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· The Sadness of the Executioner · ss Flashing Swords! #1, ed. Lin Carter, Dell, 1973
· Beauty and the Beasts · vi The Book of Fritz Leiber, DAW, 1974
· Trapped in the Shadowland · ss Fantastic Nov ’73
· The Bait · vi Whispers Dec ’73
· Under the Thumbs of the Gods · ss Fantastic Apr ’75
· Trapped in the Sea of Stars · ss The Second Book of Fritz Leiber, DAW, 1975
Paperback, 243 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Ace (first published January 1st 1977)
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Bill  Kerwin
Aug 02, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

This penultimate volume in the series is as interesting but perhaps not as successful as the others.

The novella "Rime Isle"--the longest piece in the book--has a disappointing conclusion--particularly unsatisfying given the vivid, promising beginning. There are, however, many things to like about it too, particularly for the older reader, since the sketchy plots of these individual fictions are also retrospective meditations on the importance of the love of women in a man's life, and how a man'
Jan 12, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: NPR list of classic science fiction & fantasy
The sixth book in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series and the premise is getting a bit shop-worn. What does it say about me that I am still daffy about Fafhrd after all these books? Love that guy.

The first story in the volume gives some lovely descriptions of Death and how and why he chooses the people that he does. I think it was the best story in the volume for my tastes, although I also did enjoy the small excursion of Odin and Loki into the world of Nehwon. I was, however, distressed by so
Feb 20, 2013 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

"Ahoy, small man! Mouser, well met in wildering waters! And now -- on guard!"

Yarely! I tell you, the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser continue, this time with a theme of sea and cold climates, wizards and foreign gods, old flames and old enemies. The duo of lovable scoundrels ('twain' is how Leiber describes them) remains firmly embedded in my sword & sorcery hall of fame, but I must admit, the sixth volume is my least favorite in the collection. Like a populat TV show that start s
J.G. Keely
Leiber has shown himself capable of vibrant, clever, moody books, but he has lost his touch with age, as regrettably happens to many authors. Every creative mind has its peak, and Leiber has passed his. Though published as separate stories, the chapters of this book form one long, uninterrupted plot, lacking the variance in mood and style which marked his earlier collections.

His attempt to continue a single arc while publishing the chapters as stories is awkward, as Leiber constantly reminds us
Kat  Hooper
Dec 12, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

“I am tired, Gray Mouser, with these little brushes with death.”
“Want a big one?”

Swords and Ice Magic is the sixth collection of Fritz Leiber’s stories about Fafhrd the big northern Barbarian and his small thieving companion the Gray Mouser. The stories in the LANKHMAR series have generally been presented in chronological order, so we’re nearing the end of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser’s adventures in Nehwon and its famo
-Espada, brujería, pulp y poco más.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Ocho relatos ambientados en el mundo de Fantasía donde la pareja de (anti)héroes Fahfrd y el Ratonero Grís viven sus aventuras llenas de magos, luchas, mujeres bellas y malos malísimos. Sexto libro de la saga Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris.

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Sep 15, 2015 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment! The series had only shifted between good and great to this point, but this ... The first 70 pages isn't even worth reading. The main story of the volume consisting of the Frost Monstreme and Rime Isle is at least entertaining, but our heroes don't even really do much. All the big fights are aborted. To anyone else reading the series - stop at 5.
F.J. Sanz
Sep 20, 2016 F.J. Sanz rated it it was ok
Como tengo por costumbre, comentaré esta saga al completo y no desgranando libro por libro.

Para analizar las aventuras de Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris es necesario ambientarse en su contexto histórico. Publicada la primera novela (Espadas y demonios) en 1970, la sociedad y valores no eran los mismos que priman en la nuestra hoy en día.

Quizá haya quien se pueda escandalizar ante la visión tan machista que ofrecen sus páginas, donde sus dos héroes no buscan en el sexo opuesto más que la pura satisfac
Douglas Milewski
Apr 06, 2016 Douglas Milewski rated it liked it
Swords and Ice Magic (1977) marks the sixth collection of Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories. I found this book to contain two halves: the confusing first half, and the Rime Island set of stories, which beyond my own belief, I found engaging and sincere.

