Solomon Kane (The Robert E. Howard Library #3)
Hills of the Dead:
Solomon Kane and N'Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills. Carnage ensues.
It's been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories. Howard's Puritan adventurer is quite a bit different from Conan but still quite good. The staff N'Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires wer...more
“Such was Solomon Kane,” indeed.
This book rocks. As much as I’d like to try and sound clinical about this—screw it. I’m not a litera...more
Audio book: Paul Boehmer does a pretty good job here. I'd listened to him before with the Night Angel Trilogy, and enjoyed him again with this book.
He does some voices for the various characters. I think if this collection had a bad reader I would have stopped before the end.
I don't normally seem to enjoy older works...more
There are not many Kane stories and they are not the most consistent collection of stories i have read by Howard. The minor stories are somewhat uneven. But stories like Red Shadows, Hills of the Dead, Wings in the Night is very hard to improve on when it comes to stark atmosphere, quality storie...more
I like Howard and I like most of his fantasy characters...though I never really got into his s...more
I also have a collection from Centaur Press entitled "Solomon Kane."
So, where to begin?
Solomon Kane is basically a bad-ass who is also really religious, in the Puritan sense (which means really hardcore). He knows how to fence, he knows how to lose it and go into a mad rampage where his vision is red with bloodlust, he knows how to be methodical and plan, and he's a damned good shot with a musket ball pistol.
Most of all, he is perhaps...more
Puritan avenger with Thankgiving pagent hat, white socks, and buckle shoes.
Twin flintlock pistols.
Pirates vs. Puritans.
Naked over-sexed ebony skinned Satan-worshiping jungle princesses.
Ruined jungle cities.
A Lovecraftian demon imprisoned by King Solomon.
Need I go on? True pulp if there ever was. This volume collects all of Howard's Kane stories, including the unfinished drafts. Beautiful artwork as well.
The stories are very enjoyable provided you switch your brains off and enjoy the roller coaster ride on the offering. It has all the marks of a racist writing wherein the dwellers of Africa are called as nothing but sav...more
Del Rey has re-published the works of Robert E. Howard in beautiful trade paperback sets that include his complete works. They leave t...more
Solomon is a puritan living in the early 1600s. He also has a serious case of wanderlust that takes him all across Europe and into the heart of darkest Africa. Along the way he encounters pirates, monsters, damsels in distress, black magic and numerous sword fights.
He csn be a bit of a flat character, but he has a rock solid idea of right and wrong and will fight to the death to punish the wicke...more
On the other hand, the stories are full of rip-roarin' racism. Oh, geez, if I read about one more "thick-lipped savage", I was gonna puke. And all the stuff about Darkest Africa, Land of Untold Horrors.
I suppose I would say there are some really good, really interesting and creative stories in here IF you can get past the racism...more
Compared to Howard's other famous characters Conan and Kull, Solomon Kane is my favorite. With Kane, Howard established a long enduring heroic archetype. The mysterious cloaked and hatted hero who has severe features and speaks little.
Solomon Kane slashes and shoots through hordes of
Truly it's wonderful. Hitting all the right notes to make Solomon Kane so full of the things we expect from Howard and his writing, yet different enough to make Solomon and his world stand out from Conan's fame and, often, shadow. It's a creepy anthology at times, filling its corners with the darkness of humanity as equally as it does with the dark...more
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He is well known for having created — in the p...more