The Complete Chronicles of Conan
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The Complete Chronicles of Conan

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Conan the Cimmerian—the boy-thief who became a mercenary, who fought and loved his way across fabled lands to become King of Aquilonia. Neither supernatural fiends nor demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom on the battlefields of the legendary Hyborian age. Collected here in the chronol
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Paperback, 925 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Gollancz (first published January 19th 2006)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
8/05/2011

Right. So I'm re-reading (and in a number of instances reading for the first time) the original Conan canon courtesy of this handsome volume (albeit my copy is a bit cat-scratched in a manner that actually makes it more befitting of its battle-scarred subject). I'll be updating this review with my comments on the stories as I read them.

The Phoenix On The Sword: It begins near the end. Near the end of Conan's career as a wandering thief, mercenary and pirate, when he has finally settled...more
Scott Gray
It's hard to make adequate comment on a writer whose work created an entire genre and the larger creative industry that genre spawned. Conan the Barbarian means different things to different people, because the character exists in so many different versions— the original Robert E. Howard stories; the de Camp and Carter pastiches that expanded on Howard's vision and popularity; the new generation of books that the original pastiches inspired; the Marvel comics that pushed sword-and-sorcery into t...more
Carl Cranney
Sexist. Racist. Culturally imperialist. But, you know what . . . I had a dang fun time reading them! What? It's pulp fiction about a barbarian who doesn't understand "civilization" and has a personal code of ethics and the swordarm to enforce it among the "civilized" people of the mythical Hyborean age. Were you expecting Shakespeare?
Rachel
Jun 30, 2013 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Story 1: The Phoenix on the Sword - rating: 4 stars
Story 2: The Scarlet Citadel - rating: 4.5 stars
J. Hamlet
Despite the unfortunate racial attitudes in Conan the Barbarian lore (as he was writing these in the 1910s through 1930s, he has some of the same problems his contemporary HP Lovecraft had), Robert Howard was perhaps one of the greatest pulp writers ever. After treading through nearly 1000 pages of Conan stories, Howard's imagination never falters. Conan himself is a complex character, a prototype and ancestor of all the anti-heros we see popping up in movies and books. Usually portrayals of Con...more
Evgeny
The original Conan the Cimmerian - what more needs to be said? Robert E. Howard is the grandfather of sword and sorcery genre; Conan is the grandfather of all barbarians (the most recent example that comes to mind: Karsa Orlong from House of Chains is exact copy of Conan) and mighty sword-fighters (too numerous to name). The stories are written almost 100 years ago, they are still very entertaining and impossible to put down; their age did nothing to diminish their fun value.

The plot of most of...more
Susan Laine
Conan is my favorite hero, and sword & sorcery has been a favorite genre of mine since I was a kid. I have read all these stories before in other anthologies, some in English, some in Finnish, but it's good to have them all in one book. My favorite stories in this are The Tower of the Elephant, The Slithering Shadow, Red Nails, and The Pool of the Black One. Highly recommended!
Mark
Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) lived a short live but created some brilliant characters, for example Solomon Kane the puritan swashbuckler & Kull. Most famous is his creation of Conan the Barbarian. About whom he wrote between 1932 & 1934, lots of short stories and one whole novel "The hour of the Dragon" and while that book did borrow somewhat from his earlier stories it did have the excitement and tension of the shorter Conan stories.

This book contains most shor...more
Simon
Although I've only read about five stories from this edition (so far), I've read most of the Conan stories before in various collections over the years. I already know that it's going to get five stars because most of the stories are great. Those that aren't are still good and are not going to detract from overall high standard of this collection.