I do not overstate just how storyless some of these stories were, and how inane. I found them so utterly lacking that I expected to give this collection two stars, with prejudice.

Then there was the second half, the stories about Rime Island, the stor
Jan 23, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic stuff. I doubt Leiber could get away with the over-the-top language these days, but the way the man strung alliterative adjectives together was uniquely delightful (in other words, I'll only take it from Fritz). And, let's face it, I've been in love with the Gray Mouser since I was 12. So I might be biased.

Book 7 is on the shelf, awaiting my attention, as soon as I catch up on a couple of other things.
Keith Davis
Leiber was in his late sixties when he wrote these stories and not surprisingly he had his heroes considering retiring from adventuring. It is to Leiber's credit that he let his characters age from young men to older men during the series rather than leaving them frozen in everlasting youth.
Apr 26, 2016 Joshua added it
This collection from Leiber is a bit mixed. The early stories do harken back to some of the author's high points, deftly balancing action, character, and humor. The later stories, unfortunately, fall into the same trap that most of Leiber's fiction falls into. When he writes shorter fiction, it is typically better and full of quick, explosive energy. His longer work, however, tends to get bogged down and this is sadly no exception, with the final story, which runs at over 100 pages, being a bit ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Eldad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like these books. I first heard about them while I was in high school in the ‘80s, but I was never able to find them in bookstores and I had forgotten about them for a long time. Goodreads & Amazon fixed that for me.

I’m writing only one review for all of the books because my overall impression of them remains the same through most of the stories. The books remain oddly stagnant in some respects, and they vary wildly in others. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are almost comicall
Peter Carrier
The beginning of the end?

While an entertaining story, "Swords and Ice Magic" is thus far the weakest entry in the Fafhrd/Gray Mouser series. The prose lacks that familiar flair and snap; the dialogue contains more informative recitation than lively banter; even the events of the story are somewhat lackluster. This is particularly discouraging in light of how imaginative and pithy the first chapter/short story is.

Allow a quote referring to Death, from the first few pages; "[H]e must personally ta
Newton Nitro
Apr 11, 2016 Newton Nitro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
E a minha aventura pelo clássico da Espada e Feitiçaria, a série Lankhmar de Fritz Leiber vai se encaminhando para o seu final. No penúltimo volume da coletânea de todas as aventuras de Fafhrd e o Gray Mouser, temos sete contos e uma noveleta. Essas histórias foram inicialmente publicadas em antologias de Espada e Feitiçaria da década de 70 e mostram mudanças de estilo e de tom. A cada história subsequente, o senso de humor, a ironia e o surrealismo começam a tomar conta das histórias da dupla m ...more
Swords and Ice Magic is the sixth and penultimate volume and differs from the previous ones in having been first published after a seven year hiatus and collecting stories written in the seventies. It is generally considered to mark a decline in quality for the series, and indeed the volume is not off to a good start.

It begins with a series of vignettes, similar to those Leiber used in earlier volumes to embed his stories into some kind of coherent continuity by connecting previously published w
May 07, 2012 Geoff rated it liked it
This is a collection of tales that are told in the Conan the Barbarian style of Sword & Sorcery and are short tales and not 1,000 page epics that are the norm today. The stories are all about the tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Leiber’s most popular creation. The first part of the collection is a collection of short stories that are enjoyable but sometimes sadly too short. My favorite of these was ‘Beauty and the Beasts’ were Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are trying to find some women to b ...more
Lee Broderick
This could be the best Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser book so far. Some of the stories in the first 40% or so of the book see Fritz Leiber experiment with form and structure when compared with his earlier tales - one in particular is perhaps more akin to some of his horror writing than his swords and sorcery yarns, with the heroes toyed with by malicious gods keen to make them suffer psychologically. In this, they have nothing to fight and can merely try to stay sane.

For the most part, the stories f
Oct 01, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok
I'll say it straight off--Swords and Ice Magic is not that great.

