mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli
mordicai

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Swords Against The Nutcracker! (23)

Lankhmar Book Five: The Swords of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber.

See, now we are getting somewhere in the Lankhmar books. I really liked the previous volume, Swords Against Wizardry, & Swords of Lankhmar keeps the ball rolling. Two words for you: were-rats & ghouls. The first is largely the concern of this book-- the rats of Lankhmar are in revolt, & their human-like agents are at the crux of the tail. Excuse me, I mean tale. Gray Mouser has a romance with Hisvet, the enigmatic albino Demoiselle, carried out largely by proxy with her handmaid Frix. Hisvet & the rats are grand-- really well told & with plenty of hooks to draw you in. Not least among those hooks is Gray Mouser shrinking down to rat-sized to infiltrate their under-city. I associate "you've been shrunk to a size where rats are your foes!" with fordmadoxfraud, probably due to similar scenes in his beloved Phantasy Star. I think. Fafhrd doesn't occupy as much of the tale, but! Fafhrd gets a girlfriend! Kreeshkra is a Ghoul, & Leiber has a stroke of brilliance where his ghouls are concerned; quite simply, they have transparent skin & flesh, leaving only their bones visible, & the rainbows of their eyes-- & in the case of Kreeshkra, rouge about her breasts & lips. Deliciously creepy...& totally Fafhrd's girlfriend. The thrust of the book isn't to say it doesn't meander in oddity-- a crazy German guy riding a dragon shows up for no reason? Karl Treuherz of Hagenbecks, what the heck is your deal?

Tags: books, haiku, lankhmar, leiber
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments