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❰Ebook❯ ➥ The First Book of Lankhmar Author Fritz Leiber – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 The First Book of Lankhmar, meaning The First Book of Lankhmar, genre The First Book of Lankhmar, book cover The First Book of Lankhmar, flies The First Book of Lankhmar, The First Book of Lankhmar 328bc15ee5acf From The Moment When They First Met, In The Commission Of The Same, Audacious Theft, Fafhrd, The Giant Barbarian Warrior From The Cold Waste, And The Gray Mouser, Master Thief, Novice Wizard And Expert Swordsman, Felt No Ordinary Affinity Forged Over The Gleam Of Sharpened Steel As, Back To Back, They Faced Their Foes, Theirs Was A Friendship That Would Take Them From Adventure To Misadventure Across All Of Nehwon, From The Caves Of The Inner Earth To The Waves Of The Outer Sea But It Was In The Dark Alleys And Noisome Back Streets Of The Great Fog Shrouded City Of Lankhmar That They Became LegendsThe First Book Of Lankhmar Includes The First Four Volumes Of The Hugely Enjoyable Swords Series

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  1. says:

    Forget the historical import of these stories everyone and their uncle will tell you how influential Leiber s conception of fantasy was and instead I ll concentrate on the quality of the stories for a present day reader.Swords and Deviltry Prequels to the whole saga, written 30 years after it first started The first two stories are perfectly acceptable and not quite believable origin stories I had some fun with Fafhrd s romantic hijinks and entanglements and the French farce style entering and exiting and spying down upon tents Leiber s history in the theatre is apparent , although the too easy ending, based on a necessity, obviously, of getting the two lovebirds together, is sentimental and convenient, given what came before Still, they re not bad stories The real gem in the first section, and it s a big one, is the Hugo and Nebula award winning novella Ill Met in Lankhmar It s shockingly good It begins slowly, introducing us to the characters and the city of Lankhmar, and I especially liked the Mouser s bizarre little oasis of stolen wealth in the attic of an otherwise shabby and abandoned building Then, the two go off to the Thieves House, and the story grabs us by the throat I was surprised at how genuinely suspenseful this was, how immersive The inside of the Thieves House is one of the great spaces in speculative fiction, its corridors and stairwells and rooms described with lovingly evocative and mysterious detail I was reminded of some of the underground spaces in Lovecraft s fiction This story is fun, yes, but also, by the end, horrifying and tragic I loved it Swords Against Death Man, these are good Not just fun or funny, but damn good Dark Suspenseful Even literary Way better than I expected The Jewels in the Forest is a fascinating adventure, a Dungeons Dragons like investigation of a strange building in the forest Why have the nearby peasants ignored it What has the little peasant girl seen The Thieves House, a sequel to Ill Met in Lankhmar, though written 30 years earlier, is another great plunge into that vast labyrinth of an edifice, and is again evocative of Lovecraft It confirms my love for the stories surrounding the Thieves Guild The Sunken Land is a near perfect weird tale, a hypnotic and surreal journey from a strangely silent ship to a nightmarish lost city risen from the sea The Seven Black Priests compellingly follows our heroes across a snowy wasteland as they are pursued by black robed priests with knives and a devilish purpose This one contains an absolutely riveting sword fight as the two fighters slide across an ice lake into the mist Bazaar of the Bizarre is another great, surreal mystery, a bit comical, but with some excellently creepy imagery regarding women in cages hanging from the ceiling Overall, an exceptional collection of sword and sorcery weirdness Swords in the Mist Definitely a step down, as a collection The Cloud of Hate begins it well, with a short but effective story that is really a single sustained image of an eerie mist snaking its way through the alleys of Lankhmar The dialogue is both poignant and philosophical Lean Times in Lankhmar is a real stand out here, the only story of equal quality to the previous collection It s a wonderfully silly satire of religious faith, essentially a single joke with the first 2 3 of the story being the set up and the last third being the punchline Great fun The rest of the stories here, though, are filler, overwritten and unremarkable, and unfortunately they take up over half the collection Swords Against Wizardry A significant return to form, even if not hitting the highs of the earliest collections The first of two novellas, Stardock, is a slow but effectively paced and quite evocative narrative about our two heroes scaling a snowy and mysterious mountain What they find at the top, encompassing a strange, dreamlike set of events, almost lives up to the tension and drama of the climb almost And then, surprisingly, the bridge story that Leiber wrote for this edition, The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar, is an absolute delight, a fun but also melancholy short story that, in its way, improves the ending of the previous novella It encapsulates, efficiently, what is so sad, almost tragic, about the lives of these two men And finally, The Lords of Quarmall is a long, but nicely claustrophobic adventure in which the two heroes find themselves in a cavernous underground lair, caught up in an internal family feud It lacks, perhaps, the eeriness of the best early stories, but it s fun and complex, and as always, Leiber is great at defining spaces for the narratives to take place As a collection, this one feels satisfyingly connected, almost like an episodic novel In the end, what stands out the most in these stories are the atmosphere and the characters These two guys are archetypal, and in their best stories, there is a strangeness and a melancholy that very effectively undergirds the banter and highjinks, keeping the stories grounded in what turns out to be a moody, surreal, quite unexpectedly frightening world There is some filler in between, of course, but if you re interested in reading some of the best sword and sorcery ever written, make sure you get your hands on the best stories Ill Met in Lankhmar, the entirety of the collection Swords Against Death, and Lean Times in Lankhmar If you re hooked, read Swords Against Wizardry as well Now I m moving on to the novel, Swords of Lankhmar.

