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Kull (The Robert E. Howard Library #2)

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On the throne of Valusia sits the dauntless king of barbarian days, Kull, savage outlaw, fierce gladiator, soldier, commander and king of kings who dreamed of golden destiny. Now the dream has become reality, great Kull has slain the despotic King Borna, ripped the crown from his gory head, and mounted his throne as ruler of Valusia, land of dreams, mighti
Mass Market Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 1978 by Bantam Books
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Kull was Robert E Howards pre-Conan sword and sorcery character so you could make a case that Kull is where the fantasy genre began. Kull follows a formula similar to the Conan stories where the stories often resemble horror and/or Lovecraft stories as much as fantasy. However Kull, while similar to Conan, is a very different character also. He is more of a silent brooding character than the more wild barbaric Conan. Through might Kull has become King of a mighty empire but must deal with consta ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Brendan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read about half of this as a fill-in while waiting for holds to come in at the library. Holds came in, so I'm not finishing. Most of these stories were not published during Howard's lifetime, but, to be fair, that's only because they are not very good. If you are familiar with Conan or Solomon Kane stories, you know that they vary pretty widely in quality. These are worse than all of those.

"The Shadow Kingdom" is the exception--it moves quickly and sets up a really cool and interesting scenario
Except for the introductory story "Exile of Atlantis", they all operate consistently and common themes repeat. Kull is king, and trouble either comes to him or he goes looking for it. A young couple wish to marry despite social barriers. Kull stands on the brink of otherworldly knowledge.

I wonder if Howard ditched the character because the stories were running out of gas. The Conan series as he originally wrote them had greater diversity in terms of plot and setting.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 27, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it
Robert E. Howard is my all time favorite writer, but for many years much of his work was heavily edited. This is another of the heavily edited collections of Robert E. Howard's stories. I am a purist when it comes to a writers works. I know some of these stories are no longer PC but they should be read as Howard wrote them and understood that he wrote in another time period. Don't read this book unless you just can't find any others of Howard's unedited books to read. Message me if you need a li ...more
East Bay J
I don’t know how it happened but I’ve found myself on a Robert E. Howard kick. Whereas my first go round with Howard was focused mostly on Conan, I find that his other characters engender more interest for me now.

Probably, this is due to Howard’s writing. He has an extraordinary way with an adventure tale, regardless of the characters involved. His writing is spare in many cases but can wax almost poetic in descriptions of people, places and things. I find it very engaging.

The collected tales of
Mike McDevitt
Apr 03, 2011 Mike McDevitt rated it liked it
Just finished my first Robert Howard. Not bad at all. Bare-chested savage king gets all stabby with snake-men- what's not to like?
My favorite story was 'Delcardes' Cat' for its fun premise, freaky creatures, and a certain skull-headed wizard I saw once in a movie. No, not Skeletor.
I enjoy the Frank Frazetta cover art: mostly because I think Kull has ignored or possibly shoved in the face the two gals in metal pasties in order to reach that mighty sea serpent! (This collection mentions often that
Dec 26, 2015 Puch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic, which every expert on the genre should read.
Jul 10, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Kull stories are more reflective than Howard's Conan tales, and than some of his other heroic fantasy characters. Thus, they often move a bit slower. But they are still filled with Howard's trademarked description and his energy. Good stuff.
Mar 10, 2013 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that out of all of the Howard books that I have read this one so far was one of my least favorite. It was okay, but just hard to imagine a time before time where people seemed much like what we imagine a few thousand years ago.
I'm fairly sure this edition is the one that is pretty much just Howard & has fragmented stories in it. I didn't like it as well as the earlier Lancer edition that had all the stories finished by Carter & DeCamp (I think).
Jul 30, 2008 Randy added it
Recommends it for: fantasy, Howard fans
These are Howard's stories of the barbarian King as he wrote them, including unfinished fragments, and a poem.
Jan 02, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a slightly different selection of pieces than the book King Kull.
Mar 15, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kull is probably my least favorite Howard character.
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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."

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The Robert E. Howard Library (6 books)
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