Alright, I got a chance tor read The Unholy Grail, but didn't get a chance to comment before real life issues got in the way.
I don't really find the Sword and socery genre to be very interesting - basically it's feels like a gritter, masculine High Fantasy that doesn't leave much room for variation. I only got into Conan only because it had links to the Chtulhu Mythos! And while I was astonished that Conan was no mere brute, the genre isn't enticing.
But reading The Unholy Grail, I was instantly sucked in. Leiber has a way with words that makes the most generic settings feel alive. The intensty Mouser feels and the misery Ivrian lives is communicated in such wonderous prose. I came to care for the characters quickly.
The most interesting thing about the short tale is how Moiser seems to transcend his plight. At the hieght of his probles, he somehow becomes above everything! It's difficult to communicate, but Leiber manages to capture such exaultation and mystery of Mouser's experiences.
Overall, an enjoyable tale.
"Truth suffers, but never dies." - Saint Teresa Of Avila
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” - Salvor Hardin, Asimov's Foundation.