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Better than the other Howard imitators,
This review is from: Sagas of Conan (Paperback)
I don't know why the reviews of these books are so negative. L Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter did more to keep Conan alive that anyone else. I read these books many years ago, and although they aren't as good a Robert E. Howard (who is surely the best writer of action scenes ever) they are by far the Best of the Rest. As true to the spirit of Conan as they could be, and certainly better than Robert Jordan, whose tales are tame by comparison.
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2009, 8:11:16 PM PDT
The Grey Elf says:
Actually, I think you mean Jordan's books are LAME by comparison, not TAME. And not even by comparison; Jordan's Conan works were so bad they were almost criminal. He had no grasp of the character whatsoever, and needed Howard's coat tails to begin a literary career. Anyone who believes his Conan novels were good is a literary boob. As you say, while de Camp, Carter, and Nyberg's work was nowhere near the quality of Howard's, these three at least had a grasp of Howard's voice and understood the character. Their pure pastiche work is a joy to read--particularly those works based upon Howard's notes and correspondence (such as Conan the Liberator).
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013, 3:01:34 PM PDT
J. Parks says:
I agree. The first exposure I had to the Conan stories were the 12 volumes Ace (Sphere) published in the 1970's and 80's.I loved all the stories therin. Howards stories are obviously superior. But DeCamp, Carter and Nyberg wrote far better pastiche Conan stories than anyone that came after. I still have my worn paperbacks.
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