Oh sure, there are some good parts. "The Frost Monstreme" is a good story in the old Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser model, where they're approached in a tavern and given a task for hope of gold and glory. While on that task, they run into an inexplicable weirdness that threatens them, and they have to overcome it. It's not too long, it has evocative imagery, and after the earlier stories in this book it was like a cup of water after cr
Dec 12, 2015 George rated it really liked it
6th book in the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser fantasy adventure series detailing their continuing adventure to help an isolated island people to defend themselves through a series of short stories ending with a longer one dealing with efforts by a god to conqueror the world. They were known throughout the city of Lankhmar as brawlers, cutpurses, and rogues, But they are heroes whose actions save the city. This is in the tradition of Robert E. Howard’s fantasy adventure series and is a fun read.
Oct 10, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
Absolute must read book for Lieber fans, fantasy fans and swords/sorcery fans. The first story, "The Sadness of the Executioner", is a masterpiece, and one of the "high points" of the entire series of books. The Death of Nehwon, the world of Fafhrd and the Mouser, finally has had it with the two of them and yet the pair manages to survive. Notwithstanding, the two heros are back in the land of death later in the book, and the clear implication in Leiber's writings in this volume (all from the mi ...more
Un début poussif avec quatre premières nouvelles qui ne sont que des évocations des amours passées de nos deux héros.
Toutefois, le dernier texte est plus intéressant avec Odin et Loki en invités surprises et une conclusion... Un peu trop magique à mon goût.
Ça reste toutefois une lecture distrayante, même si ce tome rend les aventuriers de plus en plus passifs : ils ont des visions de leur passé, on tente de les maudire, mais ils ne sont pas acteurs de leur épopée. Est-ce que c'est vraiment à lir
"Swords and Ice Magic" is collection number 6 of Fritz Leiber's series of short stories about two companions named Fafhrd and Grey Mouser.
Stories include:
The Sadness of the Executioner
Beauty and the Beasts
Trapped in the Shadowland
The Bait
Under the Thumbs of the Gods
Trapped in the Sea of Stars
The Frost Monstreme
Rime Isle
Dec 28, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Leiber is a master of fantasy, and this collection is yet another example of that. A few quick vignettes throw us into a rapid succession of brushes with Death, yes, with a capital 'D', then we have a lengthy novella that finds our heroes leading men against a foe in the service of a reclusive island nation. This equivalent of Atlantis, has more than mere sea raiders to worry about. Fafhrd and his friend, the Gray Mouser are finally growing up. No longer mere rogues, but mercenaries and leaders ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Kory rated it it was ok
I'm reading this series of books for nostalgia, mostly, since I devoured them when I was in high school. I remember becoming disenchanted with the series as I progressed through them and I couldn't remember why.

Now I remember. This series falls into the trap which many fantasy/sci-fi books do: escalation. By that I mean a need to have the protagonist(s) face greater and greater challenges. So, a series that starts off with a couple of fun-loving carousing rogues gets to the point where they are
Apr 15, 2015 Gustavo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best so far in the series, there's mystery, things referenced in previous books and recurring cast members, lasting consequences, and some serious magic going on.
The arching theme involves a maturing of the heroes, first with the revelation, in "Under the Thumbs of Gods", that the women they lightly treat and discard may either harbor ill will, or worse may have discarded the heroes just as lightly. Later, the task set to them in "Rime Isle" requires them to actually undertake responsibility and leadership and build lasting relationships, finally bringing them to a point where they act with concern toward their own futures.

It's a development that is a lo
Jun 01, 2012 Damon rated it it was ok
I didn't care all that much for this one. the writing style was unusual for this series through most of the early.. chapters? stories? It's not clear whether this was intended as a cohesive novel or a series of vaguely-related short stories. In any event, there's very little ice magic in it. There is, however, a lot of F & the GM pitting their wits against Death, so you would think the previously-used title of "Swords Against Death" might be more appropriate for this book.

In any event, this
Greg Brown
Apr 04, 2016 Greg Brown rated it liked it
Didn't like this one as much as the other books in the series. The last two stories got a lot better, though.
Dec 04, 2015 Aneel rated it liked it
Interesting for its use of language.
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Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at variou ...more
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