Wish. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. There are four tales of adventure: BORIN and plodding so far, hope it picks up, Jack Vance the dying earth much better, Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2014. The book came in great condition (acid paper starting to yellow, but that's not the sellers fault). Enroute to working Costard's sap mine — very dangerous, and sometimes nauseating work far below ground — they were … This page works best with JavaScript. Dave Langford reviewed Nifft the Lean for White Dwarf #42, and stated that "In this garish hell, people suffer grotesque transformations and torments, described with vast relish and elaboration; the visceral … The land of the dead and the underworld of the demons is unrelentingly painful and horrible. Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019. This book isn't for the faint of heart; it's downright brutal, ugly in spots. Jul 30, 2011 #1 I ordered this … Please try again. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Please try again. Michael Shea, a man incapable of writing badly, could do things with English other writers couldn't. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2014. View all covers for Nifft the Lean (logged in users can change User Preferences to always display covers on this page) Reviews Review by Faren Miller (1982) in Locus, #263 December 1982 After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. By Michael Shea Nifft The Lean [Paperback] Paperback – December 17, 1984 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 rating See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015 If you enjoy the Brontë sisters and nurse romances you will not want to essay the picaresque NIFFT THE LEAN. Nifft the Lean, Mines of Behemoth, The A'Rak, and The Incompleat Nifft Shea's style reminds one of the elegant tapestries woven by Gene Wolfe and Clive Barker. Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019. Joined Sep 8, 2007 Messages 464. The book came in great condition (acid paper starting to yellow, but that's not the sellers fault). 1983 World Fantasy Award, Novel (Nifft the Lean… Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015 If you enjoy the Brontë sisters and nurse romances you will not want to essay the picaresque NIFFT THE LEAN. Nifft the Lean hints at past adventures by Nifft himself that undoubtedly could have been the basis for several books. He tries to be i don't know what overly ornate I guess would be a good way to put it, and usually has an academic or thief in an adventure role perhaps overanalyzing things, but wow its BORING for some stretches.....then cool things happen later to kinda compensate. Nifft the Lean comprises four novelettes featuring Nifft, a gaunt thief. A less Gospel like reader / narrator would have captured the story better. Nifft the Lean is not set in the Dying Earth, but there's no denying that there are more than a few connections between it and Vance's famous setting. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2008. Without equivocation I'll say Shea writes every bit as good as all those literary darlings with serious writing chops doing their bestselling non-fiction novels: Vidal, Mailer, Capote. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Kinda plodding so far, I hope it picks up, I cam to shea since he wrote a pseudo jack vance dying earth story about cugel the clever. Shea has good bits of imagination but takes stamina to read because of his plodding prose style. By Michael Shea Nifft The Lean [Paperback], Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales of Michael Shea. Given the Gothic aspect of Shea's writing, it should come as no surprise that there is actually very little action in Nifft the Lean The few battles are described briefly, with more emphasis placed on the mood surrounding the combatants and spectators. Mass Market Paperback. The Scream Factory. Follow the adventures of Nifft the Lean, the master thief whose felonious appropriations and larcenous skills will lead you through Stygian realms to challenge your most lurid fantasies and errant … The major influence on Michael Shea’s work as a whole, and Nifft the Lean in particular, is the work of Jack Vance. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are … Penguin Publishing Group, 1982. Had read NIFFT THE LEAN a few years back, but had no idea that there were more tales... overall, pretty good. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Follow the adventures of Nifft the Lean, the master thief whose felonious appropriations and larcenous skills will lead you through Stygian realms to challenge your most lurid fantasies and errant imaginings. Nifft The Lean hard copy by Darkside Press, 1994 Review. I love this kinda book but Nfft is kinda work to read. Jack Vance as you may know is arguably the greatest author of all time. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I'm excited to check out more from Shea. We invite you to the very gates of Hell and beyond—come if you dare! A DOUBLE WHAMMY on Baen Books! Love the Story, wished for a better narrator. He tries to be i don't know what overly ornate I guess would be a good way to put it, and usually has an academic or thief in an adventure role perhaps overanalyzing things, but wow its BORING for some stretches.....then cool things happen later to kinda compensate. