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Fritz Leiber's Lean Times in Lankhmar Hardcover – Apr 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: White Wolf Pub (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565049276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565049277
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g

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About the Author

SALES POINTS* New and definitive editions of the most influential of all modern fantasy series * 'Most fantasy writers today are continually being compared to J.R.R. Tolkien. This has no bearing on reality. Most of us, if asked, admit that Fritz Leiber is our spiritual father, and for the most part we're sweating to keep up, let alone overtake him' -- Raymond E. Feist * 'The publication of these volumes should do much to help remind readers of fantasy of their debt to a writer who is, in my opinion, still the greatest of us all' -- M --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Adept's Gambit an underappreciated center piece April 7 2000
By Michael Sullivan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The story Adept's Gambit is one of the most moody pieces intheFafhrd and the Gray Mouser series. It contains a Lovecraftianhorror/mystery, a comical opening (in true F&GM style) and a thrilling climax. It is the element of luck that plays such a refreshing part in Leiber's stories concerning the two heroes. He can give them heroic qualities galore but he keeps them grounded in semi-reality by never giving them ridiculous Conan-like abilities. Lean Times in Lankhmar is, for my money, the funniest thing Leiber ever wrote and possibly his best piece of narrative in the whole series. I'm think it's quite a feat to write a story that both mocks and celebrates religion and throws in some adventuring fun to boot.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Stronger Collection of Stories than "Ill Met in Lankhmar" Oct. 28 1999
By Elyon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Except for "Adept's Gambit," a very early story by Leiber, all of the tales here are among the best short stories I have read in fantasy fiction. While Leiber's style of writing at time leans towards being a trifle florid, he nonetheless offers some of the most richly phrased descriptive narrative and inventive characters and settings one could find, and I think one would be hard-pressed to call any of his work tiring or lacking imaginative interest. These stories belong on the shelf of any serious fantasy reader, so I am sad to see they've gone out of print.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good, but patchy, given the current layout. June 21 1999
By S Smyth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the Cloud of Hate - Lean Times..., and Stardock - The two best thieves... - and The Lords of Quarmall sections, of this second book of the series, more than the Adept's Gambit - and associated parts. All of it was good, but the lastly mentioned - mid section - was rather contrived and inconsistent in style, the thirty year gap in the creation of some of the linking parts not helping. Maybe if they had been placed more strategically they would have worked better in the overall scheme. Anyhow, the more appealing sections are important, since elements from them are used extensively as future references within the last two books of the series, Return to Lankhmar, and Farewell to Lankhmar. So these must be read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great stories and a short novel June 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book includes two of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books. Swords in the Mist and Swords against Devilry. In the former is a short novel called Adept's Gambit. Which happens of F&GM's world of Nehwon and on ours during Hellenistic times. Like most of F&GM's stories it combines swashbuckling action with comedy and horror
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing fantasy adventure of two rogues Jan. 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fun, exiting, I have read it three times in two years. I love to imagine the world in which Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser run around, drink, get women, and fight harrowing duels with any villian one can imagine.

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