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Book Title: Return to Lankhmar|
The author of the book: Fritz Leiber
Edition: White Wolf Games Studio
Date of issue: December 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9781565048966
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And so on to the third of the collected Swords books - reading these books does feel like I am picking up the literary equivalent of a Russian doll - you have this omnibus contains - two books, which in turn turn contain a series of short stories.
I am not going to go through each story plus my no spoilers rule sort of kicks in about now anyway. However what I can say that after so many adventures (after all if you look at each story as a new adventure / quest / trial - then they have been very busy indeed).
However its not just the fantastic adventures of the characters which make them so important (and the establishing of the sword and sorcery genre) but also how the reading community has taken them to heart.
Now I will digress here a little - on reading about the books (come on you know me I love to know what a book got written as well as what was in it) I did not realise how far and wide these two characters Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser had got. Yes I had seen references to comics and graphic novels but table top gaming and the rise of fighting fantasy stories.
And that is not all - these omnibus editions each have new celebrity (endorsements?) introductions all of whom seem to get in some reference to how they were influenced by these adventures. Each cover has quotes from some of the master of high fantasy, high praise in deed, or just acknowledging one of their peers as they rightly should.
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Read information about the authorFritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at various points in his career, using it sometimes for farce and sometimes for gloomy mood pieces--The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures. Leiber's science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love. Leiber's late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. Leiber's capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation.
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