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Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber
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Oct 21, 07[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 take up ascetic devotion to a deity called Issek of the Jug, while the Mouser gets hired by the city's top religious protection racketeer. Various fantasy conventions and real-life targets are satirically skewered, and of course we know our heroes will escape with their lives in the end, but the ride is worthwhile.

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