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1. Myth-taken Identity (Myth Adventures)
by Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
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Asin: 1592220290
Catlog: Book (2004-09-07)
Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.
Sales Rank: 8129
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Aahz gets an unwelcome visit from two blue-skinned bruisers and a small magician wanting Skeeve to cough up the dough for an extremely large bill that he skipped out on. Knowing that Skeeve has many faults, but welshing on a debt is not one of them, he enlists the aid of Chumley and Massha to go with him to the last place any self respecting Pervert would ever visit...the mall! Once there, they discover that the mall rats have created a scheme to steal customers' credit cards. Realizing that Skeeve is a victim of identity theft they set our to set matters right and to clear their friend's name... ... Read more

2. Myth Alliances (Myth Adventures Series)
by Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
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Asin: 0441011829
Catlog: Book (2004-07-27)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 88045
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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When the sheepish Wuhses are taken advantage of by the overbearing Pervects, Skeeve teams up with Zol Icty--self-help expert andbestselling author of Imps Are from Imper, Deveels Are from Deva--on a mythion in personal empowerment. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
I was very disappointed with Myth Alliances.I loved reading Mr. Asprin's earlier works in this series, but the story is not very interesting and the jokes not very funny.It doesn't seem that this book was written with the same enthusiasm as the previous books.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book does not disappoint
I enjoy humor and I love punny tales. I only started reading this series (after myriad recommendations) earlier this year. Trust me, if you have a funny bone, be sure to have a glass of water at hand, you may very well need it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure
Usually the collaboration of a well-known author with a new author involving a continuation of the old author's series just doesn't work.The new author does most of the work and just can't get the old humor and characters right.This is not the case with this book.I suspect that Nye writes Asprin better than Asprin himself!This novel is as good or better than anything in the series since "Little Myth Marker."I look forward to the next novel!

4-0 out of 5 stars It took 15 years and a co-author...
..but we finally have a really good Myth book!

This is the Myth I remember! Snappy pacing, whimsical adventure, funny action scenes! At last!

I'm not sure how much credit should go to Robert Aspirin, but considering that he's said in the past that when he co-authors a book he puts his name on the cover and doesn't add a whole lot else and that this book is quantum leaps ahead of the last SIX VOLUMES, I think the lion's share of the credit should go to Jody Lynn Nye. She has done a fantastic job of staying true to the spirit of the Myth books and the characters while making them fun to read again.

Everything here clicks. The quotes, the characters, the plot. It's like a visit to an old friend who was ill, but has now recovered. It's great to see them again without having to ask them if there's something wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars very funny lighthearted fantasy
He is known as The Great Skeeve, a powerful magician that other's fear, but he knows that it is mostly smoke and mirrors and that he ranks out as an apprentice.He retires from his position as Court Magician, a very profitable endeavor and returns to Klah to study magick so that he can be what his reputation advertises.Staying with him at his inn is his dragon, Glee, the war unicorn Buttercup, and Bunny a beautiful and intelligent woman.

Using a D hopper, Wensley from the dimension of Wuh meets and begs Skeeve to use his powers to get rid of the Prevects that control his world.Unable to think of an immediate way to control the Prevects, Skeeve picks up Tanada the Trollup and Zol Itchy, the self-help guru of Kobold and heads for Wuh to liberate the wuhs.What Skeeve doesn't know is that the Prevects have a business contract with the Wuhs and they have to meet it or see their reputations ruined.These two groups are working at cross-purposes laced with several misunderstandings and the results are totally hilarious.

This is a very funny lighthearted fantasy that will be appreciated by those readers who read the previous Skeeve and Aahz books or the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.Skeeve is his usual charming, urbane yet naive self who takes up for the underdog (in this case the Wuhs) who don't really appreciate his efforts.Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye are great collaborators and together create a work that is refreshing as the previous Myth novels.MYTH ALLIANCE demonstrates that humor done right can be an integral part of a fantasy novel.

Harriet Klausner ... Read more

3. Myth Told Tales (Myth Adventures)
by Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
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Asin: 1592220010
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.
Sales Rank: 14408
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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We've listened to the fans! Collected in this book are three of the four short stories by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye that introduce the new Myth Adventures Series (the first one, "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions," appeared in Something M.Y.T.H. Inc). The new series launched in August 2003 with Myth Alliances, and these stories bridge the gap between Book 12 of the original series (Something) and Book 1 of the new series (or is that Book 13?). In addition to the stories, Myth-Told Tales also includes introductions by both Robert and Jody, as well as full-colour cover art by newcomer Michael Komarck! ... Read more

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Short, but if you're jonsing it'll cure what ails you.
It's too short to justify the price, but if you are a true myth-head you'll want it. Of course if you're a true myth-head you already have the book. Unfortunately as all of you know MYTH ALLIANCES was postponed to late July 2004. Oddly enough Amazon didn't update this book's description. What's a year I suppose... At least Robert isn't going through another multi year dry spell.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good read
In the style of the previous Myth Link stories, this book offers other points of view besides that of the primary character, Skeeve. For anyone who has followed the adventures of Skeeve, Tananda, Aahz, Guido, and the rest, it is a must have. To those new to the series, it is a easy introduction.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
8 dollars for 96 pages and three short stories? C'mon, guys! ...and only one of the three stories was at all satisfying. The first (Skeeve) story didn't need Skeeve to be there. The last (Aazh) Story didn't have a satisfactory ending - it was almost like the first chapter in a much longer story, rather than being complete. Only the one in the middle (Chumly, Tananda, and Guido) had not only a good plot, but tied the ends up. If I wasn't a completist, this would have been a waste of money, and as it was it was about 5 dollars more than it's worth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Getting there. . .
For those who have followed the series, this an up-swing after the last few books. It is very good, just somewhat different than the earlier ones. Both authors are great (buy up all the jody books you can get your hands on). It will be interesting where they take the series together. I'm so glad the series didn't die. Make sure you read this one before the next in the new series: they really tie together and they both make more sense that way. It explains all the troublesome Pervect females about . . . They books don't have the same flow, originality, or cleverness as the ealry Myth books, but they are getting there and are worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Short but Worth Every Penny
Skeeve and friends are back! After Skeeve retired in the previous Myth book, I was a little worried that the Myth books might be at and end. I am overjoyed to find I was mistaken. Moreover, these three short stories, which set the stage for the upcoming novel, show that the our old friends can work just as well, perhaps even better, without the M.Y.T.H. Inc troubleshooters plot device. These stories are as funny and heartfelt as any of the Myth books. Despite its brevity, this book is well worth the price. ... Read more

4. No Phule Like an Old Phule
by Robert Asprin, Peter J. Heck
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Asin: 0441011527
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 11522
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Phule gets on the wrong side of celebrity canine Barky the Environmental Dog by hosting a group of big game hunters who think they can bag a dinosaur on Zenobia. Needless to say, dinosaurs are not a native species. But cold, hard facts never stopped a Phule. And neither will Barky's cold, wet nose. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Previous Phule books good. This one... not so good.
This book was disappointing to me. The most glaring issue to me was that the characters (introduced in previous books in the series) acted differently than I remember them in the other books and seemed to not have much depth on the whole.

