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This review is from: The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition (Hardcover)
I had all the paperback books of Conan stories way back in the 60s along with many hundreds of other fantasy, horror and sci-fi books which I got rid of to a bookseller who did a moonlight on me without paying for them - several wooden tea-chests full! I got rid of these because I thought I had had my fill of such stories. I now read classics, historical fiction and sea stories (also historical - pre-1900, and Icelandic sagas). But I recently felt a sudden need to relax by returning to the stories of my youth and I have started to re-purchase books of fantasy and ghost stories (many of which are now unfortunately out of print or excessively priced). The Wordsworth series has been particularly welcome. But I must say that my moment of supreme pleasure during this nostalgic trek has been the receipt of the Complete REH collection of the Conan stories and rediscovering just what a wonderful writer Howard was and how easy it is to still suspend the imagination with these stories at the ripe old age of 73! I can't wait to receive my pending order of the Conan's Brethren volume with more of the same fare. I read Howard's Gent from Bear Creek when I was 14/15 years old and it made me laugh more than any other book I had read. This will be my next purchase - will I find it as appealing now, I wonder? Perhaps I'm entering my second childhood and will get the same 'kick' from it that I had in the past! If you haven't yet become acquainted with REH and have a penchant for the fantasy genre then get hold of these stories and enjoy the feast! You won't be disappointed.