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Myth Directions

(Myth Adventures #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  11,920 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The beautiful Tanda wants the Trophy--and it's up to Skeeve to get it for her. The problem is, getting it will take more than luck. It will take all Skeeve's unproven magical talents, a scaly but clever Pervect, and a charming demon not above a little interdimensional thievery. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Ace (first published 1982)
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Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This review is dedicated to Iceland team of UEFA Euro 2016. Guys, you showed everybody you do not have to be a high-paid pro to play a good game.

Iceland team

“When old friends get together, everything else fades to insignificance."- War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.

Every chapter of all the books of the series starts with a funny epigraph; I could not resist using one of them above. Anyhow, Skeeve was bored out of his skull doing his job of a court magician (this means doing nothing). It did not help a
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-shelf, humor
How do these simple quests turn into SUCH NIGHTMARES???

I mean, let's put this in perspective. She just wanted our young, hormone-led magical hero to go on a SHOPPING trip. To carry bags.

How does one go from that to fighting THE war in an alternate dimension that looks an awful lot like football if you allow dragons on the field.

Quite funny, good hijinx, and it captures all the spirit of a good game... assuming it's fought the way it is in Europe.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody

I liked the first two books and "Myth Directions" is also a short, fun and easy read. Once more the story is quite simple and it does well as a standalone or as a part of the series. I’m really glad to find fantasy is mixed with humor again. The interaction is quick and smart and the actions take a quick pace. Aahz and Skeeve have become my favorite duo and I enjoy reading about them and meeting their new allies. I enjoyed reading about their new adventures as they find themselves in another int
David Sarkies
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Let the Games Begin
20 June 2016

Well, it is 11:30 (it was 11:00 when I first started writing this review but my computer crashed which mean I lost everything – so much for autosave) and while I should be in bed fast asleep since I do have to go to work tomorrow I would rather be sitting here writing my review because, well, I would rather write a review than think about going to work, especially since my brain juices get a lot more exercise doing this than what I do for eight hours in a day. Min
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This third installment in Robert Asprin's Myth series was another fast paced and humorous read. All the fun stuff was back. The witty banter between the characters, adventures on weird demon worlds, hilarious situations, and a dose of magic.

The time around our apprentice magician, Skeeve, finds himself touring a few demon worlds in the company of Tanda. The aim is to find a birthday present for Aahz. After a bit of searching Tanda decides a unique trophy would be ideal. The catch? It's not for
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
I think about this book all the time. The satire was so broad, and yet so hilarious. The fact that the people were all either really fat or really thin, from the warring cities of Ta-Hoe and Vey-gas, and competing senselessly, constantly, for a hideous trophy. A friend gave this to me in Jr. High, and I probably read it half a dozen times, since it was one of the 15 or so fantasy books I owned back then! I checked a couple more of these out from the library, but this one was my favorite.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This installment was as fun as the previous one. It was great to follow Tanda and Skeeve in their search for a birthday gift for Aahz through the dimensions. I loved seeing more of the dimensions and the creatures that inhabited them. Then when they finally settled on a gift I thoroughly enjoyed all the mishaps and adventures that led to the hilarious resolution. It was great to see some old acauantances again. I'm also happy we've got some new ones. I'm looking forward to meeting Masha and Grif ...more
Ryk Stanton
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is book three of the series, and you already know that I like this series. It's hard to explain why you would like this series if you haven't already read it, but I'll try: first off, it's just funny. The first-person narrator is a young thief who wants to be a wizard, but his original mentor was killed and since then he has been palling around with a green-scaled dimension traveler. No, that's just not enough. The characters are distinct and fun, the plots are a bit simplistic but fun ... ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slowly continuing my Myth series re-read. The brand of humorous fantasy still amuses and entertains, oof, over 30 years later.

Though, I hate to admit it, but I didn't get the whole Jahk = Jock back then. But I was nine or ten at the time, so hopefully that can be forgiven.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humour
Fun book. Team sports are just friendlier version of war. Half measures win out in the end.
Michael Campbell
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty well on point with the last one, there's not much else to say. If you like the Fantasy genre and are looking for a laugh, this series is worth a read for sure! ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2017
Just too silly (smiley face). Lots and lots of fun. I'm still really enjoying the series. Now on to HIT OR MYTH. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Fun, easy read.
Richard Seltzer
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read for the second time, out loud to my son Tim.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults, fantasy role-players, Asprin fans
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This is the third book in the “Myth Adventures” series, but was the second one I read as a teenager. It continues the process of educating Skeeve, the main character, about magic and the multiverse he inhabits. It gives readers the chance to glimpse at least a bit of the many dimensions besides Klah, the narrator’s backwards home world, and Deva, home to the greatest bazaar in the known universe, although both of these locations appear as well.

