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Another Fine Myth (Myth Adventures #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  17,261 Ratings  ·  484 Reviews
Skeeve was a magician's apprentice, until an assassin hired by an ancient enemy struck and his master was dead. Skeeve suddenly found himself alone with Aahz, a purple-tongued demon the old magician had summoned from another dimension as a practical joke just before he was killed.

Aahz had lost his powers. Skeeve had lost his job. So together, they set out through a univers
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Mass Market Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 15th 1984 by Ace Books (first published 1978)
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Karla I consider these books to be in the same genre as Pratchett (comic fantasy), but it's a very different style of writing, and different plots as well.…moreI consider these books to be in the same genre as Pratchett (comic fantasy), but it's a very different style of writing, and different plots as well. I thoroughly enjoy them both, and if you like one, I'd recommend the other.

Be warned though - if you like this book and continue reading the series, IMO they go downhill significantly after about book 8 (I'm going from memory here, so it may be slightly earlier/later)(less)

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Evgeny
Jun 12, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“C'mon kid. Think a minute, even if it hurts.”

Skeeve
Skeeve
used to be a magician apprentice until an assassin (who paid for the deed with his life right away) brought an untimely end to his master, but not before the latter summoned a demon.
“The Demon curled its lips back, revealing a double row of needle-sharp teeth. I considered changing my chosen course of action; I considered fainting.”
Now Skeeve was stuck with the said demon who seems to have a very nice friendly personality:
“Are you going to sha
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read quite a few of the books in this series several years ago. I remembered enjoying it then, so I thought I'd give it a re-read now and see if the magik was still there. Indeed it is! Another Fine Myth is a highly entertaining light read that I couldn't put down.

The story revolves around the adventures of a young magician's apprentice, Skeeve. Skeeve is a likable character, if a bit naive and the misadventures that he gets into with his friends are a magical romp through a universe of magik,
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 31, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Unabridged audio.

Skeeve was a magician's apprentice, until the magician got killed that is. Unfortunately he was killed by an assassin just as he summoned a "demon".

"Demon"-that's short for "Dimensional Traveler". Things just go from bad to worse once they find that he (the Dimensional Traveler that is, the demon) is stuck in Skeeve's dimension, a real backwater. See as I said, Skeeve is just an apprentice. The "demon" (Aahv)instead of killing Skeeve explains that he is a wizard in his own dime
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Orient
Sep 05, 2016 Orient rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read Evgeny’s great review about this book and decided that it's just perfect for me. Thanks, Evgeny, for turning my attention to this book ;)

The story in “Another Fine Myth” is filled with humor, puns and it is quick, easy, and a pure delight to read. I swallowed it in one day time enjoying each light-hearted and entertaining page (if not for my work it would have been quicker!). And I definitely had a laughable good time. It’s not a serious book with lot’s of depth, but it’s quick-paced and
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Gavin
Sep 11, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a lighthearted and humorous fantasy novel packed full of witty dialogue, action, and magic. I'm not a massive fan of books that have the main focus on humor, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I laughed while reading this. It was a surprisingly enjoyable read.

Skeeve is an apprentice magician who's master is unfortunately assassinated while summoning a demon. Skeeve and the Demon are forced into an unlikely alliance with hilarious consequences and they flee the assassins and plo
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David Sarkies
Jan 30, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like lighthearted fantasy
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Adventure with a smart mouthed demon and his cheeky apprentice
3 February 2015

One of the main reasons that I read this book was because it kept on appearing on the Goodread's sidebar entitled 'Readers also enjoyed' which I suspect has something to do with all of the Terry Pratchett books that I have read. Okay, I generally don't pay all that much to Goodreads recommendations, but when I was much younger a friend of mine was really into the series and he had been trying to get me to read them as
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Stephen
3.0 stars. This was a fun, quick read that I would compare to the "Discworld" novels as far as the "light hearted" tone of the novel (though in my opinion the Discworld novels are better). The book did have some interesting ideas (my favorite being the "Great Bazaar" in the realm of the Devas which I thought was very cool). All and all, a pretty good, "light" story. I will certainly read the next book in the series.
Jamie
Aug 15, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my most childhood (well, teenagerhood) possessions is a pair of graphic novels based on Robert Asprin's "Myth" series, illustrated by Phil Foglio. I also read most of the books themselves and enjoyed them nearly as much. When I recently decided to re-read the first three books (Another Fine Myth, Myth Conceptions, and Myth Directions) I was surprised to find out how well they held up. They're still really fun!

