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Farewell to Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #7)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,333 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
In this last book of their adventures, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - sometimes together, sometimes apart - navigate all manner of strange waters. Fafhrd goes sailing through the clouds, and the Mouser as merchant captain saves his vessel from a watery grave. Finally, in the last story of this magical series, we bid farewell to Lankhmar.

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9 • Sea Magic (1977) • short
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Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 10th 2000 by Milennium / Victor Gollancz (first published January 1st 1988)
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Brent Rollings This is the final one chronologically and the final one written by Fritz Leiber. There is one more novel Swords against the Shadowlands written by…moreThis is the final one chronologically and the final one written by Fritz Leiber. There is one more novel Swords against the Shadowlands written by Robin W. Bailey. It is a retrospective tale about a visit to Lankmar after the duo had first sworn to leave.
Bailey's writing compares well to Leiber's and I am going to look at his other work, once my "to read" list works down. Even though not chronologically "the end" of the series. Swords against the Shadowlands makes a much more satisfying conclusion than The Knight and Knave.of Swords.(less)
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Algernon
Apr 22, 2013 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
an extra star for the overall enjoyment I got from this pair of amoral scoundrels. but ...

Other reviewers pointed out that the last book in the series compares unfavorably with what went on before. I felt the decline in quality already in the previous book ( Swords and Ice MAgic ) but as a completist and as a fan of the Twain, I decided to give it a try anyway. Most of the dissapointment might come from the fact that I expected the adventurers to go out in a blaze of glory, something like the en
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J.G. Keely
Unfortunately, the last few collections of Leiber's epic series cannot measure up to his earlier stories. In this volume, he once again refrains from the short, punchy stories which won him fame. Instead, he writes a single slow-going, bloated story originally released in chapters, which means Leiber is constantly reminding us what we're reading and what happened.

As we chart the ebb of Leiber's once-voracious imagination, each book has less semblance of plot, moving sluggishly between unimportan
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The Knight and Knave of Swords is the last collection of Fritz Leiber’s LANKHMAR stories about those two loveable rogues, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. I had read all of the LANKHMAR stories up to this point but it took me a while to open this book because I just wasn’t ready for it to be over. Neil Gaiman says something similar in his introduction to The Knight and Knave of Swords and I’m sure that most of Leiber’s fans feel the same way. I know I can re-read these stories at any time, but it’s j ...more
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 27, 2015 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Farewell to Lankhmar--the last volume in the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser series--is a strange book, and hard to evaluate. It is an old man's book with an old man's preoccupations, and the reader who expects the usual mixture of free-wheeling, picaresque adventures will be disappointed.

His two aging heroes are now grudgingly monogamous men with daily responsibilities, settled in the arctic outpost of Rime Isle, far from the the sultry sexual multifariousness of Lankhmar. The two are literally cursed
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Brian
May 10, 2014 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the wandering sword-and-sorcery hero fiction equivalent of the old guy down at the bar talking about how totally amazing things were back in the old days and how he got up to all these crazy adventures and he totally banged all those hot girls and their sistersmaids, too, and hey, where you are going, he has a dozen more stories that are even better than that one!