The primary character, Captain Jester or Phule, comes across as a doubting somewhat incompetent person. In the previous books he is anything but this. In fact, his poise and his balanced relationship with his butler help to make the books. I don't see that in the current book.

The premise of the book overall just does not fly. That the father of Phule can be a leader of a huge corporation and not understand statistical odds in casinos smacks you in the face as unsound throughout the whole book. Then to add to the mix a storyline that stutters and goes off on tangents for no reasons, and you have a very confused disgruntled reader.

In summary, avoid this book and go buy the previous books if you haven't already. I don't like criticizing authors I like and enjoy (I own almost all of Asprin's books), but this book just didn't measure up to previous books.

I wish I had taken the reviews more to heart before I bought the book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A foul Phule
This book was a great disappointment, Captain Jester was either brain damaged by the nano's, on drugs, or replaced by a robot for the entire book. The few times he appears his is agonizing over a promotion and contributing nothing towards the plot or story line. Beeker is meaner, more sarcastic, and instead of being Phules friend he is just a critic. In all I thought all the characters and indeed the entire book was smaller and meaner than the previous installments.

It may be a good read for someone who has not read the previous installments but a fan will not like it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent light comedy
"No Phule Like an Old Phule" is an apt summation, because this book, instead of focusing on Willard Phule and his Omega Company, spends far too much time on Phule's corporate raider father. And Phule's father (I can't remember his name) is just not a funny character; he's shallow, vain, narcissistic, and doesn't have enough "oomph," somehow.

Plus, instead of coming up with a brand new plotline, or a brand new planet to play on/with, Mr. Asprin and Mr. Heck decided to set half the book at the casino (book two), bringing back two quasi-villains who now want to go straight (book four), and then have the typical problems with Phule's company of irregulars on the last planet of call (book four). Mixing the plots of books two and four makes for a fun, yet very shallow read; it's like rewarmed macaroni and cheese. Once is good, twice is OK, but after that, throw it out.

And although we're not to the throwing out stage just yet, I highly advise Mr. Asprin and Mr. Heck to come up with a different scene or some different characters for the next book, if indeed there is to be another one.

Three stars.

Barb Caffrey

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe not Asprin's Phinest, but still Good Phun
Maybe I'm just more easily pleased than some readers, but I'm sure that nobody would have rated this book only one or even three stars if it hadn't had Robert Asprin's name on the front. "No Phule Like an Old Phule" may not be up to the very high standard of the early Myth books, but it was still fun to read. It doesn't take a PhD to figure out most of the puns-there's a self-important Texas hunter called "Austin Tay-Shun", for example-but I read Asprin's books for R&R. Let's face it, a story that features a giant Rabbit as hero isn't likely to be Great Literature.

"When a system is set up to deal with misfits and incompetents, the addition to the mix of someone actually capable may cause a greater disturbance than the addition of a weak cog to a functioning organization."

That's the rabbit he's talking about.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This series has gone way down hill from its great beginning. Now it is weak, boring and dull.

My interpretation of the series was that when you have a group of unusual people and a problem you should find an unusual solution. And I think part of the fun was watching Phule find the unusual solution. So how come Phule hardly shows up at all?

The writing is confusing. They introduced a 'Lepoid', a new alien. But what does it look like? How does it act? Took me until near the end of the book to put the poor descriptions together. Things come out of no where; it looks like this is an attempt to surprise us, I'd rather have a solid setup and then a surprise!

Shoot the editor! There are words missing in the middle of the text. Didn't anyone bother to proof read this? (Shoot whoever 'set' the type or however they do it these days, too).

If you haven't read this series before then don't start with this one, go back and read the first in the series, Phule's Company, it's much better. You might read this if you've already read the rest of the series, but remember: I warned you, you'll be disappointed. ... Read more

5. Something M.Y.T.H. Inc (Robert Asprin's Myth)
by Robert Asprin
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Asin: 0441010830
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 43163
Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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Revolution is in the air. The king's court sorcerer is being eyed with suspicion. Not for dabbling in the black arts...not for consorting with a demon...not for having a dragon as a pet...not even for being mobbed up. But for the greatest crime of all: raising taxes.

Who is this terrible tyrant? None other than Skeeve the Great.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen...
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3-0 out of 5 stars Another MYTH-step by Asprin
Robert Asprin, an erratic writer as far as his output is concerned, finally returned after around a decade or so to his Myth series last year with Myth-ion Improbable, a weak and humorless effort that was far inferior to his other efforts. With Something MYTH Inc., he has improved slightly but the title is more than a pun; there is indeed something missing still.

In what is likely to be the last of the series, Asprin wraps up storylines with all the delicacy of a sledgehammer. Actually, most of the story deals with minor character Guido and his attempts to put down rebellions by such feeble threats as Robb the Hood and his Married Men. These characters are such non-threats that there is little suspense in the whole story.

Towards the end of the book, the focus is finally back on Skeeve, who makes decisions about his future that affects everyone. Also, the loose ends are tied together quickly, almost too quickly for those who have waited years for resolutions. All this in a very quick 150+ pages plus a throwaway short story and character guide.

While this is not an awful book, it is also not very good, certainly not a very rewarding finish for those who have enjoyed this series. But if the last two books are any indication, it is probably best that the series has concluded; there will be no more disappointments in the future.

2-0 out of 5 stars Weak ending to a mediocre series
I started reading the Myth books in college and enjoyed the quite a bit until Myth-nomers and Impervections, which started the downward trend to the series. I pretty much lost track of the series since Asprin also stopped writing them on a regular basis, but recently decided to finish off the series once and for all. I first reread the original 6 or 7 books that I still find entertaining, although not as much as I did some 10 years ago, then slogged through the rest of the series and finally got around to Something M.Y.T.H.Inc.

Basically, the book is a rehash as well as a cop out of the events in Sweet Mythery of Life and their consequences. What might've had some good potential for tension and drama were turned into bad jokes. Pookie shooting Guido? Gleep getting shot? All a misunderstanding. Hell, the whole "uprising" is one big joke. It's like Asprin couldn't think of a good way to resolve some plot threads he set up earlier and said hell with it all.

