Welcome to the land of mystery, where the impossible is possible, and the improbable the reality. Join me as I investigate worlds filled with magic and meet the souls that wield this wondrous powers.
This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the book.
That said, on to the review!
With Myth-nomers and Im-pervections, Skeeve is once more out on his own without Aahz's advice and experience to guide him. This time, he doesn't even have his friends and co-workers to back him up. Now, though, we get to see what Skeeve is actually made of, in terms of skill, ability, and endurance. To be honest, though, he's not entirely alone: he has a Djinn in his pocket. Of course, from everything the Djinn tells him, he's still basically on his own.
Perhaps the biggest draw for this book is that we are, for the first time, actually seeing Skeeve completely on his own. Flying solo as he is, this also lets readers know more about Skeeve in one book than they might learn in all the rest of the books. In all those other books, Skeeve is frequently reacting and responding to his friends: listening and heeding their advice, thinking about them in flattering and unflattering terms, taking what they're giving and building on it. This time Skeeve has no one to react or respond to except himself. That means he spends a great deal of time looking at himself and seeing just who and what he is. We don't get to see this when he's busy reflecting on his friends; solitude is a key necessity for introspective self-assessments. And boy, does Skeeve learn a lot about himself!
Myth-nomers and Im-pervections is a fairly interesting novel, which completely moves Skeeve out of the medieval societies he's mostly frequented and into a highly technologically advanced civilization with all new rules to follow. That, of course, adds to the adventure, since Skeeve has no idea what he's gotten himself into, or how he's going to get out. Wondering how he does it? You'll just have to read the book!
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This page posted February 16, 2003.
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