Robert Asprin’s Myth-Quoted by Jody Lynn Nye

 

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Myth-Quoted by Jody Lynn NyeMyth-QuotedJody Lynn Nye; Ace Books 2012WorldCatThere’s an old saying: “politics and ??? don’t mix”. Almost any word can be used to fill in the blanks. Myth-Quoted shows us that politics and magic don’t mix, either – except to make the reader laugh. Jody Lynn Nye uses Robert Asprin’s Myth-Quoted to poke fun at current day politics, electorates, journalists, and those who’d like to control the process.

Emo Weavil approaches M.Y.T.H., Inc. to come to his island country of Bokromi to take over the election process and actually get the country to vote between himself and his cousin, Wilmer Weavil-Scuttil, to become governor. The campaigning and debates have been going on for five years. When a vote draws near, something happens. One or the other candidate then takes offense and the vote is delayed. Even though he wants to win the lifetime appointment as governor, Emo wants fair, final campaign and election. Bunny, the Boss of M.Y.T.H., Inc, agrees to take the job, if both candidates agree to divide their fee equally and run a fair campaign for another six weeks, ending with an election.

Skeeve, the magician, quickly learns that nothing is easy in politics. Both candidates and their managers agree to the terms of the contract, then start taking advantage of the loopholes. The newspapers have a great time following the candidates, get wonderful photos of Skeeve covered in rotten vegetables, leak stories that were supposedly confidential, and generally do what paparazzi are supposed to do. It’s entirely possible that M.Y.T.H., Inc, has finally taken on a job it can’t handle. Then when Aahz, the Pervect, intervenes, everything goes from bad to chaotic.

Myth-Quoted is a hoot and a holler. It’s fun from beginning to end. Nye quickly pegs stereotypes and exploits them, so the reader knows the people involved. There are lecterns that keep getting raised an inch or two to put one candidate higher than the other. There is a “son-substitute” for the official family portraits to make the family more public friendly. One candidate’s mother carries rotten vegetables in her purse at all times. Another’s wife brings in a chef to produce delectable home-made pastries for the baking contest. Shutter bugs and listening bugs are everywhere. Anyone who follows American politics recognizes the mud-slinging from both camps.

Jody Lynn Nye carries on the tradition is Robert Asprin’s Myth-Quoted. Need a break from reality? Need a good laugh? Turn to the twisted politics of Myth-Quoted.

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