• Title: Swords Against Death
  • Author: Fritz Leiber
  • ISBN: 9781595820761
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Swords Against Death In the second instalment of this rousing series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts When
    In the second instalment of this rousing series, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate Fritz LeibIn the second instalment of this rousing series, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate Fritz Leiber s witty prose, lively plots, and superb characterizations stand the test of time.Contents 2 Author s Foreword Swords Against Death essay9 The Circle Curse 1970 ss20 The Jewels in the Forest 1970 novelette variant of Two Sought Adventure 1939 63 Thieves House 1943 novelette100 The Bleak Shore 1940 ss112 The Howling Tower 1941 ss129 The Sunken Land 1942 ss149 The Seven Black Priests 1953 novelette178 Claws from the Night 1951 novelette208 The Price of Pain Ease 1970 ss222 Bazaar of the Bizarre 1963 novelette

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    1. In this collection, our two rogues journey from Lankhmar, seeking to avoid this city which holds painful memories of the deaths of their two beloved "girls," and are led instead to encounter death in two other forms ("The Bleak Shore," "The Price of Pain-Ease") before finally banishing the ghosts of their loves. There are many entertaining individual tales here, my favorite being the two stories about towers ("The Jewels of the Forest" and "The Howling Tower" and Leiber's affectionate--although [...]

    2. Plagued by the nightmares they saw in Lankhmar in the last book Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser flee the city and gave their word never to come back only to meet a mysterious figure who predicts they will come back - several times. From this point on the plot became very sketchy with a lot of exploits by the dynamic duo just briefly mentioned. Time passes and the friends have to return to the great city as predicted. From this point on their adventures are described in greater details.The first book [...]

    3. "So you think a man can cheat death and outwit doom?" said the small, pale man, whose bulging forehead was shadowed by a black cowl.The Gray Mouser, holding the dice box ready for a throw, paused and quickly looked sideways at the questioner."I said that a cunning man can cheat death for a long time."The Silver Eel bustled with pleasantly raucous excitement. Fighting men predominated and the clank of swordmen's harnesses mingled with the thump of tankards, providing a deep obbligato to the shril [...]

    4. I did enjoy the classic fantasy element of this book. Understanding where a genre began and understanding the influences is important to me. That is why I chose this series. I found my mind wandering at times and needed to reread sections. Quite often, really. I commented on this to my 13 year old daughter (who is a sometimes voracious reader) and she promptly informed me that her mind wanders when a book bores her and she quits it.Maybe she was right. Maybe this book did bore me. It shouldn't h [...]

    5. This was much better than I was expecting. I enjoy a good pulp now and again, but this nearly reached the mirth and derring-do of Dumas' Musketeers. Many of these stories were written before those of the first collection. They were short magazine submissions, and it was only later that Leiber thought to write introductory stories.Being written in the early part of Leiber's career at different times and places, the stories show a great deal of pleasing variance. Each short tale presents its own s [...]

    6. Leiber’s Mouser and Fafhrd are the Scooby and Shaggy Of Sword and SorceryAtmosphere and Style: Fafhrd and Mouser are two rogues who are braver and smarter than Scooby and Shaggy, but form as legendary a duo in many ways. The pair were chronicled over ~5 decades by the man who termed the genre “Sword & Sorcery” (Fritz Leiber) in separate short stories (covering ~40 stories, published over 1939 to 1991). Their adventures in the City of Lankhmar and World of Nehwon were captured in seven [...]

    7. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Ho, Fafhrd tall! Hist, Mouser small!Why leave you the city Of marvelous parts?It were a great pity To wear out your heartsAnd wear out the soles of your feet,Treading all earth, Foregoing all mirth,Before you once more Lankhmar greet.Now return, now return, now!Swords Against Death is the second collection of stories about Fafhrd, the big northern barbarian, and The Gray Mouser, the small thief from the slums. For the past three years, the two have grown s [...]

    8. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. These stories are a ton of fun. If you like the Dying Earth by Jack Vance and the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, you will love these stories. Highly Recommended!!

    9. This book is fantastic. Really, I could stop there, along with an exhortation to go read it immediately, but that's hardly an actual review, so I'll continue.As I mentioned in my review for Swords and Deviltry, the first half of that book before Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser met was pretty boring, but the second half was much more engaging. In this book, the two companions start together and stay together for the entirety (or nearly so) of the book, neatly avoiding the long build-up time before the [...]

    10. Swords Against Death: Sword and sorcery’s most famous duo are in top formOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis is the second collection of stories in the FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER series, but the majority of the stories were written well before the stories of the first book Swords and Deviltry. Again Fritz Leiber took a group of independent stories written in the early 1940s and added connective and framing material to make the book more cohesive. As a result, I think some the best stor [...]

    11. Fritz Leiber's continuing fantasy stories about the adventures of two lovable rogues, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.My thoughts on this are somewhat disorganized, so you get a list:1. It annoys me that these stories in this series are arranged in internal chronological order; so, for instance, in the first book, Swords and Deviltry, we get "Ill-Met in Lankhmar," the 1970 story that tells how Fafhrd, the northern barbarian, and the Gray Mouser, the urban rogue, joined up for their adventures; and in [...]

    12. I won't lie - it was all I could do to even finish this book. I appreciate what it was and what it accomplished - the series is credited as one of the pioneers of sword and sorcery fantasy, and built the archetype for the 2-man duo in the genre, paving the way for things like Riyria and Egil and Nix. Unfortunately, it just does it so, so boringly. The writing is of good quality, the story is fine, but there's just nothing exciting for me. I felt nothing for any of the characters, I never felt th [...]

