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Conan The Champion Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1989

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Product Details

  • Series: Conan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812500946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812500943
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,804,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Maddox Roberts has written numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.

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I noticed how many, if not most of these pastiche writers seem to draw the ire of disgruntled fanboys for some imagined slight or other to their fav character here on amazon (even the famed Robert Jordan!). Now that I've read several of them (Leonard Carpenter, Steve Perry, Roland Green, Sean A. Moore, and John Maddox Roberts), I must announce to readers who haven't sampled these yet: dive in, the water's fine. True, they aren't exactly Howard, but did anyone seriously expect them to be? What surprised me was that, so far, every one that I've read is comparable to Jordan's work, if not necessarily equal. A couple, notably by John Maddox Roberts, may be even better.

I think the major problem with these pastiches is that, though every writer thinks he "knows" Conan, he doesn't usually take into account how his personality matures over the years. Howard had an ever changing Conan molded by his years of experience, and he didn't even write them in chronological order(!). The pastiche writers too often have a young Conan in his thief years or some such basically thinking like, say, the older Conan of the mercenary leader years. Occassionally, he seems most UNConan-like (I avoided "Conan the Gladiator" where he becomes, by all accounts, a pacifist, and "Conan the Hero" where he apparently fights the Vietnam War).

Roberts seems to have a good handle on the character, however. "Conan the Champion" has been my favorite, so far. It features a young Conan and this story probably takes place not too many years after the events depicted in "the Frost Giant's Daughter". Maddox draws him at a stage where his naivete from "Tower of the Elephant" has lost its edge, but has developed into a slight over-confidence that's about to get a beating.
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