Myth-taken Identity (Myth Adventures) Paperback – 12 Oct 2004
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1) The dimension Skeeve is from is Klah, not Klahd. People from it are Klahds.
2) The dimension that Cassandra (note two s') was from is Limbo, not Blut. Blut was the main town where the dispatcher lived.
3) The Weasel (in the glossary from Myth Alliances) was not the mob knife-man. That was Snake. Weasel was the owner of the Suspended Sentence on Arcadia (where Tananda went to collect from Mr. Hoos)
4) The kingdom Skeeve was Court Magician for was Possiltum, not Possletum.
Of course, it IS his book, so it's not up to me to correct him, I suppose. But having read these books for years over and over again, I find myself dissapointed at the blatant writing style differences. In seeing these, I can only assume one thing: that it is the new co-author.
What didn't I like about this book?
1) Okay, so Massha's a Jahk. Move to the head of the class. We don't need to hear that she's a Jahk over and over again. It hasn't been mentioned once in any previous books, why now?
2) Massha's now a simpering little harem girl? What happened to the vamp? I doubt Hugh would have quenched that fire!
3) The dialog was horrible! Yes, it was replaced by some great action (which is why it got 2 stars from me instead of 1). But these books used to have both action AND dialog AND real comedy (not stupid puns) all built into one. Take Aahz and Skeeve's triumphant theft of the trophy from Veygus in Myth Directions, for example. Yes, the end of Myth-taken Identity had a great action scene. But it just didn't jive with the rest of the books in the series. No brilliant planning or twists...just go get 'em, got 'em, great, done. Boring.
4) Since when do we care what every single person in the entire story line is wearing? It was fine when it was just Bunny and Skeeve talking clothes a little in Little Myth Marker. But come on, it's like we're reading a book on interdimensional fashion! I don't care about the Pervect Ten's fingernail polish or if it clashes with their scales.
5) What's up with all the new situations? Since Myth Told Tales, we've seen: a beauty contest, a hair salon, an enterprising troupe of Pervect women neat-freaks, a self help specialist, the mall, a garter store...I'm sorry, but it's so clear that the co-author is trying to push forth her "sex in the city" style female-funny situations that it's embarassing.
6) What's up with all the german and yiddish references? Is someone really proud of their german references? After years of nothing but English and maybe some latin from Aahz, we now have women that say "darlink," talk of tchotchkas, bubi, and many other examples. Again, is this a co-author influence? I notice it's mostly the female characters talking this way.
7) The puns are downright ANNOYING. The comedy of this series has always been subtle, with small puns in proper places, and usually the crowd grimaced at them. But now they're on every page, as goofy as they come. The comedy has completely changed; no longer real comedy, but cheap attempts at wordplay.
8) The creativity is gone; the twists that Skeeve and Aahz used to come up with in the story have been replaced with blatantly obvious actions and stupid setups; like making a garter shop to stop mallrats, or making a hair salon to catch pervects.
9) STOP USING LORD OF THE RINGS SO MUCH. The books were out the whole time this series has been in existence! There's no reason to be making references to it everywhere! Such was the case here and DEFINITELY in Something Myth Inc.
10) Cut the third person...these books have always been in the first person and should stay that way; it's what makes them work so well.
Mr. Asprin, I truly truly admire your skill and your writing. All of your books up until (and pretty much including) Something Mythinc were works of pure genious; but since you've taken on a co-author, your previously amazing books are now silly woman oriented obvious jokes and situations that don't keep interest.
I remember when Mr. Asprin made some commitments to his fans and publisher on the MYTH series that he just couldn't keep and he missed some deadlines. I understand writing is a creative endeavor and as Mr. Asprin wrote in the Author's Note for "M.Y.T.H Inc. in Action", "trying to get a book out of an author when 'it isn't happening' is like pushing on a rope." I've had my share of dressing downs from my bosses, it isn't pleasant, and you strive to never have it happen again.
The upside of this for the readers was that Mr. Asprin never sent out a manuscript that was sub par and was always true to the MYTH series. I never knew when a new book was coming out, but when one did it was like Christmas in July.
On the other hand, this book feels like it was written to fulfill a publishing commitment. Mr. Asprin/Ms. Nye had a contract and a deadline to write a MYTH book and they pushed on the rope to get this book out.
Pretty much everything about the book was disappointing: the plot, the characterizations, the dialogue, and the continuity. It took me forever to finish this book. I could only read it for a short while before I got so annoyed that I had to put it down.
Will I be re-reading this book in the series? No.
- I miss the parody and comedy. This book is filled with silly and stupid puns.
- I miss the quotes at the start of each chapter (yeah, I know, it's a small detail but still!)
- The dialog didn't match the speaker. I've read the other M.Y.T.H. books many times and through out them all, the main characters have been constant in their tone and language. This book took the past and ripped it all up.
- I could tell which chapters Asprin wrote and which one's his co-author wrote. The 2 authors' writing styles do not mesh well. He seems to be handicapping himself, trying to match her, and she just can't come close his caliber of writing.
My tip to you: Don't waste your money on this book. If you want to complete your collection, wait until the paperback comes out.
And Mr. Asprin: PLEASE DITCH THE CO-AUTHOR!
Apart from the name discontinuities (character names and places getting swapped around or renamed) this book just didn't make me laugh like the others did. The plot line had great potential, but ended up being kinda dumb and seemed to just drag on and on and on and on (almost like the publishing company wasn't happy with the length of the book and forced the authors to stretch it out... like some highschool student and his/her term paper).
I truly hope that this isn't a new direction this series is taking. I was so overjoyed to hear of it's comeback, but other than Myth-Ion Improbable I haven't been that happy with the newer books.
I have not liked the turn that these books have taken, but then again, no one forces me to buy them - it is more an increasingly waning hope that they will recapture some of the magik of the earlier series.
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