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So somehow I just found out that the writer of this series I was really into in sixth grade started writing the books again, so I had to check it out It revolved around a young magician s apprentice named Skeeve, and his mentor, a demon named Aahz, and their myth adventures Back then, I had found a few of the books left on the shelves in the room I used to share with my brother, and was totally into the series, the genre of which I guess would be considered fantasy comedy, bordering on sat So somehow I just found out that the writer of this series I was really into in sixth grade started writing the books again, so I had to check it out It revolved around a young magician s apprentice named Skeeve, and his mentor, a demon named Aahz, and their myth adventures Back then, I had found a few of the books left on the shelves in the room I used to share with my brother, and was totally into the series, the genre of which I guess would be considered fantasy comedy, bordering on satire Anyways, in the mid nineties, Robert Asprin got in some trouble with the IRS, and didn t write anything for seven years, which I guess is why he dropped off my radar Then he struck some deal where he had to give them a bunch of the profits off of any future works, and found a loophole that said he didn t owe as much if he co wrote books, so that s mainly what he does now He wrote this particular entry to get back in the swing of things and shake the rust off and it shows It s a really bad book The old characters are totally flat, Skeeve s narration is this lame, fish out of water crap, Aahz s whole personality consists of him saying, Skeeve, you re so stupid, and the other character, their beautiful, green, former assassin ally, Tananda does absolutely nothing but give Skeeve the ocassional hug The book is only 198 pages long, yet manages to be extremely repetitive The entire first 50 pages consists of them asking some guy to help them find some dimension, then they go to it, realize it s the wrong one, then go back and ask the guy for a different one Long story short, I give this two stars for nostalgia s sake, hoping for him and his readers that he did it as an excercise to get back in shape and the rest of the books turned out better As bad as it was, I feel like I might eventually check out the other new ones too, because I m a total idiot It s been at least a decade since I last read any of the Mythadventures books Luckily, I ve read the series at least twice probably three times so reading this book was like getting reacquainted with old friends, especially since it takes place between books three and four there are twelve total Here s the plot in a nutshell our hero Skeeve, his grumpy mentor Aahz, and their lovely ex assassin friend Tananda find a treasure map that leads them to a dimension of vegetarian cowboys who fear It s been at least a decade since I last read any of the Mythadventures books Luckily, I ve read the series at least twice probably three times so reading this book was like getting reacquainted with old friends, especially since it takes place between books three and four there are twelve total Here s the plot in a nutshell our hero Skeeve, his grumpy mentor Aahz, and their lovely ex assassin friend Tananda find a treasure map that leads them to a dimension of vegetarian cowboys who fear something that comes out at night It s a silly and somewhat convoluted story, as all the Myth books are, but a bitdisposable by virtue of having been written out of order I can t fault Asprin for this he admits in the Author s Note that this was written as a way of easing back into the characters after a seven year hiatus In short, I would not recommend this book on its own though it does a fine job of filling in quite a bit of the backstory , but definitely as part of the series The Myth books remain some of my favorite fantasy comedies of all time, and it was nice to finally revisit them I couldn t do it I know that Asprin threw this book out to his Myth fans in an attempt to recapture the voice of Skeeve and Aahz in the beginning of the series, but this just didn t do it.The story was whack The plot was confusing and ridiculous Tanda was half a step above a body length pillow, and Aahz was just downright mean Skeeve was well, he was Skeeve, without all the witty dialogue and insightful questions.It s so sad, but I think the voice of Skeeve and Aahz, the ones that I fell i I couldn t do it I know that Asprin threw this book out to his Myth fans in an attempt to recapture the voice of Skeeve and Aahz in the beginning of the series, but this just didn t do it.The story was whack The plot was confusing and ridiculous Tanda was half a step above a body length pillow, and Aahz was just downright mean Skeeve was well, he was Skeeve, without all the witty dialogue and insightful questions.It s so sad, but I think the voice of Skeeve and Aahz, the ones that I fell in love with back when I was a wee lass, is gone for good I know there are other books in the series, but I m afraid to pick them up, for fear that I will be further disappointed and will begin to despise the characters that I ve loved for so long And I m still left screaming to myself, What happened to Gleep This book takes us back to an earlier time of Skeeve s adventures and it is delightful to see his lack of knowledge and stupidity and also the many things he just doesn t understand or misunderstand.I was a little confused why Tananda was called Tanda most of the novel, not sure why but it put me off every time her name appeared.Other than that a fun treasure hunt for a golden cow. Apprentice magician