Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) is best known as the creator of the popular heroic-fantasy duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, but his accomplishments, far more diverse than this suggests, have been strongly influenced not only by fantasy but also by science fiction and horror. His fiction has won the Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Gandalf, Lovecraft, and World Fantasy Awards, and he has been honored with the Life Achievement Lovecraft Award and the Grand Master Nebula Award. Two of his best novels are the classic dark fantasies Conjure Wife (in 1943 filmed as Weird Woman and Burn Witch Burn) and Our Lady of Darkness (1978 winner of the World Fantasy Award), available in a single volume as Dark Ladies
In Conjure Wife, Professor Norman Saylor, ethnologist and rationalist, is enjoying rapid career advancement and a happy marriage until the day he discovers that his wife, Tansy, is a witch. When Norm reminds her that magic is baseless superstition, she destroys her charms and protections--and Norm finds his career disintegrating and himself and his wife in dangers he'd once thought impossible.
Our Lady of Darkness introduces San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen. While studying his beloved city by binoculars from his apartment window, he is astonished to see a mysterious figure waving at him from a hilltop two miles away. He walks to Corona Heights and looks back at his building, to discover the figure waving at him from his apartment window--and to find himself caught in a century-spanning curse that may have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London. --Cynthia Ward
YakiSOBA said:A Clash of Kings - Book II [A Song of Ice and Fire]
Totally loving it.
$1148 Jack said:To all you people reading the series for the first time I envy you. I finished A Feast For Crows last year and I am eagerly awaiting A Dance with Dragons.
This is the best fantasy series ever IMHO. Don't worry either as the series keeps getting better with each book. Great stuff!
jon bones said:I just started A Game of Thrones and I can already see why people like his writing style so much. It's very engrossing.
And I'm glad that you seem to think the books get better, my only concern is that I invest all this time into a series that turns to shit.
$1148 Jack said:Did you know that a TV series is also in the works with HBO? George R.R. Martin will executive produce IIRC. Apparently a single season will encompass 1 book. Could turn out to be fantastic if done right. I hope the commitment doesn't slow down his ability to write the books in a timely fashion though
QVT said:What others have you read?
QVT said:Oh alright then. It is probably the best out of those that you listed, yeah.
The end of this book is dissapointing to the point of souring the rest of the book.Cosmic Bus said:I got David Mitchell's Number 9 Dream in the mail a few days ago and will probably start it up tonight. I've heard some mild Murakami comparisons made towards this book, and since no one on the swap sites I use is interested in trading away the few Murakami titles I haven't read yet, I figured this would be a decent diversion.
$1148 Jack said:No need to sound sarcastic :lol I can list my entire bookcase but it will take awhile!
Seriously, the series is spectacular. I have found many of the characters (especially the 'evil' ones) to be full of depth and devoid of cliche which is hard to do in the fantasy genre.
If you have suggestions that I should read I'm all 'eyes', that is if they don't already reside in my bookcase
QVT said:I was going my best not to sound sarcastic at any point. :lol I'm not exactly a "fan" of the series.
No suggestions really, unless you've not read Gene Wolfe.
$1148 Jack said:Fair enough :lol . It's like you anticipated my move though as I picked up The Book Of the New Sun last week but have yet to start it. Many friends have suggested that the books in the series are excellent, so my opinions may change (it has to be damn awesome though!).
Maybe this is not the time or place but what makes you dislike the Song of Ice and Fire series by Martin?
QVT said:Wanted to see what they're like. I'm not exactly impressed so far.
Sir Fragula said:Wow that cover art is awful! I bought the book the other day and mine looks like this:
Regional differences I suppose.
FnordChan said:Speaking of which, in the supernatural detective vein I thoroughly enjoyed all of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, which you may find more enjoyable than the Anita Blake series.
Eric P said:they used to just use the Kirby artwork
but all of the "new" american promotional stuff (covers, ads) now is pretty bad, because i think they're trying for crossover success.
Sir Fragula said:Alas. Still, there's an old saying about book covers that nearly comes to mind. I'm sure I'll remember it sooner rather than later though.