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Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,427 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Lean times in Lankhmar force brother-in-arms Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to part ways. Only after a joust of wits and swords do the friends join together again, stealing the ship the Black Treasurer and sailing round and through The Claws.
Paperback, 219 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1968)
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The first book of the series aged quite a lot and feels fairly mediocre nowadays. The second book was a greater improvement which I called a classic of sword and sorcery. This book sadly ran out of steam after the first story. It is called The Cloud of Hate and is as good as any in the second book - I suspect it was an inertia which kept it so.

After the great start the pace of the plot came to a screeching halt. The duo started to behave out of characters which were established earlier. There wa
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Swords in the Mist (1968) is Fritz Leiber’s third collection of stories about Fafhrd, the big northern barbarian, and the Gray Mouser, his small wily companion who has a predilection for thievery and black magic. The tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser originally appeared in pulp magazines, short novels, and story collections between 1939-1988. Swords in the Mist contains:

* "The Cloud of Hate" (1963) — This is a short eerie metaphor in which hate becomes
4.0 stars. Third in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, this book (actually a series of connected short stories) continues the excellence of the preceding two novels. I look at these stories as the fantasy equivalent of comfort food. They are always entertaining, take place in exotic locations with great characters and and friendship of the Fafhrd and the Mouser is the glue that brings the stories together. A fun, fast read.
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
The third installment of the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. See my review on my blog, The Next Fifty, at:

Beautifully written
Fritz Leiber's seven book 'Swords' series may well be the finest fantasy sequence ever written. It has everything: prose that glitters, humane characterisations, realistic psychological interaction, humour both broad and dark, sultriness, cynicism, astounding invention and genuine chills... In that case why isn't it my favourite fantasy sequence ever? I tend to rate Jack Vance's 'Dying Earth' cycle higher than this. Maybe the fault is mine: maybe Leiber is *too* rounded, too encompassing, too ma ...more
Bill  Kerwin
This may just be my favorite "Swords" volume of the three I have read so far. Two of the short stories develop not uncommon fantasy and horror themes--namely, a malevolent meteorological phenomenon ("The Cloud of Hate") and a temporary entrance to an undersea kingdom ("When the Sea Kings Away")--with such precisely-imagined detail that they become startlingly original. "Lean Times in Lankhmar" is quintessential Leiber, featuring a memorable evocation of the city's "Street of the Gods," and a sup ...more
Swords in the Mist (1968), the third entry in Fritz Leiber's set of sword and sorcery tales featuring the giant barbarian Fafhrd and his compact ex-slum-boy comrade in adventuring and thieving, the Gray Mouser, cobbles together four stories from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s in fix-up rather than publication order, along with two transition vignettes written for the collection. As in the other volumes in the series, the "blood brothers, tall and small," engage in supernatural, loopy, and eerie adventu ...more
Sword and sorcery mixed with high fantasy. I never liked Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser as well as Conan but they are fun reads. More light hearted than Howard's work, and more fantasy with less gritty realism. Still, I enjoyed them, and Leiber can really turn a phrase.
So I have a weak spot for "Swords and Sorcery", and Leiber is quickly becoming a favorite in the genre. A great travel read - I read it on a plane back from Colombia, and it seemed perfect for the airplane environment for some reason.
Leiber has a way with words that is breathtaking. The world of Newhon is described with intensity and skill unmatched by any other fantasy authors I have read.
Jessy Faiz
Sebuah buku petualangan fantasi yang menyenangkan. Magicking, swordfighting & wenching abound!
3rd Fafhrd and Grey Mouser book
[7/10] The adventures of the lovable rascals continue in the same vein set in the previous volumes. The reason I rate this slightly lower than the first two Fafhrd and Gray Mouser books is probably a feeling of "too much of a good thing" - like discovering a new brand of chocolate cookies and eating them until you get sick. It is maybe a good idea not to read the Lankhmar stories one after another, and to spread them over a longer period. Otherwise, they tend to become repetitive and formulaic.

The next stop in my project of re-reading the whole of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books is Swords in the Mist, the third volume, which contains one lengthy early novella, three mid-period stories from the fifties and sixties, and two bridge vignettes Leiber wrote for this volume to bring his stories into some kind of continuity.

This collection contains what might very well be my favourite story in the series, “Lean Times in Lankhmar”. It probably is also the most satirical, even m
Anna Anthropy
this is the first book in the FFHDARD AND THE GREY MOUSER series i've read, at the recommendation of a friend. last night we discussed whether fritz leiber is sexist or just writes sexist characters. we couldn't decide. but the fact is that every woman character in the book fucks the protagonists, is interested in fucking the protagonists, is a subject of interest for the protagonists, as far as fucking goes, or is using witch-magic to hold open a physics-defying ocean portal so that other femal ...more
Lee Broderick
The third of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser swords and sorcery short story collections is a more cohesive volume than Swords Against Death but not as much as Swords and Deviltry . Pulling together three existing short stories and linking them with new passages written specifically for this book.

