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We've listened to the fans! Collected in this book are three of the four short stories by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye that introduce the new Myth Adventures Series (the first one, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions, appeared in Something M.Y.T.H. Inc). The new series launched in August 2003 with Myth Alliances, and these stories bridge the gap between Book 12 of the original s We've listened to the fans! Collected in this book are three of the four short stories by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye that introduce the new Myth Adventures Series (the first one, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions, appeared in Something M.Y.T.H. Inc). The new series launched in August 2003 with Myth Alliances, and these stories bridge the gap between Book 12 of the original series (Something) and Book 1 of the new series (or is that Book 13?). In addition to the stories, Myth-Told Tales also includes introductions by both Robert and Jody, as well as full-colour cover art by newcomer Michael Komarck!


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We've listened to the fans! Collected in this book are three of the four short stories by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye that introduce the new Myth Adventures Series (the first one, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions, appeared in Something M.Y.T.H. Inc). The new series launched in August 2003 with Myth Alliances, and these stories bridge the gap between Book 12 of the original s We've listened to the fans! Collected in this book are three of the four short stories by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye that introduce the new Myth Adventures Series (the first one, M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions, appeared in Something M.Y.T.H. Inc). The new series launched in August 2003 with Myth Alliances, and these stories bridge the gap between Book 12 of the original series (Something) and Book 1 of the new series (or is that Book 13?). In addition to the stories, Myth-Told Tales also includes introductions by both Robert and Jody, as well as full-colour cover art by newcomer Michael Komarck!

30 review for Myth-Told Tales

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    This was a collection of short stories. Some were written by Robert Asprin, some by Jody Lynn Nye and some were a collaboration between the two. There are also two slightly versions about how the two came to meet and work together. As short stories go these were worth reading, and deal with different events, from a different characters point of view. - "Myth Congeniality" takes Skeeve and Bunny to a beauty pageant. "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions" concerns a wedding present for Massha and General Bada This was a collection of short stories. Some were written by Robert Asprin, some by Jody Lynn Nye and some were a collaboration between the two. There are also two slightly versions about how the two came to meet and work together. As short stories go these were worth reading, and deal with different events, from a different characters point of view. - "Myth Congeniality" takes Skeeve and Bunny to a beauty pageant. "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions" concerns a wedding present for Massha and General Badaxe. "Myth-Adventurers" describes the continuing association of Pookie and Spyder. "Myth-Calculations" puts Guido, Tananda, and Chumley into a confrontation with a rival gang. "Myth-ter Right" sets Massha and Aahz looking for mysterious things going on during a dragon chase. "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Proceeds" brings Guido to Skeeve with a king sized problem. "Mything in Dreamland" drops Skeeve, Aahz and Gleep into Dreamland. "Myth-Matched" involves Tananda in a marital assassination. "Myth-Trained" causes Skeeve to seek advice from Big Julie.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Su

    I enjoy this series: Myth Adventures. Robert Asprin had an interesting idea, and ran with it. Then he hooked up with author Jody Lynn Nye and they ran off together. Robert wrote 12 books in the series; he and Jody have written another 4 together. The editor says: "This is the point where an editor is supposed to say something meaningful about the literary work and its social import. Not on your life; Myth Adventures has always been about being fun to read and laughing along with the characters. I enjoy this series: Myth Adventures. Robert Asprin had an interesting idea, and ran with it. Then he hooked up with author Jody Lynn Nye and they ran off together. Robert wrote 12 books in the series; he and Jody have written another 4 together. The editor says: "This is the point where an editor is supposed to say something meaningful about the literary work and its social import. Not on your life; Myth Adventures has always been about being fun to read and laughing along with the characters. So all that needs to be said is: Enjoy!" I totally agree with one added warning. If you don't enjoy a good pun, don't pick up this series. Because you will be hooked. And there won't be anyone around to throw you back.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elmer Foster

    Have enjoyed Robert Aspirin's gang and sorry that he is gone. Sadly, I finished his solo Myth lineage with the tales in this book (although I have a few more co-written pieces with Nye) and will greatly miss his contribution to the fantasy world. Worth reading if only to glimpse the individual team members in smaller bites. Have enjoyed Robert Aspirin's gang and sorry that he is gone. Sadly, I finished his solo Myth lineage with the tales in this book (although I have a few more co-written pieces with Nye) and will greatly miss his contribution to the fantasy world. Worth reading if only to glimpse the individual team members in smaller bites.

