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Class Dis-Mythed (Myth Adventures) [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Asprin , Jody Lynn Nye


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (28 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015313
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorcerer's Apprentices 8 Feb 2008
By R. Howell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Returning to the setting of Robert Asprin's MYTH stories is usually a welcome turn. However, the last few books in MYTH and his other series, Phule's Company, have been lacking the former magic that made them so fun to read. Maybe it's the co-authors but I'm gearing towards it's probably just me outgrowing the series. They are becoming more Piers Anthony Xanth-like in which they are too formulaic. None-the-less, I actually liked this offering much more than other recent additions.

Short version, Skeeve takes on six apprentices at one time when they are pawned off on him by his friends. He must teach them some practical magik, how to be quick thinkers, and look for alternate routes around problems as well as how to make friends and delegate duties. After graduation, the six apprentices turn up on a game show which is why they were in training to begin with (unbeknownst to Skeeve). It's highly predictable but I enjoyed it anyway and it's much better than the last few I've read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Skeeve as teacher of Practical Magik 31 July 2010
By N. Wallach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Why would three young Pervects approach Aahz in a pub and demand to talk to him? As we all know (from reading the Myth series, of course), there is nothing more frightening in the known universes than female Pervects! In this case, the trio wear matching pastel power suits and have just graduated from the Magikal Institute of Perv and approached Aahv in the Bazaar in Deveel to ask for his help. They were sent to Aahz by Aahz's mother who instructed them to use Aahz to get Skeeve to train them in practical magic. Skeeve, of course, being the Great Skeeve - the most well-known and amazing sorcerer known in all the dimensions of all the known universes.

If you are familiar with this series of books by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, then the above paragraph made sense to you and reminded you of several books you read previously. If not, then I suggest you go and put this book down for later reading and get some of the earlier books in the series and start there. Not that this book cannot be read alone - it can; it's just that many of the jokes and references to earlier events make a lot more sense - and reading the book is a lot more fun - if you have that background.

In this book, Skeeve ends up as a teacher of practical magic. However, his class grows from the three female Pervects presented in the first paragraph and pictured on the cover of the book, to six total students who come from various worlds and dimensions. Most of the storyline is of how Skeeve figures out how to become a teacher and how to mold the individual students in to a team. However, it pretty quickly becomes apparent that there is another storyline hidden here. Strange events start taking place and odd occurrences filter into the story that make you start sniffing out a different storyline. Ultimately all is resolved satisfactorily and we see how everything fit together.

In the classic sense of this whole series, this book is a fun read and several times I was laughing out loud at some of the situations and escapades described. There is humor here on all levels: from the low humor of a being who hurls lightning bolts out of his nether regions, to the subtle humor being poked at the craziness and stupidity of the various game shows that populate television. There are themes of growth and learning and the advantages of teambuilding presented here as well, all wrapped in the zany adventures of various beings. As I mentioned earlier, many of the characters and situations that were discussed in previous books are presented here and although none of the major story lines were advanced as far as the series goes, the overall presentation is fun to read and I highly enjoyed this book. It is unfortunate that Robert Asprin has passed away and therefore we will read no more of the fun adventures of Skeeve, Aahz and the rest of the Myth characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars FAN NOTE: . . . ROBERT ASPRIN IS DEAD! 20 April 2014
By Richard Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
.Has been for five years or more. I loved the guy's books and the premise of the new ones remain close to his originals, but Bob has gone to that Great Bazaar in the sky and it annoys me that the promos keep telling us he's alive and working. Get it right and tell the truth, people!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Skeeve, the Great Educator! 30 Nov 2013
By Brent Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Class Dis-Mythed" was a fun story. Through various friends and acquaintances volunteering his time, Skeeve winds up with a motley crew of students wanting to expand their skills and learn practical magic. The situation gets amusing and chaotic in the manner things always seem to when the adventures of Skeeve are involved. Just as the story seems that it has wound down, there is one more big surprise left which leads to a very interesting ending that takes up about the last quarter of the book.

I dock a star because there are a number of typos throughout the book, possibly a product of going to a new, smaller publisher to put this one out. Also, there are some consistency issues between this book and previous stories in the series, and in at least one case within this very book. Early in the book Skeeve is relying on the D-Hopper as usual, then near the end he is suddenly about to dimension travel with his own magic ... which to any dedicated reader's knowledge he has never learned to do, and certainly didn't during the course of this book.

Outside of those picky if annoying things, this book will satisfy long time fans of the series in a way a few of the previous books may not have. It is more true to the spirit of the earliest stories in many ways.

Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars it's the Myth series 29 Oct 2013
By manal almadi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's the Myth series. enough said.
I've read this in ebook form and I just had to have it in print for my collection.
not crazy about the choice for the cover.
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