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The Complete Chronicles of Conan by Robert…
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The Complete Chronicles of Conan

by Robert E. Howard

Other authors: Les Edwards (Illustrator), Stephen Jones (Editor)

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    The Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Another awesome compilation by the same publisher, this time Howard's contemporary, and friend, H.P. Lovecraft. A different style of course, but fans of one will certainly like the other.
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    Conan, Vol. 8: Black Colossus by Timothy Truman (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: The best of the Dark Horse graphic novels in my opinion, a nice companion piece to the Howard originals.
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The woman who became my wife gave me this as the first birthday gift from her in 2006. I'd better get around to reading this soon, as I've been reading bits and pieces of it over the years since... ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
If you want to read everything Robert Howard ever wrote about Conan the Barbarian, this is the book. Reading through the entire omnibus (925 pp) you see pattern of his devices: beautiful women to rescue, horrid monsters to slay, formidable military opponents, demoniac wizards; yet he continually is able to surprise and delight with new plot twists and devices.

This book is best read one story at a time, with other reading material spaced in between; otherwise it becomes too much of one thing. The editors managed to get all of his written manuscripts on Conan in one volume so that I, who had read several Conan collections before, found at least half the volume new and fresh material.

In addition to the stories, Robert Howard also supplies a history of the Hyborean age and a description of its various races plus a world map. Afterward, there is a short biography of Robert Howard. ( )
2 vote jjvors | Dec 2, 2012 |
as far as I'm concerned Howard is the Big Daddy of fantasy and these stories are his defining works ( )
  solomonkane | Sep 19, 2012 |
A deeply satisfying collection of all the Conan tales in a fine single volume with additional background material and a useful map. Conan is a fascinating archetypal hero. ( )
1 vote TheoClarke | Oct 20, 2009 |
A fascinating and entertaining collection, this offers an insight into the 'other' fantasy. The 'swords & sorcery' style written by Howard and those who came after differs hugely from the 'high fantasy' that Tolkien wrote. The tales of Conan were written well before Bilbo left the Shire.

Modern fantasy writers follow Tolkien's mould at the expense of Howard, and the genre today is the poorer for it. ( )
2 vote lorelorn_2007 | Oct 7, 2007 |
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[Howard] might not be the best writer the world has seen, but his prose is vigorous and his storytelling talent is a match for the best in the field. There have been so many imitations of his work over the years—as well as not necessarily successful adaptations into other media like film and comics—that sometimes I think people forget just how entertaining the original material is.
 

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Edwards, LesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, StephenEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Collected together in one volume, in chronological order, are Robert E. Howard's tales of the legendary hero, as fresh and atmospheric today as when they were first published in the pulp magazines of more than 70 years ago. This hardback book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author.… (more)

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