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The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 3) Paperback – November 29, 2005
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“Howard honestly believed the basic truth of the stories he was telling. It’s as if he’d said, ‘This is how life was really lived in those former savage times!’ ”
“For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”
–H. P. Lovecraft
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Of the five stories in this volume, three of them are considered by fans and literary scholars to be among the best work that Howard ever produced. They are "Beyond the Black River", "The Black Stranger, and "Red Nails".
Beyond the Black River: this is generally considered Howard's finest work, transcending the level of pulp fiction and worthy of serious critical analyses.Read more ›
Now, as to the Kindle edition...
When I purchased the Kindle edition, I expected the artwork to be included. The physical book has ink line art that is quite attractive.
The Kindle edition DOES NOT include the artwork from the physical book, not even the cover art. Not certain why, as the Kindle should be able to display the art.
When I bought the Kindle edition it was three dollars cheaper than the physical, but I was still disappointed with the relative 'value' compared to the dead tree edition. Now that the Kindle edition is MORE expensive than the dead tree edition, my scorn for the publisher is without bounds.
Where is the possible justification for this, Del Rey? You charge more for less content, and you Cost of Goods sold is less as well. Bully for your investors, at least until your pricing model cuts your own throat.
For years publishers blamed the price of paper and printing for the increase in the cost of books. Now in the ebook age their song has changed to 'editing and writing are not free'. Utter crap! I get that you charge what the market will bear, but your rhetoric is insulting to anyone using their brain.
Kindle owners: I suggest we boycott the Kindle edition of this book.Get the public domain editions out on Gutenberg, or ManyBooks. Or get the book from your Public Library. Or buy the physical book used. Don't give the publisher another dime.
Based on comments about the other two Conan volumes, they do not include artwork either. I say leave them be.
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The last collection of Conan stories delivers some of his best. For fans of sword-and-sorcery fiction, this is a classic, and a must read.Published 4 months ago by Joshua Taylor
Crom!!!! Let me tell you the tales of high adventure!!! These books are the standard of fantasy writing. Robert E. Howard is the pinnacle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Benjamin L.
Amid all of the glowing acclaim, I might be committing heresy when I suggest that Howard's exclamatory style should be adequately considered with much more tempered praise. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Whizbang!!
The Conan stories are credited with starting the "Sword and Sorcery" genre, and these books are the purist form - the most true to Howard's original work - you can find.Published 6 months ago by Salvadorable
This volume does not cotain the best selection of stories, and half of the book is filler list drafts of the stories already in the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Covacha Quauhtlatoa