fafhrd and the gray mouser

by howard chaykin

2.5 avg rating
Book 13 of 57 in the Most Influential Fantasy Books
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Since their first appearance in 1939, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have ranked among the most beloved characters in fantasy. Their rollicking adventures in the fantastic land of Nehwon have influenced the work of some of the best in modern fantasy, including Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and countless others.

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9 comments
Kathryn | 2012-12-22 02:12:56
Can't believe this one comes under Never Read - there are plenty of copies in the bookstores and it is obvious every modern fantasy writer knows the stories off by heart - and the good ones put in neat tributes easily spotted by those who are reasonably well read. Though come to think of it I haven't seen a tribute yet in Jim Butcher. Loved his Tao of Pratchett aside in the latest. Not great books but inventive, very funny, and the fastest pace of any sword and sorcery
Anonymous | 2013-11-02 05:45:50
I agree...read this series years ago. Great read
Zave | 2015-05-29 10:13:01
i don't understand why you speak so well of this saga. the narrator was a turn down from the beginning but at least the first book was somewhat decent. at the moment i'm stuck halfway with the second book. two insipid characters going around doing random stuff without a plot gets boring really fast in my opinion. the author even had to kill fafhrd backstory at the beginning of the second book (gnomes, really?) because what character is better than a clean slate? going to drop this saga.
Zave | 2015-05-29 10:13:55
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Anonymous | 2015-12-15 03:10:28
Howard Chaykin? Why are you crediting a comic book writer who adapted the stories for the work of one of the finest writers of all time? Fritz Leiber is the author of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Can you correct this error?
Jeff Brower | 2015-12-15 03:12:18
Sorry, I'm "Anonymous} above, and here's my rating:
Anonymous | 2016-06-19 08:04:36
Howard Chaykin??????
Anonymous | 2016-08-28 06:01:22
Dunno if I'd put this on a "25 best" list. I read this a long, long time ago, when it was pretty much new, and found it very slow. My advice to anyone reading it fresh is to skip a few paragraphs when the narration disappears into vaguely philosophical but irrelevant reflections on life, the universe, and everything. You won't miss anything important and it makes the text a lot more tolerable. (Actually that may apply to Leiber's other works as well.) And NB ... the gray mouser is a (metaphorical) cat. (Obviously.)
Kimmi | 2018-08-19 07:25:18
Totally agree with Zave above. Read this years ago. I somehow managed to get through book 1...by sheer determination. Got half-way through Book 2 and there it still sits on my bookshelf unfinished. I pride myself on finishing EVERYTHING I start to read (no matter how bad) but I just couldn't do it with Leiber's books. I would never recommend or read any of his other works. How he is ranked on the top 25 list is unfathomable.
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