This collection contains all the Conan stories written by Robert E Howard in the order they were published including those published posthumously and...more
Krzysztof
The Conan stories are great, even though many of them follow a very similar pattern, and some even "copy-and-paste" sentences between them. The language of the stories is terrific, however, despite some words being archaic as this point. It certainly cracks you up when Conan 'ejaculates' (shouts). The quality of the stories is pretty constantly high, with some of them a bit weaker than others. None of them aren't bad in any way, however.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to all who haven't...more
John Montagne
Good old Conan. You love this work or you hate it. I consider them classics so to review it would inevitably repeat much of what has been said by countless others. Personal opinion, I love it. It is straight forward escapism. Character development? Not so much... is it needed? Not so much... I always loved Howard's history of Conan's world, in fact, I have just as much enjoyment reading about the world and the tribes as much as the stories. And this particular book is a work of art, a leather to...more
Libromaniac
Robert Howard gets short shrift in any discussion of important 20th century authors. He founded an entire genre of literature, and is indirectly responsible for Arnold Schwarzenegger being governor of Kahlifohnia. While this collection, when read in it's entirety, points up the somewhat formulaic nature of Howard's writing, it never fails to thrill. Mildly sexy and exuberantly violent, these tales make for an excellent escape from humdrum modernity, where life's Gordian knots cannot be simply he...more
Robert
Conan the Barbarian is one of the best known heroes of fantasy fiction and a considerable number of authors have written stories about him. This book collects together all 21 of the original Conan stories written by his creator, Robert E Howard, and also includes a number of unfinished fragments and drafts, as well as two articles about the world of Hyboria and its people. The book also features a very interesting Afterword by editor Stephen Jones, which helps to put the stories into context.

The...more
Christian
This rating is an average for all the Conan stories I read, before I got sick of them. It's more like 2 for most of the longer stories and 4 for the short stories. At it's best, Conan possesses a sort of barbarian vitality mixed with the Weird Fiction feel of Lovecraft or Lord Dunsany. But at its worst - and its frequently at its worst - its a repetitive morass of rippling thews and giant muscles and evil Africans and Conan beating the shit out of everything with very little conflict or intrigue...more
Vomithatsteve
This is a whole lot of Conan. Let's be honest. It's WAAAY too much Conan! If you like classic, misogynistic dark fantasy, there'll be something for you to enjoy here.

It's stories are actually pretty fun in a pulpy, over-the-top way. It's always fun to read about some giant barbarian killing some horrid monster from beyond the stars with his teeth.

It's way more conan than you'll ever actually need, but I still enjoyed reading it.
Heath Lowrance
Well, it's Conan, the ORIGINAL Conan, by Robert E. Howard. So hell yeah, I loved it. If you're interested you can find my entire review here: http://psychonoir.blogspot.com/2014/0...
Bill
If you like 1930s-style eugenics racial theory, the inherent sexism of the period, and blood 'n' guts, this book is for you!!!
Myke
"Conan, what is best in life?"

Reading this book that's what.
Mark
Tales Of HIGH Adventurrreeee...

These stories are so much fun, and very well written. Robert Howard knew just how to pace a good battle, and knew how to keep you wanting more: Swords, sorcery, wenches, with twists and turns and a collection of fantastic monsters to be slayed.

This is how a hero should be portrayed. Conan, although a complete b*****d, is a likeable, larger than life barbarian with almost unlimited strength and skills, procured either by his heritage or by experience of life. He ha...more
Ана Хелс
Конан не е просто мускулягата с лош акцент и тъповато-стероиден поглед, насаден ни от екранизациите с младия бате Арни. Конан е абсолютния образец, символ, бенчмарк, зрънцето изначална идея за това какъв трябва да е един истински фентъзи герой – физически внушителен, външно привлекателен за женското око, безспорен майстор на меча и всякакво друго оръжие, което може да унищожи или поне нарани кожените торби с вътрешности, наречени човешки или не точно тела. С неясно минало, без роднини, за които...more
R.M.F Brown
A treasure trove of swords and sorcery

On the face of it, Conan doesn't and shouldn't stand up to critical scrutiny. A pint sized King Kong who roams the land, slaying various wizards and evil do'ers, bedding buxom barmaids, and sticking his nose where it's not wanted. Improbably, as long as he has a sword in his hand, and his back to a wall, he can fight off ten times his number without breaking sweat. He shrugs off wounds that would kill a gold, and has more lives than a barrel load of cats.

