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The Conan Chronicles Hardcover – June 15, 1995
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“Nobody alive writes Conan better than Robert Jordan.” ―L. Sprague de Camp
“There is no one today writing barbarian fantasy novels that can compare with Jordan.” ―Science Fiction Chronicle
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In CONAN the INVINCIBLE, the barbarian/thief is hired by a nasty ol' wizard to steal five precious gems from a King's throne room only to find that someone has beaten him to it. Conan is apparently never fazed by anything, and of course pursues the rival thieves. He will stop at nothing to get his reward. This brings him face to face with several perils including an army of the King's men, the mysterious Red Hawk and her band of caravan-raiding bandits, as well as another evil wizard and his army of Lizard men. I give it a 3.
In CONAN the DEFENDER, our hero arrives in the city of Belverus to, again, find work to fill his gold purse. His plan is to raise his own company of warriors, but Civil war threatens the Kingdom- and he must choose sides between his friends and the King. But first he must find out who has been trying to kill him and why. I give this a 3 also.
In CONAN the UNCONQUERED, the barbarian once again arrives in a new city looking for a way to fill his pockets with gold and manages to end up knee deep in trouble. As usual, he does some bar crawling, sleeps with some gorgeous women, and of course- stops the evil wizard.Read more ›
I remember reading these books 20 years ago, when I would literally read anything as long as it had Conan on the cover. I quickly realized though, THAT THEY'RE ALL THE SAME. Even the L. Sprague De Camp pastiches managed to deviate from the stock formula from time to time. In every book in this collection, Conan is up against another diabolical wizard bent on destroying the world.
Its really simple, folks, if you want to read Sherlock Holmes, you read Arthur Conan Doyle. If you want to read Tarzan, you read Edgar Rice Burroughs, and if you want to read Conan, you read Robert E. Howard. None of these Robert Jordan books ever approach the tragic romance of "Queen of the Black Coast", or the bleak nihlism of "Beyond the Black River". None of Jordan's villians even come close to The Black Seers of Yimshah, or Khosatral Khel. None of Jordan's love interests can hold a candle to Valeria of the Red Brotherhood, or Belit.
If you've read all of the Howard stories (finally re-released in a 3 series from ACE, btw), and you simply must have more, then I would suggest "The Road of Kings" by Karl Edward Wagner, who also wrote the magnificent "Kane" series.
As for Robert Jordan, his Conan stories are the literary equivalent to the movie "Conan the Destroyer (which he novelized, btw)", or the old marvel comics. You might find them enjoyable if you're 15 or younger, but as you get older (like me) you'll start to appreciate the originals more, and you'll dismiss these for what they are, literary fast food.
I very quickly changed my mind: IMO, calling these "fine, if you're 15" is unfair. I just got done reading all of Howard's original Conan stories, & they were wonderful & I enjoyed the nostalgia rush ... but the simple fact is that Howard's writing was every bit the adolescent male fantasy. It's unsophisticated writing, which is fine, because it's telling simple tales of a relatively simple man -- we don't need sophisticated literature, here. Beyond that, I'm convinced that if Robert Howard had been writing Conan in the 1980s or 1990s, instead of the '20s & '30s, he would have written much like Jordan did.
Beyond that, IMO Howard's writing style, tho appropriate for the time, was too sparse; I think Jordan's Conan is more lush, more vibrant, & feels "more real" than did Howard's. The characters are more finely drawn, as well, especially the more deeply humanized evil wizards -- I especially like Amanar, in "Conan the Invincible" -- & I think the female characters are somewhat more complex & interesting as well; certainly Karela the Red Hawk is more interesting, to me, than Belit.
So, I'm not going to say I think Jordan was "better" than Howard. I am going to say that Robert Jordan's Conan compares very well to Howard's, & I'm not at all ashamed to say that this 47-year old enjoyed Jordan every bit as much now, as he did 32 years ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy this book if you are a Conan fan. Robert Jordan writes Conan like no other and captures the feel,"of an age undreamed of".Published 1 month ago by Echohawk
Conan books are the best. Seriously. When is isn't being a bada** he is about to be a bada**.
Good fun, classic stuff. We all know why we like it.
a great book written by a great author of this genre i am very satisfied with it and found this book on amazonPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this collection of Conan stories. They rank right up there with De Camp who is probably my favorite Conan author. This has inspired me to try his Wheel of Time series.Published on May 4, 2014 by Dragongunner3011
There is inevitably a bit of crying and hand wringing about whether authors like Jordan or DeCamp can carry Conan with the same skill and grace as his creator, REH. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Kull Mak Morn
I've always been a fan of the Conan stories by Robert E Howard, so of course I had to read Jordan's attempt too. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by David Taylor
I enjoyed all the stories and will be buying more soon. Recommend these stories to all Sword and Socery fansPublished on July 2, 2013 by Paul B 2
book arrived on time and was in excellent condition. the cover was in perfect condition with no stains or tears. i was very happy.Published on November 14, 2012 by nemo
Everyone knows that Robert Jordan was a very good writer in his own right. Just as everyone knows that a lot of authors have taken a crack at adding to the Conan mythos, from Poul... Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Doug Dandridge