♥ Book Title : Swords Against Death
☯ Full Synopsis : "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?"Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Lankhmar, Bk. 2. Swords Against Death
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♥ Book Title : The Three of Swords
☯ Full Synopsis : "Fritz Leiber was best-known and -loved for his Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tales, a series that got its start in 1934 when he and his college chum Harry Fischer devised alter egos: Leiber was the tall, northern barbarian Fafhrd and Fischer the small and nimble Gray Mouser. The Three Swords contains the first half of this increasingly popular sword and sorcery series, including the Hugo and Nebula winning "III Men in Lankhmar," which recounts the first meeting of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and 18 more fascinating tales."Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Hugo and Nebula Award–winning series of swords and sorcery, featuring two unorthodox heroes, from a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Many decades before George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Grand Master Fritz Leiber ruled the sword-and-sorcery universe. These three short story collections chronicle the unconventional adventures of Leiber’s endearing antiheroes: barbarian Fafhrd and former wizard’s apprentice, the Gray Mouser. Swords and Deviltry: Fafhrd, a handsome barbarian of the Steppes, is seduced by a beautiful prostitute and her equally intoxicating city, while the Gray Mouser, a slum rat wizard-in-training, is tempted by the dark arts. The two men meet on a night of multiple thieveries and an enduring partnership is born. Swords Against Death: Rogue swordsmen and devoted companions Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser pursue ill-gotten fortunes within the confines of Lankhmar. They cross paths with two wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes, and a most violent clash ensues. Eventually, following further adventures, the two antiheroes end up as indentured swordsman servants to their former foes. Swords in the Mist: A cloud of concentrated hatred and lean times in Lankhmar compels Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser to temporarily depart the most corrupt metropolis in all of Nehwon as they seek adventure in the realm of the Sea-King—and on a different world entirely. This must-read collection of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser short stories features multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated tales, and includes the acclaimed novella Ill Met in Lankhmar."Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Le Loup dans le camion blanc
☯ Full Synopsis : "À dix-sept ans, Sean est défiguré. Sous l’effet des pilules analgésiques ingurgitées trois fois par jour, son imaginaire – nourri des lectures de Conan le Barbare, des fanzines de science-fiction ou de musique rock – s’enflamme : il crée Trace Italian, un jeu de rôle par correspondance dans lequel les joueurs cherchent un abri dans une Amérique postapocalyptique. Reclus dans sa maison du sud californien, Sean, devenu adulte, reçoit un jour une lettre d’injures le tenant pour responsable de la mort de deux adolescents qui ont voulu transposer Trace Italian dans le monde réel. Ce drame réactive chez lui des souvenirs enfouis. Dans le labyrinthe de sa mémoire, il tente, à travers des événements anodins, de comprendre comment certains choix ont pu bouleverser toute sa vie. Le Loup dans le camion blanc est une histoire envoûtante, à la fois sombre et brillante, débordante d’imprévu, de solitude et de fuite."Article| John Darnielle| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Épées et Démons
☯ Full Synopsis : "Imaginez un monde antique et fabuleux, un monde de sortilèges et de joyaux, de crânes et d’épées affûtées. Au cœur de cet univers de légende : la cité de Lankhmar, dont les tours et les ruelles grouillent de brigands et de magiciens. C’est là que se sont rencontrés Fafhrd, de la Toundra de Glace, des terres hostiles perdues bien plus au nord que les Huit Cités et la chaîne des Pas du Troll, et le Souricier gris, dont les yeux malicieux luisaient de magie et la silhouette évoquait les villes du Sud, les venelles obscures et les grands espaces brûlés de soleil. Alors que les deux hommes se défiaient du regard dans une brume à peine percée par la lumière des torches distantes, ils eurent le sentiment diffus d’être les moitiés longtemps séparées d’un héros qui les dépasserait l’un et l’autre. Ils ne savaient pas encore que leur amitié serait plus longue que mille quêtes et cent vies d’aventure !"Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Wolf in White Van
☯ Full Synopsis : "Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction Winner of the 2015 Alex Award for adult books with special appeal for young adultsWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy."Article| John Darnielle| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Modern Classics of Fantasy