  4. 4 out of 5

    April Brown

    What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up. Length? – Most of a day’s read. Characters? – Memorable, several characters. Setting? – Fantasy, alternate dimensions. Written approximately? – 2007. Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more. Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No. Notes for the reader: This was an excellent collection of short stories with two stories about Gleep. Would happily read more stories about Gleep!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elderberrywine

    For a change, a collection of short stories, written by both the original author, Asprin, and his new co-writer, Nye. I knocked it down a star for unevenness but it's still his universe, and it's always great fun to send a bit of time in it. Bonus Gleep POV! For a change, a collection of short stories, written by both the original author, Asprin, and his new co-writer, Nye. I knocked it down a star for unevenness but it's still his universe, and it's always great fun to send a bit of time in it. Bonus Gleep POV!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    For short stories, they were good, but I would rather have had a full novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Thomas

    Always fun, always entertaining to the end

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Neighbor

    Well... Apparently I liked this book so much I bought it twice. LoL. No seriously, I bought the 2003 edition that features the three short stories, Myth Congeniality, Myth-Calculations, & Myth-ter Right. My sister, bless her, stood in line for me over the Labor Day weekend at Dragon-Con 2003 and was able to get it Autographed by Jody Lynn Nye because I was unable to attend that year. In 2007, it was re-released with six more short stories folded in with the original three listed above. The additi Well... Apparently I liked this book so much I bought it twice. LoL. No seriously, I bought the 2003 edition that features the three short stories, Myth Congeniality, Myth-Calculations, & Myth-ter Right. My sister, bless her, stood in line for me over the Labor Day weekend at Dragon-Con 2003 and was able to get it Autographed by Jody Lynn Nye because I was unable to attend that year. In 2007, it was re-released with six more short stories folded in with the original three listed above. The additional stories are; 1. M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions, 2. Myth-Adventurers, 3. M.Y.T.H. Inc. Proceeds, 4. Mything In Dreamland, 5. Myth-Matched, and lastly 6. Myth-Trained coming to a grand total of nine stories. Which is interesting to me because on the back cover of the book it says there are eight stories included. So, I'm either the worst math student ever, or it's just another example of poor workmanship from the publishers. Whether there are eight stories or nine doesn't matter. What does matter is that they are all GOOD stories. It's also clear that Bob & Jody had fun while writing about the "myth-guided" Klahd & Pervect and it shows in the stories. Both authors have us, the readers, laughing out loud both at & with Aahz & Skeeve. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of trouble those two 'demons' can get Into and somehow mysteriously get themselves back Out of. Go ahead, give yourself permission to escape to a different dimension and join in the adventures for a while. It'll put a well deserved smile on your face.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Tildsley

    2.5 This collection of short stories was not all that great to me. I enjoyed a few of the tales here, but others I just could not get into. It's tough to admit, but Asprin seems to have lost a comedic and entertainment step here in gaining Nye as a co-author. A couple of the shorts, mostly the ones written by Asprin alone, are enjoyable and retain that same flavor of Myth from before. Others don't feel the same. There is a pretension to the diction, a heavy-handedness to the approach of the narra 2.5 This collection of short stories was not all that great to me. I enjoyed a few of the tales here, but others I just could not get into. It's tough to admit, but Asprin seems to have lost a comedic and entertainment step here in gaining Nye as a co-author. A couple of the shorts, mostly the ones written by Asprin alone, are enjoyable and retain that same flavor of Myth from before. Others don't feel the same. There is a pretension to the diction, a heavy-handedness to the approach of the narrative where before Asprin had tread with great care of brilliant comedic flourishes. This can be skipped over.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    We picked this up because it was co-authored, and Josh hadn't been aware of the co-authored sets of these before. (We've both read all the original Asprin Myth tales.) I really enjoyed it. The switching between the authors was pretty seamless, and the result is a set of short stories in classic form for the world. I liked the short story format, honestly, because some times the zaniness gets a lot for the longer plots in the novels. It felt fresh, and interesting. I'm giving it five stars in part We picked this up because it was co-authored, and Josh hadn't been aware of the co-authored sets of these before. (We've both read all the original Asprin Myth tales.) I really enjoyed it. The switching between the authors was pretty seamless, and the result is a set of short stories in classic form for the world. I liked the short story format, honestly, because some times the zaniness gets a lot for the longer plots in the novels. It felt fresh, and interesting. I'm giving it five stars in part to say, yes, this part of the series is also worth it. (And in part because I honestly have no complaints.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    D.L. Morrese