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Michael Shea’s Nifft The Lean was originally published in 1982, and it won the … Love the Story, wished for a better narrator. Shea has an excellent prose style and the fantastic scenarios are unrivalled, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2016, Very readable, Shea has an excellent prose style and the fantastic scenarios are unrivalled. When I first read Nifft the Lean, I was bowled over by the astonishingly vivid and incredible descriptions, and the adventure plots are riveting. Travel with the man whose long, rawboned, sticky fingers and stark length of arm will lead you down to the vermiculus grottoes of the demon sea, to stand beneath the subworld's lurid sky and battle monsters who seem the spiritual distillations of human evil itself! Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Collection Title: Nifft the Lean • [Nifft • 1] • collection by Michael Shea Contents (view Concise Listing) 2 • Nifft the Lean (frontispiece) • interior artwork by Michael Whelan; 5 • Shag Margold's Eulogy of Nifft the Lean… Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019. The one I would have rather liked, Wayne June, would have been awesome. I'm excited to check out more from Shea. Michael Shea, a man incapable of writing … But they're also places of terrible majesty and worth a visit. Read this based on a recommendation from a friend. Fantasy & Science Fiction review. Michael Shea, a man incapable of writing badly, could do things with English other writers couldn't. The level of imagination in the various stories is also exceptional. The A'Rak differs from the earlier Nifft books in shifting between two main narrators. The stories in the book are a very good read. That Nifft is a 'gaunt thief' is all we really ever learn about him, as the stories aren't really about Nifft, but the places he visits. Nifft Trilogy Books I and II together! His words can elicit belly laughter one paragraph then creep into your brain the next to evoke some sticky, nauseating horror. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2014. I love this kinda book but Nfft is kinda work to read. For one, it's setting seems to be a world … Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Shea's style reminds one of the elegant tapestries woven by Gene Wolfe and Clive Barker. Shea's complex version of Hell is endlessly fascinating, and Nifft is a wonderful anti-hero. Buy Nifft the Lean by Shea, Michael (ISBN: 9780879977832) from Amazon's Book Store. If you enjoy the Brontë sisters and nurse romances you will not want to essay the picaresque NIFFT THE LEAN. there were more tales like these four, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2010. Like an Hieronymus Bosch painting, except written down, Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015. Welcome to Shea's Inferno. Reviewed in Canada on June 11, 2004 Nifft the Lean comprises four novelettes featuring Nifft, a gaunt thief. I bought this solely because I was told it was in the style of Jack Vance [see his wikipedia entry] but in fact it is utterly, totally different. Reviews. This is easily the most pulpy and hypnotically dark fantasy tale I've read to date. Michael Shea, a man incapable of writing … There are two later full length novels continuing Nifft's … To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. His words can elicit belly laughter one paragraph then creep into your brain the next to evoke some sticky, nauseating horror. Shea has won major "year's best" awards, both conferred by the World Fantasy Convention and selected by open nominations and panel of judges. Shea has an excellent prose style and the fantastic scenarios are unrivalled, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2016, Very readable, Shea has an excellent prose style and the fantastic scenarios are unrivalled. In some places, this causes the stories to move a little … When you see how today's authors are contracted to write a series of books involving a specific character or setting, you can't help wonder what might have been in regards to Nifft and Michael Shea. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. If you like Robert E. Howard you will like Nifft, Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2008. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Historian Shag Margold has delivered his eulogy for Nifft The Lean, assuming his longtime friend and acquaintance is now dead. Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015. If you enjoy the Brontë sisters and nurse romances you will not want to essay the picaresque NIFFT THE LEAN. Nifft the Lean (Panther Books) This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. 