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Conan the Rebel (Conan the Barbarian)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  448 ratings  ·  12 reviews

A grand adventure of the mighty thewed barbarian, from one of Fantasy’s biggest names

Conan, The name has inspired generations, one that resounds through time immemorial. Yet it all began with a handful of stories from Robert E. Howard. In the decades since, there have been feature films, television and comic book series, and numerous spin-off novels. In 1979, Poul Anders

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Bantam Books
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Conan the Barbarian is to fantasy fiction as Pabst Blue Ribbon is to cheap American beer: he is an atavism, a retro-throwback to a simpler time. Kids on the playground can say “My fantasy hero can kick your fantasy hero’s ass!”

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?


Katniss Everdeen, Beatrice Prior?

My point exactly.

Hey, Conan, what is best in life?

“To crush enemy, see him driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the vomen.”

Thank you.

And so we come to Poul Anderson’s contribution
Not the best Conan pastiche, but not the worst. Poul Anderson is a successful and prolific sci fi and fantasy author. He's a good writer and the result is a pretty well told story about everybody's favorite barbarian. However, not everything is roses in Hyboria.

The most hilarious part of Conan The Rebel is when Tothapis and Nehekba making a hissing noise any time they mention the god, Mitra:

"And once he is corrupted in the priggish eyes of Mitra... s-s-s-s... once he is enslaved to me, ah, then
Holy smokes! A Conan novel written by Poul Anderson! I'm soooo down. My thoughts as I came across this book at Half Price Books. Now I haven't read too many non-Howard Conan books, but from all the ones I have read this one is my favorite. Literally everything is captured so well in this book. The characters you come across, the monsters you fight and the way Conan has a sense of feeling is just brilliant. There's a scene where he fights a Saurian and a giant hyena which was so much fun to read. ...more
Not so hot

I was feeling the need to read something different, so as I walked past the new books section at the library I saw a Conan book. I've never read Conan, but one of my cousins is a giant fan and I respect his opinion on books so I picked it up.

The plot was pretty simple (hero gets even with sworn enemies who have wronged him in many ways, along the way he gets to use a magical weapon and fulfill some prophecy), but it was entertaining enough, especially in the middle. The ending was way
Dwayne Caldwell
This was a fun easy read, but I'd have to agree with some of the other reviews here. Conan is not the same Cimmerian Robert E. Howard fans are accustomed to. Granted the violence is par for the course where Hyborian adventure is concerned. The elritch creatures Conan and company must fight and the magics they endure are likewise typical of Robert E. Howard's world. But Conan's dedication and loyalty to his mate Belit seems very boyish at times and his motivation to please her because her joy is ...more
For someone looking for a fun read who is not a stickler to the Conan character, then this book would be a fine read. For someone who read the previous tales of Conan penned by Robert E. Howard, then be careful with your expectations. Poul Anderson writes the character of Conan differently than that of Robert E. Howard. The book was an ok read overall and it was easy to get into, but lacks the same barbarian that people may be used to reading.
Jonathan Stevens
poul anderson doesn't do REH quite as well as REH can.
Ronald Wilcox
Conan adventure set in the time period when he was traveling with Belit. Most of the book really did not come across as a Conan novel (2 stars) until the last quarter of the book when the band of adventurers search for the Axe (4 stars). Conan seems kind of secondary to other characters which may be why this book did not come across as true to others.
Felipe Guerrero
Siempre es grato volver a la Era Hyboria y este libro es bastante bueno.

Sin embargo sigo prefiriendo los relatos originales de Robert E Howard ya que Conan siempre es mejor cuando sale de la pluma de su creador.

Bueno libro.
Chris Vachio
The author basically turned Conan into a love-sick wimp. Not cool. Other than morphing one of the greatest heroes of all time into a whiner, a decent read.
One of the best of the Conan Pastiches. Also one of the earlier ones. I'd say definitely 3 and a half stars.
Radek Vyšný
Pro mne doposud nejslabší "conanovka" kterou jsem četl.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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