I think the greatest enemy of sword-and-sorcery short fiction is continuity. Part of what made the earlier stories so interest
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Martin
Oct 12, 2012 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Some media is difficult to consume, when we know it will be our last taste. This is how I felt watching the last episode of The Wire, the last Morse mystery, and now reading this book. It's why I put off reading the last Dark Tower novel. Reading The Knight and Knave of Swords I was filled with melancholy. I'm certain I first discovered Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser when I was 10 or 11 years old, and while scouring used book stores happy to grab any of the paperbacks collecting their adventures. Th ...more
Silas
Nov 15, 2008 Silas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fafhrd, the towering barbarian, and his best friend the Gray Mouser, a cutpurse small in stature, are now middle-aged swordsmen with an abundance of adventures behind them. But the fates aren't through with them yet, and in this collection of stories, Fritz Leiber gives us more of their exploits. A rollicking read for sci-fi and fantasy fans.
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat
The Knight and Knave of Swords is the last collection of Fritz Leiber’s LANKHMAR stories about those two loveable rogues, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. I had read all of the LANKHMAR stories up to this point but it took me a while to open this book because I just wasn’t ready for it to be over. Neil Gaiman says something similar in his introduction to The Knight and Knave of Swords and I’m sure that most of Leiber’s fans feel the same way. I know I can re-read these stories at any time, but it’s j ...more
Patrick
Jan 29, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first read Leiber's stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser when I was in my early teens, and enjoyed them immensely, mainly for their lightness and sense of humor. As this final book did not exist then, I did not read it, but I recently came across it in a used bookstore and decided to delve back in. Unfortunately, either Leiber's prose has not aged well, or I haven't - he takes forever to get to the point, is overly excited by BDSM and other sexual innuendo, and, most importantly, has removed ...more
Brent Rollings
This book is definately not up to the standards of Leiber's other writing in this series. Too much eroticism including BDSM, more than just consequential to the plots. Leiber seems to be saying, This is my last book and here is the stuff I wanted to write before but my publisher would not let me, or here Mr. Publisher this is my punishment for you having me write one more of these damn books, publish this! The one good thing about this volume is some of the ruminating that F and the GM do about ...more
gazoo
Feb 17, 2014 gazoo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The thrill is gone. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser were right up there with Conan and Elric of Melnibone as my fave fantasy heroes and tales. I picked this up at a used bookstore to get a jolt from the past instead I received a dull thud. The tale was overly drawn out (you dig and you dig and you dig) and sluggish to read lacking the vitality and bravado of the earlier gems. My bones felt as heavy as these two heroes in their retirement years when i finished. The day the author cut off Fafhrd's hand ...more
Antonis
Jul 02, 2014 Antonis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 / 5

This is probably one of the weakest books in the series. But I suppose if one has read the first 6 then the 7th and final one is a necessity by this time. All of this book's stories take place on or around Rime Isle where our adventurous duo of the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd have ended up. This is sadly in stark contrast to the free flowing style of their earlier adventures or the rich and bustling and extremely interesting setting of the city of Lankhmar that had been used often before. Wh
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Newton Nitro
Apr 12, 2015 Newton Nitro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
No sétimo e último volume da saga de Fafhrd e o Gray Mouser, o surrealismo toma conta das aventuras da dupla. As histórias ganham cada vez mais surrealismo, em detrimento do aspecto épico e sujo das primeiras histórias da dupla mais famosa do gênero de Espada e Magia (a partir dessa resenha, vou usar esse termo para falar de Sword and Sorcery).

O livro contém as seguintes histórias “Sea Magic” (1977), “The Mer She” (1978), “The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars” (1983) ,”The Mouser Goes Below” (1
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Lee Broderick
Fritz Leiber's final Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser book follows directly on from Swords and Ice Magic and is one of the most cohesive volumes in the series. For that reason, I found it to be better than some of the others and, indeed, far better than its immediate predecessor. Lieber's all-too-human heroes settled down in that volume and here we're given pause to ponder what that means exactly. Do heroes ever retire? For that matter, what of all their past sexual conquests? Presumably some of the ...more
Larou
The seventh and final volume in Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series, containing stories from the late seventies and eighties. This one was a bit different than the previous for me, insofar as it is the only volume I had never read before, as it had not been released (or indeed, written) yet the last time I read through the series. Knight and Knave of Swords is generally considered the series’ low point, and with very good reason – while Swords and Ice Magic was rather mediocre, this ...more
Gobasso
Mar 14, 2014 Gobasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This being the last book of the series I have now read all seven of the books. Fahfrd and the Gray Mouser are great hero/anti-hero characters and Fritz Leiber has the right mix of adventure, horror and humor. These books are just plain fun. Entertain yourself in the land of Erewhon. Pick up any of these books and have a ball!
Commodore Tiberius Q. Handsome
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 ...more
Roberto Calas
I am very sorry that this book was the first exposure I had to Fritz Leiber. It's imaginative enough and you can see flashes of brilliance here and there, but for the most part it is a self-indulgent, uninteresting, slow-moving series of stories about Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser on Rime Island. The entire story is narrated to us in super-distant omniscient third person. I felt as if my half-senile grandfather were telling me a story about his old crazy friends, except his old crazy friends weren' ...more
Travis
Feb 22, 2010 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Fafhard and the Grey Mouser are now respectable, married businessmen, content to be settled and enjoying their wealth and leisure time.
Oh, if only it was that easy! They still can't help stumbling upon magical things or grabbing the attention of various mystical beings.

