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Myth-Gotten Gains by Robert Lynn Asprin
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May 29, 2012

it was ok
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Read in May, 2012

Myth-gotten gains is almost a myth-begotten adventure with very little redeeming to it. It is poorly paced and reads like an imitation of the original novels in this series. It is sort of like an author was trying to replicate another author's work. Oh! That pretty much seems to be the case here as the novel was co-authored by Jody Lynn Nye, an author who seems to piggy back on other author's work (judging by an Amazon search and seeing she has written with\for Anne McCaffery, etc.)

Here's the basic. Aahz, the pervert, er... Pervect! (a joke that is so overused in the book that I tired of it and almost put the book down without completing it about the fifth time I read it-- The joke is that Aahz is from a dimension called Perve.. the people there call themselves Pervects, but others, noting their lack of moral character frequently call them perverts.. Everytime they do so, Aahz strongly corrects them. OVER and OVER again).. Anyway.. Aahz finds a badly tarnished sword in a market place that speaks to him and begs to be purchased. Aahz does so with the promise of reward but of course the reward is going to be tough to obtain. Along the way, Aahz discovers that the sword is part of a set of treasures called "The Golden Hoard" which have been part of many legendary adventures. The problem is, when these objects come together they argue with one another to such an extent as to build up a magical explosion of epic proportions.

There are the usual bad puns that are meant to be fun, but in this case seem old and tired for the most part. The adventurers dimension hop to dimensions with odd characters (kitty cat people) as they gather the magical hoard back together, each time facing a challenge of one sort or another.

Missing from this title are some of the key characters of the Myth-Adventures series. Skeez and his dragon are nowhere to be found. The gangster characters make no appearance. In fact, the only really familiar character to me was Aahz and he takes the lead in this story and he is written almost completely out of his normal, greedy, slimey character. In other words, he is not as disreputible as he once was. He is too concerned about the feelings of others, and his focus-- on the huge reward he is supposed to obtain-- well, he seems distracted from it and that is just out of character for a pervert... er.. PREVECT!

I just don't recommend this one at all. It just lacked the real snap and flavor of the early novels and seems stale and repetitive.
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