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Return to Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber
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May 27, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, short-stories, sword-and-sorcery, pulp-fiction, finally-got-around-to
Read in May, 2009

"I am tired, Gray Mouser, of these little brushes with Death," Fafhrd the Northerner said, lifting his dinted, livid goblet and taking a measured sup of sweet ferment of grape laced with bitter brandy.

"Want a big one?" his comrade scoffed, drinking likewise.

Fafhrd considered that...

(from "The Frost Monstreme")

Two books in one, so:

SWORDS OF LANKHMAR The only actual novel in the Fafhrd & Gray Mouser series, in which the city of Lankhmar is threatened by invasion from an overwhelming army - its own rats! The Mouser may have the power to save the city, but he'll only bother if he can impress the Overlord while doing so.

SWORDS AND ICE MAGIC The stories here fall into two groups: First, a series of bouts with Death, who comes across as a beurocratic Wile E. Coyote in his attempts to snuff out the two heroes. Second, an extended "Icelandic" saga in which Fafhrd & Mouser thwart the ambitions of an evil wizard, a barbarian horde, and the gods Odin and Loki, all in such an irreverent way as to make Tolkien spin in his grave.

If there were any justice in the world, Lieber would be a lot more well-known and well-read than he is. Highly, highly recommended.
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