An...more
Akshay
There is no question in my mind that the sword and sorcery genre of fantasy has rarely had a voice as distinctive and powerful as the oft under-rated Robert E. Howard and his enduring iconic creation Conan of Cimmeria.

I've always been a fan and despite the less then flattering cinematic and tv efforts thus far (I hold slightly better hopes for the 2011 coming film) the character and style have left their indelible mark on the world of story-telling.

Here in this MASSIVE hardbound book that I dr...more
Josh
I originally bought this tome for a friend for christmas, but whilst wrapping it up i thought i'd give it a quick look and found myself instantly enthralled. Over the next few months i would i constantly ask myself 'where has conan been all my life?'
Up until Conan, i, and im sure the rest of you, have had to make do with whoosy lead characters who are described as tough but dont do anything?! And when they do finally kick back their chair and roll up their sleeves, they take one smack on the ch...more
Dave Jones
So I've spent a month reading this book. I left out a couple of draft stories and the story about Robert E. Howard from the end, but otherwise I read it all. This was a really great book. I enjoy reading fantasy stories, it's the unreality, the magic and warriors, the fantastic beasts and wondrous lands. Robert E. Howard totally delivered with Conan. On the whole, there really isn't much character development to Conan, he is the barbarian that we all know from the films, with a simple moral comp...more
Noor Jahangir
Conan the Cimmerian continues to capture the imaginations of readers 80 years after Robert Ervin Howard penned the first Conan story, The Phoenix on the Sword, in 1932. Since then, the iconic character of Conan has graced magazines, books, comic books, cartoons, television serials, video games and the big screen. This particular tome contains all of the original tales written by Howard and published in Weird Tales during his lifetime, including thirteen novelettes, three novellas and the novel T...more
Helmut
Wüsste nicht, was es da zu meckern gäbe

Diese Ausgabe ist sehr gelungen. Eine sehr schöne Aufmachung, mit Lederimitat und geprägten Goldlettern, qualitativ sehr hochwertigem, schweren Papier und gelungenen Illustrationen (die Aufmachung ist identisch zu der Gesamtausgabe von Lovecrafts Werk aus dem selben Verlag). Für mich als Sammler endlich die Möglichkeit, alle Conan-Stories von Howard in einem Band ins Regal stellen zu können.

Wer Conan nicht kennt, hat etwas verpasst und sollte das schnellste...more
Scott McPherson
This book is amazing. I was interested in the Conan stories after watching the movie with Arnie, and figured I would try to read the stories. I saw this tome on the offer on Amazon for a good price, and I immediately bought it, hoping my money wasn't wasted.

It wasn't.

For being such a big book, I found it almost impossible to put down, each story was as good as the last I, felt, with Conan playing the role of badass warrior flawlessly in each story. My favourites were Queen of the Black Coast, Be...more
Stuart
I recently bought myself the Conan centenary edition as a prezzie. I'm not much of a book reader (preferring audiobooks lately, though my interest in them has waned). I've only ever really read the comics as a kid and of course watching the two Arnie films (which were intended to be but 2 in a long series of movies).

The short stories, "The Phoenix on the Sword" and "The Scarlet Citadel" are brilliant, if a little unoriginal (though given they're early pulp fiction they were probably original in...more
Timothy
Well it only took me about four years of off and on reading to finally finish this tome... LOL. Despite the sheer length, the stories of Robert E. Howard are quite easy to read and highly enjoyable. For anyone who is a fan of the fantasy genres or who just needs something enjoyable and escapist to read for a while I highly recommend this or any number of Conan anthologies.

I think the most difficult thing for the modern reader is Howard's adherance to outdated notions of race and racial superior...more
Geoff
A fine collection of turn of the century pulp. Always entertaining and fun. Vivid, passionate writing, for no purpose but to entertain. It's difficult to overlook some of the deeply problematic issues with race and gender embedded in almost every story. That seems to be pretty common with Howard's peers, and it has to be taken in that context. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed the book as much if it wasn't so central and formative to an entire genre's history, even if it is a genre that I don't usua...more
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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...more
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“Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.” 69 likes
“Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.” 16 likes
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