Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Mighty Barbarians - Hans Stefan Santesson

The first of a pair of anthologies. Good stories by Leiber, Kuttner and Howard, here, with a couple of the not so great variety by de Camp and Carter splitting them up, although the Thongor tale is entertaining enough. De Camp is a lot lighter in tone.

Mighty Barbarians : 1 When the Sea-King's Away - Fritz Leiber
Mighty Barbarians : 2 The Stronger Spell - L. Sprague de Camp
Mighty Barbarians : 3 Dragon Moon - Henry Kuttner
Mighty Barbarians : 4 Thieves of Zangabal - Lin Carter
Mighty Barbarians : 5 A Witch Shall Be Born - Robert E. Howard

Fafhrd being overly enamored with aquachicks is a problem. So is a monster squid.

4 out of 5

Killing he-witches, never a bad idea.

2.5 out of 5

Some pleading is required before Elak will return to Atlantis. He is a bit keener when he finds out the Pallid One has taken over a king, and his home and the throne are in a fair bit of trouble.

4 out of 5

A Thongor story, set before the first novel. The young warrior is captured by a demon, and actually will need a bit of magical talisman help given he has the demon's boss wizard and his petrification ray to deal with as well.

3 out of 5

A bad problem to have - how do you tell which of two women is the very evil twin. Luckily, our favorite barbarian is a very pragmatic man.

4 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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