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Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber

Swords in the Mist (original 1968; edition 2014)

by Fritz Leiber (Author)

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Title:Swords in the Mist
Authors:Fritz Leiber (Author)
Info:Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2014), Edition: Reprint, 168 pages
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Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber (1968)

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This book signals the start of longer stories. It contains a novelette and a novella, and the longer stories make really interesting readings, as they normally allow more detail of the world to fit in, and also allow better developmente of supporting characters. It has also some shorter stories and some curious really short ones that serve as nexus between the others, that are sort of inconclusive because they can't solve anything, they just set the stage for the next adventure. Upon inspection of the book notes, I confirmed my suspicions: those liason stories were written for this book, all the others were writeten before and appeared published elsewhere.

There are also more stories about the protagonists at odds whith the other, and that changes the mechanics of the storie quite a lot. A really interesting read. ( )
  gedece | Jul 27, 2015 |
This is great fun! The six classic tales were deftly edited into an almost novel, and more-or-less define the concept of Sword-and-Sorcery fiction. "Hard Times in Lankhmar" will always remain etched in my memory. So read the book, you won't forget it...especially the "Gods of Lankhmar" ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 13, 2015 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Swords in the Mist (1968) is Fritz Leiber’s third collection of stories about Fafhrd, the big northern barbarian, and the Gray Mouser, his small wily companion who has a predilection for thievery and black magic. The tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser originally appeared in pulp magazines, short novels, and story collections between 1939-1988. Swords in the Mist contains:

* "The Cloud of Hate" (1963) — This is a short eerie metaphor in which hate becomes a mist that reaches out in tendrils throughout Lankhmar to find corruptible souls to use for evil deeds.
* "Lean Times in Lankhmar" (1959) — In this novelette, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser part ways and find themselves at odds when Fafhrd becomes an acolyte and the Mouser is hired to extract money from Fafhrd’s cult. Humorous and cynical, this story makes fun of Lankhmar’s polytheism and makes the seediness, decadence, and corruption of the city come alive. The ending is hilarious.
* "Their Mistress, the Sea" (original publication) — This story makes a nice bridge between “Lean Times in Lankhmar” and “When the Sea-King’s Away” but it’s entertaining in its own right.
* "When the Sea-King's Away" (1960) — This is a fun fantastical story with a great setting (under the sea!) in which Fafhrd has a sword fight with an octopus.
* "The Wrong Branch" (original publication) — This is a bridge between the previous story and the following novella:
* “Adept's Gambit” (1947) — Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser arrive in our world (Macedonia) in this novella. There are some funny parts here — Fafhrd kissing pigs and analyzing Socrates, but mostly I found this story dull. The sorcerer Ningauble of the Seven Eyes has sent the boys on a near-impossible quest, but the exciting parts are quickly skipped over and too much of the story is spent with an unpleasant character’s excruciatingly long autobiography.

I love Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser because they’re intelligent rogues. They look like a big dumb barbarian and a sneaky little street urchin, and they love nothing more than drinking, fighting, and wenching, yet they’ve got big vocabularies, make glorious similes and metaphors, and enjoy philosophizing. When they’re doing these things, they’re irresistible, especially in the audiobook versions narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible Frontiers).

However, half of Swords in the Mist consists of a novella that was not as fun as I’ve come to expect from Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar stories (perhaps this is partly because it doesn’t take place in Lankhmar). I would suggest that, unless you consider yourself a completist, you find “Lean Times in Lankhmar” and “When the Sea-King’s Away” and skip the rest of Swords in the Mist. ( )
1 vote Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
My favorite of his first three, though not worthy of a full star’s rating increase. The final novella had big unwieldy chunks of exposition that dragged. ( )
  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
"The third book of Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser wherein the two greatest swordsmen in Lankhmar try out a new way of life, but give it up in favor of the lure of the sea and an Adept's Gambit." ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 8, 2013 |
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Les tambours résonnaient sur un rythme lancinant, des lumières rouges vacillaient, de façon hypnotique, dans le sous-sol du Temple des Haines, où s'étaient agenouillés cinq mille fidèles en haillons, qui s'humiliaient et se frappaient extatiquement le front contre le carrelage froid et rugueux, tombant peu à peu en transe et saisis par un venin humain.
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Graphic Novel. Lean times in Lankhmar force brothers-in-arms Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to part ways. Only after a joust of wits and swords do the friends join together again, stealing the ship the Black Treasurer and sailing round and through The Claws. Fighting sea kings, curses and seven-eyed wizards, the pair set out on their heroic wanderings through the wilds of Nehwon.… (more)

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