Myth-Nomers and Impervections Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
Though Perv wasn't quite as bad as I would have expected it to be (Picture New York, only every fat half-drunk slob has the proportional strength to dismember you in seconds, magic is interwoven to technology, and food has a tendency to leave yoru bowl if you don't eat it quickly), it was still an interesting world for Skeeve to get lost in.
As for Skeeve, we get to see that beneath the exterior we see him try to build up in the previous novel, he's still nervous, inexperienced, and for once, finding himself without the security blanket of his friends that he has been able to rely on up to this novel. Fortunatly, the dumb luck that he possessed from page one of book one still remains, and he needs it.
Due to it's late nature in the seires, one would be recommended to read eariler novels first, but if it's your first time in the myth world, it can still be a fun book, if not one as understood (Several elements in this book will make much less sense).
The story line involves Skeeve's search for Aahz on the notoriously nasty dimension of Perv. That, in itself, is a shift for Aahz's character. In this book, and in the prior setup to this book, he seems more like a whiny, co-dependent wimp, running home to mommy when things don't go his way, rather than the confident smart-aleck I've loved from the previous books in the series. This I found disappointing, but what was perhaps even more disappointing was Perv itself. Where Asprin could have created a horrific world for outsiders, blending powerful magic and technology with blinding intolerance for outsiders on the level of the KKK, he instead offers up Manhattan on a pretty good day. I would feel more comfortable in Asprin's Perv than I would in South Chicago, and that in itself is a profound disappointment.
As for the story itself, that too is disappointing; a rambling mess focused not so much on Skeeve's efforts to find Aahz, but just Skeeve trying to survive in an unfamiliar, but not entirely unfriendly environment (especially after Skeeve waves his cash around a bit). The ending itself is also disappointing, as it comes about not from Skeeve's efforts to reach it, but despite those efforts.
As I said earlier, my disappointment in this book may be a result of the expectations set by the earlier books in the series, in terms of tone and style. This is a very different book than the others in the series.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Finally! We get to see Perv in the flesh. I love the place, vary good book. All the Myth books rock!Published on June 3 2002 by Michael Crook
I love his books (up to now). I think they are inspired, quite often he is better than Pratcett, and lets face it that is good. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I greatly enjoyed the first six books in this series, but Skeeve has learned a lot in them. He can't still be this dumb. I enjoyed Aahz's world of Perv, though.Published on Oct. 25 1999 by Jesse Gurr
I have been astounded once again with Robert Asprin's myth series. The series just keeps getting better and better the more you read. The way he portrays everyone. Read morePublished on March 5 1999