MythAdventures by Robert Asprin
Robert Asprin’s series of Myth books follows the buddy adventures of Skeeve, a young apprentice magician whose teacher is killed in the first few pages of book one (Another Fine Myth) and Aahz, a demon (anyone from a non-native dimension) who takes Skeeve under his wing. The two get in and out of one scrape after another over the course of many books as their relationship deepens and grows more equal, and they pick up a crew of friends along the way, with Skeeve eventually becoming The Great Skeeve — terror of multiple dimensions and protector of the Great Bazaar.
The books were a favorite of mine when I was in my younger teens and I remember them fondly. So the question, as always, on a reread is “how do they hold up?”. Well, I can see why I would have liked them in my younger t... Read More
Robert Asprin is well-known for editing the Thieves’ World anthologies of the 1980s with his ex-wife Lynn Abbey, and for authoring the MythAdventures series since 1978. He also wrote science fiction. Robert Asprin died on May 22, 2008: Announcement.
MythAdventures — (1978-2010) Later installments are co-authored with Jody Lynn Nye. Myth-Interpretations is a collection of stories. Publisher: Skeeve was a magician’s apprentice — until an assassin struck and his master was killed. Now, with a purple-tongued demon named Aahz as a companion, he’s on a quest to get even.
MythAdventures by Robert Asprin
Duncan and Mallory — (1986-1987) With Mel White. Publisher: What happens when a pack of social rejects is loosed upon an unsuspecting world? A Lot Of Fun! (Honest? No — the other kind! ). Robert Asprin, creator of the rollicking Myth Adventures series of novels and graphics, and artist Mel White have created a new fantasy adventure series — DUNCAN & MALLORY. Follow the adventures of as unlikely a pair of heroes as you’re liable to find between two covers. DUNCAN, a very errant (and endearingly clumsy) knight, and MALLORY, a con-artist, CPA dragon with more schemes and scams than Machiavelli ever dreamed of.
Phule’s Company — (1990-2006) With Peter J. Heck. Publisher: Meet the soldiers of Phule’s company; the few, the proud, the stupid and the inept. These soldiers do more damage before nine in the morning than most people are capable of doing in an entire year. And since fate has a perverse sense of humour they are also mankind’s last hope.
Time Scout — (1995-2000) With Linda Evans. Publisher: Kenneth “Kit” Carson was one of the best time scouts in the business. Nowadays, Kit prefers to be a hotelier at Time Terminal 86. He has sworn off gallivanting through the centuries. Kit might take an occasional consulting fee to keep his hand in, but no more travel–until his granddaughter takes a trip through an unauthorized Gate and winds up lost in time.
Wartorn — (2005-2006) With Eric Del Carlo. Publisher: The legendary warlord, Dardas, died more than two hundred and fifty years ago. Now, his spirit lives on in a host body, resurrected by a magician to lead a conquering army across the city-states of Isthmus. But there are military scholars familiar with Dardas’s tactics — scholars who may hold the key to stopping his army.
Griffen McCandles — (2008-2010) Publisher: First in a brand new series from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Myth and Phule novels. A low-stakes con artist and killer poker player, Griffen “Grifter” McCandles graduated college fully expecting his wealthy family to have a job waiting for him. Instead, his mysterious uncle reveals a strange family secret: Griffen and his sister, Valerie, are actually dragons. Unwilling to let Uncle Mal take him under his wing, so to speak, Griffen heads to New Orleans with Valerie to make a living the only way he knows how. And even the criminal underworld of the French Quarter will heat up when Griffen lands in town.
Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe — (1979) With George Takei. Publisher: Hosato is killer — duelist — saboteur — whatever you pay him to be, and he always wins. Sent to sabotage a robot-manufacturing complex, Hosato discovers that the robots have turned into rampaging killers bent on the destruction of mankind!
The Bug Wars — (1979) Publisher: In a galaxy-spanning struggle of epic proportion, the Tzen, a race of highly evolved lizards, clash with a formidable coalition of brutal insect tribes in a battle to the death. The Tzen, fierce warriors, master strategists, and reptiles, and the Enemy, savage conquerors, brilliant technicians, and insects, fight their fiercest battle yet.
Cold Cash — (1977) Publisher: International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments, who want only freedom, in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and blood.
For King and Country — (1991) (with Linda Evans) Publisher: SAS Captain Trevor Stirling is convalescing after a ghastly bombing in Belfast. But he is not through with Ireland. A suspected IRA agent, Dr. Brenna McEgan, is supposed to have infiltrated a time-travel laboratory. When McEgan and Australian scientist Cedric Banning disappear into the past, Stirling has no choice but to follow. He ends up sharing the consciousness of a noted warrior of King Arthur’s court, one Ancelotis (Lancelot, perhaps?), while unknown to him, McEgan is hosted by Morgana, Arthur’s stepsister. Mutually suspicious, the two time-traveling minds try to hide from each other, leaving Banning in his guise as the bumbling minstrel Lailokan to get on with his plans. Banning is the real villain, a fanatical Protestant Ulsterman determined to avenge the present-day abandonment of Ulster by the English. Presenting barriers to victory or even survival are court intrigues; a promiscuous and inept Guinevere (here named Ganhumara); a young Mordred (Medraut), who slowly assumes virtue and even nobility; a Merlin (Emrys Myriddin), who thinks too often with his private parts; plus formidable Saxons, Picts and Irish of all stripes. Extraordinary action scenes balance the many expository lumps. In the end, readers will cheer on the heroes as they strive to save a king, a country and possibly even a future of peace between England and Ireland.
