Friday, June 2, 2017
recent read; Nifft the Lean
Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea
I'd been wanting to read this sword-&-sorcery classic for a long time. All the Nifft books are out-of-print. I finally procured a copy last year.
I recently discovered Audible has made them available as audiobooks. So, I finally listened to NIFFT THE LEAN.
Amazing stuff. Every sword-&-sorcery fan should read. Or, as in my case, listen to the excellent audiobook.
Four tales of Nifft's thieving exploits are told. A story of traversing the underworld - sort of an ode to Dante's INFERNO, a tale of larceny involving black pearls and a vampire queen, the longest of the tales is another journey/quest through the sub-world of the demon seas and finally an odd tale of a kingdom that once was visited by aliens.
My only slight dissatisfaction is with the final story, because Nifft really isn't the protagonist - he is just a witness to events.
I could see where these stories had a large influence on Dungeons & Dragons and the "thief" character class.