    This is a collection of short stories, one of which also appears in book #12. They seem to take place shortly after the events of the previous book. Some are written by Robert Asprin, some by Jody Lynn Nye, and some by both. There is a noticeable difference in the prose they use (in my opinion, Asprin's is somewhat better), but it's all entertaining. This is a collection of short stories, one of which also appears in book #12. They seem to take place shortly after the events of the previous book. Some are written by Robert Asprin, some by Jody Lynn Nye, and some by both. There is a noticeable difference in the prose they use (in my opinion, Asprin's is somewhat better), but it's all entertaining.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Isaak

    This collection of short stories features the wonderful characters from the earlier books in the series, and it has the same humor and imagination in dialogue and plots. But almost all the stories lack the combination of cleverness and heart that made the early books so great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lumos Ktbspa

    This is a collaboration and it is a collection of stories, not a what-happened-next, but a few easy-going stories of nothing I liked. Anyway I am going to read the 14th book in hope to find the sense of the collab with short stories :P

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    More fun from the crew. I like that the stories were told for a lot of points of view. This is the first I have read with Jody Lynn Nye writing the series and I have to say that she gets it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Hamill

    Myth-Told Tales is a collection of short stories, ranging from a few that were already published in previous Myth volumes to a couple of new ones by Robert Aspirin and a few by him and Jody Lynn Nye, his new co-author at the time. I mostly skipped the forewords, yes, there are more than one, which are a common feature of the Myth books, never just the story in these. Sometimes you get an afterword, too. But, my husband read it and let me know that these two authors were feeling each other out in Myth-Told Tales is a collection of short stories, ranging from a few that were already published in previous Myth volumes to a couple of new ones by Robert Aspirin and a few by him and Jody Lynn Nye, his new co-author at the time. I mostly skipped the forewords, yes, there are more than one, which are a common feature of the Myth books, never just the story in these. Sometimes you get an afterword, too. But, my husband read it and let me know that these two authors were feeling each other out in these short stories. That the co-author was needed because Robert had more books he was obligated to write, and that there was such a long gap between this and the last one due to their original publisher going under and them needing to wait out the contract. Good stuff, right? Anyhow, all that aside, about the stories themselves, most of these are from various points of view, not Skeeve’s. There were two Gleep stories (Gleeps the juvenile dragon who thinks Skeeve is his pet). I loved those the best. But there was also a pretty fun Aahz story set in a great hunt. Most of the stories were good, though the ones with the new author seemed rather obviously so. Just not the same flair and natural timing as Robert. And as for the overall humor, regardless of which author wrote the story, these, like the other Myth books, tend to be punny, rather than funny. There’s a heavy reliance on tongue-in-cheek character, place, and item naming, which I enjoy but don’t always pick up on right away. But when I do pick up on it, it’s always worth at least a giggle or an amused smirk. I skipped reading the Masha’s wedding story, but only because I read it before. It was in one of the other books (one of the Myth, Inc. ones, since Gleep’s the hero). Pretty great, as I remember, but I just wanted to read the new ones. Also, there was another nod in one of the stories to “the One Ring” though not the same as in the wedding story (there’s one in there or in the alternate POV version of it). Anyhow, it set off my inner geek alarm in a good way. Besides the Gleep stories and the hunt one, I also really liked the one about the beauty pagent. Pretty funny. That was a Skeeve one, if I remember correctly. So overall, I really liked the stories. They’re not all quite as naturally funny as previous Myth stories, but they’re good for a bit of a laugh and a couple of groan-worthy moments. I’d recommend these to folks who enjoy some light fiction, magical sleuthing, and cute humor. They’re appropriate for tweens and up. My husband gave me this book as a gift, which earned him a lot of bonus points. Robert Aspirin is one of my favorite authors, and I hadn’t known this last batch was out there or that another person had taken up his Myth stories after he passed away.