Now while "fun" isn't the word I'd use to describe most books in the fantasy gen
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Susan
Jan 09, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one I picked up as a daily deal that was a very cute fantasy with many different characters from other dimensions. A fun twist on the mystical scale Skeeve is a magicians apprentice and when his master is killed he and his new master set out on a quest to find his killer. His new master is a hoot and you never know if he is telling the truth or not. Quite the little story teller. While cloaked in different appearances they go to different dimensions and pick up a few friends along the w ...more
Desinka
Nov 09, 2013 Desinka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I embarked on this read with low expectations as to the story and characters and high ones for having a few good laughs. I was very pleasantly surprised to get an interesting bank of characters and a fun story, apart from funny dialogue that made me laugh more often than not.

Skeeve and his demon master Aahz were both quite funny and likable and I loved their banter. The secondary characters were also quite amusing.

I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

The narrator
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Ellen Benefield
Aug 03, 2013 Ellen Benefield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite book. I've re-read it many times. The naive Skeeve and his unwilling demon (that's dimension traveler,kid)are hilarious.Aahaz (pronuounced Oz) is from the dimension of Perv which makes him a Pervert--excuse me Pervect. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are an added giggle. I miss the late Robert Asprin and his wit--not to mention his funny bone. All his characters and settings are memorable. Deveels, trollops-- and baby dragons who eat your clothes--a backwoods hick apprenti ...more
Klodovik2
Jul 09, 2015 Klodovik2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
U početku mi se knjiga nije nešto dopala. Ali sa svako pročitanom stranicom rasla je i moja privrženost prema Aahzu i Skeevu. Humor koji mi je u početku bio dječiji postajao mi je sve draži i draži. Par puta sam se nasmija do suza. Ali najviše me kupila ta blaga poremećenost likova i bajkoviti svjet kojeg je Asprin osmislio. Slično kao i Spakovski on uzima poznate stvari ali ih koristi na skroz drugačiji način te se poigrava s našim spoznajama o demonima, vragovima, jednorozima i zmajevima i još ...more
Vicey
Nov 24, 2008 Vicey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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X
May 22, 2008 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to X by: Q
It was fun to finally read this book! I had so many preconceived notions about it since I had read small parts when Q read it many years ago, but happily I wasn't disappointed. It was very fast moving and easy to read, and funny, but not as slap-stick as I had thought it might be. It is still not my typical type of book to read (hence the 3 stars instead of 4), but it was nice for a change, and I will likely read the rest of the series someday.
Anastasia Ovsyannikova
Dec 21, 2014 Anastasia Ovsyannikova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Очень забавная и легкая история для разгрузки мозга =) Прочитала ее с удовольствием. Приятно было погрузиться в столь необычный мир, познакомиться с такими чудными и разными героями. Поначалу меня немного раздражала дикая наивность главного героя, но потом даже это стало нравиться, потому что приземляло его и придавало обаяния и необычности. Ну а Ааз...змей просто шикарен! =)
Terence
Oct 19, 2009 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I'm pretty sure I read at least the first three of the Myth Adventures series. I found them pleasantly amusing but, as with a lot of these parodies, the joke grew stale after a while and I lost interest.
Wart Hill
Jan 30, 2015 Wart Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was very fun!
Brent Weeks
Feb 01, 2010 Brent Weeks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably not a great book, but I read it young, and it occupies a special place in my heart.
Nenad Pavlović
If you crave for a new taste in fantasy-comedy (other than Discworld) and you're willing to ignore the plot that seems like a fifth grade stage play, unbelievably gullible paper-thin characters and the most incompetent villain in the history of the genre, there might be something for you here. Myth's sf/f plane-hopping setting and whacky characters that communicate almost exclusively in comedic (often hilarious) banter has a certain unique charm that immediately grows on you, making you forget t ...more
Michael
Jan 24, 2016 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults, fantasy role-players, Asprin fans
Recommended to Michael by: Seth Klein
As it happens, I didn’t start reading this series with this book. Well, not exactly. I discovered “Myth Adventures” as a comic book drawn by Phil Foglio and read that, borrowing some issues from a friend and buying others. So, when I wanted to read the novels, I went looking for one called “Myth Adventures” to start with, but there wasn’t one. The title “Another Fine Myth” SOUNDED like a sequel, so I wound up starting with “Myth Conceptions” (number 2 in the series), and didn’t get back to readi ...more
Sharla
Jan 06, 2017 Sharla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was a teenager, and I enjoyed it quite a lot then. Reading it as an adult, I still found it amusing, but the plot was a bit thin, and there wasn't much character development.
There is a fun cast of characters, including a demon hunter, an assassin, a baby dragon, and a demon magician with no powers. This is a fun, comic fantasy.
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As a culture, we are always looking for the next best thing. Computers, cars, you name it. And, of course, books. Everything from urban fantasy to suspense, young adult to horror. Sometimes, though, what is New isn’t what we really need. Instead, what is Old is new again, or rather, it should be!

