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Swords in the Mist (1968)

por Fritz Leiber

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Séries: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (3)

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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser take to the sea in the third installment of this seminal sword and sorcery series that "has lost none of its luminous magic" (San Francisco Chronicle). Swords in the Mist, book three in the Lankhmar series, thrusts our indentured, sword-swinging servants into the question of hate, its power, and its purpose. Times are lean in Lankhmar, illuminating the link between money and love. Luckily, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser don't always believe in love. When Lankhmar gets too gritty, our travelers take to their other, less harsh mistress, the sea. But the sea can play tricks on men, and so can the sea king. He can break a man, or worse yet, curse him. But when he is away, it's all play for the formidable swordsmen and the Triple Goddess . . . and two luscious sea queens. But luck may not always be there, as they discover on the way to see Ningauble, their wizard employer. After a long journey in defense of their control over their own fates, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser find themselves pawns in a life-and-death chess game, all of Lankhmar being the pieces. How many pawns will be left on the board before someone wins?   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 of the first 3 books.
Apart from the "Origin" stories in volume 1, all of the short stories have felt too similar and predictable for me.
Hard times in Lankhmar in this volume was different and enjoyable.
I also enjoyed the novella sized Adept's Gambit. Similar to the shorter stories, but I've worked out I like my fantasy drawn out a bit more.

Unsure whether to continue with volume 4 or move onto something completely different.
Might try volume 4 at least as it appears to be a couple of longer novellas. ( )
1 vote stubooks | Apr 4, 2024 |
I'm a sucker for these books. Leiber's heroes are made real just as they are archetypes for the sword and sorcery genre in general. His phrases had me saying them back out loud and I found myself turning the pages in genuine excitement to see what happens next. A rare thing for a reader as jaded as I.
Seriously, every fan of fantasy should read this series and this is one of the strongest entries.
  Timtmorton | Jan 9, 2024 |
Las vidas de los aventureros mercenarios toman a veces rumbos extraños y peligrosos que les llevan a participar en guerras, les hacen competir con hechiceros intrigantes y les ponen en contacto con magas seductoras. Pero nadie podría haber predicho el camino que seguirían Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris desde los callejones de Lankhmar hasta una fantástica aventura en las costas del Mar Interior de Nehwon y, finalmente, a través de una puerta invisible que les dio acceso a un mundo diferente. Nadie podría haber previsto las batallas desesperadas con criaturas que encarnan el mal, las amenazas de dioses odiosos a las que se enfrentan Fafhrd y el Ratonero Gris en su búsqueda del castillo llamado Niebla.
  Natt90 | Jan 11, 2023 |
This book rates an extra star by virtue of the last story in it: The Adept's Gambit. I felt more excited about continuing to read the series at the end of that tale, incidentally the last in the book, than at any other time. Part of the reason for that -- a big part -- was the character of Ahura, who was clearly and strongly hinted as being a continuing/returning character when the adventures of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser would continue in the next book, something never seen before in this series (though there were characters other than the central pair who continued across the stories within the first book, at least). Ahura not only appeared to be the promise of a continuing character, but a continuation of a character that interested me at least as much as Fafhrd and the Mouser themselves (particularly the Mouser, who I find more interesting than his partner).

I had some doubt that Ahura would turn out to be a continuing character, though. It just felt like I was ready to be let down in the next book and, sadly, I was right. Even so, Ahura made Swords in the Mist worth reading all by herself, an intriguing presence in the tale from her first appearance. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
This is another compilation of short stories/novellas. There is sword and sorcery, but some stories are touched by a darker fantasy, bordering on horror.

The Cloud of Hate was the one that sent chills down my back. The idea that enough people can create a palpable hate rings too true. Lean Times in Lankhmar had me shaking my head, wondering how Fafhrd and Grey Mouser would get out of this one! The Adept's Gambit was one that I found interesting. Ningauble's messages had me snickering throughout.

If you like the Lankhmar books, you will probably enjoy this book. It isn't necessary to read them in order, so feel free to pick this one up and read away. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Apr 22, 2019 |
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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser take to the sea in the third installment of this seminal sword and sorcery series that "has lost none of its luminous magic" (San Francisco Chronicle). Swords in the Mist, book three in the Lankhmar series, thrusts our indentured, sword-swinging servants into the question of hate, its power, and its purpose. Times are lean in Lankhmar, illuminating the link between money and love. Luckily, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser don't always believe in love. When Lankhmar gets too gritty, our travelers take to their other, less harsh mistress, the sea. But the sea can play tricks on men, and so can the sea king. He can break a man, or worse yet, curse him. But when he is away, it's all play for the formidable swordsmen and the Triple Goddess . . . and two luscious sea queens. But luck may not always be there, as they discover on the way to see Ningauble, their wizard employer. After a long journey in defense of their control over their own fates, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser find themselves pawns in a life-and-death chess game, all of Lankhmar being the pieces. How many pawns will be left on the board before someone wins?   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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