Night Winds: Connie Ha
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Night Winds: Connie Ha (Kane #5)

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Kane the Mystic Swordsman ranges Earth and Time to confornt the demons of darkness.
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Warner Books (NY)
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Not quite the home run I was expecting from this hard-to-get classic, but still pretty darned good. Kane, to date, is the best post Conan type I've run across. He has his own distinct personality (even though that can be hard to pin down, since he's a bundle of paradoxes), as well as a very distinct look: flaming red hair, relatively shore (6 ft), and built like a refrigerator (300 lbs!). The stories in this collection (the first Kane stories I've read), are apparently the last in the series. Wa...more
Night Winds is my fifth book featuring Kane, but it reads as inventive and energetic as the first one. The series shares with its inspiration (Conan by Robert E Howard) the timeless structure that allows new readers to jumps in at any point of the journey without a need for backstory or recaps or extensive descriptions of places and histories - you don't need to worry if you haven't read any of the previous installments. Each novella is self-contained and self-sufficient, they share them...more
This has 3 stories about Kane, Wagner's dark version of Conan. Kane strangled his brother on the alter of the mad god that created man. The god cursed him to live until the violence he brought to the race killed him. Kane is very tough, mean & intelligent, so keeps living. A great read for anyone who likes 'Sword & Sorcery'.
Found this book on a shelf in the bathroom of a shack in Ensenada, Mexico in about 1983. Been reading it ever since. Here is the audio of the 4th story, "Raven's Eyrie". If you have time to give it a listen I hope you enjoy it and read more of Karl Edward Wagner's work. My favorite story in this book is the 2nd one "Two Suns Setting".

Night Winds (1978)
"Undertow" - Kane's mistress attempts to escape from him
"Two Suns Setting" - Kane witnesses the death of...more
Karl Edward Wagner’s character of Kane is, in my opinion, one of the greatest anti-heroes in the world of sword and sorcery. Kane is Wagner’s clever spin on Cain from the Bible, Cain having killed his brother Abel and having thereafter been punished by God. With Kane, Wagner manages to create a profound character both detestable and likable, a character maliciously vengeful one moment and tenderly sensitive the next. In his stories of Kane, Wagner takes the reader on journeys filled with captiva...more
My favorite collection of Wagner's short stories about the character Kane.
Dark and cruel, humane and kind. Kane battles his way through the centuries.
An excellent collection of Kane stories.
Light read. Not his best nor worst.
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Karl Edward Wagner (12 December 1945 – 13 October 1994) was an American writer, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. His disillusionment with the medical profession can be seen in the stories "The Fourth Seal" and "Into Whose Hands". He described his world view as nihilistic, anarchistic...more
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