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Book Title: Gonna Roll the Bones|
The author of the book: Fritz Leiber
ISBN 13: 9781596871762
Edition: Milk & Cookies
Date of issue: October 1st 2004
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Thanks to Peter Tillman’s review, I came across this gem of a novelette, winner of both Hugo (1968) and Nebula (1967) awards. A tantalizing subject – playing craps with Death – in a sublimely beautiful writing.
“It was the man in black, their master, who was the deadly one, the kind of man you knew at a glance you couldn't touch and live.[…] For it was the eyes that were the most impressive feature. All great gamblers have dark-shadowed deep-set eyes. But this one's eyes were sunk so deep you couldn't even be sure you were getting a gleam of them. They were inscrutability incarnate. They were unfathomable. They were like black holes.””
I don’t know to whom give credit for this picture, but it’s too perfect here not to share it.
Note: It was first published in Dangerous Visions anthology, edited by Harlan Elison in 1967.
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Read information about the authorFritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at various points in his career, using it sometimes for farce and sometimes for gloomy mood pieces--The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures. Leiber's science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love. Leiber's late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. Leiber's capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation.
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