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Conan: The People of the Black Circle Hardcover – 1977

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Robert Erwin Howard was born and raised in rural Texas, the son of a pioneer physician. He began writing professionally at the age of fifteen and until his tragic death at the age of thirty turned out dozens of tales of heroic and supernatural fantasy that won him a huge audience across the world and influenced a whole generation of writers, from Robert Jordan to Raymond E. Feist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub. Corp. : distributed by Putnam; Authorized ed edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399121471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399121470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
For those who don't know Robert E Howard, or his most famous character, Conan of Cimmeria, let's say that this is some of the finest Swords and Sorcery literature frome the golden age of the pulps in the thirties, an excellent blend of violent action and supernatural horror, possibly the equal of Lovecraft, though in a different vein, faster pace and a lighter touch. Conan is not necessarily REH's best creation (after all he began his existence as a rewriting of another story to make it more commercial) but most Howard fans will grant that several of these stories are true Masterworks. among those found in this volume are:
Frost Giant's Daughter, Black Colossus, A Witch Shall be Born, Shadows in Zamboula and People of the Black Circle, and there are several more in volume two. I don't have the proper words to recommend warmly enough this collection fine manifestations of the storytellers art.
For those who already know REH and Conan, here is the reason why this book, and his companion volume are definite must haves. This is a collection of Howard's Conan writings, with Howard and only Howard. no weak and overdone pastiche, no shoddily completed "collaborations", no tales diminished from their original value by being "conannified": That implies that some of the contents are mere fragments, but you get only the genuine article, and believe me, it's worth it.
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Format: Hardcover
If you can find this book, and you're a fan of high fantasy I highly reccomend you check it out. Along with J.R.R. Tolkien and Jack Vance, Howard revolutionized the sword and sorcery genre. All though this collection of short stories is a little formulaic, it's brought to life with Howard's amazing descriptions of the horrors and wonders of a time past.
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Format: Paperback
Wow. It didn't take much for me to slip back into the world of Robert E. Howard. I haven't read any Conan books since I was a kid (I got my first library card solely to check out Conan books!), and I picked this volume up to see if the stories held up to my memory.
They are so much better than I remember them. Robert E. Howard, who I have gained new respect for, is a good writer. This edition, for the first time, is pure Howard. The books I read were the de Camp/Carter edited versions/pastiches, and I don't think that their watered-down versions ever had this much life in them. They were certainly never this addictive.
The writing is these stories is vibrant and rough. Pulp writing dictated a certain style of cheap thrills and excitement, and Conan has all of this. However, the strength of craft, of use of language and story, makes these stories shine. Howard successfully created a bold fantasy world unlike any other, although it has often been copied. His liberal use of his friend H.P. Lovecraft's "outside horror" adds to the atmosphere of Hyborea. Conan is a fully-realised character, and not what you think. Like Edgar Rice Burrogh's Tarzan, he did not fare well upon transportation to other media. Intellegence and strength are his equal weapons. Conan is not the shirtless brute that many think of.
I will definitely use this book as an invitation to check out more by Robert E. Howard.
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These are not the mindless hack jobs you might have come to expect of those who have exploited Howard's legacy; these are not mere "adventure yarns with a touch of the weird", as H. P. Lovecraft described them, and they are not silly or posed, as one reviewer suggests. There is a fundamental theme running like a red thread throughout these stories, and it is this: man is an animal only weakened by civilization, and the closer one is to the natural state the more effective one is in the real world. Howard expresses this not only with his characters and situations, which are ten times more imaginative than anything you'll find in contemporary literature, but with his breathless, literate prose, which manages to be elegant and brutal at the same time. This man largely writes about the same kinds of things Hemingway wrote about, only with vastly more inspiration and originality, and it's a shame that the excuses for fantasy writers of the present and their Dungeons and Dragons-weaned fans let superior work like this languish while heaping dollars and praise on tenth-generation copies of Tolkien.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Other readers may not understand that this was written in a different era. A time when a high school diploma and meant something. Since it was written before the Great Depression for a pulp fan magazine. The language and style is from the past, but the story is powerful and fully fleshed out. I will never sell my copy of this book or of any other Robert E. Howard's works that I own. He is a classic swords and sorcery writer, with the biggest hero ever. Conan

Read it as he wrote it, not as some hacks have tried to write stories of Conan. All other "Edited" or "Enhanced" versions are junk compared to how Howard wrote these stories. Don't waste your time on the other "Conan" authors. Only Robert E. Howard wrote Conan, and only his words as originally written are worth your time.
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Format: Hardcover
now, i'm not much for fantasy normally. but i like....greatness. and this is great. the best combat descriptions you can find. masterly developed plots. varying themes. inventive. original. perhaps there is one thing that says it all: though many has tried to copy his style, not one attempt has really succeeded. there is a darkness in these stories. foes like demons and evil wizards, but also the dark primal instincts in man, that makes howard great also in the classical sense.
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