The Knight and Knave of Swords

The Knight and Knave of Swords

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Ramsey Campbell, the highly regarded British horror author called him, qthe greatest living writer of supernatural horror fictionq. Drawing many of his own themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the Fantasy genre, actually having coined the term qSword and Sorceryq that would describe the sub-genre he would more than help create. While THE LORD OF THE RINGS took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed anti-heroes, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well, albeit a different one than Tolkien's. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar is Leiber's fully realized, vivid, incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery.Fingers, reciting the death spell Quarmal had taught her hypnotically after her kidnapping and which she now thought of as a sleep spell ... and against the breasts of his daughter by (the Quarmallian) slave girl Friska, and the childa#39;s unwitting recitation of the death spell. ... countermand that death spell by snapping his fingers thrice as hea#39;d just now seen Quarmal do to stay the instructional assassinationanbsp;...

Title:The Knight and Knave of Swords
Author:Fritz Leiber
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-06-11


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