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Conan the Formidable Paperback – October, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812509986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812509984
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
OK, first things first. I am not a Conan purist, but I have purist tendencies. I like the grim, fatalistic atmosphere, the clenched-jaw determination, and all that. That being said, I do enjoy innovation when it comes to Conan...very judicious innovation. Perry pulls it off in my opinion.
At the story's outset, Conan is just moseying along, with a sword, loincloth, a few Shemitish coppers or somesuch and the usual destination of Shadizar or Arenjun or wherever in mind to go steal/kill/get hired as a merc. The usual. He's minding his own business when he encounters a set of circumstances that invlove a race of giants, their mortal enemies the little green jungle dwarves (chiseled teeth, poison speers, etc) and a spell casting travelling showman with his own captive freakshow, to which he adds Conan for a time.
So Conan gets involved in three story lines that all converge in one battle on a barren, rocky plateau. He kills, conquers, hews and cleaves and generally lives true to form. Conan stays in character for the most part, gets lusty thoughts, goes berserk here and there in a crazed barbarian bloodlust and spends an appropriate amount of time brooding gloomily.
As I said, this is offbeat, but serves as an interlude between other, larger stories and is as such entertainingly bizarre. Conan in this story relies on instinct, native cunning, barbarian vitality and undaunted courage. While the backdrop is outlandish even by Howard's standards, it's an enjoyable interruption from the ordinary and the character is true to form. No, not everybody will like it, but not everybody enjoys Conan in the first place. Keep in mind that this is sheer escapist fun and you'll be good to go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miggzz on December 6, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't know why so many people are saying negative things about this book. If you like small chapters and like an easy but an adult read then this is a okay book. One thing that bothers me about the two covers that come with this book, the first being a Wolf man attacking Conan, and the second, the currently used cover, is a large four armed guy fighting Conan. You can't judge a book by its cover of course and this is a fine example of that, because in this book Conan doesn't fight either a Wolf man or a four armed man, but instead they are allies, which is opposite of the cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ'sDad on October 25, 2010
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As Conan books go, this is a little off of the norm, not bad, just different. The life styles, and customs of the groups of characters, are interwoven well and gives the reader a sense of empathy for each individual group, even if they are in deathly opposition. The ending was of no great suprise, but the book was well written, and held interest with subtle & blatent plot & character alliances and changes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Conan encouters little green men, giants, a wolfman, a catwoman, a wizard, and a four armed mutant -- all this and less in a story only a juvenile can enjoy. Thankfully, the book was short.
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