Reviews of Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin and Scale by Will Self
Book reviews from May 1999
This is part two in the Myth-series. Skeeve gets hired as a court magician, and his first task is to protect the kingdom against a HUGE army coming from the north. With Aahz help and Gleep's company he hires some of the, well perhaps not best, but peculiar characters to help them out.
This novel isn't at all that good that the first novel in the series was. The plot seems somewhat obvious. A fun thing is the pet-brazier walking around, some three years before Terry Pratchett wrote about his luggage. Conincidence?
It's a ok novel to kill some time, but I wouldn't get it unless you is a fan of the series. However, it is included in the omnibus and since I know for a fact that the later novels in the myth-series is really amusing I would recommend getting that one.
This "book" (51 small pages) is part of the Penguin 60p-series. The story appears in Will Self's collection "Grey Area" as well.
I can't help to think of Monty Python's song "Traffic Lights" to which the lyrics goes "I love traffic lights, I love traffic lights, I love traffic lights, but not when they are red." on and on with slight variations.
Motorways play a big part in the philosophical thoughts of the drug-addicted author that is described in this story. I had some trouble with reading it since it contains many, at least to me, unusual words. I liked the language and will be reading something else by Will Self to get a proper opinion of his writings ("Junk Mail" is located on my bookshelf, but I will probably dig into some novel of his instead). Get the book to have something to read on the bus on your way home.
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