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Fritz Leiber's work bridges the gap between the pulp era of H. P. Lovecraft and the paperback era of P. K. Dick, and arguably is as influential as both these authors. From a historical context, Leiber, in fact, knew both of the authors, and his work can be seen as a bridge connecting the many different flavors of genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Edited by aw...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Fritz Leiber's legend looms large, but I'd not read any of his work. His catalog is so goddamn big I didn't know where to start. In turn I was intrigued a couple weeks back when I stumbled upon a newer Selected Stories edition, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman (who bugs me lately, but that's another story, and I'm sure he's very distressed by the news). About an hour before wandering the B and N aisles I dropped my family off at the Milwaukee airport for a Florida visit with my wife's mom. Th...more
Robert Zoltan
Leiber is fantastic, as many current popular writers (like Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Harlan Ellison, etc.) will attest. He's my literary father.

He wrote for many decades, so the quality of his stories vary (depending on where they were written, why, for whom, etc.). At his best, he is the best. No one had the sense of mystery, meaning and synchronicity that Leiber brought to his stories. Compared to his work, most modern writing has very little style or poetry to it.

Some of these stories wer...more
Gerry Huntman
I am a huge fan of Fritz Leiber (pronounced 'Lie-ber') from my early days and this book does a faithful job of representing his scifi, fantasy and dark fantasy writing career. I was pleased to see two Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories....

What can I say except he was seminal, original, and a truly wonderful short story writer. All I can say is read it. It is worth it.
Gaiman's right--most of Lieber's Science Fiction stories haven't aged so well, or at the very least, they're way less interesting than his horror and fantasy stories, of which his Gummitch (represented here by the brilliant Spacetime for Springers) and his Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories (represented here by "Ill Met in Lankhmar" and "Bazaar of the Bizarre") are the best.
This was a wonderful walk backward in time for me. I first ran across Leiber with his chess story "64-Square Madhouse," but I didn't really fall in love until "Ill Met In Lankhmar". The first is not in this collection (though another of his chess stories, "Midnight by the Morphy Watch" is) but the second is, as are a number of his immortal tales, such as "A Pail Of Air" and "Four Ghosts in Hamlet."

Writers like Leiber don't come along very often, and it's sad to see so much of his material out of...more
I can’t recall where I first encountered Fritz Leiber — probably in an anthology somewhere — but you don’t see too many of his works in the average bookstore these days. He’s one of those authors who had the fortune to be relatively successful during their lifetime, but who have fallen off the radar in recent years. In this case I suspect the problem is partly that his prose style is very much of its time, and in some respects it hasn’t aged all that well. While the power and range of his imagin...more
Where Leiber turns most completely from the hardboiled tone and attendant misogyny prevalent in the earlier stories, this collection becomes thoughtful, diverse, and sometimes magnificently strange.

In the better stories, even the queasy anxiety about women and desire gets worked through in a satisfying way, delineating a character's madness as in "The Inner Circles," or loneliness as in "Horrible Imaginings" (which seems in many ways to be about an elderly writer confronting some of his hang-up...more
Clara Mazzi
I couldn't finish it. It took me almost the entire book to force myself to drop it (I never drop a book!) but I realized I was so deadly bored I wasn't really reading. I bought this book because I wanted to have examples of "sword and sorcerer" literature and Fritz Leiber was a quoted and founder member of the contained gang. Of all his book I found on Amazon, this was the one that readers appreciated the most, so I got for this. But I didn't find what I was looking for. First: only two stories...more
Leiber wasn't one of my favourites, but I'm really enjoying some of these. I remember Gonna Roll The Bones which is extraordinary and still gives me a thrill. This collection includes the story of the first meeting between Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, and a delightful piece about a kitten with a sense of destiny.
His goodreads bio calls him a stepping stone from H.P. Lovecraft to Phillip K. Dick. Throw in a bit of Robert E. Howard and Frederik Pohl and you have a pretty good idea of the kind of short stories you might find in this excellent collection.
Dull. Dated. Couldn't finish.
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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
More about Fritz Leiber...
Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1) Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #2) Swords Against Wizardry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #4) Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #3) Ill Met in Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1-2)

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