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Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber
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Jun 01, 2012

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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 female characters can fuck the protagonists. oh, there are some old women on a boat who get angry at the protagonists for not allowing another dude to rape them. (in fritzi's almost-defense, whether there might actually be consent in this situation is ambiguous.)

alienation aside, fritz leiber, sometimes, has a real playfulness with language and a real skill for shaping a story. the story "lean times in lankhmar" is genuinely hilarious and brilliantly symmetrical. and it's early in the book, so you can stop reading afterwards. the subsequent stories aren't as rewarding, although there is a tunnel of suspended water that's described so perfectly that it's impossible not to visualize exactly as the author imagined it, and the last story seriously drags, aside from being about jealous women who mentally flog themselves (on the soles of the feet, the author is careful to point out). is "lean times in lankhmar" online? you should just read that.

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