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What about the Lankhmar books by Fritz Leiber?

Scurrilous

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I think a character arc where a dubious anti-hero slowly slides into something worse would be valid if the author called it out as such somehow. Though in Knight and Knave of Swords Mouser's nasty side is how the villains get to him. Maybe Lieber got around to condemning Mouser's boarderline pedophilia and rape in the novel but I doubt it. The thrill of transgressive behaviour is very much part of the series and the author probably just saw it as a harmless fantasy.
 

Litpho

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I also think that Leiber at that point didn't see anything wrong with it, more's the pity.

Well, this unsavoury side discussion just underlines what everyone has been saying: "Stick to the first five books".
 

ESkemp

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He wouldn't be the first author who got sketchier as he got older, alas. But sticking to the first five means you go out on Swords of Lankhmar, and that's a pretty good note to go out on.
 

Marcantony

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Yes but the only was to get them now is via reprints; the first book reprints the first 4 novels, and the second book reprints the last 3 novels. So if I only get the first reprint then Ill only be able to read books 1-4. If that makes sense.
 

Vargold

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"Bazaar of the Bizarre" is, IMO, one of the best short stories ever written in English.
 

Litpho

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Both great stories. I am quite fond of Creature from Cleveland Depths and The Girl with the Hungry Eyes. Oh, and Mariana - simple premise but great execution.
 

Arethusa

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For a moment I was wondering why I’ve never read the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories despite their influence and many friends who like them, and then the Retro-Hugo ballot reminded me that Leiber wrote Conjure Wife.
 

Brandi

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It's been a while since I read Conjure Wife (though I enjoyed the movie that was made out of it)-- what are its problems?
 
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