The original proposal for this novel was that it wo
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book in the Myth Adventures series, and just as enjoyable as the previous outings. This time we follow Skeeve, a magician's apprentice, and Tanda, a lapsed assassin, as they travel through various different dimensions trying to find a suitable birthday present for Aahz, a Demon from Perv. It sounds a simple task, without a likelihood of things going wrong. That was until Tanda spotted the ideal gift, which unfortunately isn't for sale.
With Tanda captured, it falls on Skeeve and h
Matthew McPike
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Troy
Troy turned me on to this series of books. This was another great read from Asprin. It has a little bit of Fantasy, Comedy and Adventure. I have a copy somewhere for loan but can't seem to locate it right now. ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the exception of Terry Pratchett no can write fantasy comedy like Aspin. These are great reads and you will laugh the entire way through. Highly recommended
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I prefer the Donning editions of this series because the cover art, no matter how outrageous, actually takes place in the book. In this case, yes, there is a scene in which Skeeve is levitating a dagger in front of a Deveel, and it is easy to imagine even these expressions based on what is going on in the story.
Skeeve should really know better than to tag along with certain people on shopping trips, especially when he doesn't know what the trip is really about. In this case, it leads to a bizarr
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought this was a step down in the series. Whereas the previous book pushed forward the arc of the characters, this book felt like a complete one-off.

The plot of this book is also a lot weaker than before. The characters' motivations are hand-wavey. Why does Aahz adhere to the Quigley "promise"? Why does Badaxe join up? It is just strange and inconsistent with their previous character development. The whole book just feels very low stakes - who really cares about this random trophy? It feels
Kaylie Sierra
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I just didn't get into this one! Which is frustrating, considering my enjoyment for the previous two. I found myself skimming much of the story, especially when it came to the game. The lack of Tanda was disappointing. I felt that Skeeve moved out of "cutely dimwitted" into "intolerably whiny". Hoping the next one will click better with me. ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, fiction, fantasy, magic
I felt like it should have been funny, but didn't quite make it; perhaps more wry humor than anything else. The story, though easy to read, lacked some of the interest and novelty of the first two books. I'd like to see a little more emphasis on the plot and characters, and a little less trying to be continiously funny. ...more
Emmalyn Renato
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
My r/Fantasy 2020 Bingo selection for the 'Novel with Chapter Epigraphs' category. And funny epigraphs they were too. Aspirin's books are always a quick fun read. A comfort meal in troubled times and this was the next one in the series for me to still read.

(Other Bingo categories for this novel are: 'Optimistic SFF', 'A Book that Made You Laugh' and 'Novel with a Magical Pet')
Steven Dunlap
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favorite of all the "Myth" books. Almost every page has something laugh out loud hilarious. Asperin's writing creates very vivid visual images in your mind. If you want pure entertainment, you will not find better. No need to have any interest in the fantasy genre -- this book parodies that and lots more (gift-giving, professional sports, gambling, nationalism, you name it). ...more
Charity Fairman
While I still very much enjoy the cast of characters, this particular story was a bit circular for me. Though the creativity abounds in making up the game and the dimensions. I do still enjoy the jokes as well.
Allison Ray
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've made it this far in the Myth series, then you, once again, won't be disappointed. Easy reading, funny, clever and witty, and just all around good fun. This time, you get a better sense of just how much Skeeve and Aahz can't help but get into trouble, and you get to meet fun new characters, like Massha! Not to mention getting to hang out with old favorites. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was VERY stereotypical scifi-fantasy - right down to the awkwardly detailed description of every female character. It was a quick, easy read and a fun ensemble, but I'm not rushing to read the next one. ...more
Kate H
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed fantasy novels and I have a fond place in my heart for campy pun filled fantasy and Robert Asprin definitely writes books that fit the bill. His books remain good although they do not quite stand up to the test of time.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this third book in the series. loads of humour, some a little obscure, some more obvious, and plenty of fun all round. Looking forward to reading book #4.

Noah Michael Levine does a great job with the narration.
Gail Daley
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Big Game 👻

This one was just laugh out loud funny, from Tananda’s idea of the Grand Tour, to a spoof of team games. It’s really too bad no one ever turned this one into an actual game.
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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

Other books in the series

Myth Adventures (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • Another Fine Myth (Myth Adventures, #1)
  • Myth Conceptions (Myth Adventures, #2)
  • 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)
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