Myth-ion Improbable by Robert Asprin

Written by: on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Myth-ion Improbable
Author: Robert Asprin
ISBN: 0-441-00962-X
Cover Art by Walter Velez

Back Cover:

Skeeve: Apprentice Wizard.
Aahz: Skeeve’s mentor, a bad-tempered, scaly green Pervect.
Tanda: Beautiful ex-assassin, and dimension-hopper extraordinaire.
To journey into the Kowtow realm, and retrieve a golden cow that lives in a golden palace and gives gold-laced milk. But Kowtow is a land of vegetarian cowboys, hell-bent on protecting their livestock – and deeply afraid of something that comes out after dark…

So I thought…
The book begins with an apology to explain why he hasn’t written another book for this series in a long time. Apparently it had been so long that he couldn’t put his head back into Aahz and Skeeve’s world until a friend makes a suggestion for him to write an adventure from their younger days. Robert Asprin decides to write a story that takes place between the third and forth book of his series.

My first thought was, “Oh no. Not another book that rambles on and on and on and on and has nothing to do with the story.” I was bored with ‘Sweet Myth-tery of Life’ and I wasn’t in the mood to go through it again.

It starts off interesting. Skeeve at some point purchased a treasure map to give to Aahz. Aahz’s interest is piqued. Tanda enters the scene. Lots of world hopping. Then they land in the realm of Kowtow that’s populated with cows and a lot of copy&pasted towns where everyone looks and acts the same.

One thing that caught my attention was… (cut for spoilers)… Skeeve admits to not knowing what cows are. Aahz chides him and asks, “Where do you think steaks come from?” Then later in the book when Count Bovine’s name comes up, Skeeve laughs at the name along with Aahz and Tanda. Just shortly later, Skeeve thinks to himself that he had never heard of or seen a vampire until he arrived to this realm. It seems to me that a name like Count Bovine would’ve flown right over his head.

It’s very different writing from the previous book. This book didn’t have long endless lectures or debates. It was a very quick adventure book where they had to go from A to B to find the treasure. It wasn’t too bad even though the cows were weird.

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