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Take a look at that cover over there. It's horrible, isn't it? It takes several seconds to figure out what's going on there, since it's muddy and washed out. You might think that the resolution is due to it being a poor image, but no, the cover actually looks like that. For a series that has been graced with colorful, vivid, humorous illustrations, this introduction to the new books, with a cover like this, is questionable. The foreword to this book explains how Asprin and Nye, facing the prospec Take a look at that cover over there. It's horrible, isn't it? It takes several seconds to figure out what's going on there, since it's muddy and washed out. You might think that the resolution is due to it being a poor image, but no, the cover actually looks like that. For a series that has been graced with colorful, vivid, humorous illustrations, this introduction to the new books, with a cover like this, is questionable. The foreword to this book explains how Asprin and Nye, facing the prospect of writing additional books in his series, opted to start out slowly, writing a few short stories to test their styles together. The book contains three short stories, one narrated by Skeeve and featuring him helping Bunny in a beauty pageant, one narrated by Chumley and featuring him, Tananda, and Guido running a beauty parlor, and one narrated by Aahz, featuring him and Massha helping locate the source of some strange goings-on surrounding a dragon-princess hunt. The writing is reminiscent of "M.Y.T.H. Inc. Instructions", the bonus story included at the end of Something M.Y.T.H. Inc. that was written by Nye. They manage to maintain a similar style, though they're definitely different. Having read all of Asprin's solo books back-to-back like I did, it's easy to see the difference in style, though it still feels familiar. I'm not sure it would have been as noticeable had I not read the others so closely to the time that I read this one, but it's definitely different. How could it not be, though? It's including a whole new writer! I hadn't planned on reading any of the Myth Adventure books beyond Asprin's original twelve books, but after talking about the series with a friend, and him telling me that these co-written books "aren't as bad as you think", I decided to give them a read, too. This is an auspicious start, but then again, I disliked the short-story nature of M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link, too, and this book is also comprised of stories. Maybe they'll pick up with the actual novels that follow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This book is a collection of short stories, continuing the "Myth" series written by Robert Asprin. The stories are mostly co-written with Jody Lynn Nye. I'm really sorry to give this a low rating. I was rooting for it. I loved the first handful of Myth books, and have a warm spot in my heart for Skeeve, Aahz, Gleep, Tanda, Chumley, et al. It was wonderful to see these old friends again, but somehow the experience felt more leaden. Imagine returning to the verdant fields where once you'd gamboled This book is a collection of short stories, continuing the "Myth" series written by Robert Asprin. The stories are mostly co-written with Jody Lynn Nye. I'm really sorry to give this a low rating. I was rooting for it. I loved the first handful of Myth books, and have a warm spot in my heart for Skeeve, Aahz, Gleep, Tanda, Chumley, et al. It was wonderful to see these old friends again, but somehow the experience felt more leaden. Imagine returning to the verdant fields where once you'd gamboled in the freshness of youth! Now imagine that, upon returning, you find that yourself in a group of extremely out-of-shape people, all huffing and puffing, and talking loudly about anything except the lovely greenery. I'll recommend the earlier books in the series (each of which are very short), and tell you to skip this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Early Myth books, but after awhile they grew stale and repetitive and became boring. However, I picked this one as a bargain, and it proved to be a worthwhile read. First, the stories are short enough to be a quick read. Second, the stories feature different characters from the MYTH novels, with Skeez and Aahz sort of taking a back seat to everyone else for the most part. The jokes were there.. the mispelled names of real life people used as parody were there. Every stor I thoroughly enjoyed the Early Myth books, but after awhile they grew stale and repetitive and became boring. However, I picked this one as a bargain, and it proved to be a worthwhile read. First, the stories are short enough to be a quick read. Second, the stories feature different characters from the MYTH novels, with Skeez and Aahz sort of taking a back seat to everyone else for the most part. The jokes were there.. the mispelled names of real life people used as parody were there. Every story was pretty much spot on for me. Not the greatest literature, but a decent book to read if you like the MYTH characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Wardhaugh

    As an exercise in working another author into the series, it served an important purpose. All the stories felt authentic. All the characters were old friends. However, the myth series does not lend itself terribly well to the short form. One of the most humorous elements has always been layers of intense complications that come with any situation Skeeve and Aahz and the rest get themselves into. There just isn't room for much of that here. I'll be glad to get back to the traditional format. As an exercise in working another author into the series, it served an important purpose. All the stories felt authentic. All the characters were old friends. However, the myth series does not lend itself terribly well to the short form. One of the most humorous elements has always been layers of intense complications that come with any situation Skeeve and Aahz and the rest get themselves into. There just isn't room for much of that here. I'll be glad to get back to the traditional format.

