A Book Review: Myth Adventures

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“Myth Adventures” is a medieval fantasy series written by Robert Asprin.  If anyone likes mythical, fantasy, and cheesy humor, then this is the book series to go to.  The main character is called Skeeve, , and he meets up with a demon named Aahz,  and establishes that demon (or d-man) is actually short for Dimensional Traveler / Dimensional Man, and that there are thousands of different dimensions out there, many of which exist in relative normality like we do.  Aahz and Skeeve’s first adventure sets them off searching for Isstvan, a long-time rival of Aahz, who has recently been causing trouble in the dimension of Klah, where Skeeve lives.  During their chase, they have to travel to Deva, a dimension so barren that the only economy involves trading with the locals (hence the term ‘making a deal with a devil).  They run into a couple more friends of Aahz’s who hail from Trollia, and eventually chase down and confront Isstvan.

Several other elements exist in these books, one of which is the use of magic.  Magicians draw their energy from force lines, which are invisible streams of energy that run across dimensions.  Magicians can then use this to fuel their activities, ranging from levitation to casting illusions, and other useful skills.

The series itself lasts quite a while, though, as the above paragraph is only the first book out of 20 or so.  The different books each have clever names that all involve the word Myth (Little Myth Marker, Myth Inc. In Action, Myth Inc. Link, Myth-ion Improbable, etc.), and explore across several varying dimensions.  Whether it’s playing ‘the big game’ in the dimension of Jahk (A battle between the cities of Ta-Hoe and Vey-Gus) or searching for Aahz in his home dimension of Perv (the locals are pervects, and if you call them otherwise they will tear your arms off), Skeeve and friends have a great cast of characters across a large array of fun-filled places.  A good read for anyone middle-school level or above.

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