The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

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Includes thirteen stories in the order that they were originally written. Conan the pirate, the swordsman, the army commander, and the thief are all here along with a map of the Hyborian World, drawn by Howard himself. Also included are other synopsis and story fragments (many that were completed by others), a poem, and notes on the original texts.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780345461513
Characteristics: xxv, 463 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Schultz, Mark - Illustrator


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Dec 21, 2017

If your interested in Conan, this is the best place to start!

A testosterone-fueled orgy of violence and a celebration of action and simple thought over the evils of culture and civilization. One such story is refreshing, ten become tiresome and somewhat formulaic.

Jun 11, 2016

This is a collection of Howard's Conan short stories, beginning with one of the earlier ones from 1932. Might be confusing as it starts with a middle-aged Conan story.
Table of Contents (wikipedia):
Foreword" (Mark Schultz)
"Introduction" (Patrice Louinet)
"Cimmeria" (poem)
"The Phoenix on the Sword"
"The Frost Giant's Daughter"
"The God in the Bowl"
"The Tower of the Elephant"
"The Scarlet Citadel"
"Queen of the Black Coast"
"Black Colossus"
"Iron Shadows in the Moon"
"Xuthal of the Dusk"
"The Pool of the Black One"
"Rogues in the House"
"The Vale of Lost Women"
"The Devil in Iron"
"The Phoenix on the Sword" (first submitted draft)
"Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age"
"The Hyborian Age"
Untitled Synopsis (The Hall of the Dead)
Untitled Synopsis ("The Scarlet Citadel")
Untitled Synopsis ("Black Colossus")
Untitled Fragment (The Hand of Nergal)
Untitled Synopsis #2 (The Snout in the Dark)
Untitled Draft (The Snout in the Dark)
"Hyborian Names and Countries"
Hyborian Age Maps (drawn by Howard)
"Hyborian Genesis: Notes on the Creation of the Conan Stories" (Patrice Louinet)
"Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology" (Patrice Louinet)
"Notes on the Original Howard Texts"

Apr 22, 2013

I read most of these stories in other volumes that are out of print now, but there is nothing quite like Howard's Conan stories. Conan is so primal and larger than life. Whether it is robbing an evil priest or killing some weird monster or fighting a group of soldiers, Conan stands apart as a true epic hero. It is fantasy mixed with adventure and horror. Not for the faint of heart, though. Howard's monsters are weird and gross and the violence is pretty graphic. Not recommended for children. PG-13, at least.

Feb 25, 2010

Fantastic dark sword and sorcery with ornate, fiery journeys, bloody battles, malevolent villains and sultry maidens.

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