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    Swords and Sorcery at its bestAs part of a generation raised on Elves, Dragons, and Vampire knock offs, Leiber s tales brought a refreshing change from the countless Tolkien imitators that dominate the market Almost immediately, you re struck at how rational these characters are concerned as they are with self preservation and motivation for their own ends They don t run off at the drop of a hat to save the world from a dark lord or rescue a damsel in distress If anything, if the pay s good, they may end up working for said dark lord Imagine that, a fantasy story that contains well rounded, adult characters, rather than the usual do gooder children of the Harry Potter series The stories can be hit or miss, and as other reviews have noted, they re best enjoyed in small sips rather than a full dose, but by god, when they re done well, only Robert E Howard s Conan series comes close to matching them.

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    This Fantasy Masterworks volume compiles the first four books of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series, each book being itself comprised of various short stories and novellas written at different times the Wikipedia article has a rundown of all the stories, when they were written and in which book they can be found The titular characters are Fafhrd, a giant barbarian from the frozen north and the Grey Mouser, a small roguish man with some sorcerous training The first two stories of the first book contain origin stories for each character, with the third showing their first meeting and how they became firm friends.The stories all have a fairly similar structure to them, often being tales in which the dynamic duo are questing for treasure or independently end up on the same quest While certainly enjoyable, one problem that I had with the books was their treatment of women When female characters do appear they are often quite strong, but mostly their appearance is purely cosmetic, something for the two protagonists to ogle or fight over which can be somewhat uncomfortable at times.Enjoyable, but best read with a suitably barbarian mindset.

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    Fritz Leiber is a wonderfully interesting writer, though I found that his stories are best enjoyed in small sips Though his heroes are verily interesting and his world is grand and interesting, he can get a bit tiring in longer runs Had I pushed myself to finish the entire anthology in one attempt, I may have had some large qualms with it.But with breaks between reading sessions, this proved quite pleasant All in all I ve found that Swords in the mist has been the best of the bunch, with Swords against sorcery trailing close behind aka the second half of the anthology Great stuffI may look some into his bibliography in time Right nowI think I ve had quite enough of Newhon.

  5. says:

    Immensely fun romp through the bedrock of modern fantasy with two engaging and enjoyable characters, until the constant overwriting and simmering misogyny begins to chafe just a little too often and a little too constantly for comfort Cut the reading experience into quarters along the dotted lines described by the volumes that make up the book, and refresh your palate in between them, and this remains a thoroughly fun experience It just requires the reader to be understanding of its real world cultural roots, otherwise you ll finish the book relieved that it s all over, which is less than these seminal stories deserve.

