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This was a quick and very enjoyable read.

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Rating: 3. Audio Note: Jeff Woodman again delivers a fantastic performance. View all 16 comments. It's All Smoke and Mirrors 27 February Having somewhat enjoyed the first book, when I was around my friend's house in Adelaide and he was insisting on lending me as many books as possible, despite my protestations at having a huge TBR pile as it is I decided to grab the next couple in the series just to see how well Asprin writes his sequels.

Mind you, I tend to have a fairly low opinion of sequels, namely because Hollywood tends to have this really bad habit of completely ruining them or It's All Smoke and Mirrors 27 February Having somewhat enjoyed the first book, when I was around my friend's house in Adelaide and he was insisting on lending me as many books as possible, despite my protestations at having a huge TBR pile as it is I decided to grab the next couple in the series just to see how well Asprin writes his sequels.

Mind you, I tend to have a fairly low opinion of sequels, namely because Hollywood tends to have this really bad habit of completely ruining them or creating them where they are not needed, and in the process completely ruining them — think Ghostbusters II. Anyway, it was two pages into this book when I had my first laugh out loud moment, so I knew that I was going to enjoy it. The fact that it only took me two days to read it is probably testament to that, but then again it is a pretty short book, though a short book does not necessarily mean an easy, or a quick, read The Abolition of Man is testament to that.

Well, we once again meet Skeeve and his mentor the Pervet Ahaz, who are spending some time in the old inn that they settled down in after sending the wizard Istvaan off into some random dimension. However, as is the case with life, this isn't the end of the story since a soldier from a nearby kingdom rocks up and tells Skeeve that the king would like to interview him for the position of court magician.

Well, that sounds like a really cushy, high paying job where Skeeve can pursue his chosen career of being a thief — as long as they get it that is. This is where Ahaz once again comes in because as anybody who has ever been to a job interview would know or doesn't know for that matter the whole interview isn't so much about the skills you have because that is generally outlined on the resume , but rather how you present yourself. In fact you could be one of the best qualified candidates at the interview and get absolutely nowhere simply because the interviewers simply do not like you.

Anyway, enough about the job interviews because needless to say, with Ahaz's help, he nails it and sometimes I wish I had a mate like Ahaz, but then again don't we all? Problem is that it turns out that they weren't looking for a court magician to simply sit around doing the occasional party trick for the king, but to deal with an invading army that happens to be really, really big. The problem is as if that isn't a big enough problem that the general, who's pretty upset that the chancellor wouldn't give him any money to hire some more troops let alone finish the walls around the castle , doesn't want to give him any troops simply because the way he sees it, if the magician wins then the chancellor's going to see this as an excuse to disband the army because as everybody knows armies are really expensive to maintain.

However the problem is that soldiers and generals really, really don't like being thrown onto the unemployment lists, and no country wants a bunch of really upset vets running around complaining about the government. Anyway, I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself, and I'm probably getting a bit too far into the book, which means that you don't need to read the book, which sort of defeats the purpose of a book review and further more if I had written a book review at school which basically rehashed the plot of the book, I probably would have failed — that is unless I bribed the teacher, but then again I don't know anybody who went around bribing teachers — if that is even possible.

However, I'm sure we all know how this book ends, pretty much the same way that most fantasy novels end, but then again I suspect it is not so much the ending that counts, but how we actually get there. Jan 09, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: science-fantasy , , comfort-food , humor-and-satire.

This is the second book in the Myth Adventures series and, like the first book Another Fine Myth , I really enjoyed it. These books are fun, light reads that are perfect for when you either need a mood pick me up, or maybe just want to be entertained without having to invest too much grey matter at the same time. In this second installment, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, and his teacher Aahz, a demon from another dimension summoned in the first book by Skeeve's dead master, along with 3. In this second installment, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, and his teacher Aahz, a demon from another dimension summoned in the first book by Skeeve's dead master, along with their pet dragon and unicorn the cast of characters should give you a good idea of the tone of the book are recruited to stop a war.

Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about it and comedy and light-hearted adventuring follows. Mar 19, Werner rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of humorous fantasy. Shelves: fantasy , books-i-own. Usually, when I read books that are part of a series, I prefer to start at the beginning. However, my wife picked this second volume of the author's Myth series up at our local flea market, and suggested that we read it together, so I did. While it makes some reference to previous events, and many of the characters have prior history with each other, it can be enjoyed well enough as a stand-alone.

Set in another dimension where magic, or magik, as Asprin spells it here, strictly of the Usually, when I read books that are part of a series, I prefer to start at the beginning. Set in another dimension where magic, or magik, as Asprin spells it here, strictly of the incantational sort operates, this is basically a lighthearted humorous fantasy romp, with no deep messages or symbolic themes. Our hero is Skeeve, a moderately able apprentice studying under Aahz, a demon in Aspirin's fictional universe, as in Piers Anthony's Xanth, "demon" is simply a term for any member of various magical humanoid species, which aren't inherently evil and have no connection with Satan who's a "magician," i.

Early on, Skeeve manages to land a job as court magician in the kingdom of Possiltum --only to learn that he's expected to fend off an approaching invading army of invincible size.

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This, of course, lands the two in hot water their usual situation, apparently :- of a potentially lethal sort; but given the humorous tone of the book, the reader doesn't have any doubt that they'll be able to pull through. The humor is wry and pseudo-cynical, a veneer over an essentially ethical and optimistic outlook; I don't recall laughing out loud, but I did enjoy the read.

