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The Swords of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber

The Swords of Lankhmar (original 1968; edition 2014)

by Fritz Leiber (Author)

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Title:The Swords of Lankhmar
Authors:Fritz Leiber (Author)
Info:Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2014), 224 pages
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The Swords of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber (1968)



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When your city is overrun with Rats, the obvious plan is to hire the Mouser and Fafhrd to clear up your problem. But you know, that is perhaps not the best plan! This is the last of the short story collections but is very good for those who like this happy fantasy pair! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 20, 2017 |
Heard it in audiobook format from Audible.com. Was expecting more, maybe the audio format didn't work for me this time ( )
  manishch | Aug 2, 2016 |
Very cool novel with a very surprising enemy, and also a great way of continuing to introduce features into nehwon world. Very surprising role played by a character named Frix. ( )
1 vote gedece | Jul 27, 2015 |
Only reading Fritz Leiber can I reliably find words I've never read/heard before, and also read about poo.

The Lankhmar books, for all they've contributed to and generated fantasy tropes and cliches alike, always surprise me, and that's why I'll definitely read all of them. Leiber's writing breaks every MFA-modern-writing-rule, and is fantastically engaging, beautifully written, succinct where it must be, poetic where it wills, shocking, hilarious, and even moving, on occasion.

The Swords of Lankhmar will appeal most to those who've read some of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's adventures already, harkening back to a number of previous stories and happenings (Praise Issek!). It's all one long story, rather than the more typical shorts, and so manages to explore in greater depth some aspects of the characters, Newhon, and Lankhmar than previously allowed.

As usual, Leiber's writing is full of snappy retorts and sharp words and sharper blades. The fights are excellent, perhaps among Leiber's best-written, and the plot littered through with surprises and red herrings. It was an absolute blast to read, although the length, compared to other F&tGM stories, came off a little jarring. I expect if I wasn't used to his short stories that wouldn't have been the case. Great addition to a great series. ( )
2 vote D.ThoursonPalmer | Mar 26, 2015 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I never get tired of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser — I adore those two rogues! In The Swords of Lankhmar (a full novel rather than the usual story collection), the boys have been hired as guards for a fleet of grain shipments because several ships have recently disappeared. Aboard the ship they meet a couple of enchanting women who are escorting a troupe of performing rats across the sea. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser soon discover that these are not ordinary women, and those are not ordinary rats.

Back in Lankhmar they find that the city is dealing with rats, too. The rodents have become belligerent and troublesome. The Mouser begins to suspect that there might be a connection between those two ladies and Lankhmar’s troubles. With the help of his magical patron, the Mouser goes underground to spy on the rat army.

The Swords of Lankhmar is an expansion of Leiber’s novella Scylla’s Daughter (1961, Fantastic Stories of Imagination) which was nominated for a Hugo Award. The Swords of Lankhmar has everything fans have learned to expect from one of Fritz Leiber’s LANKHMAR series. It’s strange, creative, fast-paced, and fun. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are a couple of the best characters in all of fantasy fiction — if you haven’t read any of their adventures, you’re really missing out.

Let me again recommend the audio version of this series which has been produced by Audible Frontiers — Jonathan Davis’s performance is so entertaining! ( )
1 vote Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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The Swords of Lankhmar finds the city characteristically plagued by rats. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are in the employ of Glipkerio, the overlord, to guard a grain ship on its journey. Along the way, the rats onboard stage a rebellion and threaten to take the ship until a two-headed sea monster saves the day. If only there were two-headed sea monsters everywhere, Lankhmar would be safe, too. Alas, upon returning to the city, the two discover that Lankhmar is controlled by rats. It is a city known for its thieves and swine, but even the city's muddiest bottom feeders have never seen pillaging and plundering like this. And only the sorcerers Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes can scare this scourge. Mouser must shrink into the rat's world and Fafhrd must unleash the feared feline War Cats. Then the fun really begins. Before The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured deep within the caves of Inner Earth, albeit a different one. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Drawing on themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre and actually coined the term Sword and Sorcery that describes the subgenre he helped create.… (more)

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