It’s been a while since I read a book on my “bucket list” of genre classics. I picked up an omnibus of the first three Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser anthologies: Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death and Swords in the Mist. I’m afraid to say that other than “Lean Times in Lankhmar”, I’ve found the adventures of the storied duo to be a disappointment.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, after years of ringing endorsements from fantasy fiction authors, roleplaying game designers and genre fans. I’ll concede “hype” was a factor, but there are two complaints I have against the Fritz Leiber’s tales of sword and sorcery that had more impact upon my reaction. Read more