Also, why is it that the majority of the non-Skeeve viewpoints in the M.Y.T.H.Inc stories are handled by Guido? Nothing against the guy, but I'd really like to see some of the other characters' POV's, especially Aahz or Tanda. The faux-mob speech also really grates after a while. It really feels like Asprin missed out on several good opportunities exit the series on a high note.

My advice to anyone who hasn't started the series yet would be to stop reading at Little Myth Marker. M.Y.T.H.Inc Link is still a tolerable read, but sets up a lot of things that will require to read some very bad books to find answers for.

5-0 out of 5 stars no myth-stake, skeeve and co. are back
This is the final volume (as I understand it anyway) to Robert Asprin's Myth series. It's sad to see all our old friends--Skeeve, Aahz, Tanda, Guido, Bunny, etc--but the book does feel like it is time. It doesn't feel like Asprin has any more to add to the series, and he wraps it all up rather nicely. This is also one of those revolving viewpoint novels, though Skeeve's pov is included. It's a nice end to a great series.

2-0 out of 5 stars A sad ending to a fantastic series
Note to reader: since to read this book, you'd better have a long acquainatance with Skeeve and the gang, I decided I'd just jump right in with the review as well, leaving out pointless introductions of characters and setting. Enjoy!

In this book, Guido and Nunzio take it upon themselves to investigate rumors of various uprisings against Skeeve the Great for dabbling in black sorcery and raising taxes. This goes on concurrently with the events of the previous book, so I guess there's little suspense as to whether or not an uprising will in fact happen... Asprin's well-known writer's block is on display here in all its glory, unfortunately. For all the changes of "dialect" (if you can call dropping Gs and writing "sez" for "says" a dialect) with varying narrators, the prose style here is all of a sameness: Chumley, Skeeve and Aahz all speak in exactly the same way, while even a regular Klahd, supposedly in awe of the feared Skeeve the Great, who consorts with demons and dragons, refers to him as "the kid" after meeting him briefly. There's also very little drama, not only for the aforementioned reason of chronology but because the "threats" to Skeeve are completely negligible. Indeed, of the three groups supposedly plotting against Skeeve, Asprin writes about only two, because he must have realized that the other, a truly lame and unamusing parody of RPG gamers, is of no account at all. A very sad end to a once-vibrant series: undramatic, unfunny, and shoddily written.

2-0 out of 5 stars Erratic Narrative and Obscure Inside Jokes
As short as it was (a Jackson short of 200 pgs), this book worked very hard not to leave any sort of impression. In fact, what am I talking about? Oh, yeah.

As the conclusion for the wildly popular and hit or miss good MYTH series, Something MYTH Inc really didn't get started until the last 40 or so pages.

For the most part, the audience had to suffer through what is perhaps the most groan-worthy aspect of a series: The Re-hash from Another Character's Perspective.


So basically, if you read "Sweet Mythtery...", then you know the first three quarters of "Something."

The ending does give some new storyline... put then leaves us dangling right when it gets somewhat interesting. Aspirin is good at this; see how he managed to anger his audience with ending on a "To be continued..." note with his Time Scout series. It's like he had some kind of writing meltdown during the late '90s and is just on the road to recovery.

Hopefully, the next book in the MYTH series (because you *know* there'll be another) will pick up where this one sort of dwindled off... But I'm leary of co-authors, especially with Aspirin... Remember what happened to Phule? ... Read more

6. M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action/Sweet Myth-Tery of Life
by Robert Asprin
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Asin: 0441009824
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 48980
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Myth fans get a double dose of action in Ace's fifth spectacular2-in-1 Myth edition.

Love and war go hand in hand when Skeeve "the Great" asks two bumbling bodyguards to join the army of Possiltum-and then finds himself overrun by nubile suitors.
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5-0 out of 5 stars two great myth books in one
Asprin's Myth series combines traditional fantasy with humor and satire. He gives us multiple characters that are believable and you grow to love very quickly. Many authors couldn't handle juggling this many primary characters (not to mention the whole slew of secondary characters) and this complicated of a series. It's myth-fastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two epic tales - with a twist
This collection of two books by Robert Asprin were a few of my favorites. Without giving the book away, let me tell you that this book doesn't disappoint in comparisson to his earlier books. The characters still deliver the same impact they did in his past books and they keep the same personalities

The plotline twists and weaves and I love how all the books seem to follow the pattern that as soon as one problem is solved, a whole new set of problems emerge. This book promises to be a delightful sequel to the already memorable series of books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Two Asprin Gave Me a Headache
To begin with, I really like a lot of Robert Asprin's previous works. I've just reread both the Myth and Phule series. I love the quirky characters and humor present in both. I was really looking forward to continuing my voyage into the wonderfully amusing world created by this talented author.

The first of the two stories in this double (M.Y.T.H Inc. in Action) is excellent. It is light, amusing, original, and just generally a good read. If you've enjoyed the previous books in the series, you will certainly like this one.

Unfortunately, the second story (Sweet Myth-tery of Life) is not at all up to the mark. It is heavy, not at all amusing, and all in all just not worth reading.

That said, if you can't find M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action as a single, it is still worth picking up this double book in order to read it. ... Read more

7. Stealers' Sky (Thieves' World 12)
by Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey
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8. Myth-Ion Improbable (Myth Books)
by Robert Asprin
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
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Sales Rank: 26891
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Return to the World of MYTH
MYTH-ion Improbable marks Robert Asprin's long-awaited return to the worlds of his popular MYTH series. Although he doesn't exactly pick up where the story left off some years ago, he takes us back to simpler times to spin a yarn from the early days of the series. This book takes place between books three and four of the original series and takes Skeeve, Aahz, and Tananda on a wild treasure hunt through some interesting dimensions we haven't seen before. I for one like the idea of Asprin going back to earlier times in the series. For one thing, I didn't like the direction Sweet MYTH-tery of Life was taking the story and characters. It just wasn't fun anymore. This book returns a sense of fun to the series.

The only real issue I have with this novel is that Asprin never really seems to nail his characters as they were established in the past. Skeeve comes off as being a bit too assertive and sure of himself, when at this point in the series he was still just learning magic and the ways of the world. Aahz and Tananda never really come through with the personalities they once had. Tananda especially just seems to be along for the ride.

Overall this is a fun return to the world of the MYTH series. It's a light, quick read and I recommend it to any fans of Robert Asprin or followers of the MYTH series.

