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Conan: Conan the Freebooter (Conan the Barbarian)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,598 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Heroic fantasy's mightiest adventurer fights his most savage battles in these five thrilling stories:

* Hawks Over Shem
* Black Colossus
* Shadows in the Moonlight
* The Road of the Eagles
* A Witch Shall be Born


Conan, the hero of all Howard's heroes, is the armoured swashbuckler, indestructible and irresistible, that we've all wanted to be at one time or another; the women, in
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Paperback, 223 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Michael
A friend has been recommending I read some of the Conan books. This was my first venture into the world of Conan, and here's what I think.

Conan is like Nancy Drew for heavy metal fans. No character development, no new or unusual characters anywhere, and even the supernatural beasts and demons aren't written about in a way that makes them seem strange or amazing.

You can often sense Howard's passion for writing, but the stories are unexceptional, and would make average plot lines for comic books.
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Carol Storm
The best of the Conan Collections! Tons of swordplay and Romance!

What a lot of people don't know is that Robert E. Howard only wrote a handful of CONANS before dying young. Friends and not-so-much friends soon "hijacked" Conan to write their own tales. But the original is still the greatest!

This volume has some of the best ORIGINAL Conan stories ever written. What's really amazing is not just the swordplay but the romance. If you read SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT it's all from the slave girl's pers
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Jim
Another of the old DeCamp/Carter-edited Conan paperbacks. This one contains five short stories in all, including three excellent Howard-penned Conan stories. Two of them, "Black Colossus" and "A Witch Shall Be Born," are quite famous, but it's the less well known "Shadows in the Moonlight" that is easily my favorite. The other two are independent Howard works rewritten by DeCamp as Conan stories - both are okay but not great. I'm knocking off one star for DeCamp's editing, and a second for the i ...more
Greg Pettit
Jun 19, 2010 Greg Pettit rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old school fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
I first read a Conan book not too many years ago. I was surprised and delighted by the simple action and fantastic fun. It is not great literature by any means, but it is great pulp fiction, and very entertaining.

I would like to read all of the original Robert E. Howard Conan stories, but I haven't found a collection I liked enough to buy yet. So, in the meantime, I pick up these old "Ace" collections when I find them. The trouble is, of the five stories collected here, only three are solely by
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Michael
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Keith Bell
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I have read this book 3 or 4 times since published. Have been reading Conan stories for more than 30 years and own every REH story published along with the pastiches. This collection contains 2 of the best Conan short stories including "A Witch Shall Be Born". This would make a great movie on it's own despite the fact Conan is not featured in each scene. Well paced and plotted.
Jacob
Still enjoying the series as Conan transitions from thief to mercenary soldier. His leadership skills are emerging and his actions are taking on a subtlety lacking in his early days. The wanderings about different kingdoms, with different companions, while interesting, leaves something to be desired in the way of continuity. He has no companions that he keeps for more than a few months, in fact they are all really just props in a continuing display of martial prowess for the giant Cimmerian. Per ...more
Frank
I've been getting into fantasy books again for the first time in about 20 years, and am surprised at how good some of them are.

The Fritz Leiber stuff is wonderful, just tongue and cheek enough, but not a spoof.

But I'm also enjoying this Conan book. It takes itself a bit more seriously, but just a bit, and the stories are wonderfully simple but set in a complex setting. Conan wanders into the middle of a huge political/religious morass in some city (detailed just enough by Howard)...but just kill
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Thomas
Always fun to re read a book - still just as good the second time around.
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the first of the Lancer Conans. Some of you will hate them because they are not only the NOT pure Howard they are also stories made from notes and pastiches by other authors. I enjoyed them, maybe not so much as the pure Howard stories, but they are good.


Sorry got it wrong, this isn't the first book in the series..it's the third....the cover tripped me up and I forgot to read the words (Book 3)sorry.
Dev
The master of Sword and Sorcery. Great stories that scare and delight; a hero, who's strength and cunning go unrivaled, and a good dollop of other-world building that make all Conan's novels great reads.
Jacob Aitken
Probably my favorite of the Conan volumes. Some of the stories are just pure classic material. Easily read them four or five times and it never loses its power.
Robert Day
The books I'd take to a desert island.
The books I'd save from a house on fire.
The books I read over and over.
The best of the best.
Charles
Does have some of the better Howard Conan stories, mixed with rewrites by De Camp of non-Conan stories into Conan ones.
Alucard
Mmm I love this cover. Boris and he loves hott women with great Glutes as the slavegirl in this novel.
Kayefex
See my review for the book "Conan." That review is meant for all of the Conan the Cimmerian series of books.
MJ
Of the 3 books I've read, I like the stories in this one best, especially the first couple.
Bill
The story has everything, wizards, swashbuckling sword fights, voluptuous heroines..
Ron
Hard to beat the original Conan. The character never dies... Conan is forever.
Peter
the Conan books were the first and the best big barbarian type books
Adam Burton
See Conan book 1 for my thoughts on this series.
Harold
It's been decades but I enjoyed these books!
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Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

He is well known for having created — in the p
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