Robert E. Howard's (19061936) tales of heroic and supernatural fantasy won him a huge audience across the world and influenced a whole generation of writers, from Robert Jordan to Raymond E. Feist.
Conan the Barbarianby Robert E. Howard
Conan the Barbarian - Warrior, Hero, Legend.
Conan - Black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer... Discover how it all began. Conan the Barbarian spawned a hundred imitators. Find out why with these tales from his life. From the Tower of the Elephant to Beyond the Black River, follow Robert E.
Conan the Barbarian by Robert E Howard
Conan the Barbarian - Warrior, Hero, Legend.
Conan - Black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer... Discover how it all began. Conan the Barbarian spawned a hundred imitators. Find out why with these tales from his life. From the Tower of the Elephant to Beyond the Black River, follow Robert E. Howard's greatest creation as he cuts a bloody swathe through the history of Hyborea. Over 720 pages of epic action! All the original stories.
"A hero of mythic proportion, fashioned by a storyteller who helped define what a modern fantasy should be" - Raymond E. Feist.
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For over 30 yeaars I have been a fan of Robert E. Howard. I have all of the stuff in this volume but it was nice to see all of his Conan stories in one book. I am pleased to have this in my library.
I like this book a lot because it's easy to carry in a softbound cover. It makes a great gift to new or old REH fans. You can never have to many books on or about him. Most of Robert E. Howard's classic stories are here. Two of my favorites are Beyond The Black River and Red Nails. The price is great as it's in the clearance area and below $14. To me, Robert E. Howard was and still is the most prolific writer and poet of all time! If you get some time visit REH Forum at Conan.com to hear what REH fans are all talking about.
Not quite a hardcover book, but the cover is much heavier and more elaborate than found on a typical paperback book, and the quality of the binding seems better than usual, so I think the categorization as "hardbound" is probably fair enough. The collection stories and the stories themselves are excellent. For newcomers to the series, the original Conan stories are blood-and-thunder, pulp, low fantasy in the same spirit as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and John Carter of Mars stories, and among the more dignified, exciting, poetic, and majestic examples of the genre. The imagery and prose is lurid yet almost poetic, the stories often hover near the edge of horror, with only a smattering of the explicitly supernatural to fuel the sorcery side of the sword-and-sorcery equation. If you've seen the movies but never read the books, expect a fairly different animal here: Conan is a thinking-man's barbarian, a gentleman among warriors, an articulate and well-read rogue whose sense of honor sets him against a strange pre-historic world full of degenerate ape-men savages and decadent, corrupt lost civilizations. This collection seems to be of most (if not all) of R.E. Howard's original and perhaps best Conan stories, presented in a nice format with easy-to-read text and line-drawing illustrations that appear to be originally from the stories' days as serials in pulp magazines, perhaps one illustration per story or chapter, and the illustrations are a nice touch. Over all, I think this book would make a fantastic gift for any fan of the fantasy genre, and I find that it sits well on the shelf among fantasy classics such as the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, collections of the original Tarzan and John Carter series, the Narnia books, Lovecraft's tales, and other such classics of fantasy, sci-fi, and weird fiction.
The book is good, but was sold as a hardcover book. Book is actually a paperback and its paper cover is a little stiffer than usual. Apparently, Barnes and Noble feels that gives them the right to sell it as a hardcover book. Cover was slightly damaged also.
But, he made a good stab at it. Robert E. Howard's Conan is so much darker and much less civilized than the character created for the movies. Howard's characters are richer, as behooves storylines fully realized in print. This collection shows why young men of a certain age read books on rainy days or under the bedclothes at night. They are "short" stories. They are addictive like salty peanuts. "Can't read just one!" I saw the movies first, a very interesting bio-flick of Howard next (Vincent D"Ornofrio starred), and then, picked up this volume. It's a good read. I had never read any fiction of this genre before. It amazes me that I hadn't discovered it until now.