10 (issue #22), June 1990 (Jessica Salmonson) STEVEN SILVER. Fortunately, Margold has opened up journals given to him by Nifft for safekeeping; journals that tell the tales of Nifft's adventures with his friend Barnar The Chilite. One of my favorite books, favorite authors, and favorite fantasy characters. All pages are intact, and the … Kinda plodding so far, I hope it picks up, I cam to shea since he wrote a pseudo jack vance dying earth story about cugel the clever. Each of the … there were more tales like these four, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2010. Eight years after he burst on the scene with A Quest for Simbilis, Michael published one of the most important works of modern sword and sorcery: Nifft the Lean, a collection of four linked … This is easily the most pulpy and hypnotically dark fantasy tale I've read to date. Fortunately, Margold has opened up journals given to him by Nifft for safekeeping; journals that tell the tales of Nifft's adventures with his friend Barnar The Chilite. Nifft is a fun character, and it's … One of my favorite books, favorite authors, and favorite fantasy characters. Be the first to review this item Follow the adventures of Nifft the Lean, the master thief whose felonious appropriations and larcenous skills will lead you through Stygian realms to ... Show synopsis Follow … Places where horror, harm and long eerie calms flow past the traveler in endless, unpredictable succession. If you like Robert E. Howard you will like Nifft, Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2008. Wish. N.Y. Review of SF. Please try again. Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 17, 2016), Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2008. … The adventures of Nifft the Lean. I normally don't read a lot of this type of fantasy, but I liked the character of NIFFT and how the … Condition: Very Good. Welcome to Shea's Inferno. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Shea has good bits of imagination but takes stamina to read because of his plodding prose style. Discuss it here! He wrote for attentive, alert readers, ones unafraid to read slowly or re-read a sentence or a whole page if necessary; those not too lazy to look up words. 2, No. I bought this solely because I was told it was in the style of Jack Vance [see his wikipedia entry] but in fact it is utterly, totally different. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. If you've already read Shea you know, if you haven't it won't take long to find out. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Like those heavyweights, Shea never dumbed anything down. NIFFT N.Y. Review of SF, Vol. He wrote for attentive, alert readers, ones unafraid to read slowly or re-read a sentence or a whole page if necessary; those not too lazy to look up words. He could crack the language like a whip, run it silkily across your skin like a feather's caress or make it cold and sharp as a murderer's dagger. The Incompleat Nifft. Historian Shag Margold has delivered his eulogy for Nifft The Lean, assuming his longtime friend and acquaintance is now dead. "Nifft the Lean" is a dark book. There are four tales of adventure: Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. If you've already read Shea you know, if you haven't it won't take long to find out. He could crack the language like a whip, run it silkily across your skin like a feather's caress or make it cold and sharp as a murderer's dagger. There was a problem loading your book clubs. This book isn't for the faint of heart; it's downright brutal, ugly in spots. Nifft the Lean & The Mines of Behemoth. Good. Nifft himself is a marvellous storyteller, a not-quite-lovable rogue who relates his various thefts, rescues and daring crackpot schemes with a zeal and panache that's wonderfully entertaining and, sometimes, … Read this based on a recommendation from a friend. That's a lot to expect from audiences accustomed to newspapers and magazines written at an 8th grade level, but Shea rewards them generously. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Wonderful book that will leave you with a bittersweet feeling in how much you enjoyed … Thread starter nomadman; Start date Jul 30, 2011; nomadman Sophomoric Mystic. Translation: Nifft … Like an Hieronymus Bosch painting, except written down, Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015. Shea's complex version of Hell is endlessly fascinating, and Nifft is a wonderful anti-hero. Reprisal by Mitchell Smith" (2005) Awards. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Please try your request again later. That Nifft is a 'gaunt thief' is all we really ever learn about him, as the stories aren't really about … Without equivocation I'll say Shea writes every bit as good as all those literary darlings with serious writing chops doing their bestselling non-fiction novels: Vidal, Mailer, Capote. Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019. When you see how today's authors are contracted to write a series of books involving a specific character or setting, you can't help wonder what might have been in regards to Nifft and Michael Shea. Hell And Back Again: Michael Shea’s Nifft The Lean. That's a lot to expect from audiences accustomed to newspapers and magazines written at an 8th grade level, but Shea rewards them generously. Jack Vance as you may know is arguably the greatest author of all time. Something went wrong. Monday, 1, February 2016 Jeffro Appendix X, book Review 6 Comments check more. 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