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The Knight and Knave of Swords (1988)

by Fritz Leiber

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Series: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (7)

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The final book in the seminal sword and sorcery series featuring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser from the Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The highly regarded British horror author Ramsey Campbell called Fritz Leiber "the greatest living writer of supernatural horror fiction." Drawing many of his own themes from the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually having coined the term sword and sorcery that would describe the subgenre he would more than help create.   While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well, albeit a different one than Tolkien's. 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. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery. … (more)
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I have a copy of The Knight and Knave of Swords as well as Farewell to Lankmar and discovered they are exactly the same book.
Finally finished the whole series of seven books.
I'm flat out remembering the earlier stories from the start of the series, and unlike a lot of the reviewers, I wasn't so enamoured by those earlier books that I have to express my disappointment with this book.
It was fine. All the related stories are based in the Rime Isles, where the majority of the Ice Magic book occurred. The heroes are older and settled and aren't really embarking on random adventures at a drop of the hat like earlier books.
Still seems to be a lot of random actions taken by many characters - some needless dredging up of characters from earlier books, and yes, an obsession with sex that is described in more detail and now has the feel of unfaithful dirty old men, rather than being young commitment-avoiding womanisers that they were in earlier stories.
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  stubooks | Apr 4, 2024 |
If you haven't read a previous book in the series, don't start here!

Although it lacked the verve of the adventures from all of the previous stories, there is a kind of bravery here, to write a closing book that also somehow avoids answering everything. This does feel like the ending that these characters would get to; it feels like a natural progression even if it's a departure from the established prose.

And although the stories lack the same kind of adventure we'd come to expect, it's always clear we're in the hands of a playful and accomplished writer; ever paragraph is interesting and well-written. The prose compels you as much as the adventure might have.

(I rescind my previous advice; it would be fascinating to read this book and then comb through the other adventures... knowing where they're going but still enjoying how they get there.) ( )
  JasonMehmel | Feb 9, 2024 |
Good fun. I hadn't read any Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser stories before, although I had heard of them. The alien/antique language and rascally heroes reminded me of Vance. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Odd, coming back to characters you haven't read in so very very long. But it's also a fixup, the story of our heroes as they settle down. A bit disjointed, but still enjoyable. ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Apr 24, 2017 |
I loved this book, but it's the last one in the series that I bought. Some of the stories in here were previously published in other places, and it didn't hold me in the way the first six did.

Life is finite. As Aldous Huxley said, "Time Must Have a Stop."

(That reminds me, I ought to add in all my Huxley, and Anthony Burgess, and other fun authors to LT some day or other.) ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 8, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fritz Leiberprimary authorall editionscalculated
Canty;, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elson, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, RyanDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, RyanMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet,DarrellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitcomb, HeidiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Que soient ici remerciés tous ceux qui m'ont aidé à éditer ce livre : mes amis James A. Minor, Miriam Rodstein, Anne Ross, Pamela Troy, David A. Wilson et surtout Margo Skinner.
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On the world of Nehwon and the land of Simorgya, six days fast sailing south from Rime Isle, two handsome silvery personages conversed intimately yet tensely in a dimly and irregularly lit hall of pillars open overhead to the darkness.
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The Knight and Knave of Swords was reissued by White Wolf as Farewell to Lankhmar
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The final book in the seminal sword and sorcery series featuring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser from the Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The highly regarded British horror author Ramsey Campbell called Fritz Leiber "the greatest living writer of supernatural horror fiction." Drawing many of his own themes from the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually having coined the term sword and sorcery that would describe the subgenre he would more than help create.   While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well, albeit a different one than Tolkien's. 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. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery. 

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