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    Read this to keep yourself young The stories can be a bit formulaic, but what a great formula the classic odd couple, bonded through manly adventure The fantasy is extravagent with a feeling of newness even for seasoned fantasy readers I found the writing very well crafted, especially for stories which make absolutely no literary pretense just solidly crafted plot and prose Read it to please yourself, or to pass along to a young reader in your life I _wish_ I d read this when I was 12.

  7. says:

    Somewhat dated, this still mostly holds up as one leg of the triad of inspiration for most fantasy authors of the past few decades Leiber uses words like Monet uses paint, subtly and slightly to produce vivid images.

  8. says:

    Robert E Howard meets William Shakespeare Pretty pleasant read, except I wish I had read it twenty years ago.

  9. says:

    Unforgettable stories, very convincing and superbly well written.

  10. says:

    A thick book of stories, this volume is packed with some of the best sword and sorcery I ve read in a long time and really confirms that Leiber was one of the stars in the genre s firmament Written as short stories, which suits both the sword and sorcery genre and the characters, the narratives within have a different texture to those I ve read to other writers of the genre, whilst losing nothing of the strangeness or wildness that make it one of the interesting sections of the fantasy genre.The book starts surprisingly slowly and the first story is perhaps the weakest part of the book it drags a little as the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are introduced and are set upon their paths The writing here is self indulgent and woolly, and it s a relief when the characters arrive in Lankhmar itself and meet, if only because the pace picks up and Leiber s use of language becomes much sharper Despite this I must say it s a shame that two interesting characters, the women the protagonists are romantically involved with, are killed off in the first story Partly, it feels cheap and cliched but also the women s deaths feel like a waste, they had potential and through their deaths it s squandered Even with the springboard it gives the characters for the other stories as they re established as being driven by guilt , it s something of a blemish on the book Of course this may be because this sort of motivation for heroes has become ubiquitous across fantastic fiction, to the extent that within comics the women in refrigerators trope has been established, deconstructed and soundly mocked.The rest of the stories are intriguing and make for fulfilling reading The world that Leiber builds has a charm to it, full of wonders and mysteries Whether on the streets of Lankhmar itself, full of strangeness and charm but seedy and somehow realistic feeling, or out in the odder parts of Nehwon, the world feels solid and exciting The city, which forms the centre of the characters world, is almost a third character and has a texture of its own.In common with many sword and sorcery settings it feels as if it has been constructed piece by piece rather than as a whole the stories have come first and there s no feeling that Leiber ever sat down and mapped the world out This doesn t matter because the stories are so intimate they don t tackle the world spanning events, and the political aspects of the protagonists careers are skated over rather than fully explored This seems apposite as the heart of both characters is focused on adventure and the acquisition of gold, it s clear from the start that neither Fafhrd or the Mouser will end up as kings neither of them are Conan.This said they aren t Elric either and moments of melancholia are generally swept away by a fresh adventure or an opportunity to engage in cunning even the prospect of being sent from Nehwon into the ancient world of our own Earth isn t enough to dampen their spirits for long this is perhaps the bravest part of the book, and makes for an interesting read as Leiber adapts both his protagonists to their new setting, albeit briefly It s clear that Leiber had fun creating challenges for the pair, which range from violence to the unfortunate side effects of spells, usually cast by the Mouser himself The characters are well drawn, multi faceted creations, far from being simple warriors they have other traits, from the Mouser s magic or Fafhrd s skald, bardic abilities This gives the characters so much depth and variety and allows them to exhibit a wonderful level of whimsy Their shared history is referenced in places, none so effectively than the final story where they stage a duel for the benefit of rival employers to great effect.If I had to sum up Lankhmar in a single word it would be charming the work practically oozes charisma from the page and is such an easy read that twice whilst reading it I lost track of time, hardly a good thing on your morning commute This comes highly recommended for sword and sorcery fans.

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