Friday, 30 December 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Conan the Indomitable - Robert E Howard

Release Date: 08/12/11


Conan the Barbarian is one of the most famed figures in fantasy fiction. With the success of the new film starring Jason Momoa and Ron Perlman, the time is right to revisit Robert E. Howard's classic stories. Presented in chronological order over three books, all of Conan's life is here, from his wild adventures as a youth to the final tale of Conan the King. Howard's tales of the wanderer, the reaver, the thief, the Barbarian have never been surpassed. In this volume Conan learns the secrets of THE SCARLET CITADEL and THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON, and meets THE BLACK STRANGER and THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD. A selection of other tales and fragments round out this new collection of a classic character.


There are times in life when you want a book that doesn’t require you to think, gives you a high bloody body count and above all else satisfies the inner barbarian especially at Christmas Time when your brain for a split second suddenly realises that siblingcide is actually quite reasonable way of resolving your issues. So when you end up like this, a good dash of classic Conan does the job quite admirably.

As with all Howard’s writing it hits the spot, gives you high octane action and adds the usual amount of adventure dashed with women to sate you for quite some time. Finally add to this that it’s a great way to read the authors work in another compendium so that it makes it more manageable chunks and you’ll be more than a happy slaughterer. Great stuff.

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