Myth-Told Tales

December 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

toldMyth-Told Tales by Robert Asprin & Jody Lynn Nye


Take a look at that cover over there. It’s horrible, isn’t it? It takes several seconds to figure out what’s going on there, since it’s muddy and washed out. You might think that the resolution is due to it being a poor image, but no, the cover actually looks like that. For a series that has been graced with colorful, vivid, humorous illustrations, this introduction to the new books, with a cover like this, is questionable.

The foreword to this book explains how Asprin and Nye, facing the prospect of writing additional books in his series, opted to start out slowly, writing a few short stories to test their styles together. The book contains three short stories, one narrated by Skeeve and featuring him helping Bunny in a beauty pageant, one narrated by Chumley and featuring him, Tananda, and Guido running a beauty parlor, and one narrated by Aahz, featuring him and Massha helping locate the source of some strange goings-on surrounding a dragon-princess hunt.

The writing is reminiscent of “M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions”, the bonus story included at the end of Something M.Y.T.H. Inc. that was written by Nye. They manage to maintain a similar style, though they’re definitely different. Having read all of Asprin’s solo books back-to-back like I did, it’s easy to see the difference in style, though it still feels familiar. I’m not sure it would have been as noticeable had I not read the others so closely to the time that I read this one, but it’s definitely different. How could it not be, though? It’s including a whole new writer!

I hadn’t planned on reading any of the Myth Adventure books beyond Asprin’s original twelve books, but after talking about the series with a friend, and him telling me that these co-written books “aren’t as bad as you think”, I decided to give them a read, too. This is an auspicious start, but then again, I disliked the short-story nature of M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, too, and this book is also comprised of stories. Maybe they’ll pick up with the actual novels that follow.

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