Ill Met In Lamkhmar Paperback – 11 Mar 1999
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Fritz Leiber not only invented the phrase "sword and sorcery", but was one of the earliest and wittiest masters of this vein of heroic fantasy. His famous duo--huge Northern barbarian Fafhrd and his nimble, devious companion the Gray Mouser--first saw print in 1947 and pursued their adventures and swordplay for more than 40 years. This is the first British appearance of Ill Met in Lankhmar, a 1995 omnibus comprising Swords and Deviltry and Swords Against Death (both 1970), assembled from still earlier shorts. The Hugo-winning title piece relates the heroes' first joint exploit in the inexhaustibly colourful and sleazy city of Lankhmar, moving with breathtaking speed between farce, tragedy, bizarre ruses and desperate swordplay. Also included are tales of both companions' origins and adventures all over their world of Nehwon on dubious commissions or in search of generally booby-trapped treasure. Leiber's own favourite is here: "Bazaar of the Bizarre", his comic-sinister version of the traditional Magic Shop story, where the goods are rubbish disguised by illusion-spells and the haplessly bedazzled Mouser has no idea that the shop's gorgeous caged girls are in reality giant spiders ... This is an excellent introduction to fantasy's best-loved pair of heroic rogues. --David Langford
Back to back, eyeing their foes over the gleam of sharpened steel, stand the two greatest heroes ever to walk the world of Newhon: Fafhrd, the giant barbarian warrior from the Cold Waste; and the Gray Mouser, novice wizard, master thief and unparalleled swordsman. This is their story.See all Product description
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of the earlier lankhmar stories are gems. Unfortunately, this is not one of them - not
even close. All vitality is missing in this flat and uninvolving and unpleasant tale - he is just
barely going through the motions of sticking one sentence after another.
Should never have seen publication -- too bad all around.
I am reading these for the third time. My girlfriend loves them, also.
In addition get the comic adaptation by the artist who did the cover and inside drawings: Mike Mignola. He created and wrote and drew Hellboy. Great adaptation.
I love the idea of two heroes getting hammered and then deciding that it would be a good idea to break into a thieves guild. Reminds me of college.
The writing style is a little dated, but this guy has paved the way for your modern heroes/villains that are not in a black/white world.