The first story is perhaps the most simple premise, with its sinister, malevolent fog. Set in Lankhmar it is, despite its brevity, still well executed and satisfying thanks to Leiber's gift
Better freedom and a chilly road than a warm hearth and servitude.
-The Cloud of Hate

You could basically copy most of my review from Swords Against Death and print it here, because it's all applicable again, and while I suspect that it may also apply in the further books in the series and I'll have to find something else to talk about, I don't really care, because the stories are so evocative that I don't mind reading more of them even though there's no new characterization or plotting.

The lack o
The third book/fix-up of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber continues just about everything I like and dislike about this series now. (Seriously, before I say anything else, go read "Ill Met in Lankhmar," which is just a devastating story by an expert fantasist.)

On the negative side, there's the fix-up/chronological placement of these stories; so the book closes out with the 1947 "Adept's Gambit," which may be the latest adventure from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's POV, but is not
Leiber isn't afraid to mix it up with the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series: this volume combines, among others, "Lean Times in Lankhmar"--a humorous and character-driven but unheroic tale showing a peculiar slice-of-life in the big city--and "Adept's Gambit", a decidedly more magical story with cosmic implications (if you don't buy Fafhrd's assertion that it was all a hallucination).

While I enjoyed "Lean Times" more (that and "The Cloud of Hate"), everything about "Adept's Gambit" is intriguing. Ea
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]The third of the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser novels, or the first half of the second of the more recent reprints, but basically a fix-up of short stories first published in 1963, 1959, 1960 and 1947 - the last of these is actually set in our universe rather than that of Lankhmar, and takes up half the book, though is fairly standard stuff.[return][return]The best story is the one set in Lankhmar itself - "Lean Times In Lankhmar" - and has Fafhrd t ...more
Newton Nitro
O terceiro livro trabalha ainda mais a cidade de Lankhmar, e Lieber aborda temas com a religião, com Fafhrd embarcando em um culto liderado por um avatar de um deus e com o Gray Mouser tentando manter seu amigo vivo. O clima noir-policial fica bem pronunciado nessas histórias.

Outras histórias trabalham horror estilo lovecraftiano misturado com espada e feitiçaria de maneira muito criativa, em aventuras surreais. Uma aventura desse livro se passa na Terra, com a dupla sendo enviada por meio de ma
Oct 10, 2010 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, sci/fi, swords and sorcery, and role players
A fabulous book, a must read for any lover of fantasy or swords and sorcery. Once again, this is no novel, but a collection of stories that span 20 plus years, and that run from a short 14 pages (The Cloud of Hate, a wonderful little story that, if you can believe it, DC Comics did a great job with in their short 5 comic series riff on Fafrd and Mouser in the early 70s) to an 80 page "novella". Every story here is top form. Perhaps the best is "Lean Times In Lankhmar", where the 2 adventurers pa ...more
Abraham Thunderwolf
You know what really cool old school swords and sorcery reminds me of? Thrash Metal. It's fast, it's hard, it's completely ridiculous at times, but you just gotta go with it by tossing up the horns and shaking your head violently to the awesome guitar riffs. Swords in the Mist is a collection of connected short stories and a novella that star the mighty Fafhrd and the cunning Grey Mouser, two adventurers and soldiers-of-fortune who face all sorts of weird and glorious adventures. Good ridiculous ...more
Michael Hall
This marks the third Fafhrd and Gray Mouser book, in which are collected various short stories of our likeable yet miscreant heroes. This one is a little less repetitive than Swords Against Death, but still carries on with the go on adventures and meet strange exciting people/creatures/beings and often kill or steal from them. Leiber does allow the characters some personal growth and you actually see that in a few of the tales within. I had fun reading these, but I don't think I can handle a fou ...more
El mejor de la saga.
The first half of the book contains three classic stories: The Cloud of Hate, Lean Times in Lankhmar, and When The Sea King's Away. The latter is an especially creative story, with our heroes traveling under the sea in an attempt to mate with Poseidon's wives. The second half of the book contains the story Adept's Gambit, which isn't quite as good as the others. Ideally I'd give this book 3 and a half stars, but GoodReads doesn't do that.
Kelby Cotton
It has been DECADES since I last read this book / series. It is interesting to find myself reacting to completely different aspects of Leiber's work now than I did I did all those years ago. Now I am stunned at his vocabulary and syntax that is written ofttimes with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Having read widely now, I also have found later authors who are borrowing from and beholding to Leiber at many levels. This was a fun visit...
The Cloud of Hate and Adept's Gambit were good (there are a few moments in Adept's Gambit that I loved). The Wrong Branch is short but has this delightful description of a town if I recall correctly (you'll see what I mean). My favorite story in this, by far, is Lean Times in Lankhmar. That one would have gotten five stars, some of the unmentioned stuff three stars, so I averaged this review to four stars.
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Fritz Leiber 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 various points in ...more
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