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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time! Paperback – December 2, 2003
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“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged that it nearly gives off sparks.”
“I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy.”
Author of Legend and White Wolf
“The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers– equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood.
Far from being a stereotype, his creation of Conan is the high heroic adventurer. His raw muscle and sinews, boiling temper, and lusty
laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured.”
–ERIC NYLUND, Author of
Halo: The Fall of Reach and Signal to Noise
“That teller of marvelous tales, Robert Howard, did indeed create a giant [Conan] in whose shadow other ‘hero tales’ must stand.”
–JOHN JAKES, New York Times bestselling author
of the North and South trilogy
“For stark, living fear . . . What other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”
–H. P. LOVECRAFT
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""Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities . . . there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. . . . Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand . . . to tread
the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."
Conan is one of the greatest fictional heroes ever created-a swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.
In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume, profusely illustrated by artist Mark Schultz, are Howard's first thirteen Conan stories, appearing in their original versions-in some cases for the first time in more than seventy years-and in the order Howard wrote them. Along with classics of dark fantasy like "The Tower of the Elephant" and swashbuckling adventure like "Queen of the Black Coast," "The Coming of Conan "the Cimmerian contains a wealth of material never before published in the United States, including the first submitted draft of Conan's debut, "Phoenix on the Sword," Howard's synopses for "The Scarlet Citadel" and "Black Colossus," and a map of Conan's world drawn by the author himself.
Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has beenimitated by many, yet equaled by none.
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Some might remember that in the late seventies, Berkely tried to release definative series of Howard's Conan which were unabridged and pastiche free. The series was ultimately buried when Ace books beat them to the punch by re-releasing the Lancer volumes, which were better known and also had the advantage of much better cover art (thanks to the incomparable Frank Frazetta). Finally, after 20 years, we're able to read Conan as he was meant to be read, free of pastiches and free of politically correct editorial decisions.
One thing fans of the movies/comics/pastiches might not realize is that Conan doesn't go around wearing a loincloth all the time. I always hated that. Its just so stupid. Why would a Conan in his mid-twenties or thirties still be wearing the same loincloth he presumably had on when he first came out of the wilds of Cimmeria? Howard never even wrote that the Cimmerians wore loincloths! The real barbarians of antiquity didn't even wear them! Are we supposed to believe that the barbarians of Howard's world have mastered sword-making but couldn't figure out how to make clothes? The only story where Conan is described wearing a loincloth is "The Tower of the Elephant", and its not described as an animal skin. In all of Howard's stories, Conan is dressed appropriately for the situation. If its a pirate story (Pool of the Black One), he's dressed like a pirate. If he's a Kozaki raider he's dressed like a Cossack, etc. What makes Conan a barbarian is not the clothes he wears but the person he is, which is revealed through his actions and dialogue.
I highly recommend this book, along with "The Bloody Crown of Conan", and the forthcoming "The Conquering Sword of Conan". Even Howard's mediocre Conan stories are light years ahead of Robert Jordan or L. Sprague DeCamp. Howard was one of the best, and arguably the most influential pulp-fiction writers of the twentieth century. His writings should be regarded for what they truly are: literature. This is the real deal!
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My first introduction to "Conan" were the Lancer paperbacks I starting buying in 1966.Read more