April 24, 2010

Fafhd and the Gray Mouser: finally getting around to a classic

On my last trip to the US, I decided to finally sit down and read a classic in the fantasy genre, Fritz Leiber's Lahnkmar series with Fafhd and the Gray Mouser. I picked up the first volume, a compilation of sorts I think, and gave it a read.

Overall it took a while for me to get into it. I persevered and near the end it really started moving. I'm looking forward to more adventures of this famous duo. I'm kind of curious what other gaps I have in the "classics" of the fantasy and science fiction genres. I've read a lot of the interesting sounding stuff from Project Gutenberg, but since nothing has fallen into the public domain since about 1923 or so there isn't much that is "newish" - I'm thinking of stuff from the 50s and 60s. Some of that is still being collected and published in new volumes for reasonable prices, so I guess it isn't too bad, but it seems strange to me that things published before my father was born are not yet available for the greater social good.

At any rate, I did enjoy this book, and will probably get started on the next one. Too bad I don't have any long 8 hour plane rides coming up where I can steal some time for reading...!



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Re: Fafhd and the Gray Mouser: finally getting around to a classic
Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
Been looking around for bloggers who write (occasionally or regularly) on food nad drinks in Japan!
Just discovered your site!
Also discovered you like fantasy!
Fafhd and the Gray Mouser: How long ago did I read that? LOL
I actually wrote my own fantasy story for fun ( a long fun, I must say) at: http://dragonlife.wordpress.com/
How long have you been living in Japan?
I'm curious to know qhat your favourite Japanese foods and drinks are!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best regards,
Robert-Gilles
Posted 13 years, 6 months ago by Robert-Gilles Martineau • @wwwReply
Re: Fafhd and the Gray Mouser: finally getting around to a classic
I've been in Japan about four years now.
My favorite food is probably Katsu Curry, but there isn't much that I won't eat. The things that are in that category are natto, kusaya, and some of the stranger parts of animals (intestines, gizzards, etc.)

I haven't been writing much at all in this blog, but hope to start taking more pictures and doing a bit more writing. I also haven't been doing any recreational reading lately - hopefully I can change that! I am particularly interested in Paolo Bacigalupi's stuff, like The Windup Girl
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Posted 13 years, 6 months ago by fugu Tabetai • @wwwReply

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