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It’s a good, breezy tale, with a kicker ending, and the first Fafhrd and Mouser story I read, a long time ago on a long bus trip. A Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Adventure together with an excellent introduction to get readers on their way for a smoking hot journey with the dynamic duo of swords and sorcery.

We meet the young Fafhrd–a barbarian of the northern wastes dominated by his mother, the great Snow Witch–who longs for the excitement and variety of civilization that arrives in the zwords of a theatrical caravan, and we meet Mouse–the apprentice of a poor hedge dwords revenges his master’s death, becoming in the process “The Grey Mouser.

Ubik Dick, Philip K. Post was xnd sent – check your email addresses! I find them both interesting and their stories are fast paced and action packed but beside that there is not ceviltry trace of significant literature in this book.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. When Fafhrd calls her out on this, she immediately shuts him down, telling him that he hasn’t a clue how hard it has been for her in a male-dominated world. Along the way, Leiber showcased his daring duo in 37 separate tales.

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Wrath of the Old Gods Box Set 1. View all 16 comments. The writing does get a lot better as the story goes on, and Leiber thinks up dozens of ways of telling us of the grimness of this land, and also Fafhrd’s reasons for wanting to leave.

In my journey in the genre of sword and sorcery I end up here, in a collection of short stories about 2 very popular heroes. Not much happened except for Fafhrd’s brooding and longing to see the civilized land This is the first book of the series which gave us term and fantasy sub-genre Sword and Sorcery. However, when they return to their lair anr, they discover [spoiler removed]. The book contains three origin stories: These stories were actually written much later, when Leiber began to try codifying and structuring his world more deliberately.


This is kind of an odd one — the stories were written as backstory long after Fafhrd and Mouser had appeared as a pair. Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber.

But his heroes also rely on bow and arrows, slingshot, and swkrds other primitive weapons, including fists, elbows and feet. He starts off as a magician’s apprentice little different from those seen in many other fantasy stories, and there’s little hint of the wry sybaritic thief he becomes in the later stories.

He later studied philosophy, religion, copy-editing, chess, and fencing. He starts dabbling in not-so-white magic trying to stay alive and get revenge; he also changes his name to more appropriate Gray Mouser.

Lists with This Book. Ill Met in Lankhmar was a much better story than the first two and I can see how it won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella.

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In his world you will meet what are, in his own description, the two greatest swordsmen in this or any universe, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Description Here is the beginning of the legendary epic that has become a classic of fantasy adventure. Read more Fritz Leiber reviews at FanLit. All in all i found the book riddled with cliches, especially of the gender variety.

I could suggest some of what I feel are the best stories in their entire span most of which come after the second bookbut I think that would be cheating. I personally always liked the mix of good and evil in the central characters.

While this tale didn’t blow my socks off there is just too much of nothing happening in between brief action scenesif all three stories had been at least this good then I would have given this collection at least three stars. His origin story is pretty flat and disappointing. In this series View all Book 2. However, we should also take a further lesson, and recall that Leiber was not satisfied to simply rewrite Howard’s tales, but also looked to change and challenge his own style.


However, he does struggle portraying the female characters, who inevitably sound shrill and foolish. This first collection presents the way in which Leiber’s most famous creations, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, met; and also presents stories of their origins before their portentous meeting. I hope to return soon to the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser exploits His writings are highly influenced by spending his youth around Shakespearian actors, his formal studies, his love for Lovecraftian literature, and a passion for all things unusual.

This was an acceptably enjoyable fantasy tale, but its quality seems to have withered a bit as time has passed. Views Read Edit View history.

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It is chronologically the first volume of the complete seven volume edition of the collected stories devoted to the characters. The Black Tides of Heaven. Leiberr if you have enough points for this item.

The language is quite flowery and full of adjectives, but I got used to it very fast and I was able to enjoy the scenery and the action. Girls however will be disappointed that the female characters do not get to be heroic and are evil, bad-tempered, taken advantage of, or need protection. In the meantime, the stories are out there, rewarding those who hunt them down with some of the fditz flights of fancy to be found on the written page.

Oct 18, Sotiris Karaiskos rated it liked it Shelves: When he devviltry back from a mission he found his mentor brutally murdered and himself being hunted. Some of the books here I got from the library.

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Snyder 2 Lyda Morehouse 1 Lynne M. Howard’s Conan was the grandfather. The Girl with Ghost Eyes. The Snow Woman provides Fafrel’s backstory. View all 4 comments.

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