but to become a better thief. He considers his master a bit impractical in his use of magic...if you are not profiting from it, what good is it? After conjuring a green-scaled demon, the old magician keels over dead, leaving Skeeve to deal with the demon himself.
The demon called Aahz, however, is merely a traveler from another "dimen"sion, called Perv. Do not dare under any circumstances call Aahz a Pervert. The denizens of Perv prefer "Pervect"; those who mis-speak tend to lose their lives.
Skeeve is from a backward dimension called Klah (residents are called Klahds, read "clods") where technology is back at the medieval level. Aahz has been everywhere and readers will enjoy many inside jokes from our own pop culture.
Another great feature of the books is the quote that begins each chapter, usually expounding on one of life's great truths. One of my favorites is from chapter 21: "One must deal openly and fairly with one's forces if maximum effectiveness is to be achieved." -- D. Vader
This book reminds me a bit of Piers Anthony's Xanth (before he got all weird) but with somewhat fewer puns. Very lighthearted, VERY comical, very silly, with a main character who pretty much has no idea what's going on, ever. Allied with the fearsome demon cum magic teacher, he hares off on an adventure to stop his late master's murderer and manages to pick up a posse of strays on the way. (I dare you not to fall in love with Gleep.) It also reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones's Howl books: light entertainment, good for all ages, with witty banter for days when you need to keep the stress level to a minimum.
This is not fine literature.
It's better. It's a fun little vacation for your imagination. If you like fantasy - and maybe even if that's not normally your cup of tea - read it. Really. You will smile.
The Myth series is a breathe of fresh air in the fantasy genre, even if it is over 20 years old. Asprin writes witty dialogue with a cast of characters you can't help but feel a part of.
Skeeve is an apprentice magician and his master is murdered. Aahz is a magician from another dimension that has lost his powers. The two work together to find the man that hired the assassin and seek revenge. Along the way Murphy's Law seems to be the only constant. This is the first in a long line of fun and interesting adventures for the two. It's not necessary to read them in order, but this one will give you some background info. I highly recommend this series if you are looking for laughs and a good fantasy adventure.
I have owned this book in multiple versions of paperback and love the series and intend to continue buying them as released.
That said, whoever is doing their scanning needs to do a better job. I understand that OCR software isn't perfect but whatever they are using to make the Kindle Eds here is putting in punctuation not present in the paperbacks, replacing letters with symbols and in general hosing things up. I can forgive a few instances but in this book there are some pages where there are multiple errors that have been introduced on a single page and a large number throughout the book. Myth Conceptions has some as well. The publisher should take a look at the quality of the product that is being produced. A simple spell checker would have at least caught the instances of words with characters replaced by symbols, just shabby work.
Skeeve: The apprentice to a washed out, burned out magician. When that magician is killed, Skeeve has to find a way to save his own life and find justice for his mentor.
Aahz: a Pervert, (oops make that Pervect), a demon rendered powerless by a practical joke gone awry.
Tanda: A beautiful, voluptuous green haired assassin with a firey temper and wicked sense of humor.
And Gleep: A loveable but dumb baby dragon.
This book is ideal not only for fans of fantasy but for humor fans as well. I picked it up and could not put it down. I also couldn't stop laughing! Don't just buy one, buy one for your friend! It's that good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books for a nice comedy about fantasy and referencing common sayings we say every day and don't think about the origin.Published 4 days ago by Michael Hedge
Great start to an addicting series. Skeve wants to learn magic to be a better thief. . . His instuctor dies while trying to play a joke on Skeve. Read morePublished 22 days ago by K. Wood
This is one of my favorite series of books. One of the original pun series that many have replicated and they only became popular because of marketing.Published 2 months ago by Zolon Farsane
This is just the first book in a series that will keep you laughing and turning pages! You'll want to read all of them.Published 3 months ago by SN
This book follows Skeeve and Aahz (not Oz) on an adventure that is fun and amusing. It is a quick read and a page turner.Published 6 months ago by Lynsey