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4.0 out of 5 stars So Furious,He Chews On His Own Arm., 12 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: The Right Hand of Doom & Other Tales of Solomon Kane (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) (Paperback)
This is a collection of short stories and poems featuring Solomon Kane,created by Robert E Howard in the late 1920's and early 30's.Kane is a 17th century English puritan,who wanders Europe and Africa searching for injustice.When he finds it he will scour the globe for years until he finds the wrongdoers,indeed if humans had a justice gland ,Kane's would be massive and bulging.Where this extraordinary desire to see right comes from,we are not told.In one story,Kane comes across the body of a murdered girl.Kane is so outraged,he shakes and starts chewing his own arm.These cold-turkey like symptoms are only relieved by the violent death of the murderers.Most of these tales are set in an imaginary Africa,with monsters ,walking dead,lost Atlantean colonies and noisy tombs.Not your textbook puritan,he combines sombre garb with a lavish array of weaponry including his Ju-Ju cane,a decidedly non Christian item,useful for smiting supernatural foes.This weapon is given to Kane by N'Longa,an African witch-doctor who is Kane's ally in two stories.
This book is much better than I expected ,although definitely pulp,it is good pulp.Howard writes simply and powerfuly,and the result is highly entertaining,and not as racist as you would expect.Overall,lots of fun and slightly sad that Howard died so young and never had the chance to write more.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2011 13:09:37 GMT
Ha I can say bloody wanker but cant say f**k yes im childish
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