3-0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to form
I have been disappointed with the last few books in this series - and especially with the last one, Sweet Myth-tery of Life which hit the lowest point in the saga. It was bad enough that that book was poorly written and not at all funny, but to make things worse, the book ended on a clifhanger and then Mr Asprin didn't continue the series for about seven years. I, for one, was convinced that Mr. Asprin had finished with these characters and their stories and was moving on.

So, I was very happy to see this book listed on Amazon. However, it DOESN'T pick up where the cliffhanger of the last volume left off. In an introduction, Mr. Asprin explains that it has so long since he wrote a Myth-Adventure, he had really lost the feel for the characters. So, before he tackled the complex story he had planned, he decided to do a "prequel." If you were numbering in order, this book would be Number 3.5 in the series.

For the most part, Mr. Asprin's experiment is successful. Skeeve and Tanda are in fine form, and Aahz, while a lot grumpier than in past volumes, still shows flashes of his old self. The adventure is fun and (mostly) quite exciting, aside from a few gaping plot holes that I won't go into here because they'd spoil the ending.

(And the ending is pretty anti-climactic. There's a build up for a big showdown and the showdown never happens, which is a shame.)

I did have a few problems, though, with the book itself. The illustrations are not very attractive. The B&W drawings in the book are kind of ugly, and the cover design looks like something a home-publisher would do on an old graphics program. (I sure do miss Phil Folgio's art!) And I'm a little grumpy that Meshia Merlin Publishing sees fit to charge $... for a 180 page book that fans will tear through in an afternoon.

All in all, it's a fun book and a welcome return by Robert Asprin and a much beloved series.

1-0 out of 5 stars I would rather have not ever read it
Yes, it really IS that bad! It's a total aberration amongst a group of great books that I really love.

3-0 out of 5 stars We Mythed the Series Too Much
It's been many, many years since I finished the last page of the last Myth book, reeling from the cliffhanger ending. As the years went by, the whole series faded into dim memory. So, when I began to read Myth-Ion Improbable I found myself trying to compare it to . . . what? Was the Myth series really as good as I remember it being? Ultimately, I gave up trying to fit this one into the rest of the series and decided to evaluate it on its own merits, such as they are.

Asprin gives us an interesting, if poorly developed, plot involving cow vampires in a Western-style universe (sort of a spoiler there, but it's fairly obvious well before Skeeve figures it out). There are some amusing bits here, but only a few rise to the level of actual knee-slapping. What we end up with is a short novel that can be read in a couple of hours without in any way energizing or taxing the brain cells. Pure, mindless, harmless fluff.

If you haven't read any of the Myth books, don't start with this one as you'll be left wondering what the big deal is. If you're a huge Myth fan, avoid this one, too; you will no doubt end up enraged like so many other reviewers. If, however, you remember the Myth series fondly but not passionately you could do much worse than this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars weakest in the series
Myth-ion Improbable is the weakest of the Myth books. That's not saying much though, since the series as a whole is such a great collection of books. This is the only one that I give four stars to. I think it is because it had been so long since Asprin had written a Myth book, and he had to refind his rhythm. And this book interrupts the sequence (it is book 11, but it takes place between 3 & 4). Asprin seems to have to stretch a little with this episode, which he hasn't had to do in any of the others. But don't let me give you the impression that this is a substandard book, because it isn't. It's a great book too. And I'm glad he wrote it. ... Read more

9. The House That Jack Built
by Robert Asprin, Linda Evans
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And it's harder to figure which psychopath to fear most! Senator John Caddrick hires a professional assassin to murder his own daughter and threatens to destroy the whole time-touring industry. Caddrick's hired gun plans a high-level double cross -- but then everyone's plans are thrown into chaos when Jack the Ripper's killing spree spreads from Victorian London to Time Terminal Eighty-Six. In this breath-stopping sequel to Ripping Time, retired time scout Kit Carson and ex-con man Skeeter Jackson enter an unholy alliance that surprises everyone -- including Skeeter and Kit.

All they have to do is track down Senator Caddrick's missing heiress, lost somewhere in history, rescue Ianira Cassondra from the clutches of a madman, and keep the most famous time-touring station in the world open for business, while avoiding death in The House that Jack (the Ripper) Built. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Vast Improvment
Ripping time was monotonous and confusing. The House the Jack built provided a clear and workable outcome. Everything works out for the best(for most) and you cheer on Skeeter and his friends the whole way through. The way they finally resolved the plot was a bit rushed but it was a fine book overall. I personally can't wait until the next book in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely ripping good!!!!!
Bad puns aside, I had to force myself to put this one down, in order to deal with necessities like work, food, sleep. This is the second half of the novel begun in "Ripping Time" and the climax(es) are superbly done.

These two books would make an absolutely rousing mini-series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Time Scouts to the Rescue
A great adventure continues. Asprin and Evens agan have a story filled with action of a historical event. Never a dull moment. I read the story in one sitting enjoying every page. The reader is easly placed in the action through the verbal visualization of 19th century, Denver and the Time station. The continous twists and turns add flavor to the story. My only critizism is the epilog. I would like to have seen just a little more detail on what happened to charactors after their return. ... Read more

10. Myth-Ing Persons / Little Myth Marker (2-In-1)
by Robert Asprin
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Ace Books is reissuing the entire Myth series in these special-value, 2-in-1 collections.

The third omnibus edition follows bumbling magician's apprentice Skeeve into 1.) an alternate dimension and 2.) an alternate poker game.
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5-0 out of 5 stars another fine myth
Book five has Skeeve wandering around in searching for Aahz in a dimension where magic doesn't work and humans are the monsters. It's hilarious--a world of vampires and werewolves.
Little Myth Marker brings in Markie, who adds a new level of hilarity to the gang. And Skeeve goes into his high stakes Dragon Poker. Marvelous.

4-0 out of 5 stars Light fun.
I am reminded of the Phantom Tollbooth. I don't know why.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is where the series really gets tired
I read these books about 15 years ago in high school and recently picked them up looking for some light reading. The first two volumes of double Myth tales were enjoyable enough, but by the time I got to this collection, Asprin's style of writing was beginning to grow somewhat annoying. He goes way overboard providing explanation for the characters attitude and motivation and turns them all into well mannered polite caring do-gooders who never break a promise and always turn their enemies into new best friends. It gets old really quick.

Another major problem with the books at this point is the fact that it takes so long to establish the plot and to rope in all the supporting characters that the resolutioins seem anti-climactic at best. The second book in this collection is a bad offender in this respect as most of the book is spent with no action taking place and lots and lots of boring exposition on why everyone is so good at giving advice and helping to be a good team member. Also, the big mystery character is pretty non-mysterious and I saw the outcome of the thin plot coming a mile away.

