- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; 1 edition (12 Aug. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857988167
- ISBN-13: 978-1857988161
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,522,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lean Times in Lankhmar Mass Market Paperback – 12 Aug 1999
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
This omnibus of classic sword and sorcery is a companion volume to Ill Met in Lankhmar, reprinting further exploits of the genre's best-loved heroic duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Brought together here are two 1968 volumes, Swords in the Mist and Swords Against Wizardry, assembled from material going back as far as 1947. The first included book takes our heroes rampaging across their fantastic world of Nehwon ("No- when") in short stories that mingle swordplay, horror and wit. Then, in the early mini-novel "Adept's Gambit", they stray into the ancient Earth of Sidon and Tyre to encounter a gruesome foe. Book two comprises two more novellas. "Stardock" sees Fafhrd and the Mouser madly scaling Nehwon's highest mountain (from which the stars were launched at the dawn of time) on a truly vertiginous quest for a gigantic gemstone that proves to be guarded by invisible enemies and monsters. But there are some delightful invisible ladies too, and naughtiness ensues. "The Lords of Quarmall" features complex dynastic intrigue in an underground kingdom where dark magic rules. This tale was co-written with Leiber's small and nimble friend Harry Fischer, the original model for the Mouser--just as intellectual barbarian Fafhrd was based on the very tall Leiber himself. All heady stuff-- Leiber's glittering wit was unique in heroic fantasy. --David Langford
Back to back they stand, eyeing their foes over the gleam of sharpened steel ...They are the two greatest heroes ever to walk the world of Nehwon: Fafhrd, the giant barbarian warrior from the Cold Waste; and the Gray Mouser, novice wizard, master thief and unparalleled swordsman. From the moment of their fateful meeting, the legendary duo have adventured and misadventured across Nehwon, from the caves of the inner earth to the waves of the outer sea -- but most of all through the alleys and catacombs of fog-shrouded Lankhmar, greatest of Nehwon's cities. Their lives are chronicled in four books, of which this is the second.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I think that my favorite facet of these stories is trying to decide which characters and/or stories of more contemporary fantasy were based, to some degree at least, on Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. My prime candidate is the delightful "Garrett, PI" series by Glen Cook. Mr. Cook's city of Tunfaire is every bit the den of iniquity that Lankhmar is. I'd also put the roguish, yet possessed of a heart of gold, Indiana Jones in this category. I could be dead wrong, and there are probably many others, but these are the ones that I was reminded of.
As I said, I'm glad I read the first two books and am anxiously looking forward to finding and reading the remaining tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.