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The Complete Chronicles of Conan Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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"Howard was the Thomas Wolfe of fantasy, and most of his Conan tales seem to almost fall over themselves in their need to get out."  —Stephen King

"A hero of mythic proportion, fashioned by a storyteller who helped define what a modern fantasy should be. Rogues in the House is one of the finest tales of sword and sorcery ever written."  —Raymond E. Feist, author, The Riftwar Cycle

"Handsome."  —Fantasy and Science Fiction

About the Author

Robert E. Howard's (1906–1936) 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gollancz
  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Centenary Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575077662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575077669
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(1906-1936) Robert Erwin Howard was born and rasied in rural Texas, where he lived all his life. The son of a pioneer physician, he began writing professionally at the age of fifteen. Howard killed himself in June 1936 when he learned that his beloved mother had fallen into a coma.

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Format: Hardcover
If you're at all a fan of fantasy, you owe it to yourself to read the original Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard. He's one of the very few writers of pre-Tolkien fantasy whose characters are still household words a hundred years later. There's a reason. Conan is an elemental, archetypal character, and Howard's writing is masterful -- as Stephen King described it, "Howard's writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks." No one else in fantasy has ever managed to write action as ferociously primal as Howard, and Howard's original Conan stories have a madness and a ferocious joy that no other writer has ever completely recaptured. If you've only seen Conan through knockoffs or films, do yourself a favor and read the original: the difference is like whiskey to water.

I like this collection because it's a one-volume collection of all Howards' Conan stories, in order of publication without extraneous materials edited by L. Sprague de Camp or others based on Howard's notes -- for example, it foregoes including "The Treasure of Tranicos" (de Camp's edited version) in favor of Howard's original Conan story, "The Black Stranger" (which was rejected for publication, rewritten by Howard for another character named Black Vulmea, which was again re-written by DeCamp as "Tranicos"). It contains Howard's two essays on the Hyborian Age (detailing history before and after Conan, respectively), the poem "Cimmeria," and all in all contains everything it needs to contain and nothing it shouldn't -- a solid, single-volume collection of the original Conan stories by Howard, in order of publication.

I should mention one broad issue with Howard's writing and a couple of relatively minor flaws with this volume.
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By RG69 on November 30, 2008
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Just making a note to people looking at this product. The other reviewer is reviewing the wrong product. He is reviewing the Conan comic book collected edition. This book is all of the original Robert E Howard Conan stories in chronological order in their true form. If they were not completed, then they were left that way. This is pure 100% Robert E Howard.
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I have been a fan of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories since I first got my hands on the Ace paperbacks with the Frank Frazetta covers back in the early 80s. It wasn't until much later that I discovered how adulterated those stories were, and went searching for more "pure" Howard. I now own about three collections of the complete Howard Conan stories, with this single volume collected edition being the third.

"The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition" is a handsome imitation leather-bound hardback by UK-based publisher Gollancz, who also published the 2-Volume "The Conan Chronicles" which was one of the first collection of all-Howard material (without the supplemental De Camp edits). This "Centenary Edition" was published in the UK in 2006 to celebrate the 100th birthday of author Robert E. Howard, and is a companion volume to the Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft collection that is similarly bound.

The stories here are presented exactly as they were originally published. This contrasts with the 3-volume Del Rey editions (The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, The Bloody Crown of Conan, The Conquering Sword of Conan), which worked from Howard's notes to publish the stories as Howard intended rather than how they were ultimately edited and published.
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I really like the book. The fonts are very easy to read compared to the Del Rey trade paperback, three book series.

I wish the book construction was better. The hardcover version has a simulated leather cover that can scuff if one is not careful. Also, the book's spine is too soft so when the book is opened in the middle, the inner spine with the stitching and glue arches and the outer spine with the simulated leather arches the other way. I can push the outer spine in but then it folds inward. This is a good way to ruin such a fine book. The paperback version isn't any better since the book is so thick that the spine will crease unless one is very carefull. Mine is already creased. I'm keeping the hardcover one for my collection and I use the paperback version to read. The paperback version is exactly the same as the hardcover except for the cover materials.

Also, I wish there were more illustrations.

I first started reading Conan when I was a kid. A friend of mine had the Ace paperback collection (some stories were edited by various authors). I bought all of the same books and later sold them to a used bookstore when I was in college. I missed those stories and was glad to find these new books. Even though I have the three book Del Rey series, I wanted this one for my collection too.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Conan! I used to imagine I was in a different world while reading Conan.

This is so great having all of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories in one book.
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