☯ Full Synopsis : "While humanity has been telling fantastic stories for millennia, fantasy fiction has only come into its own as a genre in the latter half of the twentieth century, as the works of such writers as J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard have found a wide audience. This wonderful collection celebrates fantasy's heyday with 33 masterpieces of short fiction, ranging from 1940s stories by L. Sprague de Camp, H.L.Gold, Fritz Leiber, and Manly Wade Wellman to more recent tales by such towering modern talents as Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Tanith Lee, Michael Swanwick, Judith Tarr, Howard Waldrop, Jane Yolen, and Roger Zelazny. Just as Gardner Dozois's Modern Classics of Science Fiction has helped longtime fans and new readers alike discover the genre's finest short stories, so too shall this anthology allow readers to find in one volume more than two dozen masterworks of fantasy."Article| Gardner Dozois| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Swords Against the Shadowland
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Legacy of Fritz Leiber Lives – Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are Back! Lankhmar, an ancient and decadent city of magic, where witches and sorcerers scheme, where gods and ghosts walk the streets and shadow-haunted alleys, where violence and death dance together like lovers in the darkness. Lankhmar–a city of plague! Years ago, two rogues bound together by friendship and a shared destiny neither understood met in Lankhmar. Living by their swords, their wits and their daring, they sought adventure and love. Adventure they found, but love–they lost. In despair, they left the city, vowing never to return. Yet vows are made to be broken. Once again, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are drawn back to Lankhmar and quickly ensnared in its wizard-games as one jealous mage turns on his rivals and unleashes a black force not even he can control, a power that threatens the city itself. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, two of the greatest and most beloved characters in fantasy literature, return in this novel-length adventure by Nebula Award nominated author Robin Wayne Bailey. Swords Against the Shadowland, authorized by series creator Fritz Leiber, is a direct sequel to Leiber’s famous story, “Ill-Met in Lankhmar!” Named one of the six best fantasy novels of 1998 by the Science Fiction Chronicle."Article| Robin W. Bailey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction provides comprehensive coverage of the major authors and works in these popular genres. Each entry includes a brief discussion of the author's life and work and includes a full bibliography. Each entry on"Article| Don D'Ammassa| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Turtle Moves!
☯ Full Synopsis : "After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld’s evolution as well as essays on Pratchett’s place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes. Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld’s fans."Article| Lawrence Watt-Evans| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Épées et Sorciers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Imaginez un monde antique et fabuleux, un monde de sortilèges et de joyaux, de crânes et d’épées affûtées. Au cœur de cet univers de légende : la cité de Lankhmar, dont les tours et les ruelles grouillent de brigands et de magiciens. C’est là que se sont rencontrés pour la première fois Fafhrd, barbare des déserts Froids, et le Souricier gris, dont les yeux malicieux luisaient de magie. Ils ne savaient pas encore que leur amitié serait plus longue que mille quêtes et cent vies d’aventure ! Dans les contrées nordiques de Nehwon se dresse le pic infranchissable de l’Embarcadère des Étoiles. Démons et dieux maudits ont établi leur refuge dans ses hauteurs, et gardent le fabuleux trésor caché en ces lieux. Nullement intimidés par l’énormité des forces rangées contre eux, Fafhrd et le Sourcier Gris décident d’aller faire main basse sur le trésor... Mais une aventure mène à une autre, et les deux héros entreprennent de piller les fortunes du royaume de Quarmall, nimbé de terreur, et repaire de la sorcellerie la plus ancienne et la plus noire. Mais là ils apprendront que, plus souvent qu’on ne le croit, ce qui attend les héros au bout de la quête n’est pas le trésor... mais la trahison !"Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Swords Against Wizardry
☯ Full Synopsis : "Drawing themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually coining the term "Sword and Sorcery" that describes the sub-genre he helped create. Before THE LORD OF THE RINGS took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed anti-heroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well, albeit a different one. 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. With SWORDS AGAINST WIZARDRY, the fourth installment of the Lankhmar series, the story unveils behind the curtain in the Witch's Tent. Fafhrd and Gray Mouser are there to consult a sorceress who holds the secret to their escape but when would they ever need to escape? Would they need this knowledge when they journey to Stardock? Where is there to escape up there? No doubt the icy seduction of "the cruel one", with her greed for both gore and graciousness, could offer them several ways out. Their luck has been good so far; one way out should work. Their luck continues as thieves. They are the best thieves in Lankhmar until better positions arise: The Lords of Quarmall. Gray Mouser and Fafhrd steal a kingdom within a hill and declare themselves Lords."Article| Fritz Leiber| Statement ..."