Robert Asprin’s Myth-quoted

January 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

quotedRobert Asprin’s Myth-quoted by Jody Lynn Nye

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Here we begin the first of the Myth Adventures books written without Robert Asprin. Based on some interviews I’ve read with Nye, the books she’s written by herself are based on ideas and plots she created with Asprin, but the writing from here on out is all Nye. Given the shaky plots and structures of the co-written books, I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope, but this book pleasantly surprised me. I can’t overlook my lowered expectations affecting my feelings, but it at least featured a more conventional plot than the last seven books.

With Myth-quoted, the series moves into the world of politics, when the M.Y.T.H. Inc. gang (all back together, woo hoo!) are hired by two competing politicians in another dimension who want them to ensure that the election is fair. The reason for this is these two politicians have been running against each other for five years, since they keep delaying the election over what they see as underhanded manipulations every time they get closer to the election day. Once Skeeve and the crew get involved, though, they discover the interference runs much deeper than they first anticipated.

A lot of factors contributed to this being better than the other co-written books. Having the crew back together again definitely helps, as did the usual antics that went along with all of them trying to work a job. It felt much more focused than, say, Myth-gotten Gains, and had a standard progression of character and plot that made much more sense. It still doesn’t reach the levels of Asprin’s early books, but it’s at least a step back in the right direction. I was a little surprised to see the books improve with Asprin’s departure; considering that Nye was the new element to the co-written books, I had expected her influence to be what caused the problems. Then again, the best thing that ever happened to the Star Wars universe was to get Lucas away from it, so it shouldn’t be that surprising.

To say reading this book when I did was timely is an understatement; if only we in the US had a system where we could halt or postpone an election over illegalities and interference with the process. At least I have this kind of fiction to serve as a distraction over the next year. And longer.

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