M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , , )

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The One About Everyone Else

Back when I first read this book, I was buying the books individually as they were released (the first six having been collected in two volumes for the Science Fiction Book Club). This was the first book in the series I read that included Phil Foglio’s illustrations, and since then, his portrayal of the characters has been how I see them in my head.

M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link is the first book where Asprin wrote outside of Skeeve’s point of view, and it was also the first book in the series that disappointed me. Skeeve was always the heart of the gang, and it made sense that he would narrate the stories. While it was nice to see him from his co-workers’ eyes, it didn’t have the same kind of narrative impact to read stories that didn’t feature him. Sure, the crew deserved stories of their own, but I always felt like the approach to the stories here felt less interesting, and disjointed. That feeling holds true in my re-read, as well.

As I mentioned in my last review, Skeeve is the heart of the group, the one who holds them all together, and the stories are just more interesting when told from his perspective. He portrays his own exploits honestly, even when he comes across as cold and arrogant, so there’s not much sense in having the other characters fill in when he’s not around. Skeeve doesn’t feature in the four stories that comprise this book, so there’s not much he could have told, but the other books talk of other adventures that took place in between, so why not take the same approach here? Other than getting more insight into Gleep, I didn’t see that the stories were necessary enough to feature their central characters.

In the foreword to this book, Asprin mentions that he intended to make this style a regular occurrence, but it looks like he only kept it going for three books. I’m not sure if it was in response to the general opinion of non-Skeeve books, but from what I’ve read in other reviews and in talking with other folks who’ve read the series, there’s not a lot of love for the M.Y.T.H. Inc. books. The best that can be said of this one is that it sets up the events for the next one.

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