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Fritz Leiber - Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Fritz Leiber - Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser Reply with quote

In my oppinion, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are the greatest of all adventurers. Combined with Leibers amazing talent to write a darker fantasy than most out there, it makes for some truly wonderfull reading.

It basically a collection of short to moderate length stories of their adventure. (Ussually how to collect more money to buy wine or pay off their debts as all adventurers do.)

I reccomend all the books highly. Though the Snow Women and The Unholy Grail (the opening stories) can be a little hard to get through, once you do, you'll be glad for the backround info, and the base for the rest of the stories. They are amazing.

A good site for Lankhmar
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old school S&S is one of the areas I've not had the chance to touch upon in my reading, but Leiber's work is among those I've heard recommended most often.
The Gollancz 'Fantasy Masterworks' series contains the First & Second Book of Lankhmar that contain between them the seven volumes of the "Swords" series, and so it seems they contain almost every one of the published Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories. Those are the editions I am going to buy, when I get around to it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are the editions I see most often, and they're fine.

I'm just a cheapskate so I buy them in the oldschool paperbacks.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, I'm sure I've just seen this topic...

I love these books. The only one I know I have is Swords of Lankhmar, and a couple of short stories. I struggle to find them, but pick them up whenever I can.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"And now, Dead Sorcerer," said the Gray One lightly, "my name is the Gray Mouser."

"And mine is Anra Devadoris."

Instantly the Mouser put into action his carefully weighed plan: to take two rapid skips forward and launch is blade-tipped body at the adept's sword, which was to be deflected, and at the adept's throat, which was to be sliced. He was already seeing the blood spurt when, in the middle of the second skip, he saw, whirring like an arrow toward his eyes, the adept's blade. With a belly-contorted effort he twisted to one side and parried blindly. The adept's blade whipped in greedily around Scalpel, but only far enough to snag and tear the skin at the side of the Mouser's neck. The Mouser recoverd balance crouching, his guard wide open, and only a backward leap saved him from Anra Devadoris' second serpentlike strike. As he gathered himself to meet the next attack, he gaped amazedly, for never before in his life had he been faced by superior speed. Fafhrd's face was white. Ahura, however, her head raised a little from the furry cloak, smiled with a weak and incredulous, but evil joy - a frankly vicious joy wholly unlike her former sly, intangible intimations of cruelty.

But Anra Devadoris smiled wider and nodded with a patronizing gratefulness at the Mouser, before gliding in. And now it was the blade Needle that darted in unhurried lightning attack, and Scalpel that whirred in frenzied defense. The Mouser retreated in jerky, circling stages, his face sweaty, his throat hot, but his heart exulting, for never before had he fought this well - not even on that stifling morning when, his head in a sack, he had disposed of a whimsically cruel Egyptian kidnapper.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not in general a big fantasy novel reader so there are only really a few that interest me. I did a quick search to see if any of Fritz Leiber's work had been discussed here, as I really enjoyed the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser series.

What appealed to me was the darker nature of the stories, and the fact that the heroes sat somewhere between hero and villain, yet were likable and well-rounded characters. While it didn't break that much new ground in the sword and sorcery genre, I think it was one of the first that dwelt on the darker aspects of personality and the more cynical nature of humanity.

I don't own copies now, but I might get them again at some point.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

read the stories when younger. enjoyed very much. needs to be a movie...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I've managed to pick up a bunch more since this thread. I think I have most of them now. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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read the stories when younger. enjoyed very much. needs to be a movie...

Yes, there's a good movie in there if you can get the right actors to play them

(Note to potential directors: Please don't let it be Arnold Schwartzenegger and Danny DeVito...)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yay! As good as you remember? I just snagged the graphic novel! So great. Very dark and detailed...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were. Very Happy In fact, a reread is probably in order. Very Happy

I didn't know there were graphic novels...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first book is $1.99 on kindle today. No idea if the deal will last beyond today
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