All in all, I can't say I recommend this collection of Myth stories unless you really really really enjoyed the first two. I won't be picking up the latter installations unless I really can't find anything else to read. ... Read more

11. Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions
by Robert Asprin
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5-0 out of 5 stars His most enjoyable series
Simply put, this is Asprin's most enjoyable series of books he has. It's a lengthy series but the books all are pretty thin, around 250-300 pages. Skeeve and Aahz are entertaining characters and with the additions of Tandy, Gleep, Hugh Badaxe, and others, its humorous fantasy that travels through dimensions on entertaining adventures. Each chapter begins with a supposed quote from someone real such as "I'm just going out for a short horse back ride... G. Kahn". Some of the books I enjoyed less than others but overall an great series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Myth-terious Review
The Myth series by Robert Asprin is a wonderful and exciting read. The series is full of excellent humor and is well worth the effort to acquire and read. The author has a wonderful wit and a super command of satire. The Myth series centers around a young mage named Skeeve and his mentor and best friend Ahaz. Ahaz is a money hungry demon from Perv who has lost all of his magical powers. Ahaz takes it upon himself to teach the fledgling mage all he knows of magic and in the process attempts to gain as much wealth and fame as he can for the young magi and himself. With this fame comes endless chances for adventure. The book series takes these two, as well as a host of friends, on many misguided and hilarious quests. I have rarely laughed out loud while reading, but I found myself chuckling constantly as I read this series. With friends like Tananda the sexy female troll or trollop as they are called and Chumley her very ugly, super smart brother with an English accent and proper manners, the story is a virtual paradise of laughter. Throw in the very overweight but sweetly dedicated Massha, and a loving but mentally limited pet dragon, and the mix is complete. This party of individuals gets into and out of all sorts of messes. The story is rich in reference humor as well. An example of this includes a reference to Elfquest. While adventuring in one realm the party of friends encounter two werewolves named Ydnew and Drahcir. Please note the reverse spelling of these two characters. They are known as the Wolf Writers. The obvious reference is a friendly nod to WaRP graphics. Asprin has worked with Richard and Wendy in the past, so this makes even more sense. In short, the adventures of Skeeve and Ahaz take them many places. While hilarious, this series does not forget to deal with more serious issues. In essence, it is a story about growing up. It is also a story about the wonderful power of friendship. Morality is constantly important to the series, and Asprin deals with this superbly. The misadventures of the characters in this series are both fun and interesting. Asprin is able to capture good fun and somehow combine it with serious issues. Friendship is a major subject in the series as well as loyalty. The "growing pains" of young Skeeve remind us all of youth and its difficulties. This mixed with excellent humor makes for a fantastic read.

5-0 out of 5 stars a myth is born
I first ran across Asprin's Myth books many years ago at the public library, and they've stuck in my head ever since. You can imagine my surprise when I ran across the complete set in paberback at the local bookstore. Asprin was one of the pioneers in this genre of humor/fantasy books. He has great characters, well rounded and believable. He spoofs whatever he can in the genre. And he does it well. If you haven't read these books, then you need to get started. And since this is book one and two, this is the place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two fantasy classics in one book...
Finally, Robert Asprin's first two Myth books in one volume! Yay! This is a great option for those who are just now discovering Mr. Asprin's brilliance, or those that knew all along and read their older copies until they just fell apart.

For those life long fans I need give you no introduction to this wonderful duo of books, but for the rest of us this is a brief synopsis broken down by book.

Another Fine Myth
Another Fine Myth is the beginning of Robert Asprin's Myth series, one of the best (and THE most hilarious) fantasy series of all time. This introduces us to the characters that make the series so wonderful. Some of the characters are
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 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 is a great first volume that is easy to get into and introduces all the characters!

Myth Conceptions

Robert Asprin has done it again! In this, the second book in the Myth series, our unlikely trio of Skeeve- former thief want-to-be and current magicians apprentice; Aahz- demon master magician currently unable to use any magic because his powers were removed as part of a practical joke gone horribly wrong; and Gleep- baby dragon with the worst breath in all of Klah!

This time they find themselves trying to get a job as court magicians, since everyone knows that being a court magician is the cushiest job in all the dimensions. But this job comes with perils, and our trio find themselves in the middle of a war, where they're doomed whether they win or loose!

4-0 out of 5 stars A steady and entertaining story
Although it did start slow the book has some very entertaining characters and the story plot is very good. ... Read more

12. M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link (Myth Adventures)
by Robert Lynn Asprin
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4-0 out of 5 stars Different but still great.
I agree with Minh Dang (the first reviewer of this book). This book gives insight into the minds and personalities of all the characters involved. I think Asprin really had to change something or risk becoming repetitive or stagnate (he pretty much says so in his introduction). He tried something new and I enjoyed it, although at a different level. This book didn't have as many laugh-out-loud moments, but it has a bit more plot than normal and since it's the beginning of a 5 book contract he was able to start some multiple/cross book subplots.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous Myth Adventures
This book was good, but it hold par with the previous six. While there is more character development on Chumley, Massha, Guido, and Gleep, I liked Skeeve's narration better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aspirin combines fantasy and humor for a great read!
Skeeve, the struggling magician, isn't your ordinary story hero. He makes mistakes and has friends there to laugh at and help him. The humor is what makes the book a hit. Without it, it would merely be another dull fantasy involving devils, trolls, and dragons. Full of laughs.

4-0 out of 5 stars A somewhat unbalanced book, but I still recommend it highly
I am a huge fan of the MYTH series by Robert Asprin. This book, which is the 7th in the series, is relatively short, yet serves Asprin's purpose well. The previous 6 books concentrated mostly on the hijinks of the main character, Skeeve. With M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, Aprin set out to show readers how the world(s) was viewed through the eyes of the other characters. Although some stories were not up to Asprin's usual standards of humor and subtlety, others actually reach the level of ingenuity. For example, the story involving Massha's development of The Fun House was absolutely terrific. And Gleep's tale is without a doubt the most insightful story in the entire book. Readers who pick up this book without having read previous books in the series will view it as a puzzling collection of short stories. However, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link is still an enjoyable read whether you're a fan of the MYTH series or not. ... Read more

13. Hit or Myth
by Robert Asprin
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5-0 out of 5 stars Warning! This book will make you laugh!
This was my first Robert Asprin book, and it will not be my last. With a quirky cast of characters including a murderous princess, a kidnapped mentor, a silly pet dragon, a war unicorn, an absent king, and the mafia, not to mention the apprentice this story revolves around, this is truly an enjoyable read.