I just listened to Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin, and narrated by Noah Michael Levine. First printed in 1978, I found the series way back then, and have the whole collection in paper. Recently, howe
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John Wiswell
I recently had a conversation about how many movies are wish fulfillment about slacker everymen who are thrust into importance, causing everyone else in the world to put their lives on hold to assist their mission. And while I loved The LEGO Movie, Another Fine Myth is a fine alternative: it's the story of a slacker everyman who's roped into a demon's scheme and is dragged along, his life being put on hold for the antics of the journey. Our loser-boy is the aptly-named "Skeeve," and his teacher ...more
Michael Tildsley
Nov 28, 2016 Michael Tildsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this author or this series before stumbling upon it at the library. I did not really have any expectations for it, which made what I found inside this book all the more delicious.

This series by Asprin is a Fantasy-Comedy series in the vein of Terry Pratchett, though not nearly as tongue-in-cheek or stuff-shirted as Pratchett can be. I love the guy, but only in small doses. Speaking of which, I finished this book in a single day. It was a fast, enjoyable read that was laugh o
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Luke
Jun 24, 2012 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I believe I was in about 6th or 7th grade when I first read Robert Asprin's "Another Fine Myth." I almost immediately blew through the other six books that had been published in the series by that point. I read the book once or twice more in the next couple years, but it had probably been close to twenty years since I last read it when I decided to give it another run through yesterday.

It holds up surprisingly well. I didn't find it as laugh-out-loud funny as I did when I was kid, but I was stil
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Tom
Sep 03, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another Fine Myth is the first book in the Myth Series series written by Robert Asprin. It tells the story of young magician’s apprentice Skeeve and the demon, Aahz, summoned by Skeeve’s master.

An assassin murders the magician leaving Aahz stranded and without magic and Skeeve without an instructor so they decided to team up. What follows is a madcap series of adventures in which each relies upon the other to make their way through the many dimensions of the world as they try to restore Aahz’s p

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Riana
Feb 16, 2014 Riana rated it liked it
Meet Skeeve, son of a set-in-his-ways farmer and a mother who taught him a love of books. After running away from home he intends to become a practised thief, but ends up as the great magician Garkin’s apprentice. His master, being outfoxed by his own cunningness, soon ends up dead and leaves Skeeve with a new trainer – a grouchy demon from the dimension Perve. Realizing that he might soon meet his own death, Skeeve flees away on bizarre adventures with Aahz and soon makes some unusual new frien ...more
Ensiform
Jun 21, 2011 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Skeeve, a young thief turned magician’s apprentice, is suddenly and reluctantly thrust into the world of adventuring, assassins, demons and dimension-hopping when his teacher is killed and a reptilian “demon,” the Pervect Aahz, takes him in. Having lost his powers, Aahz continues to train Skeeve, and together they try to stop the madman Isstvan from taking over his homeworld, Klah.

This is where it all started, the first Myth Adventures book. I’ve been reading and re-reading this series for years
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Heidi
Oct 27, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petty criminal and apprentice magician Skeeve is surprised when his mentor is killed by an assassin in the act of raising a demon...and he's even more alarmed when he realises the demon is still there.

This was a re-read; I read these back in college and liked them. These short little books were perfect for that time in my life--I didn't have a lot of free time but needed some easy escapism. These are nothing but pure escapism. I didn't enjoy the book quite so much this time around; I guess now I
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Max Nemtsov
Jan 04, 2015 Max Nemtsov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Здесь мы ищем только развлечений, поэтому нам все нравится - разухабистый книжный сериал, на самом деле - одна сплошная книжка с сериальной структурой. Жаль, что так и не экранизировали, было б мило. Роман взросления + авантюрный пикареск о том, как преуспеть маргинально бандитскими методами в умеренно отсталой среде. Очень 90-е напоминает.
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Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946. While he wrote some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu and The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series fantasy, such as the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, the Phule’s Company novels and the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans. He also edited the groundbreaking Thieves’ World antho ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Myth Adventures (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Myth Conceptions (Myth Adventures, #2)
  • Myth Directions (Myth Adventures, #3)
  • Hit or Myth (Myth Adventures, #4)
  • Myth-ing Persons (Myth Adventures, #5)
  • Little Myth Marker (Myth Adventures, #6)
  • M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link (Myth Adventures, #7)
  • Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (Myth Adventures, #8)
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  • Sweet Myth-Tery of Life (Myth Adventures, #10)
  • Myth-ion Improbable (Myth Adventures, #11)

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