Werner’s review of The Swords of Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #5) > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by John (new)

John Well done review which gets right to the essence of Leiber's point of view.

message 2: by Werner (new)

Werner Thanks, John!

Mike (the Paladin) I need to try these stories again. I haven't reviewed the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser stories because despite starting them on 3 occasions, I could never get into them. I always feel like it's me though, because so many like them so well.

I'll probably try again later.

message 4: by Banner (new)

Banner Thanks for reminding me about these stories. I need to start this series.

message 5: by Werner (new)

Werner Hope you like the series, Banner!

message 6: by Jim (last edited Sep 04, 2013 08:53AM) (new)

Jim Wonderful series, and you have characterized it well. Nonetheless, I think the novel is the weakest entry in the series. I would not start there, but with the first book in the series, and read the novel in sequence, where it works best.

message 7: by Werner (new)

Werner Jim, I totally agree that the series is best read in chronological order! The only reason I started with this novel is because it was a common read in a group I belong to. (That's actually an illustration of why I think that with common reads of series books, it's usually best to pick the series opener, not a later book. :-( ).

message 8: by Jim (new)

Jim Exactly, and since Leiber was very careful to insert stories at a later date so that adventures written earlier in his career now offer a clearer progression, I believe that starting with the first book, or even the second (which contains the stories written first) is the best idea. The advantage of starting with the first book is that two of the stories ("The Unholy Grail" introducing the Gray Mouser and "Ill Met in Lankhmar" relating how the two rogues met) are not only among the best in the series, but also succeed in displaying the vein of melancholy that underlies the thrilling adventure and witty repartee in the series.

message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim I am in the process of rereading "Scylla's Daughter", the Hugo-nominated novella from which this novel was expanded, and regret that it is not better known. I cannot blame Leiber for expanding the novella into the novel - it certainly made sense in the fantasy market of that day, but I very much prefer the faster pace and subtler sexuality of the earlier work.

message 10: by Werner (new)

Werner I'd actually read "Scylla's Daughter" before I read this novel (it's included in Modern Classics of Fantasy). I really should have mentioned in the review that the book is an expansion of that story --not sure why I didn't!

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