- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (November 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044155279X
- ISBN-13: 978-0441552795
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (M.Y.T.H., Bk. 8) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1988
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In this novel, Skeeve is a Klahd from Klah. He is a magician and the partner of Aahz. Now he is the president of M.Y.T.H. Incorporated with his friends as staff and stockholders.
Aahz is a Pervect from Perv. He had been a master magician until he lost his power from a joke. Now he is Skeeve's partner.
Edvick is a taxi driver in the Perv dimension. He is a hustler, with various sidelines.
Kalvin is a Djin from the Djinger dimension. He has been dwelling in a small vial for quite some time.
In this story, Skeeve goes to Perv with Massha while his friends go to Klah. He finds the view disconcerting. He has never seen so many really tall -- and filthy -- buildings. They tower up into the sky.
Before Massha leaves him, she give Skeeve a ring that monitors his vital signs. That way she can be fairly certain that he has not been harmed. Then she goes to join the others on Klah.
Then Skeeve uncorks a vial and Kalvin floats out. Skeeve has being carrying the Djin for some time, but has never called upon his services. Kalvin is only three inches tall from the waist to the top of his head.
Soon Skeeve learns that Kalvin's height is adjustable. But he also learns that Kalvin can only give him one wish. Furthermore, his powers are limited.
The population of the city is roaming in hordes. Everywhere streets are filled with moving people and they are exceedingly rude. The pedestrians never yield to others, only shoving and knocking against their fellows. Skeeve is stopped by a policeman for being too polite.
Skeeve is looking for Aahz, but he isn't prepared for such a large city. Kalvin suggests looking in the phone book, but it has only a few entries. And none of the entries are for Aahz's family.
After the run in with the cop, Kalvin suggests that they find a hotel to use as a base for their search. Then he suggests that they flag down a cab. Edvick stops for them and then takes them to a hotel.
On the way to the hotel, Skeeve learns that Edvick sometimes acts as a tour guide for his customers. He hires the taxi driver in that role, arranging to meet him the next morning. First, Edvick suggests that he buy some luggage. That might have been a mistake.
Then they reach the hotel and Skeeve gets a room. Aside from the tips to everybody, the room isn't too bad. Of course, the view could have been better and the restaurant could have told him that the cadaver served on his table was only a simulated body made from foodstuff.
After he awakes from his faint and explains matters to the police, Skeeve retires to his room. The next morning, Edvick picks him up and takes him around town to look for Aahz. They have little luck.
Skeeve finally finds the address of Aahz's mother. He visits her in an overstuffed apartment on the top floor. But the Duchess doesn't know where Aahz has gone.
This tale takes Skeeve into various troubles on Perv for a full week. Eventually he gives up, but now he has another problem. He expected to return with Aahz's D-hopper, but now he has no way to leave Perv. So he prepares to use the ring to attract Massha's attention.
Skeeve does meet some interesting and/or likeable people, but becomes very frustrated. The next installment -- M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action -- covers the Klah front. Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Asprin fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of cultural conflicts, hustling cabbies, and determined wizards. If anyone has not previously read this series, the initial volume is Another Fine Myth.
-Arthur W. Jordin