It goes quickly enough to be a great vacation book, but don't wait to pick it up! Run out to your nearest bookstore, grab a copy and start enjoying, and laughing. You'll be glad that you did!

And for those that won't trust me and want a preview of the plot, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, is tricked into assuming the kings likeness and place on the throne, by King Rodrick himself! The king then runs away. Why? Because he's about to be married to an infinitely rich princess! Right about then the mob shows up and things really get bad from there, but if you want to know what happens next, buy the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow and well you get the idea
This was the first book by Robert Asprin I ever bought, it was the first I had ever seen and most of my friends have spent the last few years being regailed with how brilliant this guy is. The pottential this book showed made me spend ever since looking for anything written by this guy in the hope that he maintained the passion of this book. For the most part I have not been dissapointed, and I am still convinced I was one of the first Brittish people to hear of this guy.. I have one important thing left to say.... BUY THIS BOOK....

5-0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining -- don't myth this !
Hit or Myth and it's sequels are a turn from the norm when it comes to sword and sorcery.

The tales hinge on a young lad, a magician's apprentice, who is suddenly on his own when his master disappears while calling up a demon.

Humor and satire are the norm in the series. The demon turns out to be a magician in his own dimentional world from which he was summoned but now can't get back to. He takes a grudging liking to the lad and assists him as the boy continues to try to learn/develop his skill in the magic arts.

The most facinating area of the fantasy world is the dimentional bazaar -- where literally anything and everything is for sale. Our heroes get into one scrape after another, always coming out ahead by a narrow margin.

If you only like 'serious' fantasy, this is not a book for you. However, if you enjoy puns, satire and humor with a fantasy/magic setting, you'll treasure this book and its companions as long as you live -- no mythtake about it.


5-0 out of 5 stars This is FUN!
The first five books in this series are awesome. They are fun, funny, & have great characters and stories. This is the fourth Myth Adventure. Read all 5 and have fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!!
I've read most of the books in this series and this one, I have to say, is the best. After reading it I jumped striaght to my computer and ordered the next couple books in the series. If you've never read a book in the "Myth" series, this is definatly the one to start with. ... Read more

14. Phule's Company (Phule's Company, No 1)
by Robert Asprin
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4-0 out of 5 stars the Underdogs of Space
This is an amusing and easy to read novel. The first in a series, it is really an introductory book. It's not really an original idea, but it's still enjoyable. It's very much like the movie "stripes" or "private benjamin" in outer space.

When "Captain Jester" takes over the "omega Company" in the Space Legion, the troops - all tagged as 'loosers' and 'whimps' get more than they bargained for. Their new commander is one of the richest men in the galaxy and quickly applies what he has learnt in buisness to his troops. The result is a turnaround that none of the troops or anybody else in know space would have believed if they hadn't seen it.

For an afternoon's light reading this is a good book. I'm off to get book 2 "Phule's paradise" for another bought of light-on-the-brain amusement.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun characters
This is a pretty enjoyable book and is a comedic space opera. The first in a series of, so far, 5 books. Willard 'Captain Jester' Phule is in charge of the worst group of misfits and ne'er-do-wells that the Space Legion has to offer. Omega Company is a dumping ground for miscreants and Phule gets to change them. Being the son of Victor Phule, the munitions master of Phule-Proof Ammunition and Weapons, he is one of the wealthiest people in the galaxy. He takes his butler and money to improve his conditions and turn the rag-tag mob around by taking the company and running it as he would one of his businesses.

Overall, it is a good way to spend a few days in light hearted reading. It's your typical 'underdog overcomes all' scenario but the likable characters certainly betters the formula. Other books in the series are:
1. Phule's Company
2. Phule's Paradise
3. A Phule and His Money
4. Phule Me Twice
5. No Phule Like an Old Phule

Worth reading a few times for those lazy afternoon sunny days while relaxing on the porch. These are books that a teenager might really like an spark an interest in reading, too.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good, Phun Read
An enjoyable, light book. There's nothing really wrong with the book, but it's certainly not literature. If you're tired of wading through books that make you think too much, try this one. A great way to spend an afternoon.

5-0 out of 5 stars It made me laugh.
I don't usually get a real laugh from book reading but on several occasion I caught myself laughing out loud. I enjoyed this book throughout the time I was reading it. It never let me down and offered an interesting look on how anyone within the army that has a great deal of money and a personal butler can get a ragtag company to respect and follow their orders.

This isn't a disappointing book if you're not looking for a deep rooted philosophical scifi because this is more lighthearted and just fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Phule's Company!
This is the first book of Phule's Company Series.

The basic story is rather orthodox; a charismatic leader turns a bunch of losers and misfits into a good team. And Phule's tactics is surprisingly straightforward. He wouldn't let himself and others to simply label his crew as "losers and misfits" and he treats them with courtesy and thought. I thought he would use more extraordinary method because of his "rich boy" status and his "foolish" name (he is no fool, indeed).

Despite the straightforwardness, this book is highly amusing; sometimes funny, sometimes heart-warming. I cheer for Phule's Company without reserve. That is partly because the characters with strong personality are vividly described, and I can feel their presence. I like many of them; Willard Phule, Beeker, Brandy, Tusk-anini, Super Gnat, Mother and so on.

Book 2, "Phule's Paradise", describes Phule's Company's full-blown activity in real operation and is much more exciting. I recommend you to regard this book as a "prelude" and read Book 2 continuously. ... Read more

15. Myth Direction / Hit or Myth (2-In-1)
by Robert Asprin
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Skeeve must deal with myth guided desires, fairy godfathers, and anoffer he can't refuse in two of Robert Asprin's most delightful myth adventures. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars it's no myth that this book is great
This 2-in-1 is volumes three and four in Asprin's hit Myth series. Both are great stories and great books. Myth Directions deals with the game the gang plays in order to win the Trophy (...Tanda...). And Hit or Myth is truly hilarious as Skeeve has to pretend to be the king and avoid marriage. These are great books.

3-0 out of 5 stars More of the same with the Myth crew
I've just picked this series up again after having read it about 15 years ago. I do have to admit that it was more enjoyable when I was in high school, and being as that I can recommend it more to teens than to more sophisticated readers. This second collection of two Myth books is a decent enough follow up to the first installment and continues the dimension hopping antics of Skeeve and Aahz. The supposedly zany adventures aren't quite madcap enough, though and all in all they actually seem rather tame by modern fantasy standards.