License Invoked — (2001) Publisher: Irish rock singer Fionna Kemare is set to play her first concert in the U.S.—but something unseen has been attacking her. Her only hope is two offbeat government agents: Liz Mayfield, special agent for the British Office of Occult & Paranormal Sightings Investigation, and her FBI counterpart, Beauray “Boo-Boo” Boudreau.
No Quarter — (2009) With Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson. Publisher: New York Times bestselling author Robert Asprin, writing with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson, delves into the dark secrets of the New Orleans French Quarter in this suspenseful tale of ghosts and haunted dreams, voodoo and mysticism and swords, murder and revenge, justice and unexpected courage. Fans of Robert Asprin’s Dragons Luck and Dragons Wild, the adventures of gambler/dragon Griffen McCandles, will recognize Bone, Maestro, and other denizens of NO Quarter’s haunted French Quarter from their minor roles in that series of novels. Those fans who knew Bob well will recognize his fictionalized self portrait in the character of the mysterious, pool-playing swordsmaster, Maestro. Once upon a time, before Katrina … Sunshine came to New Orleans to escape her past and to catch up with her elusive dreams, but she got lost in the old city’s seductive Southern nights. The tempting dark side of the French Quarter catered to her weaknesses, offering her just exactly what she desired-cheap drugs, the wrong kind of men, and the thrill of living on the edge. Alienated from her friends and in need of help, she called out to one of them … but her message didn’t get through in time. When she tries to go it alone, she walks down the wrong street into the wrong patch of darkness and meets the brutal, bloody end to her dreams at the point of a knife. In another city, her death might be written off as a mugging, just another statistic on the police blotter. Not so for the NOPD, to whom the safe reputation of the French Quarter is a priority, even if the victim is a waitress and not a treasured, pampered tourist. Not so for the French Quarter locals, because no matter how far she’d fallen, Sunshine was one of their own. And no mere mugger in New Orleans or any other city would have left a victim’s body framed by the crude remnants of a botched voodoo ritual, a display designed to insult the true practitioners of that esoteric religion. To Maestro, Sunshine’s death represents not only a tragedy but an obligation, because he’s the one who missed responding to her call for help. A master of both the pool cue and the rapier, a man of regular habits and close secrets, he prefers keeping to the shadows-but to avenge Sunshine and to satisfy his tarnished honor, he’ll risk opening his own less-than-savory past to question. To Bone, a waiter, and his girlfriend Alex, Sunshine was family, and the pain of her savage murder is made even more crushing by their recent estrangement from her. Because of his past connection to Sunshine, and because of a bitter, public argument with her, Bone becomes a suspect in her murder. When Sunshine’s ghost begins to haunt his dreams, he comes to the realization that just clearing his name won’t be enough for him. Even justice won’t be enough. His heart cries out for vengeance, and Alex refuses to be left out of his quest. But what can three ordinary people do that the police can’t? As fate draws Maestro, Bone, and Alex together in the hunt for the murderer, they find unlikely allies among the street people, bartenders, performers, and other denizens of the French Quarter. Their hunt leads them through the darkest corners of the Quarter, into the dangerous depths that lie beneath the benign “party-town” surface of the old city-and into shattering revelations about themselves. Death and destruction lie in the turning of the Tarot cards, and blood will lead to blood before honor and desire are satisfied.
The Thieves’ World Anthologies — (1979-2004) These anthologies were edited by Lynn Abbey and her husband Robert Asprin. Other contributors were C.J. Cherryh, Diane Duane, Raymond E. Feist, Dennis L. McKiernan, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Diana L. Paxon, Steven Brust, David Drake, and Jody Lynn Nye. A series of Thieves’ World novels were published by other authors in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Lynn Abbey published the last Thieves’ World novel, Sanctuary, in 2002. You can learn more at a fan’s Thieves’ World website.
Catwoman — (1992) Publisher: A thrilling tale of Gotham’s favorite feline by the authors of the bestselling Thieves’ World series. While Batman hunts a major arms dealer, Catwoman stalks a man who makes jewelry from parts of endangered cats. And when their paths converge, the cat and bat confront their respective enemies — and each other — in a battle for revenge and justice.
E.Godz — (2003) Publisher: When Edwina Godz inherited the family corporations, she had put to work all the sorcery she knew. Unfortunately, Edwina’s two children hated each other, and if she stepped aside and let them take over the company, it was certain to go down the tubes. So she let them fight it out.