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Conan the Barbarian

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Movie adaptation
Published December 1st 1990 by Orbit (first published 1982)
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David Sarkies
Gives a great movie more flavour
29 March 2012

When I saw this book in the second-hand bookshop I thought it was one of Howard's original Conan stories, and that maybe it was the first - it turned out not to be the case. This is one of the reasons I like reading introductions to the books because I can learn something about the authors and the book itself, no matter how short the book (or the introduction) is. Robert Howard, the creator of Conan, was an odd character, and his stories can be consi
Adapted from the screenplay by Oliver Stone and John Milius, De Camp and Carter score high marks with this well thought out novelization. While they could have been complete hacks and provided the bare bones minimum, the two go out of their way to weave an origin story for Conan that succeeds by appearing to be written by Robert E. Howard at his best. (Die-hard fans argue that many of his Conan stories are actually poorly written, despite the genius behind Conan, Cimmeria, Hyborea, et. al.)

Dwayne Caldwell
"Conan! What is best in life?"
"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

Aside from the inevitable violence wrought by the infamous Cimmerian and the impressive production value, the thing I always enjoyed about the Conan the Barbarian movie was its dialogue. Whether they were the brutish lines spoken from Schwarzenegger's Conan or the stately and eloquent words uttered by Thulsa Doom though James Earl Jones' wonderfully redolent voice, the di
Rob Poole
This was a really quick read, which is what I want out of a Conan story.

There's nothing like a good sword and sorcery novel in the imagination of the right author. L. Sprague De Camp does great justice to Robert Howard's Conan character, but few can match the energy that Howard imbues in every scene.

Conan is a beastly man who thrives on blood lust, sexual lust, and just all around lust. He embodies pure passion and inhabits a world that calls for pure passionate responses.

In this tale, he meets
Fred Lombardo
This was actually the first Conan story I ever read, having acquired it after seeing the film. From there, I was captivated by the character and had amassed around 50 books, which I still have to this day. I can only imagine how many I have missed since then. Howard did, what later, Tolkien would perfect. Building a world around his characters. The addition of the appendix, "The Hyborean Age", which is added to many of the stories, was a way to bring out the world in which Conan lived and give i ...more
I also thought this was one of Howard's original Conan stories, and thought "wow the movie adapted the book in amazing detail! =) haha, it wasn't until I finished the book and then noticed that the introduction said it was a novelisation of the movie. There were a few details added and Conan came off as a bit more intelligent (definitely a lot more talkative than newly arrived Schwarzenegger) all in all a fun quick read and makes me want to rewatch the film
This is the novelization of the original Arnold movie from 1982. It was actually nice to see the little details left out from a movie I have seen countless times. There was nothing left out that changes the story, but a few points that may help clarify some things the film does not explain too well. Well worth it for fans of Conan or just the sword & sorcery genre.
Paul Rustand
I am embarrassed to say I was very surprised to enjoy this book for the second time, at age 39. Howard's writing style and short story collection of the not-so-bright barbarian brute was a nice diversion...
Pure fantasy greatness. It is easy to picture the characters in your mind and the situations they git into. It is a wonderfully written story. It isn't Victor Hugo, but fun easy reading.
This was so "not" Conan that I could hardly stand to read it. I would have liked it better if it had been about an original character.
I liked the movie and the book is also very entertaining. Conan was/is a superman of fantasy world having bunch of fans.
Jun 11, 2013 Georgene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
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Actually, I liked this story better than the book of Robert E. Howard short stories.
The first book was excellent, but they went downhill really quickly after that.
Jennifer Rardin
Who doesn't love Conan, even if it's in secret? Vegetative fun.
Read this movie tie-in a loooong time ago.
Book is even better than the movie.
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