Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2) by Fritz Leiber

Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2)

In the second instalment of this rousing series, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate. Fritz Leiber’s witty prose, lively plots, and superb characterizations stand the te...

Details Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2)

TitleSwords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2)
Release DateAug 21st, 2007
PublisherDark Horse
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Heroic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Short Stories

Reviews Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2)

  • Karl
    This hardcover is numbered 40 of 300 produced and is signed by:Fritz Leiber (Facsimile)Steve Rasnic Tem (Introduction)Dominick Saponaro (Artist)
  • Bill Kerwin
    In this collection, our two rogues journey from Lankhmar, seeking to avoid this city which holds painful memories of the deaths of their two beloved "girls," and are led instead to encounter death in two other forms ("The Bleak Shore," "The Price of Pain-Ease") before finally banishing the ghosts of their loves. There are many entertaining individual tales here, my favorite being the two stories about towers ("The Jewels of the Forest" and "The H...
  • Evgeny
    Plagued by the nightmares they saw in Lankhmar in the last book Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser flee the city and gave their word never to come back only to meet a mysterious figure who predicts they will come back - several times. From this point on the plot became very sketchy with a lot of exploits by the dynamic duo just briefly mentioned. Time passes and the friends have to return to the great city as predicted. From this point on their adventure...
  • Eric
    "So you think a man can cheat death and outwit doom?" said the small, pale man, whose bulging forehead was shadowed by a black cowl.The Gray Mouser, holding the dice box ready for a throw, paused and quickly looked sideways at the questioner."I said that a cunning man can cheat death for a long time."The Silver Eel bustled with pleasantly raucous excitement. Fighting men predominated and the clank of swordmen's harnesses mingled with the thump of...
  • S.E. Lindberg
    Leiber’s Mouser and Fafhrd are the Scooby and Shaggy Of Sword and SorceryAtmosphere and Style: Fafhrd and Mouser are two rogues who are braver and smarter than Scooby and Shaggy, but form as legendary a duo in many ways. The pair were chronicled over ~5 decades by the man who termed the genre “Sword & Sorcery” (Fritz Leiber) in separate short stories (covering ~40 stories, published over 1939 to 1991). Their adventures in the City of Lankhm...
  • Gary
    I did enjoy the classic fantasy element of this book. Understanding where a genre began and understanding the influences is important to me. That is why I chose this series. I found my mind wandering at times and needed to reread sections. Quite often, really. I commented on this to my 13 year old daughter (who is a sometimes voracious reader) and she promptly informed me that her mind wanders when a book bores her and she quits it.Maybe she was ...
  • Joseph
    More escapades with Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, a surprising number of which still take place far from Lankhmar, the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes. Now that the origin stories have been dispensed with (in the previous volume), we can finally see Fafhrd and Mouser as the (mostly) inseparable comrades we've been expecting. Chronologically speaking, the stories are a mixed bag -- most date from the 1940's (including "Jewels in the House", a.k.a...
  • J.G. Keely
    This was much better than I was expecting. I enjoy a good pulp now and again, but this nearly reached the mirth and derring-do of Dumas' Musketeers. Many of these stories were written before those of the first collection. They were short magazine submissions, and it was only later that Leiber thought to write introductory stories.Being written in the early part of Leiber's career at different times and places, the stories show a great deal of ple...
  • Димитър Цолов
    Макар да се пада втори сборник в официалната хронология на цикъла за Фафрд и Сивия Мишелов, Swords Against Death (1970) всъщност представлява разширена версия на първата колекция за двамата авантюристи - Two Sought Adventure - публикувана през далечната 1957 г. в тираж о...
  • Kat Hooper
    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Ho, Fafhrd tall! Hist, Mouser small!Why leave you the city Of marvelous parts?It were a great pity To wear out your heartsAnd wear out the soles of your feet,Treading all earth, Foregoing all mirth,Before you once more Lankhmar greet.Now return, now return, now!Swords Against Death is the second collection of stories about Fafhrd, the big northern barbarian, and The Gray Mouser, the small thief from the slu...
  • Bogdan
    I love everything about this series of books! This second volume has more stories and the action goes from land to sea, from house to tower, from the hot lands to the icelands, and introduces a lot of new creatures and some, new players in to the story.The writing remained in the same style and I was impressed by the true friendship that develops, along this volume, between the two unusual heroes.There are some dramatic moments along some of the ...
  • Stephen
    4.0 to 4.5 stars. These stories are a ton of fun. If you like the Dying Earth by Jack Vance and the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, you will love these stories. Highly Recommended!!
  • Phil
    Another indispensable installment in one of the most important sword & sorcery series ever.Interestingly, most of the stories contained in this volume take place far from the city of Lankhmar. Instead we're given a wide-ranging tour of many distant locales scattered across Nehwon. While it was written much later than most of the stories contained here, "The Circle Curse" provides an interesting justification for Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser to quit...
