Conan's Brethren Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011
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If you own Gollancz's previous Howard collection, you'll want this handsome companion volume! (British Fantasy Society)
A sumptuous collection of epic fantasy heroes from the pen of Robert E. Howard, one of the true Masters of Fantasy.See all Product Description
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There are only two Kull stories plus one verse. Missing are `Exile of Atlantis', `The Altar and the Scorpion', `Delcardes' Cat', `The Skull of Silence', `By This Axe I Rule', `The Striking of the Gong', `Swords of the Purple Kingdom', `The Black City' and three other fragments. (All available in Del Rey, BAEN and Lancer Kull Collections)
There are four Bran Mak Morn stories. Missing is the short story `Men of the Shadows' and an unfinished story. Also missing are the five poems about the Picts (Del Rey and BAEM collections are complete).
Mixed up are two tales of Turlogh Dubh O'Brien or Black Turlogh. One `The Dark Man' is present with the Bran Mak Morn section of this book (the same as the BAEN and Del Ray collections). The other `The Gods of Bal-Sagoth' is in the section Savages, Swords and Sorcerers. Missing are `The Twilight of the Grey Gods' and `Shadow of the Hun' (Unfortunately there are no complete editions I can suggest only `Bran Mak Morn' collections which feature `The Dark Man' & `Gods of Bal-Sagoth'. BAEN`s `R.E. Howard Vol.V: Eons of the Night' features the story `The Twilight of the Grey Gods').
There are no Cormac Mac Art stories.Read more ›
Solomon Kane opens the collection, with 5 or 6 stories devoted to him. Set largely (but not exclusively) in 1500's Africa, Kane is something of a driven man, intriguing to read about.
Then there is Kull, virgin king of Valusia: The Shadow Kingdom is one of the best short sword and sorcery short stories I have ever read, a real little gem. Kull reappears later in a Bran Mak Morn tale, and, speaking of Bran Mak Morn, the Worms of the Earth is a superb weird horror story set in the early years of the Roman Empire in Britain.
There is then a collection of short stories about various heroes of various short lengths, culminating in Almuric.
Almuric is a sword and planet tale, in the tradition of Burrough's Mars. Esau Cairn is an impressive physical specimen - the most perfect man on earth, perhaps - when he kills a corrupt politician and escapes to the lost planet Almuric with the help of a random scientist. That's pretty much the first page of the story, so I am not spoiling anything there. After that, Cairn has a pile of adventures, matching strength and wits with the locals - ape-like men and beautiful-like women (they have bred themselves that way. Really).Read more ›
I still find them the same now.
Howard had the ability to create real atmosphere in his stories and draw his readers into the story. Such a shame he died at 30 years old.
Nice to have all these stories in one hardback edition.
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Conan's Brethern is a masterful collector of the greatest works penned by the father of the "Sword & Scorcery" genre.Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by William Shields
Although Conan is certainly Mr. Howard's most famous creation, he's not necessarily his best. Conan's Brethren collects the other swordsmen and adventurers from Mr. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2011 by J. Shurin