Skeeve, his scaly mentor Aahz and beautiful ex assassin Tanda are back and this time they re treasure hunting in a dimension that combines the Wild West with the vampire cursed hills of Transylvania where gold is common as dirt, and danger lurks behind every sagebrush No Sorry Bad Wrong.Did not enjoy this I find the rest of the series at least the first 9 books kind of silly and absurd and not great reading in any way, but amusing enough This, on the other hand, was not up to par I understand that Asprin was coming off of personal difficulties and hadn t written these characters in numerous years, but his characterizations were very off, and the light heartedness that was present in the preceding books was simply gone The beginning was somewhat redun No Sorry Bad Wrong.Did not enjoy this I find the rest of the series at least the first 9 books kind of silly and absurd and not great reading in any way, but amusing enough This, on the other hand, was not up to par I understand that Asprin was coming off of personal difficulties and hadn t written these characters in numerous years, but his characterizations were very off, and the light heartedness that was present in the preceding books was simply gone The beginning was somewhat redundant, and the end was a confusing mess Having picked this up to see if I wanted to read the rest of the newer books, I may decide to set it down again It s just not worth it Book 11, but takes place in between books 3 and 4, timeline wise Asprin was trying to recapture the old feel of the previous Myth novels, but it lacks some of the spark that the original three do The characters keep it moving, along with an interesting take on cowboys and vampires, but it still isn t quite as good as the others Recommended only for die hard Myth fans. I did enjoy this book fairly well but found it to be a bit of a low point for the series It does not take place after book 10 or even around the same time but before the mob was involved in the series I think the mob became involved around book 4, so this book took a major leap backward in time I started this book expecting to find out what happened after the cliff hanger at the end of book 10 and was annoyed and confused to suddenly be reading about events way in the past At first I was eve I did enjoy this book fairly well but found it to be a bit of a low point for the series It does not take place after book 10 or even around the same time but before the mob was involved in the series I think the mob became involved around book 4, so this book took a major leap backward in time I started this book expecting to find out what happened after the cliff hanger at the end of book 10 and was annoyed and confused to suddenly be reading about events way in the past At first I was even thinking that I may be reading the wrong book and somehow was reading one from way back in the series that I had already read The confusion and annoyance at not getting to find out what happened after book 10 dampened my mood for a good portion of the time I read this book and made the experience worse Also, with it taking place way in the past, there weren t as many characters that I have come to like and did not introduce any characters that I found especially interesting Still, the book did involve an interesting journey and an interesting dimension at the end of the journey I am wondering if there is a chronological list of the Myth Adventures books because I would recommend reading this book right before the book with the mob so that you don t feel ripped away from events going on when you read this book Also, if you just finished book 10, I think skipping to book 12 makes sense if you really want to find out what happens This was still an enjoyable book and something I would recommend I would recommend this whole series of books though They are fantastic and really start to hit their stride around book 4 or 5 My husband read a number of these Myth Adventure books years back and enjoyed them, so I gave this one a try it looked like fun And while this book was a light, easy read, and I was initially curious about the western towns the three main protagonists were visiting on their quest to find a golden cow, I found this book a bit too silly for my taste I won t try reading another of Asprin s books they just aren t a style of humor I enjoy. I actually read this out of order While this is the 11th book in the series, it s set between the 3rd and 4th, and I read it last So.With that said, I think that s the best time to read it The last few books sort of got bogged down with everything going on in the kingdom this was a pretty refreshing way to end it Going back to the good old days, when Skeeve was just an apprentice that didn t know anything out on an adventure. Myth-ion Improbable


About the Author: Robert Lynn Asprin

Robert Lynn Asprin was born in 1946 While he wrote some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu and The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series fantasy, such as the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, the Phule s Company novels and the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans He also edited the groundbreaking Thieves World anthology series with Lynn Abbey Other collaborations include License Invoked set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and several Myth Adventures novels, all written with Jody Lynn Nye.Bob s final solo work was a contemporary fantasy series called Dragons, again set in New Orleans Bob passed away suddenly on May 22, 2008 He is survived by his daughter and son, his mother and his sister.


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