Monday, 22 August 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Conan The Barbarian - Robert E Howard (Reissue)

Release Date: 01/08/11


Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer
Discover how it all began . . .
Conan the Barbarian spawned a hundred imitators. Find out why with these tales from his early life. From the Tower of the Elephant to Beyond the Black River, follow Robert E. Howard's greatest creation as he cuts a bloody swathe through the history of Hyborea.
Over 350 pages of epic action, personally selected by the makers of the new film and the greatest Robert E. Howard scholars.
A hero of mythic proportion, fashioned by a storyteller who helped define what a modern fantasy should be Raymond E. Feist
Conan. Warrior, Hero, Legend.

Rediscover the greatest hero of all time, in this official tie-in to the film of the summer, starring Jason Momoa (HBO and George R.R. Martin's GAME OF THRONES) and Ron Perlman (HELLBOY).


With the new film hitting the screens on the 19th August (2011) people are going to be seeking out the tales of the original barbarian that stormed castles, robbed keeps and above all else made himself a king. Whilst dated to a certain degree (well they were written originally in the thirties) they’ve been bound together in this unique volume for the reader to get the full effect of this battle hardened warrior.

It’s a great way to introduce fantasy and with one of the most enduring characters of all time it clearly demonstrates why its loved the world over by fans. Whilst, for me, the nicest volume will always be the Centenary edition (released by Gollancz back in 2006) this is a great way to pick up the stories for a great price and will entertain readers as they await their latest fix as well as introduce newer fantasy fans to the hero. All in, this is a great piece of fun and one that will stand the test of time.

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