The oddball group of characters is interesting enough, although by these books it seems as if everyone seems to already know one another from somewhere else (pretty small multiple dimension, huh?). Asprin still over explains character motivation and wraps up the loose ends he creates waaaaay too quickly continuing the forced nature of the climaxes as were in the first two books.

Overall this is good harmless light reading, but unless you really liked the characters from the first two books I wouldn't really recommend it. I breezed through this volume rather briskly, but ultimately wasn't really looking forward to reading the next installation that I had already purchased. ... Read more

16. Phule Me Twice
by Robert L. Asprin, Peter J. Heck
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When the planet Zenobia is invaded, Captain Willard Phule is made their military advisor. But, unknown to the Zenobians, they're getting two Phules for the price of one. A robot double of Captain Phule appears out of nowhere. And only the real Phule knows who the real Phule is.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Phule Me Twice...
If Robert Asprin really wrote much of this book, I would be very surprised. After the first two Phule books, I really looked forward to a new series filled with the humor and fun that were so typical of the Myth books. Unfortunately, the third book in the series took a turn away from the original...and Phule Me Twice falls even farther from the tree. The characters are very shallow, almost caricatures of their previous selves. What had been likeable and enjoyable characters have now become darker and more cynical...more serious even. In some series this may be for the best, but these books are supposed to be based on lighthearted humor. Even the relationship between Phule and Beeker has taken on the air of an old married couple more than the old friends they used to be. In a series that is driven by likeable characters and lighthearted comedy - where the misfits find a way to not only fit in, but flourish - Phule Me Twice has taken a sad deviation from the original, successful recipe. The Phule's Company series will never be "real" sci-fi, and perhaps that is what the author - or authors - will need to get back to. If you are looking for the classic "sci-fun" of the first two Phule's my opinion you will have to look elsewhere. I still will look forward to the next installment though...just to be sure;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
The Phule series has had its series of problems. Phule's Company was an excellent book, "soft" SF, certainly, but very well done. Phule's Paradise was all set-up and very little pay-off, even though it was enjoyable to read. A Phule and His Money introduced many interesting ideas, but the authors seemed incapable of doing these ideas justice. But, with Phule Me Twice, we finally return to the unflawed greatness which hasn't been present since the original. This book brings in an interesting conflict by introducing the new CO and XO of Phule's company; two men who are far more conservative in their views of Legion policy. We see how Phule's Company could never possibly work as a regular Legion company; and we understand that its strength is its ability to forego the rigid policies and simply do what makes SENSE, instead of what the book says to do. The Phule series, particullary "Company" and "Twice" are books which are essentially about leadership--and for that reason alone I would highly recommend them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on you
Well, count me among those who say Asprin didn't have anything to do with Phule me Twice, or book three. I suffered through them though, they had a moment or two, but it was few and far between. Not that Heck isn't a decent writer, but he has almost no sense of humor.

Book three, this fool and his money were easily parted.
Shame on me.
Book four, fooled me twice.
Shame on you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted, thoroughly enjoyable science fiction adventure
Phule Me Twice is the latest lighthearted, thoroughly enjoyable science fiction adventure from Robert Asprin. Fourth in the Phule series, about a Legion captain and his unlikely crew of interplanetary rejects, Phule Me Twice follows the questionable Legionnaires as they are called to help a dinosaur-like ally race against a mysterious hidden invader. But Captain Phule's own superior officer has a grudge against him, and plans to wreak havoc in the most backhanded and scheming manner possible - by sending in an incompetant with both the ability and authority to royally foul things up! A loopy and engaging ride featuring quixotic personalities, double-take situations, and one deceptively resourceful android. Also very highly recommended are the previous Phule adventures: Phule's Company, Phule's Paradise, and A Phule And His Money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Phuled again
Interplanetary high space opera miltaristic romp. Fans of the earlier book's will definetly enjoy this book, though it is not nearly as good as the first one which is still my favorite. however, this book does stand alone on its own, so anyone new to the series can pick it up and still have a enjoyable read. ... Read more

17. Thieves' World: First Blood (Thieves' World)
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Contains all of the stories of the first two Thieves’ World anthologies (Thieves’ World and Tales of the Vulgar Unicorn), with additional material.

Return to the Olden Days of Sanctuary!

Sanctuary, a seedy, backwater town governed by evil forces, powerful magic, and political intrigue

See how Thieves’ World all began!

Classic stories by:

Robert Lynn Asprin
Lynn Abbey
Poul Anderson
Marion Zimmer Bradley
John Brunner
David Drake
Philip Jose Farmer
Joe Haldeman
Janet Morris
Andrew J. Offutt
A. E.van Vogt
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5-0 out of 5 stars Expertly weaves fantasy and sci-fi together!
I found my copies at a used book store 12 years ago--back when the two books were separate. The narrative was so good, I read both in the same night.

Thieves World is an usual type of anthology in that, while different writers are contributing, the individual stories are more like chapters. This is because they all share the same characters and what happens in one story, carries on as character background in the next story by the next author. If a character or event is introduced in one story, it is fodder for future stories.

The effect is that you get many different viewpoints for the same story--some light, some dark--and it makes the overall story seem more well-rounded, yet cohesive at the same time. This is a tribute to the talents of the many writers involved with the project, and to the editors, Abbey and Asprin [fine writers in their own right].

As for the overall story, Thieves World is set on a terrestrial planet, with most of the action taking place in and arround the city of Sanctuary. Initially, the tone is fantasy--swordsmen, magic, gods/goddesses. As the series progresses, subtle elements of sci-fi are woven in--non-human species from the sea, advanced technology, etc. By the end, Thieves World had transformed into an anthology series unlike any I've read.

I regularly read the entire series [all 12 books] at least once a year, and I'm happy they're being reissued since my copies are getting very worn out.

I absolutely recommend this anthology for any fan of the fantasy genre. ... Read more

18. Myth-Ing Persons
by Robert Asprin
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story Only Outdone By a Greater Cast
The Myth Adventures series is one of my favorites. One of the better fantasy series out there (in my opinion even better than the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series) they are a quick read and are good for a ton of non-stop laughter. The reading level is not very advanced, as a 4th grader could easily pick up the book and know exactly what is going on. However this does not detract from the enjoyment an adult can receive from this hilarious novel. The modern jokes and references that might be missed by a child are sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

All of the old characters are back as well as a few new ones to mix things up. Robert Asprin brings together a brilliant cast of diverse characters that are sure to make you smile and rush out to buy the next book in the series just to find out what happens next.

