Myth-taken Identity

January 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

identityMyth-taken Identity by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye

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Like Myth Alliances, this novel veers from the usual Myth Adventures formula by including first-person and third-person narration. In addition, it tells the first-person part of the story from Aahz’s point of view, but it doesn’t feel like the Aahz from Asprin’s solo novels. I guess it makes sense — we only see Aahz how Skeeve sees him, but now we get to see what’s going on with him without seeing him through someone else’s perspective.

Myth-taken Identity feels less pointless than Myth Alliances, but it doesn’t make the story any more exciting. Much of the book is about Aahz, Massha, and the rest of their team looking for the people who are using Skeeve’s credit card to stop them ruining his reputation. There’s a lot of running around and going in circles, without much plot development happening. I felt like a lot of the story could have been cut without interfering with the plot, but by and large, the story is a big improvement over Myth Alliances, even if it’s not as much fun as the original books.

Aahz doesn’t feel like Aahz here. I think the authors are trying to give us insight into how he feels about Skeeve, but it feels insincere. It’s not that I don’t think Aahz cares, but the authors seem to work too hard to show us how much he cares, ignoring the fact that Aahz covers up his emotion with a lot of blister. Maybe it’s unavoidable, given that he’s telling the story, but it fails to feel like a Myth Adventures novel because Aahz doesn’t feel right.

On the other hand, we get more insight into Massha, which is a relief. Massha was a developed character in the solo Asprin novels, but I always felt like her appearance and her weight were what Asprin wanted to focus most on. Here, we get someone who’s more body-positive, and I can’t help but feel like that’s Nye’s input into the story. Asprin always made Massha smart, but he seemed to have a hard time overlooking her physical appearance; I think a woman’s input into the character is valuable, and helps make the story and the character better.

Even though this is an improvement over Myth Alliances, I still don’t see this half of the series as necessary reading. It still lacks the charm, fun, and wit of the original books, but since I’ve committed this far to them, I’m going to see them through to the end. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

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1 Comment

  1. Bookstooge said,

    Excellent. I shall not bother with continuing this series then.

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