One last romp for those two great fantasy heroes, now with their very tolerant wives, and slightly baffled and anxious chief assistants dragged along. The last story is every bit as fantastic, fun and witty as the first and the on
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Nathan Dehoff
Apr 13, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of Leiber's books about the two heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser sees the two of them cursed with obsessive-compulsive disorder by the gods, explore the underground and the air, and deal with the consequences of their various love affairs.
Blind_guardian
Mar 01, 2014 Blind_guardian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final chapter in the adventures of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Knight and Knave of Swords is overall a fine bookend to the classic series that inspired Dungeons and Dragons. There are a few flaws, however. Leiber sometimes lurches into purple prose, throwing out run-on sentences that last for four or five lines and jerk the reader out of the story. Despite this, the stories in this volume make a fine addition to the heroes' adventures, as both learn to deal with growing old, settling down, a ...more
M
The stories contained in this volume are okay, but definitely not as good as those in the earlier books. The last and longest one especially suffers from being rather disappointing, as the premise of the Mouser being trapped underground while Fafhrd is whisked into the sky upon an airship are largely used as framing devices for weird erotica and other such things that don't really match what I want out of a fantasy story. The concept of the sky kingdom is interesting but sadly is barely develope ...more
Наташа
Могу сказать, что не сложилось у меня с этими книгами, потому что буйную фантазию автора на тему Фентези можно читать пожалуй только из некоторого пошлого интереса. Разрозненные истории о главных героях, описаны сухо и совсем не ярко, мир не увлекает и не зачаровывает, могу сказать точно, что продолжать читать эту серию после данной книги мне совсем не хочется. Оригинальные идеи есть, но они теряются в общем потоке не слишком занимательного повествования.
Tim
Jan 09, 2015 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the earlier stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser as they negotiated the streets of the fabled city of Lankhmar. These later stories occur far from there as the heroes deal with gods and powers seeking retribution at the end of their heroic careers. These could be interesting, but the stories feel limited and veer too often towards the sexual, too often with young protagonists. Recurringly creepy, made me race to the end.
Joseph Panno
God awful. This series has sadly gone way off track. The two main characters are practically nothing resembling what made me like them in the first place, the story itself is weak, the supporting characters are boring but the worst is how deviant parts of this book are. Mentions of pedophilia and damn near outright porn: it reads like it was written by a lecherous old man. A big disappointment.
Jim
Mar 17, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at some point several years ago, but had completely forgotten. Possibly because some of the themes weren't as resonant with the younger version of me as they are now. In any case, this is an incredibly satisfying ending to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's adventures. Fritz Leiber once again proves that he's the master of sword-and-sorcery-and-snarking.
Mars
Jun 22, 2014 Mars rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Either Lieber is genuinely not as good as i remember, or this is him attempting to milk the brand for money. The writing is weak, at best. Have to dig up some of his older stuff to compare, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Recommend to burn this one on sight.
Tim
Sep 02, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7th Fafhrd and Grey Mouser book. Unfortunately not pictured is the ultimately ridiculous cover I have. Embossed and glossy totally goofy mass market fantasy stuff, but of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser decked out in like Shakespearian or jester gear.
Charles
Jul 29, 2008 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Although I like Fritz Leiber's work, some of his fantasy skirts along the edge of sexual behaviors that I find rather disturbing. It's nothing graphic, only suggestive, but it suggests things that I don't particularly care for.
Jason
Sep 03, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This review is for the whole Lankhmar series. What can you say about the guy who coined the phrase "Sword and Sorcery". Besides, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser are two of the most legendary characters in literature.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (10 books)
  • Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1)
  • Swords Against the Shadowlands
  • Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #2)
  • Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #3)
  • Swords Against Wizardry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #4)
  • The Swords of Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #5)
  • Swords and Ice Magic (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #6)
  • Lean Times in Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #3-4)
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