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Swords Against Wizardry (1968)

por Fritz Leiber

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Séries: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (4)

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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser search for treasure in book four of the genre-defining Sword and Sorcery series from the Grand Master of Science Fiction.   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 story unfolds 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.   Before The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured deep within the caves of Inner Earth, 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.   Drawing on themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre and actually coined the term Sword and Sorcery that describes the subgenre he helped create. … (mais)
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My favourite so far.
Almost gave up after the first 3 books but the longer stories in this one I found much more enjoyable. ( )
  stubooks | Apr 4, 2024 |
En el helado norte de Nehwon se alzaba una montaña inescalable. La leyenda decía que en su cumbre moraban dioses malignos y demonios y que, por supuesto, había un tesoro sin precio. De modo que, naturalmente, cuando Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris oyeron hablar de ello... Y, como si una aventura semejante no fuera suficiente para dos mortales, encontraremos a Fafhrd y al Ratonero Gris en una taberna de Lankhmar, fanfarroneando sobre su habilidad como ladrones, y poco después, turbados por la vergüenza, viendo separados sus caminos en los laberintos del antiguo reino de Quarmal, cuna de intrigas y poderosos nigromantes.
  Natt90 | Jan 11, 2023 |
I was gravely disappointed, after the way Swords in the Mist ended with literally the last piece of dialog being one of my favorite characters in the whole series expressing interest in crossing realms with Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, to see that Ahura was not even mentioned in this volume. Rating it as a stand-alone book, though, I must force myself to ignore that fact for this review, and interesting characters rarely survive the author's interest from one story within a volume to the next, let alone between books, so I wasn't surprised -- only deeply disappointed.

Overall, this book seems to show a maturing in Fritz Leiber's writing that I appreciated. For that, the book should rate slightly better than the three stars I gave it, but there were a couple of substantial negatives that dragged it back down. One was the way it becomes more difficult to sympathize with the "heroes" in this book than in some previous tales. They are increasingly presented as "heroes" while being less and less heroic and likable in some ways. Another is the fact that Stardock, mostly a well-written story, starts to fall apart toward the end in terms of its quality of storytelling. A third is that the story The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar reads a bit like someone told Fritz he should portray more empowered women in his writing about Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but his heart wasn't in it, so he basically just phoned it in. A fourth is that the Quarmall story mixes some interesting world building with some I-don't-know-what that mostly turned me off the thing. I have mixed feelings about that tale.

I bought this whole series, up to book 5 (The Swords of Lankhmar), at a library's used book sale. It has been entertaining so far, but unless someone can tell me that Ahura reappears at some point, or gives me some other strong reason to continue reading about Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, I'm unlikely to seek out the sixth book at all. I'll probably just consider Swords in the Mist the high point of the series and give the collection of books 1-5 to a thrift store. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
Didn't love it, and in particular the last story was a bit of a slog—some terrific moments, but overlong, with too many characters. My favourite stories so far seem to be the smallest (which surprises me, as a novel lover), perhaps only our two heroes against a mysterious force or bewildering circumstance ... but the larger the scope, the less enthused I am.

Have reason to believe book #5 is the best of the bunch, so looking forward to it—he didn't lose me, I just won't be re-reading this one.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Four classic novellas of the dauntless duo in and about Lankhmar. the boys deal with local politics, In the Witch's Tent" (1968) and "The Lords of Quarmall" (1964). With mysticism in"Stardock" (1965), and personal crisis in "The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar" (1968). ( )
  DinadansFriend | Aug 20, 2019 |
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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser search for treasure in book four of the genre-defining Sword and Sorcery series from the Grand Master of Science Fiction.   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 story unfolds 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.   Before The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured deep within the caves of Inner Earth, 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.   Drawing on themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre and actually coined the term Sword and Sorcery that describes the subgenre he helped create. 

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