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A very good compilation from 2010, containing a fair spread of stories.

Tor SF double No. 19

First published in 1990 by TOR as a Paperback

The Hugo and Nebula award winning Novellete Ill Met in Lankmar is bundled with The Fair in Emain Macha by Charles de Lint. Charles de Lint pays tribute to Fritz in his introduction.

Tor Double #19 is an old-and-new contrast — the very first of Leiber’s tales of Fafhrd and theGray Mouser, and an early work by one of today’s best young fantasists (the author of Yarrow,Moonheart, and Svaha). Both are excellent of their kind, Leiber’s particularly so. Lankhmar has spawned so many imitators in the decades since Leiber first chronicled the skulduggery in its dark streets that it is easy to forget how good the original stories were. Rediscover, and enjoy!
Raymonds Reviews #029 Date: 5 Apr 90 16:11:11 GMT

The Three of Swords

First published in 1989 by SFBC as a Hardback

Collects the first three Swords books.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


Adept's Gambit

Bazaar of the Bizarre

Claws from the Night

Ill Met in Lankhmar

Induction

Lean Times in Lankhmar

The Bleak Shore

The Circle Curse

The Cloud of Hate

The Howling Tower

The Jewels in the Forest

The Price of Pain-Ease

The Seven Black Priests

The Snow Women

The Sunken Land

The Unholy Grail

The Wrong Branch

Their Mistress, the Sea

Thieves' House

When the Sea-King's Away

Ill Met in Lankhmar

First published in 1995 by Whitewolf as a Hardback

Ill Met in Lankhmar is an omnibus edition including both Swords Against Deviltry and Swords Against Death as well as some poetry about the Gray Mouser. The book opens with a fascinating introduction by Micheal Moorcock and is followed by Fritz Leibers ‘Fafhrd and Me’  The book contains numerous illustrations, quite simply a superb edition of the two books.

Ill Met in Lankhmar reviews & articles Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


Bazaar of the Bizarre

Claws from the Night

Ill Met in Lankhmar

Induction

The Bleak Shore

The Circle Curse

The Howling Tower

The Jewels in the Forest

The Price of Pain-Ease

The Seven Black Priests

The Snow Women

The Sunken Land

The Unholy Grail

Thieves' House
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Ship of Shadows

A Collection containing many of Fritz's award winning stories

Swords and Deviltry

First published in 1970 by Ace as a Paperback

The first of the Swords series (In the Lankhmar chronology) containing stories mainly pertaining to the childhood and finally the meeting of Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser in the Nebula award winning story Ill met in Lankhmar.

Review at SF Site

Review by The Little Red Reviewer

Review at Conceptual Fiction

Review at The Quill and Keyboard

Review by Bruce Durham

Notable Editions: First edition is Ace no. 79170. Gregg Press HB. Mayflower also did a box set. George Prior HB. Also available as Kindle and an Audiobook

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


Ill Met in Lankhmar

Induction

The Snow Women

The Unholy Grail

The Leiber Chronicles

First published in 1990 by Dark Harvest as a Hardback

A quite superb selection. Billed as 50 years of Fritz Leiber many of the stories are uncollected before and the others are classics.

Notable Editions: Numbered, lettered and slipcased editions released

Kirkus Review
The cream of octogenarian Leiber’s fantasies, holding 50 years of stories (44 selections) in one giant volume that can be seen as the capstone of Leiber’s storytelling–although he has written some well-remembered novels (Gather, Darkness and Conjure Wife, filmed excellently as Burn, Witch, Burn). The present collection includes the second earliest swords-and-sorcery fantasy in Leiber’s Grey Mouser and Fafhrd series “”Two Sought Adventure”” (1939) and the latest, “”The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars”” (1983). “”Curse”” may be Fafhrd and Grey Mouser’s swan song, in that they die–for a while. If their deaths turn out to be only flirtations with death, the farewell notes seem to have sounded.

There’s not a dumb story in the book, though some–such as “”Poor Superman,”” the story of a gigantic artificial intelligence–have been outdone by others. Leiber’s classiest acts are here: “”The Automatic Pistol,”” in which a dead hood’s pistol pursues his murderer; “”Smoke Ghost””–a juicy updating of just what a modern ghost should be like (“”A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the jerky tension of the high-pressure metropolitan worker. . .the aggressive whine of the panhandler. . .and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns. Each one overlying yet blending with the other, like a pile of semi-transparent masks. . .””); “”Gonna Roll the Bones,”” “”Ship of Shadows,”” “”Ill Met in Lankhmar,”” and the ironic antidefamation fantasy “”Belsen Express””–which is a gasser. Leiber’s best collection ever.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


237 Talking Statues Etc

A Bad Day for Sales

A Pail of Air

A Rite of Spring

Alice and the Allergy

America the Beautiful

Bazaar of the Bizarre

Belsen Express

Catch That Zeppelin!

Coming Attraction

Endfray of the Ofay

Four Ghosts in Hamlet

Gonna Roll the Bones

Horrible Imaginings

Ill Met in Lankhmar

Mariana

Midnight by the Morphy Watch

Poor Superman

Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee

Sanity

Ship of Shadows

Smoke Ghost

The 64-Square Madhouse

The Automatic Pistol

The Bait

The Beat Cluster

The Button Molder

The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars

The Death of Princes

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

The Glove

The Haunted Future

The Hound

The Jewels in the Forest

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Man Who Never Grew Young

The Moon Is Green

The Night He Cried

The Winter Flies

Try and Change The Past

Wanted - An Enemy

What's He Doing In There?

When the Change-Winds Blow

Yesterday House

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