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Swords Against Death (1970)

af Fritz Leiber Jr

Andre forfattere: Jordi Fibla (Oversætter)

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Serier: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (2)

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Join the renowned barbarian and thief in this sword-and-sorcery adventure from a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy.   While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Fritz Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon, and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar, is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery.   Swords Against Death, the second volume in the Lankhmar series, finds Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser beginning their real journey. Their hearts altered by the loss of first true love, they embark on a long and winding path of drunken debauchery and womanizing until crossing paths with two cross wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes. A most violent of clashes ensues. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser descend into Thieves House to discover the exacting skill of the united backstabbing Thieves of Lankhmar and their rival guild, the Slayer's Brotherhood, the city's unionized killers. They would wander along the Bleak Shore to a howling tower to show how fear is not the product of murder but the cause. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser must resume their plundering and drunken debauchery until once again darkness had taken the balance for its favor and then a change would come.   These are just a few of the encounters our swindling swordsmen will willingly endure in ridding their hearts of their first true loves. But did they know it would make them indentured swordsman servants to their former foes, the formidable Sheelba and Ningauble? … (mere)
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I'm just enthralled with these series of stories (and I gather one of the books is an actual novel, not a collection--what riches await!) Considering their age, I find them incredibly modern (or timeless, I suppose, in the same way that I can read Jane Austen perfectly well, but there are books from 50 years ago that seem dated and unreadable).

The plots and circumstances seem fresh and inventive, which is especially remarkable considering other authors have had ample time to steal from them. It seems like some works yield flagrant imitators (e.g. Harry Potter) and others don't so much. It also helps that I'm reading something I don't love nearly so much at the same time (Three Hearts and Three Lions) which has uninteresting characters, uninteresting situations, and (worse) is a portal fantasy, which despite my love for Alice, Oz, and Narnia, seems a bit juvenile.

If you haven't tried the Lankhmar books, please, go for it. The first two stories in the first book seem the least likely to draw you in, in my opinion, but almost anything else should give you a sense of the fun to be had, and this volume is especially strong. I'm beating myself up (figuratively, not literally) for having waited so long to read these, when the Internet made it easy enough to acquire the volumes some 20 years ago ... and yet I waited. I'm a fool!

P.S. "Bazaar of the Bizarre" would have been one of my favourite Buffy episodes, had it been a Buffy episode and not a Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser story. If you like the tone of Buffy (humorous, exciting, suspenseful, all at once) you will appreciate these greatly.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Leiber, Fritz. Swords Against Death. Fafhrd and Gray Mouser No. 2. 1970. Dark Horse, 2007.
Swords Against Death is a loosely cobbled together collection of short stories written between 1939 and 1970. All feature the iconic warrior-thief buddies, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, who it is said may have inspired the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. Do not expect political correctness from fantasy literature with this long a history. Women, one character tells us, are for dessert. No matter what powerful paranormal evil the pair face, they always get in and get out with the goods. It is not going too far to say they express the aesthetic of cool. Nothing ever phases them. ( )
  Tom-e | May 17, 2020 |
Refreshing and fun ( )
  corporate_clone | Mar 17, 2019 |
The further adventures of progressive barbarian Fafhrd and wizardling thief Gray Mouser. I am really enjoying these stories. They are a great escape and are also, unexpectedly, quite funny. My favorites in this collection were the final two, which feature the pair's rival mentors and taskmasters, the verbose Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and the concise and direct Sheelba of the Eyeless Face. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
This is the second volume in a collection of the first three Fafhrd and Grey Mouser books. They are among the earliest of the "buddy" sword-and-sorcery tales and swash buckle with the best of them still. The book is really a connection of short stories/novellas written between 1939 and 1963, with a couple of connecting stories thrown in. My favorites are "The Seven Black Priests" and "Bazaar of the Bizarre," mostly because in spite of the heroes' overconfidence (or because of it?), things still work out.

If you like sword-and-sorcery stories or heroic fiction or well-written fantasy, this should be on your list of books to read. Every time I have bought the books, read them, then given them away for the purposes of space, I have kicked myself and repurchased them later. Perhaps this Kindle book will stay with me this time. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Aug 26, 2018 |
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"Sept prêtres noirs" et "Le bazar du bizarre" doivent être dédiés à deux merveilleux rédacteurs. ea Mahaffy et Cele Laly qui les ont inspirés. Mais d'autres rédacteurs m'ont également apportés une aide précieuse : feu le grand John W. Campbell Jr., et les très attentionnés Donald A. Wollheim et Edward L. Fermann. Ainsi que quantité d'autres personnes envers qui je me sens redevable.
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Un grand guerrier armé d'une épée et un autre, petit, sortaient par la porte du Marais de Lankhmar et suivaient la Chaussée de Pierre en direction de l'est.
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Join the renowned barbarian and thief in this sword-and-sorcery adventure from a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy.   While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Fritz Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon, and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar, is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery.   Swords Against Death, the second volume in the Lankhmar series, finds Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser beginning their real journey. Their hearts altered by the loss of first true love, they embark on a long and winding path of drunken debauchery and womanizing until crossing paths with two cross wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes. A most violent of clashes ensues. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser descend into Thieves House to discover the exacting skill of the united backstabbing Thieves of Lankhmar and their rival guild, the Slayer's Brotherhood, the city's unionized killers. They would wander along the Bleak Shore to a howling tower to show how fear is not the product of murder but the cause. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser must resume their plundering and drunken debauchery until once again darkness had taken the balance for its favor and then a change would come.   These are just a few of the encounters our swindling swordsmen will willingly endure in ridding their hearts of their first true loves. But did they know it would make them indentured swordsman servants to their former foes, the formidable Sheelba and Ningauble? 

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