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Not as good as his other characters
on 21 April 2013
Mah gawd Robert, let go!
I can get over the racism that's present in Howard's and Lovecraft's works, mostly because that was a different era with different ethics, but in this collection, Howard's acting like an autistic racist kid whose only reason to live is to write stories about humans and "subhumans" and how the latter must be exterminated. He is so insisting in almost every single story contained in here, it certainly becomes annoying by the final story. I admit that while that was present in his other character stories, it was never as prevalent as this... overdose contained in this book.
Mind you though, that didn't cost the book any stars (although it should have). The stories themselves did cost it 2, since they really can't stand next to his other characters (such as Conan, Kull, Kane etc). I don't regret buying this book, but I was expecting more and I didn't really get that. Well... there were stories that were worthy and enjoyable (even if they also ended up being "well, you are not Aryan, but you are OK" at times), but as a book I feel a bit disappointed.
Mind you, this is strictly my opinion and you may actually like the book, should you be able to forgive the "unpolished" nature of its stories.