Saturday, 23 August 2008

Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Myth Told Tales

A brief review, since I haven't done one in a while. This rather slender volume is a collection of short stories from the inventer of the Myth Inc fantasy series, Robert Asprin and his writing partner on the series for the last few years, Jody Lynn Nye. It was put together at the very start of their association, and so marks the transition between the first batch of Myth books and the second.

The first thing to note is that all of the stories are Myth Inc. based, so anyone who isn't already a fan of the series is likely to be lost, bewildered, and probably put off, even though the stories are actually quite entertaining. Most of them rely on characters and traits already introduced for their effectiveness, so this probably isn't a good place to start. Read from the beginning like everyone else. (Particularly since there are lovely compendia of the early stories available)

The short stories are lively enough, but I have to admit a lot of them had a tentative feel to them. It's hardly surprising, since the volume was a dry run for the partnership. It does mean though that a few of the short stories lack a certain edge, as though the authors were both unwilling to take any risks with a world they planned on doing far more with. Even so, it's a good read, and it's fun to see Asprin working in the shorter medium.


Sven said...

That's good to hear.

I recently herd of Asprin passing away and had been contemplating pick up the books again.

I stopped reading them only when he took the hiatus for a while, but failed to get back in when he teamed up with Jody Lynn Nye.

Perhaps now is a good time to start up.

stu said...

I hadn't realised he'd died. That's a real pity.