Book Name: Another Fine Myth
Author: Robert Lynn Asprin
First Published: 1978
Robert Asprin was a resident of Chicago, a veteran of the United States Army and extremely active in science fiction fandom. Asprin was married twice and is survived by two children. In 1976, he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for The Capture, a cartoon slide show written by Robert Asprin and drawn by Phil Foglio. The late seventies proved to be his launch point as a writer. He began work as an editor by creating and editing Thieves World, an anthology of stories based on a single world. It was the first known project of this type to be done. He also published the first novel in his fantasy Myth Series that would continue to gain more additions until his death in 2008. Asprin was a prolific author with two famous series, the Myth Series and the Phule Company Series in addition the Thieves World Anthologies and many stand alone novels.
Another Fine Myth begins as Skeeve, a young thief turned sorcerer’s apprentice, is reluctantly thrust into a world of assassins, demons and dimensional hopping when his master, the wizard Garkin, is murdered. The boy is taken under the wing of Garkin’s “demon”, the reptilian being from the dimension of Perv. Aahz has lost his magic due to being sprinkled with joke powder during a summoning ritual and without Garkin, has little chance of regaining his powers. He still retains his knowledge of how to do magic. Aahz decides to continue Skeeve’s training as a wizard as together they attempt to thwart the evil Isstvan from taking over Skeeve’s homeworld of Klah with ample doses of humor along the way.
I don’t recall ever being as delighted with a novel as I was when I discovered Another Fine Myth during its first printing in the late 1970s. I was a student who was addicted to reading and fantasy/sci-fi novels were my favorite choices. This quick paced story is filled with humor, puns and play on words that keep you in stitches. I would eagerly await each new installment as Mr. Asprin created them and enjoyed each light-hearten and even corny addition with few disappointments. Even now, as an adult, I remember his books with a high degree of fondness. If you haven’t read the Myth Series by Asprin, you are in for a rare treat. Start with this one, number one in the series and look forward to a laughable good time. This is not literature by any means, but quick-paced fun entertainment that is going to stick with you down through the years.
The series order is as follows:
This novel has had a recent reprinting in 2005 and is easy to find at most major book sellers. The Myth Series have been picked up by three publishing companies over the years: Donning Starblaze, Meisha Merlin and, as of 2008, Wildside Press.