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Another Fine Myth

(Myth Adventures #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  21,319 ratings  ·  618 reviews
Skeeve was a magician's apprentice--until an assassin struck and his master was killed. Now, with a purple-tongued demon named Aahz as a companion, he's on a quest to get even.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2005 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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Mario the lone bookwolf
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor-and-comedy
Solid entertainment with unused potential that could have made it a pearl of the comedy fantasy genre.

But there are some problems:
Redundancy in dialogues, similar running gags, very many dead horse tropes.
The first person view is a mess, it could have been much better with different perspectives and funny one time use characters. Asprin has a hand for comedy, I imagine many openings and endings with secondary characters for quick laughs, all things not possible from this narrative point of vi
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Evgeny
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
"There are things on heaven and earth, Horatio, Man was not meant to know. "
-HAMLET


Another Fine Myth follows Skeeve, who is apprenticed to a magician. This apprenticeship does not last long though as the magician is assassinated in the first few pages, coincidentally just after summoning a demon to show off the possibilities of magic to Skeeve. Needless to say, Skeeve is panicked as he has no idea how to control a demon, but the demon is not what he expects and pretty soon Skeeve finds himself o
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Orient
Sep 05, 2016 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 an
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 31, 2009 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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Gavin
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Tony
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this back in the dim and distant past and wondered if a series revisit was apposite.

It was and it wasn’t. I won’t be reaching for the others on the shelf any time soon. Mostly wasn’t.

The literary equivalent of Jack Daniels sauce. Too sweet, to obvious, covers up blandness.
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.
David Sarkies
Jan 30, 2015 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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Jamie
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Wee Lassie
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No joke here: Quigley is my favourite character
✨Susan✨
Jan 09, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
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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Brent Weeks
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Probably not a great book, but I read it young, and it occupies a special place in my heart.
Ellen Benefield
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nenad Pavlović
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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
X
May 22, 2008 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.
Vicey
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Terence
Oct 19, 2009 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.
Michael
Jan 24, 2016 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
Trever
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short and fun! It's very much proto-Pratchett in its way of telling its story while affectionately mocking fantasy tropes with lots of humor. When a wizard summons a demon and gets murdered in the process, his apprentice is left to solve the murder with the help of said demon... who turns out to be an extradimensional lizard with the sardonic wit and canny intelligence of Sam Spade. Seems there's a Big Bad about who needs stopping, and our demon has a dozen tricky plans to do it. This twosome em ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A quick, fun read! I really enjoyed the story line, the characters and the comic misadventures they find themselves in. The wacky conversations between Skeeve and Aahz are very funny and make this book a very entertaining read!

I had no idea that "Another Fine Myth" was the first in a series, what a nice surprise! Now I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series:)
Brecht Denijs
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the definition of a bit of light reading. It's good for what it is, but there isn't that much there. The plot is incredibly simple and most of the characters are a bit shallow. This is sort of in the same vein as Discworld, but Pratchett offers quite a bit more than Asprin did, at least in this first volume. More story, more character development, some satire and some social commentary. This book is just fun and funny and not much more than that. More of a snack than a full meal
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So, I Read This Book Today
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
Thomas
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, humor, re-read
I'm not going to lie; reading this book is pure nostalgia for me. I first read the Myth books when I was fourteen or so, and I loved the heck out of them. I read and re-read them, and last year I saw that there are still books being published in the series. Asprin is dead, but another author has picked up the mantle. Honestly, I'm not interested in any of those, or any of the ones he co-wrote, but the idea of re-reading the series again, as an adult, made me giddy.

The book holds up remarkably we
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Luke
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Michael Tildsley
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Anitha
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witty-fantasy
Ready enjoyable witty fantasy, pure silly fun but with warmer characters than other satire I've read.
The story begins with a poor thief turned apprentice magician Skeeve who meets a 'Pervert sorry Pervect' demon called Aahz, who was summoned to jazz up one of Skeeves's lessons. After the untimely demise of his own teacher Garkin, Skeeve becomes Aahz's apprentice and so begins their amusing adventure to avenge Garkin and set the world right.
The only odd part of the whole narrative for me was the
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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)
  • 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)
  • M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action (Myth Adventures, #9)
  • Sweet Myth-Tery of Life (Myth Adventures, #10)
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“Well, kid," Aahz said, sweeping me with an appraising stare, "it looks like we're stuck with each other. The setup isn't ideal, but it's what we've got. Time to bite the bullet and play with the cards we're dealt. You do know what cards are, don't you?"
"Of course," I said, slightly wounded.
"Good."
"What's a bullet?”
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