For me, one of the more delightful parts was a visit to the "Yellow Crescent Inn" situated in an inter-dimensional bazaar frequented by inhabitants of various worlds, including ours. If you've ever thought the McDonald's chain --for which my wife happens to work :- -- was getting to be really ubiquitous, you didn't know the half of it! There are a variety of secondary characters here, ranging from Skeeve's lovable pet dragon, Gleep, to Possiltum's military commander, the appropriately named General Badaxe.

One of the more interesting is a green-haired beauty named Tanda, who's taking time off from her jobs to help Skeeve and Aahz in their jeopardy. The author implies that one of her jobs, at times, is prostitution; but she doesn't behave lewdly here, and though Aspirin's humor can include some mild sexual innuendo, there's no sex or bad language, either , in the book. Her principal occupation, though, is contract killing --which would make it a real challenge to make her even remotely likable!

Surprisingly, Aspirin pulls that off helped greatly by the fact, of course, that he doesn't depict her at work ; she comes across as a loyal friend, and a person with integrity, a sense of responsibility, and a basically kind heart. How she balances those qualities with the demands of her line of work would make an interesting character study, which Asprin doesn't really attempt as noted above, this isn't a deep work. But he does hint at it when Tanda refuses Skeeve's suggestion that she kill the officers of the invading army; assassins, she says, only take on contracts in personal feuds, never as a part of a war.

In her world, the Assassins Guild is a recognized and, apparently, perfectly legal professional body with a code of ethics that she takes seriously; she seems to see herself essentially as an honorable, rule-bound professional --a stance that doesn't evoke approval, but can evoke respect.

I've never run across any other volumes of the Myth series in any of the venues where I usually purchase books.

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But if I did find one, I'd snap it up! If you enjoy humorous fantasy, this book would probably be right up your alley. Apprentice magician Skeeve and his mentor Aazh along with a unicorn and baby dragon are happily installed at an inn that they won in a fight. When a messenger shows up to invite Skeeve to apply for a job as the court magician in a local kingdom, Aazh encourages Skeeve to apply for one of the easiest jobs a magician can have.

Trouble being, this one's a bit less cushy than your average government job. An invading army bigger than any known on Klah has now become their problem and it'll be up to Skeeve and Aazh to find a solution that isn't running away screaming. When I listened to the audiobook of Another Fine Myth, I spent a good deal of my time giggling at the humor in it.

Myth Conceptions is still amusing, though perhaps not quite so laugh out loud funny. It pokes fun at government jobs and armies and a number of other things and as always, the quotes at the beginning of every chapter are amusing. But for whatever reason, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous one. It does have a fair amount of character growth for Skeeve as he has to assemble a group to help him fight the invaders and then has to figure out how to lead them. The characters involved were delightful and I almost enjoyed them more than anything else in the story.

Certainly enough to convince me to keep going in the series, particularly since the narrator for the audiobook is so good. And strangely, makes me think of Miracle Max from Princess Bride. I'd recommend it if you're a fan of satirical fantasy, though you'll definitely want to start with Another Fine Myth if you haven't already.

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View 1 comment. Sep 22, Desinka rated it liked it. This second installment in the Myth series was a lot of fun. It was again full of witty dialogue and fun happenings. I liked how Skeeve developed and a characters and the way he dealt with the hard situation he was in. I loved the new additions to the team as well as the appearance of some characters from the first book. Looking forward to starting the next book. Rating 3. View all 13 comments. Jan 19, Alex rated it it was amazing. The first half of this book slowly sets our heroes up to be backed into what appears to be a no-win situation.

The second half gets them out in a spectacularly gleeful fashion. And then backs them into a corner for the inevitable sequel. As an adult coming back, I The first half of this book slowly sets our heroes up to be backed into what appears to be a no-win situation. As an adult coming back, I literally facepalmed the pun hurt so much. And yet he accomplishes this without breaking the fourth wall with authorial intrusion.

Masterfully done.

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Sep 24, Kristen rated it liked it. These are decently fun books for children, and I once dated someone who still adored reading them as an adult, but it really bothers me when an author's vocabulary is so limited that they continually use words like "chortled" in place of "said" several times throughout the book.


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That's a once per book word, Robert. Pick another. Oct 20, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , humour. What a great way to deal with an invading army.

Myth Conceptions (Myth Adventures, #2) by Robert Asprin

Good banter. Shelves: satire , fantasy. The story, once again, pits Skeeve and his magical trainer Aahz against seemingly impossble odds.


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  • It begins when a visitor from the nearby kingdom of Possiltum invites Skeeve to audition for the position of Court Magician. They manage to do so, despite competition from an unexpectedly high number of competitors, but then find out that their first task is to repulse an invading army — the chancellor has convinced the king that this will be cheaper than hiring an army of their own. While Aahz is out trying to find mercenaries, Skeeve manages to befriend a powerless imp, an aging archer, a gargoyle with a salamander, and an elusive gremlin.

    This episode was a bit heavier on puns and in-jokes, as Asprin perhaps was beginning to feel more comfortable with the fantasy-comedy genre. Although Skeeve hopes to let Aahz make the plans and decisions, he winds up more or less in charge of the situation, and learns that he has better leadership skills than he had believed.

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