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Swords Against Death (The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 7, 2014
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With passages such as "After all, girls had a way of blotting out all lesser, but not thereby despicable, delights. Girls were for dessert.", how could one see this collection of stories as anything other than a masterpiece of the highest order? Perhaps if one were no fan of fantasy, but only in that rare instance. Otherwise, a careful reader would still take great delight in Leiber's phrasing, rhythm, word selection, vocabulary, structure and use of language in general.
To think that so many of Leiber's works remain ahead of me... I can hardly contain my eagerness.
The fighting is believable. Laughs and perils abound. They fit best into the weird horror category.
The Master's work influenced many others: His city Lankhmar - which was inspried by Los Angeles - inspired Terry Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork - which was also inspired by London. Michael Chabon's "Gentlemen of the Road" is a direct steal.
The KIndle edition has a problem with font size. I normally use a mid-level font size when I read on my Kindles. When I opened this book, the font was too teeny to read! I had to use almost the biggest font to be able to read it!