  • Stuart
    Swords Against Death: Sword and sorcery’s most famous duo are in top formOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis is the second collection of stories in the FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER series, but the majority of the stories were written well before the stories of the first book Swords and Deviltry. Again Fritz Leiber took a group of independent stories written in the early 1940s and added connective and framing material to make the book more...
  • Brian
    This book is fantastic. Really, I could stop there, along with an exhortation to go read it immediately, but that's hardly an actual review, so I'll continue.As I mentioned in my review for Swords and Deviltry, the first half of that book before Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser met was pretty boring, but the second half was much more engaging. In this book, the two companions start together and stay together for the entirety (or nearly so) of the book,...
  • Joel
    I won't lie - it was all I could do to even finish this book. I appreciate what it was and what it accomplished - the series is credited as one of the pioneers of sword and sorcery fantasy, and built the archetype for the 2-man duo in the genre, paving the way for things like Riyria and Egil and Nix. Unfortunately, it just does it so, so boringly. The writing is of good quality, the story is fine, but there's just nothing exciting for me. I felt ...
  • Algernon
    The adventures of Fafhrd and Grey Mouser continue, roaming the many landscapes of Newhon, fighting monsters and ghosts and powerful magicians, partying in shady alleyways, always together, always ready to lend a hand to each other. This volume is more fragmented than the origins story in the Swords and Deviltry, with shorter installments, but I could still trace the progress of the friendship and the continuity between different exploits of the d...
  • Negar Bolboli
    This collection of stories chronicles ten of the two rogues' bizzare and at times, humorous adventures. Particularly interesting were stories IV, V, and VI respectively 'The Bleak Shore', 'The Howling Tower', and 'The Sunken Land' that have certain bizzare Lovecraftian elements and less humor and more gravity and are more horror-based. These qualities can be sensed in all the ten stories but feels more prominent in the three that I mentioned, spe...
  • Commodore Tiberius Q. Handsome
    Fritz Leiber invented the term "sword and sorcery", and he was the finest author the genre has ever had. In fact he was, in my opinion, the finest author of fantasy period. I rank him above Tolkien, Howard and Moorcock, never mind Martin or Jordan. I've read him described as a "master prose stylist", and the description is apt indeed. Fritz Leiber was, simply, a terrific, extremely talented writer with a true love of language and a prodigious, pl...
  • Derek
    This second book of the series seem richer than the previous collection, now that it's not burdened by the apparently necessary origin stories. In general this format works better: shorter, punchier stories and a willingness to let some incidental character become the viewpoint briefly.I'm fascinated by the role that Nehwon and Lankhmar play in the development of popular fantasy: how much of Lankhmar is in New Crobuzon or Viriconium or Adrilankha...
  • Jean-marcel
    Reading this set of tales for the second time through, it occurred to me that most of them are actually ghost stories told in a fantastic milieu. This doesn't really surprise me, as Leiber successfully told many ghost stories in a modern/contemporary setting, especially (but not only) in urban settings, and so as this particular genre is clearly close to his heart, it makes sense that he would be able to transmute a ghost tale with some of the tr...
  • Danns
    The second book in the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser Series was equally enthralling as the first book. I enjoyed the treks across the world of Newhon and beyond. The mixture of fantasy and the elements of horror were perfect. I think the story that stood out for me the most was the Sunken Land. I love maritime stories and this reminded very much of Dagon (H.P. Lovecraft). Yet to single out a specific story is very difficult in this treasure trove of awe...
  • Alex
    Towering classic of the sword & sorcery genre that every fantasy fan owes it to themselves to read. Confusingly these Fafhrd and Gray Mouser stories were collected by Leiber to make up coherent volumes so one finds oneself reading stories that were written 30 years apart - in this case it's in service of a sub narrative across several stories that sees the duo despondent after the death of their loved ones and meeting a pair of strange magicians,...
  • Jason Young
    Thieves' House is one of the quintessential fantasy short stories. It's has most of original D&D wrapped up inside. The other stories in this are all very good, and build on each other very well.
  • Rhy Moore
    People seem to really love these. I don't, however, see why. Maybe because I don't have nostalgia to bolster my experience?But even in the most fundamental of ways I don't find them engaging. The stories are far too short--fine, I've never been a big fan of short stories, so I'll try to disregard that. Next, however, are the plots. They are all entirely anticlimactic, which begs the question: are they doing anything else instead of having recogni...
  • Scott
    The further adventures of progressive barbarian Fafhrd and wizardling thief Gray Mouser. I am really enjoying these stories. They are a great escape and are also, unexpectedly, quite funny. My favorites in this collection were the final two, which feature the pair's rival mentors and taskmasters, the verbose Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and the concise and direct Sheelba of the Eyeless Face.
  • Miguel López del Pueyo
    ¡Más aventuras, más magia, más mazmorreo!
  • Jonathan
    Girls are for desert, but unfortunately spiders too.