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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Much Spot On, 22 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Conan The Barbarian, The Complete Collection (Kindle Edition)
As previous reviews have stated, this collection is not without issue; namely the mis-titling of one of the stories. However, following complaints, the text is now crisp, readable and correctly spaced, everything is well formatted and the contents links work.

Plus, it's 77p!

So, with the technical stuff out of the way, what about the collection itself?

There have been a number of Conan collections down the years, from small clusters of stories to edited and abridged versions. There have also been several takes on the character by other authors, both in prose and comic form. Presented here are the original 17 published Conan stories by Robert E. Howard. At the risk of being presumptive, I would suggest that this is what the majority of readers are looking for in a Conan collection.

Yes, there are unpublished tales that have been included in other (albeit disparate) collections, and it would have been nice to see Howard's The Hyborian Age (his essay detailing the world of Conan) included as it is a handy accompaniment to the stories, especially given the lack of maps in the Kindle edition. Fortunately, a quick internet search will lead you to said essay and maps. Inconvenient perhaps, but hardly a deal-breaker.

Besides, it's 77p!

As for the stories themselves, the dialogue can be clunky and Howard has an, at times, amateurish over-reliance on adverbs and adjectives, but his vistas are sprawling and majestic, his action visceral and lightning-paced and his characters - whether recurring or mere one-shot plot-devices - are layered and believable.

If you're a fan of the series looking for a good ebook collection, this is a very good ebook collection. If you've never read a Conan story and want to see what all the fuss is about, this is possibly the best place start.

Either way, it's 77p!
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