Tomes of Spellcasting

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Title: M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link
Author: Robert Asprin
Publisher: Ace Books
Format: Paperback
Copyright Date: 1986

To help his friends out--after they've helped him out so many times--Skeeve proposed consolidating their various operations into a team of troubleshooting consultants. The end result was Magical Young Trouble-shooting Heroes, Incorporated, otherwise known as M.Y.T.H. Inc. Together the team tackles just about any job you could think of, like investigating thefts, interior decorating, bill collecting, etc. The only problem is that everyone agreed that since it was Skeeve's idea, he should be president of their new company. Now Skeeve's trying to come across as being more competent and capable than he actually is. What effect is that going to have on him and on his friends? Will there be any negative side effects? Well, with a company of individuals as disparate and mixed as M.Y.T.H. Inc., what do you think?

M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link is a change from the other Myth books, and not just in the way "myth" is included in the title. Whereas earlier novels all came across from Skeeve's point of view, various sections come from his friends and cohorts' perspectives. Not only does this allow us more insight into the other characters, we also get to learn more about how the characters feel about Skeeve himself.

You may think that being in the minds of people who have known Skeeve for a while wouldn't really allow you to learn much more about him. Well, the situations the M.Y.T.H. Inc. personnel find themselves in often lets them reflect on Skeeve, or explain their relationships with Skeeve to outsiders. This moments aren't usually very long, but they are long enough to know that while they like him, friends like Chumley and Massha are also realistic about their expectations of Skeeve. The best part, perhaps, is when we get to see into Gleep's thoughts and how he views his connection with Skeeve. Did you ever imagine you'd get into a dragon's mind like that?

M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, as the title indicates, is more about the company and its contributors rather than Skeeve alone. That doesn't make it any less interesting or enjoyable. Instead, think of it as several short stories under the aegis of the whole M.Y.T.H. Inc. storyline. Take them one at a time, and enjoy!

Rating: Thumbs up! Did you ever imagine Skeeve and company could be so versatile?

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This page posted January 1, 2003.

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