- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (17 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575082739
- ISBN-13: 978-0575082731
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle: v. 1 Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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A definitive collection of Conan stories, featuring the most distinctive and well known fantasy hero of all time.
About the Author
(1906-1936) Robert Erwin Howard was born and rasied in rural Texas, where he lived all his life. The son of a pioneer physician, he began writing professionally at the age of fifteen. Howard killed himself in June 1936 when he learned that his beloved mother had fallen into a coma.
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This first volume of Conan's adventures is arranged in chronological, not publishing, order and takes Conan from a teenager through a period of some years until he is an more experienced adventurer. Most of these tales take place in the south and east of the Thurian continent (prehistoric Eurasia), with Conan equally at home raiding exotic Arabic-esque temples for treasure as captaining a pirate warship or fighting as a mercenary alongside a mighty host. The stories have a somewhat familiar structure: Conan becomes embroiled in some nefarious activity, bulldozes his way through it with no regard for subtlety, and bursts out the other side, usually laden with gold and a willing young lady on his arm. You can certainly tell the ones that Howard wrote for money, whilst the highlights - 'Rogues in the House', 'The Tower of the Elephant' and the story that gives the first volume its subtitle, 'The People of the Black Circle' - are altogether more interesting, with a bit more depth or humour to them.Read more ›