Myth-Ing Persons is a must read for any Robert Asprin fan as well as any fan of fantasy as a whole. His unique style guarantees enjoyment for all who read it. Also if you like Myth-Ing Persons you will love Robert Asprin's other books in the series as well as his Thieves' World Series, which is also very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and with a good story.
5 stars for the first 5 books in the Myth Adventures series. These books are hilarious, have great characters, and have good stories, too. I highly recomend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amusing adventure of Jr Mage & party with modern humor
Very funny, good story too. Irreverant tale of a mage that becomes a court magician. Easy reading, no profanity or explicit sex. ... Read more

19. A Phule and His Money (Phule's Company)
by Robert L. Asprin, Peter J. Heck
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Asin: 0441006582
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 294050
Average Customer Review: 2.21 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Garbage
I enjoyed the first two books in this series enough to read them a second time, but this collaboration was absolutely atrocious.

Every indication seems to be that Asprin wrote an outline which Peter J. Heck attempted to flesh out into a book: Unfortunately, Peter J. Heck has no sense of character or comedy. I only got a few dozen pages into the book before throwing it against the wall in total disgust, but time and time again I saw scenes which -- if the old Robert Asprin had been executing them -- would have been hilarious. Here, however, they fell flat and lifeless to the pavement.

There are no laughs here. The characters and the scenes are forced. All sense of a point is missing.

No matter how much you loved the first two books, avoid this installment at all costs. Indeed, the closer the first two books are to your heart, the deeper this book will thrust the knife.

2-0 out of 5 stars I wish such a sequel had not been forcedly published
I loved Book 1 "Phule's Company" and Book 2 "Phule's Paradise", but I hesitated to read this Book 3 because of these negative reviews. But finally I did read it, because I wanted to find out by my own eyes why this book was so badly reputed and how it was different from the previous two books.

Now I do know why. I expected it not so good as the previous books but so-so enjoyable, but I am disappointed. It's still tolerable that the nice mixture of humor, wit and warmth has changed to a noisy slapstick comedy. But I can't help feeling something is wrong; the characters's behavior and/or speech have delicately deviated from those in the previous books. Especially, Beeker has been deprived of his flavor. For example, Beeker calls the big brass "enemies". They are enemies indeed, but it is very unlikely for Beeker to use such a straight expression.

It might have been very difficult for any writers except the creator to reproduce the charm of this series. Or Asprin's memory and/or affection for this series might have faded in the long gap. Anyway, I wish such a sequel had not been forcedly published.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As a long time fan of Robert Asprin ( going back to Thieves World ) I was very disappointed in this installment of such a fun series. It's pretty obvious right from the start that somebody else basically wrote the book. The character's voices, mannerisms and speech patterns all changed. Sushi no long speaks with an accent in broken english, and the other characters also lose that individualism that the first two books had. You could pull dialog from the first two books and pretty much know who was speaking by the way it was written but that was lost in this book. All in all it read more like an attempt to make money on a hit series than a real effort at continuing, what had been, a great bunch or books.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Phule and his What?
If you are loking for a fun and entertaining science fiction book you've come to the right place.
This book's main character is Captain Willard Phule, a commander of the Space Legion, which is the security branch at a casino called Fat Chance. Phule whips his troops into shape, and their abilities are soon recognized by General Blitzkrieg, who deploys them to the struggling planet Landoor. As they investigate the new planet, they find out that the goverenment is secretly planning to build a theme park. With this information, the Space Legion starts their own park for competition. In the end, they have created the biggest combined theme park in the galaxy.
The characters in Aspirin's books have very unique and witty personalities.Although the character may seem a little unreal, it is almost scary realizing how similar they are to everyday people.
A Phule and His Money is a book targeted towards the young teen age group. The book may seem a little confusing at the start, but, like most books, it develops soon after. I don't think anyone over 15 would like this book, because the main idea wouldn't seem to interesting and it doesn't have a big revealing ending that sums the whole book up. I don't think this book would win an award, but if you're a sci-fi lover, this is your book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A series with nowhere to go...
It is unfortunate that this series has fallen into a repetition of the same old gag. The premise, perhaps, was doomed from the start. Wacky bunch of military misfits are foisted off on equally misfit commander(promising, but here's the fatal flaw), wacky misfit commander is rich as Croesus. Therefore, instead of interestingly thinking or fighting its way out of trouble, the unit simply BUYS its way out. Perhaps this is a bit of wish fullfillment on Asprin's part considering his recent financial troubles, but it is a disappointing come-down from the thoroughly charming (if a bit formulaic) "Myth" books. ... Read more

20. Myth Directions (Myth Books)
by Robert Asprin
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Asin: 0441555292
Catlog: Book (1988-07-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 380812
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Myths
Myth Directions by Robert Aspirin. There were a lot of interesting things that I liked about this book. One was how the author depicted the features of each of the characters. These characters aren't like your normal everyday people. They are from a fantasy world that exist in you imagination. While Skeeve is your average normal boy, Aahz and Tanada are demons from some other dimension. Another of Aahz's friend is a troll, "While I had never seen a troll before, I knew that this as one.", P.133 and Gus who is a gargoyle.
In this book there are a lot of themes that the author develops. One is that there are a wide variety of adventures and new places to experience. Not just the ordinary day to day things that people expereince. The other is that people can get along with others that are different from them. I agree with each of these messages.
I would definitely recommend this book because it challenges you to think beyond your every day thoughts. This book will fill your mind with new kinds of characters and thoughts that will make you realize this is indeed a world expanded by your growing imagination.

5-0 out of 5 stars One big ha-ha
I read this book in one week. My progress is ussually much faster, but its hard to read when one is shaking with hysterical laughter. this was the first Myth book I read, and will forever be my favorite. It conjures up some strang mentel images of Skeeve astride Gleep.(Gleep is my favorite character.) I would recommend it to anyone with a goofy sense of humor. P.S. I had no idea so many people read myth!

5-0 out of 5 stars Birthday presents and making fun of Towns
I loved the book, but the part about the Blue and Yellow Paper freaks made me think on the second read. Near where I live there's a University where I guess you could say that there are tons of Blue and Yellow Paper freaks, just try to do anything on a game day and you'll be stuck in traffic. (If you know anything about College colors you'll find that Michigan has both "towns" that are used in the book, the Red and White of MSU and the Blue and Yellow of U of M) I happen to love Dragons. Gleeep!

5-0 out of 5 stars pretty dang good
not as cool as some of the others in the series but I did like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Read
The entire Myth series is very entertaining! I got pulled into this one, and ended up finishing it the same day I started it. The books are a moderately quick read and very easy to enjoy. ... Read more

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