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Conan's Brethren Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; BCA Edition edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089877
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you own Gollancz's previous Howard collection, you'll want this handsome companion volume! (British Fantasy Society)

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A sumptuous collection of epic fantasy heroes from the pen of Robert E. Howard, one of the true Masters of Fantasy.

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After Gollancz released the Complete Chronicles of Conan, which was their two volumes of the Conan Chronicles from nearly a decade prior, they have put together this companion. However their previous chronology of Howard's work included everything there was ever written about Conan by Howard whether unfinished or unpublished. Unfortunately the same isn't true for Conan's Brethren. It only contains those stories published in Weird Tales. I was expecting a complete collection of Howard's non-Conan fantasy stories. What are we missing let's take Kull first.

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.
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Robert E Howard wrote a lot of things besides Conan. There were other fantastic heroes such as Kull and Bran Mak Morn, the "historical" stories of Soloman Kane, puritan killer. He also wrote modern horror, such as the short story Pigeons from Hell, westerns, sea tales...whatever took his fancy, and would pay the bills. Most of this writing was short stories, but then there was the odd novel, such as Almuric. This book is a collection of stories Howard wrote, and, save for Almuric, had published in his lifetime.

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).
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If you want to know what I think of this book I would like to refer you to my recent review of the Complete Chronicles of Conan. These are all superb stories for young and old alike. Although I don't yet have this book it is in transit from Amazon, and meanwhile I have the same edition from the local library to satisfy my impatience - not that I am ever kept waiting by the excellent service provided by Amazon! If you have already read Conan you won't be disappointed by this offering. The stories of Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane (in a slightly different vein). Almuric and others are just as entertaining and if you prefer your blood and thunder in a fictionalised form rather than through watching the 6 o'clock news these stories are for you and will project you into a world of mayhem without the uncomfortable feeling that the reality is just around the corner. This is a psychic reality - the weird and wonderful world of Robert E Howard. Enjoy!
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I first read these stories in my late teens over 30 years ago. They really kick started my reading as I could not put them down.
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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I think this book is pure Howard. The ones who like Howard's would adore this book. I thin, Solomon Kane is great character, it's a pitty that there isn't more stories about him. Other stories from this book are great. I, especially, like Garden of fear and Valley of the worm. I woudl recomend this book to every lover of sword and sorcery, but also, to every lover of good book.
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