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Conan: Sword of Skelos Mass Market Paperback – February 18, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Conan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (February 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765340216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765340214
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,248,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Conan the Librarian jokes aside, the popularity of this character is remarkable. Since the death of creator Robert E. Howard in 1936, several authors have kept the franchise going. The plot of the 1980 Liberator is typical: the mercenary barbarian commands an army sworn to destroy an evil ruler and liberate the oppressed. Enter an evil sorcerer, and Conan finds that it will take more than his sword to win this battle. Despite the corny story, de Camp and Carter's solid rep in the sword and sorcery world will guarantee fun for fans of the series. In Sword of Skelos (1979), Conan is matched with "the beautiful and fierce" Isparana to deliver a magic amulet. The two are double-crossed and must face the evil sword that can fight on its own. Diehards aren't drawn to these books for the great plots, so this one also is worth buying, especially at this price.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An AVID Conan reader and Fan since the early '80's and I have an extensive collection of "Good" novels and Magazines, and this story is in both my Novel Collection and Magazine Collection (Conan Sage/Savage Sword of Conan)! It is one of my favorites and it's the 3rd in a series written by Offutt and the first 2 make for great reading also! However, you can read this book without reading the others, Offutt takes great care in describing the story line although, it does make you want to read them afterwards! This also fits PERFECTLY into the Conan Universe and follows Robert E. Howard's timeline precisely unlike most of the other authors that literally butcher Conan's Life and the Timeline created for him! My only regret is that Offutt has not written another Conan Novel, most out there make you shake your head and wonder what they were smoking when they penned their novels! WHERE ARE YOU ANDREW OFFUTT? Please save us and Conan from the incompetents!
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By Barebones on September 7, 2013
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Not the best Conan book I've read, but there isn't much out there for the kindle so I bought it. I'm a huge fan of all things Conan, comics, movies, books, ( especially the REH originals). This one starts out great, then it lags too much in the middle, then it picks up at the end. Just not an overly exciting Conan novel from start to finish.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avocent on July 14, 2013
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Where to begin......

If you are a true Conan fan you will not enjoy this book. Robert E. Howard, Robert Jordan even L. Sprague de Camp are superb Conan story tellers any of theirs is a masterpiece compared to this.

This is a good Conan idea and rough draft that's poorly written. With the exception of being titled "Conan" this book could be about any adventurer.

The writing is such a let down, I will stop just short of calling it horrible. Details that should be included aren't and things that require a fairly simple detailed description are so ridiculously complex it makes you want to stop reading. Why Conan is even involved is a mystery from the way its written, he doesn't vanquish the main protagonist and really doesn't have much function at all at the end.

This is more like a "Lets put "Conan" on a book and all the Conan fans will just buy it" DON'T DON'T DON'T buy this.
At best if you are really really really bored and you have re read every book in your house twice including the dictionary, then get this from you Local Public Library, If I could return this to Amazon I would but I fell for it and purchased if through Kindle.

Save yourself and please don't make the same mistake I did.
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