  20. 5 out of 5

    This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For

    A collection of short stories meant to transition the Myth universe from being solely written by Robert Asprin to the collaborative efforts of Asprin and Judy Lynn Nye, the stories in this collection are very up and down, quite a bit like the last few novels that preceded this collection and all of those that have followed after. Some of the stories are amusing, but most fail to capture the spirit that made the early books in the series so much fun to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Hibberd

    Robert Asprin writes brilliant humor in his MYTH series. He creates an odd assortment of characters that are fun to read about. I would read the books to my family and we laughed our way through all the books. If you like humor, magic, mobsters, demons, dragons, and other such characters, read Robert's MYTH books. If you don't like those kinds of characters, read the books and you will come away with some crazy new friends. Robert Asprin writes brilliant humor in his MYTH series. He creates an odd assortment of characters that are fun to read about. I would read the books to my family and we laughed our way through all the books. If you like humor, magic, mobsters, demons, dragons, and other such characters, read Robert's MYTH books. If you don't like those kinds of characters, read the books and you will come away with some crazy new friends.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Traummachine

    This was a collection of 3 short stories set between Something Myth, Inc and Myth Alliance. They were also apparently a trial run for Asprin and Nye to co-write in the Myth setting. I think they pulled it off well. Supposedly these stories actually tie-in with the next book, which is kinda cool. I find the Myth books to be cute, light reading, so I've really got to be in the mood for them. This one was quite cute, but at a measley 110 pgs it wasn't exactly a bargain. This was a collection of 3 short stories set between Something Myth, Inc and Myth Alliance. They were also apparently a trial run for Asprin and Nye to co-write in the Myth setting. I think they pulled it off well. Supposedly these stories actually tie-in with the next book, which is kinda cool. I find the Myth books to be cute, light reading, so I've really got to be in the mood for them. This one was quite cute, but at a measley 110 pgs it wasn't exactly a bargain.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    This was 'just okay' to me, but giving it 2 stars felt too low. I'd rate it at about 2.5. This was a decent book, collection of short stories. The stories were interesting, but I never felt like any had the same power I thought the first books had. It's not going to stop me from reading the others, though. This was 'just okay' to me, but giving it 2 stars felt too low. I'd rate it at about 2.5. This was a decent book, collection of short stories. The stories were interesting, but I never felt like any had the same power I thought the first books had. It's not going to stop me from reading the others, though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I enjoyed this....long over due collection (if you can call three stories a collection) My only gripe is that with an $8 price tag I would have liked a little more book for the buck. It was good to see the characters back in action but.....a little more would have been nice. For true, die hard, fans only.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Fun collection of Myth shorts by both Robert and Judy. Nothing deep, but that's not why anyone reads these. The stories were like nice quick catch-up visits with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. They made me appreciate the fun I've had with them in the past, without really giving me much new. It's good to catch up with old friends. Fun collection of Myth shorts by both Robert and Judy. Nothing deep, but that's not why anyone reads these. The stories were like nice quick catch-up visits with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. They made me appreciate the fun I've had with them in the past, without really giving me much new. It's good to catch up with old friends.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Walt

    Instead of a full-length novel, this book was composed of small short stories. While some were clever, and all were well-written, there was not much humor, mystery, or suspense in any of the stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Again, I really wanted to like this one, but couldn't completely get into it. A beauty contest? A hairstyling counter-con? C'mon. And still, I'm going to keep trying. I've reread all the previous ones at least 3 times so I can't go back! Again, I really wanted to like this one, but couldn't completely get into it. A beauty contest? A hairstyling counter-con? C'mon. And still, I'm going to keep trying. I've reread all the previous ones at least 3 times so I can't go back!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bara

    I give 3 stars but only because I read the Czech version which is shorter . There are 5 stories missing. Otherwise I liked it and I promise to myself that I will buy this book in English to read the rest of the stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trip

    Sadly, like in all the Myth books past the first half-dozen or so, nothing changes. Not the team, not any of their personalities, not their situation. It's pretty much self-fanfic. Sadly, like in all the Myth books past the first half-dozen or so, nothing changes. Not the team, not any of their personalities, not their situation. It's pretty much self-fanfic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    April James

    An addicting series you just cannot put down.

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