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Épées et Mort (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2)

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In the second installment 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 Lei
Published (first published 1970)
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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
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
S.E. Lindberg
Jun 02, 2013 S.E. Lindberg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy, sword-and-sorcery
Shelves: reviewed-by-se
Leiber’s Mouser and Fafhrd are the Scooby and Shaggy Of Sword and Sorcery

Atmosphere 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 books.
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!!
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
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
Kat  Hooper
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 hearts
And 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
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
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
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
Bill  Kerwin

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
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.
Girls are for desert, but unfortunately spiders too.
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
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
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
Antonio Pizzo
Divertente, senza tempi morti o inutili giri di parole e pieno di idee adorabilmente sopra le righe. Tesori maledetti, corvi giganti che rubano gioielli, stregoni pretenziosi, spettri indisponenti e case che masticano o percuotono a colpi di torre i visitatori sgraditi sono solo alcune delle situazioni più o meno assurde in cui finiscono per cacciarsi stavolta quei due adorabili furfanti di Fafhrd e Gray Mouser. Consigliatissimo a chi sia stufo di saghe da millemila pagine e voglia ritrovare que ...more
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
I always wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn't get into sword-and sorcery books. Then I picked up my 1st Leiber book, and figured it out. They take themselves too seriously. There's not enough humor.

Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser remedies that nicely. I'm pretty sure I read this specific book--but I know I've read quite a few of them.
More great fantasy adventure featuring the greatest duo of rogues every to grace a fantasy novel.
The guys fight, hunt treasure, drink, wench and generally cross paths with various monsters and magical beings.
Clever writing and some great takes/twists on fantasy cliches.
Why hasn't someone scooped up the movie rights to these guys?
Swords Against Death (1970), the second book in Fritz Leiber's classic sword and sorcery series featuring Fafhrd (the pale giant barbarian) and the Gray Mouser (the dusky, compact ex-slum boy), is a collection of ten entertaining short stories assembled by Leiber into a fix-up that, with some strain, is almost a composite novel dealing with the attempts of the duo to come to terms with the violent deaths of their beloved lovers at the end of the first book, Swords Against Deviltry (1970).

In the
There are many things to say about this grand old forebear of the sword and sorcery genre - comic where you might expect it to be tragic, tragic where you might expect it to be epic, and epic at times when you might have expected humor. I'll try to limit myself.

While D&D is awesome on its own merits, one of the insidious things that it did to the fantasy landscape was to infect characters in novels with this sense of game-like balance to their traits and personalities. Thus you have the sick
This is the second volume in Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and Gray Mouser books, and I would say that the series really hits its stride here… except that the stories this volume collects are some of the earliest he ever wrote for this setting (in fact, it contains the very first of them, “The Jewels in the Forest”, first published in 1939) and thus precede everything collected in the first volume.

There is a brief introductory piece Leiber wrote for Swords Against Death that connects this volume to the
Another series of stories about the barbarian Fafhrd and his nimble friend, The Grey Mouser. Linked, mostly, by the theme of their trying to live life to the full and forget their murdered girlfriends, the pair find themselves sailing to the ends of the earth, encountering a city long-thought sunk under the waves which has risen again, fighting off the remaining priests who prevent a god from rising and stealing a Duke's summer-house, before (employed by a pair of strange wizards), they encounte ...more
Questa raccolta di racconti con protagonisti Fafhrd e Gray Mauser si può suddividere in due blocchi distinti, essendo i vari racconti scritti in due periodi differenti e con "esigenze" diverse.
Al primo blocco appartangono i racconti scritti negli anni'40 e destinati alla pubblicazione sulle riviste dell'epoca.
Il plot di Leiber è sempre lo stesso: grande tesoro da recuperare in luogo esotico-Fafhrd cade vittima di forze sovrannaturali-Grey Mouser lo salva ma il bottino è perso. L'unica differenz
More escapades with Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, a surprising number of which still take place far from Lankhmar, the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes. Now that the origin stories have been dispensed with (in the previous volume), we can finally see Fafhrd and Mouser as the (mostly) inseparable comrades we've been expecting. Chronologically speaking, the stories are a mixed bag -- most date from the 1940's (including "Jewels in the House", a.k.a. "Two Sought Adventure", their first published ou ...more
Newton Nitro
Nesse segundo livro conhecemos mais a cidade de Lankhmar, cujas histórias parecem um noir de fantasia, com bandidos por todos os lados, drogas, prostitutas e muita ação e diversão. Além dessas aventuras, a dupla embarca em jornadas pelo mundo de Nehwon, aventuras que misturam horror lovecraftiano com muito humor e pancadaria.

A Morte é um dos temas frequentes nas histórias de Lieber, e nesse livro a dupla confronta várias vezes com sua própria mortalidade e sofre mudanças psicológicas por causa d
This collection flirts at times with a supernatural horror out of Poe or Lovecraft, but this influence is perhaps a little naked and, less forgivably, pales in comparison to the real deal. "The Howling Tower" and "The Seven Black Priests" come closest to hitting that sweet spot. "The Sunken Land" is a bit like "The Shadow over Innsmouth" but with an ending that seriously underwhelms. "Bazaar of the Bizarre" has an anti-capitalist message that is goofy even to this avowed socialist and undermines ...more
Lee Broderick
All of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books are, so far as I know, collections of short stories assembled in chronological order after having first been published elsewhere. Far more than in the first book, Swords and Deviltry , those disparate origins are apparent here, with the whole being far less cohesive.

The stories were obviously written at different times and, without knowing what order they were written in, it is easy to see that Fritz Leiber's writing skills, as well as the characters o
K. Axel
Jun 06, 2011 K. Axel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser fans
Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are well-known characters of Fritz Leiber and Sword & Sorcery. I've read plenty of these shortstories to really like the witty bantering of the two antiheroes.

This anthology surprised me by giving emotional depth to the characters. They are not just traveling warriors who steal and kill.

This is a review-in-progress and I will add reviews of each of the stories as I read them.

The Circle Curse is the story about how Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser left Lankhmar after thei
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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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