    13. This collection of stories chronicles ten of the two rogues' bizzare and at times, humorous adventures. Particularly interesting were stories IV, V, and VI respectively 'The Bleak Shore', 'The Howling Tower', and 'The Sunken Land' that have certain bizzare Lovecraftian elements and less humor and more gravity and are more horror-based. These qualities can be sensed in all the ten stories but feels more prominent in the three that I mentioned, specially strong and similar milieu to 'Call of Cthul [...]

    14. The adventures of Fafhrd and Grey Mouser continue, roaming the many landscapes of Newhon, fighting monsters and ghosts and powerful magicians, partying in shady alleyways, always together, always ready to lend a hand to each other. This volume is more fragmented than the origins story in the Swords and Deviltry, with shorter installments, but I could still trace the progress of the friendship and the continuity between different exploits of the duo. Leiber prose continue to impress me in the exu [...]

    15. Fritz Leiber invented the term "sword and sorcery", and he was the finest author the genre has ever had. In fact he was, in my opinion, the finest author of fantasy period. I rank him above Tolkien, Howard and Moorcock, never mind Martin or Jordan. I've read him described as a "master prose stylist", and the description is apt indeed. Fritz Leiber was, simply, a terrific, extremely talented writer with a true love of language and a prodigious, playful, incredibly unique style. The odd, absurd, w [...]

    16. This second book of the series seem richer than the previous collection, now that it's not burdened by the apparently necessary origin stories. In general this format works better: shorter, punchier stories and a willingness to let some incidental character become the viewpoint briefly.I'm fascinated by the role that Nehwon and Lankhmar play in the development of popular fantasy: how much of Lankhmar is in New Crobuzon or Viriconium or Adrilankha? There is a miasma of The Weird in all of the Faf [...]

    17. Reading this set of tales for the second time through, it occurred to me that most of them are actually ghost stories told in a fantastic milieu. This doesn't really surprise me, as Leiber successfully told many ghost stories in a modern/contemporary setting, especially (but not only) in urban settings, and so as this particular genre is clearly close to his heart, it makes sense that he would be able to transmute a ghost tale with some of the traditional trappings into a sword and sorcery yarn. [...]

    18. I love everything about this series of books! This second volume has more stories and the action goes from land to sea, from house to tower, from the hot lands to the icelands, and introduces a lot of new creatures and some, new players in to the story.The writing remained in the same style and I was impressed by the true friendship that develops, along this volume, between the two unusual heroes.There are some dramatic moments along some of the stories and the stakes are highier than ever.In th [...]

    19. The second book in the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser Series was equally enthralling as the first book. I enjoyed the treks across the world of Newhon and beyond. The mixture of fantasy and the elements of horror were perfect. I think the story that stood out for me the most was the Sunken Land. I love maritime stories and this reminded very much of Dagon (H.P. Lovecraft). Yet to single out a specific story is very difficult in this treasure trove of awesome!I believe it was The Jewels in the Forest we [...]

    20. People seem to really love these. I don't, however, see why. Maybe because I don't have nostalgia to bolster my experience?But even in the most fundamental of ways I don't find them engaging. The stories are far too short--fine, I've never been a big fan of short stories, so I'll try to disregard that. Next, however, are the plots. They are all entirely anticlimactic, which begs the question: are they doing anything else instead of having recognizable narrative melodies? Not that I can tell. The [...]

    21. The further adventures of progressive barbarian Fafhrd and wizardling thief Gray Mouser. I am really enjoying these stories. They are a great escape and are also, unexpectedly, quite funny. My favorites in this collection were the final two, which feature the pair's rival mentors and taskmasters, the verbose Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and the concise and direct Sheelba of the Eyeless Face.

    22. The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories are the wittiest take on pulp sword and sorcery out there. This is one of the best of the collections, barring the first story. It has battles and jewels and lissome dancing girls and sorcerous death in the night, but done with panache and a dash of irony. Even if you don't ordinarily like this sort of thing, you might like these.

    23. Diez relatos cortos donde prima la maravilla y lo extraño, de calidad bastante desigual. Pero oye, son Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris

    24. Every single story in this collection is superior to those of the first book and each reminds me, in some way, of the shorts of Poe or Lovecraft or even the sort of X-Files-esque monster-a-week mindset that characterizes most non-drama/comedy television.While those stories contained in book #1 (Swords and Deviltry) are rather standard fantasy fare, these are much more original and interesting. The heroes fight against various evil dwellings, including a living tower; they encounter their own sun [...]

    25. This was just a blast from beginning to end. Short stories, packed with action as well as character, and each quite different from the last. Fafhrd and Mouser both have solo-ish adventures whilst the other is lost, captured, drunk, or otherwise out of commission, as well as several with both together and all the fantastic banter and humor and horror you want out of a Swords Against (Thingy) book. I read this with the intention of gathering some good (or great!) examples of how to write action an [...]

    26. The gritty and visceral tone of fantasy prose that I've come to expect of Leiber and his Lankhmar series once again jumped off the page in this book. I enjoyed it more than Swords and Deviltry (the first book of the seven book series) - not for lack of appreciation of the backstory Leiber devoted most of the first book to, but for the action packed ride we are taken on as the Gray Mouser and Fahfrd adventure across Newhon. You get a great feel for the scope of the worldbuilding and characterizat [...]

    27. More hilarious early fantasy fiction. It's kind of funny how, when reading something like this or Howard or Tolkien you can't help but feel the weight of all the years between its writing and now. It's a bit like listening to the Beatles - it's classic but in a lot of ways feels kind of cheesy or cliche but when it came out it must have been all kinds of revolutionary.I think the only improvement would be a few more ladies. Ladies who weren't, you know, spider people or weird bird-gods or witche [...]

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