If you aren’t reading Howard Andrew Jones’ blog, then you’ve been missing some good posts. He and Bill Ward have been reading through works by major fantasy authors for about a year now and discussing them. They started with a couple of collections by Lord Dunsany and then moved on to Swords Against Darkness and Swords in the Mist, two Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser collections by Fritz Leiber. Each week they’ve discussed the story they’ve read and invited anyone interested in doing so to read along with them.
Today Howard posted a wrap-up of Swords in the Mist and a discussion of their next project. This will be The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. Today’s post was mostly about Conan, not so much about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Next week they discuss Howard’s essay “The Hyborian Age” before launching into the stories themselves.
If you’re a Howard fan, or just a Conan fan, you should check it out.