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Hour Of The Dragon (Conan - The Lancer/Ace Editions #9)

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Of the 21 Conan the Barbarian tales that Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) completed in his all-too-brief lifetime, Hour of the Dragon was the only novel-length story. It may also be the very best of the series, crafted when the legendary pulp writer was working at the height of his powers. Conan is a huge swordsman fighting both natural and supernatural foes in a time-lost wor...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 1st 1977 by Berkley (first published 1936)
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Jason Koivu
When you think of Conan you think of this...

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Then you think of the screaming barbarian...

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Whoops, sorry, I meant this...

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But if you read one of Robert Howard's original Conan the Barbarian stories what you get is something that should be titled Conan the Part-Time Barbarian, Part-Time Diplomat, because there is WAY more talk and politics than expected.

What did I expect? I thought I'd get more fighting, more monsters and just more action in general. What I got was a whole lotta this *makes talking...more
Jim
I'm reading an online version on Wikisource. I think this is the original that was published as a serial in the pulps.
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hou...

This is a great Conan adventure that winds up showing us a lot of his previous life, so that makes it a lot of fun. All the convenient elements got to me, though. One or two in a short story are fine, but an entire novel was too much. (view spoiler)...more
V.
The problem with a lot of genre classics is that their ideas have been ripped off so often they end up reading like they're full of cliches even though they were the originators of those familiar tropes.

But when it comes to the best of the pulp writers there's an electric vibe that runs through them that doesn't fade. Like the stories of Raymond Chandler or Lovecraft or even Poe, they're just very entertaining and fun.

Conan stories vary in quality, but this one, the only full-length novel, has...more
Terence
May 04, 2009 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conan fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The only Conan novel written by Howard, The Hour of the Dragon delivers everything a fan of the Cimmerian would want - beautiful women needing rescue, several evil wizards to defeat, and a well-paced adventure that has Conan striving to recover the Aquilonian throne and thwart the efforts of Xaltotun to restore the empire of Acheron. This is the umpteenth time I've read the novel since acquiring this Sci-Fi Book Club edition almost 30 years ago and it's still great fun.

I like to believe the foll...more
Rob
Howard's only novel-length tale of the redoubtable Cimmerian. When serialized in Weird Tales, it was titled 'Hour of the Dragon,' which de Camp said had little to do with the story. As if "Conan the Conqueror" does.

To me this is the last truly worthwhile book in this series. The tales after this are almost wholly not Howard's work (unless you count some vague notes), and it shows.

This was my first exposure to Conan, other than Marvel Comics. I preferred this to the comics, but I prefer the earl...more
Gabriel Wallis
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Joe Russomanno
For people that don't know, Howard is the Father of Modern day Sword and Sorcery. For people that think he invented it, all I can say is see the King Arthur legend and even that isn't the first.

As for this particular story. If you think Lord of the Rings etc. are the centerpieces for fantasy fiction, well you're mistaken. This right here should and is in my opinion, the crown jewel of fantasy fiction.

An evil wizard with power beyond belief. Treacherous rulers who plot against the hero. Epic bat...more
Michael
Book 9 in my re-read of the Conan series. Spoilers ahead!


Conan the Conqueror picks up two years after the events in The Scarlet Citadel, and is essentially the same story expanded into novel length. Luckily, I enjoyed The Scarlet Citadel, so I didn't mind the extended do over. And really, if you've made it this far in the series, you should be no stranger to treading familiar ground. Much of the story is comprised of Conan in pursuit of an ancient jewel, the Heart of Ahriman, that will allow him...more
Charles
This basically "Hour of the Dragon" retitled to fit the series demands, and edited by L. Sprague De Camp, even though it really didn't need any editing. Still, the power of the original certainly shines through here.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 13, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Interested in the Origins of Heroic Fantasy
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: A Reader's Guide to Fantasy: Seven-League Shelf
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Yes, it's that Conan--the one that inspired the Schwarzenegger film, Conan the Barbarian. The best way to give you a flavor of the stories and the character is to quote you a bit that appears above the first story published and familiar from the film:

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 beneat...more
R.D. Villam
Hari ini saya terjebak di jalanan Jakarta selama hampir 6 jam. Dengkul sampe sakit nginjek kopling, tapi sisi bagusnya, saya jadi bisa beresin baca ini (lagi) di tablet saya. :-D

Hours of the Dragon adalah buku terakhir dari serial Conan the Cimmerian a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian karya Robert E. Howard. Terbit tahun 1936, dan satu2nya yg berupa novel; cerita2 Conan sebelumnya berupa short story. Dan walau banyak orang bilang novelnya gak sekeren cerpen2nya, its still among the best. Long before Tol...more
William
I always liked the Conan the Barbarian movie. I think I became interested in Robert E. Howard, because, like his contemporary, H.P. Lovecraft, it seemed he was very generous in letting other people write Conan stories. I became more interested when I read a snippet of "By This Axe I Rule!" in an article about Howard in the, now defunct, Clockwork Storybook.

So I read the King Kull stories and surely, "By This Axe I Rule!" is a great one. I was impressed with the imagination and energy of the stor...more
Anton
“The Hour of the Dragon” is the only full-length Conan novel Robert E. Howard wrote. It begins with an older Conan ruling as the King of Aquilonia and defending his crown against an alliance of foreign powers and sidelined members of the Aquilonian aristocracy. With the help of an ancient sorcerer, the group defeats Conan’s army and takes the barbarian king prisoner. The rest of the book chronicles Conan’s quest to reclaim his crown. His journey takes him from adventure to adventure, throwing hi...more
wally
the 6th from howard for me...the 5th conan story (for me)...this one on the kindle, the "halcyon classics series"...also published as the hour of the dragon...

...22 chapters, then a chapter called "the hyborian age"

story begins:
the lion banner sways and falls in the horror-haunted gloom; a scarlet dragon rustles by, borne on winds of doom. in heaps the shining horsemen lie, where the thrusting lances break, and deep in the haunted mountains, the lost, black gods awake. dead hands grope in the s...more
Joshua Bennett
Ran across this book at a local coffee/book store for only $3 and could not pass it up. I have always wanted to read Conan as I am a fan of the character, and just have not looked or found a volume of collected stories that I wanted to plunk down my hard earned money on. By Crom! The fortunes truly smiled upon me this day when I found this book. I look forward to breaking its spine from copious readings, which will have to wait until the quarter break. I am most excited that this is also Robert...more
Rich U
I could be mistaken, as I read this book over 22 years ago, but I think it is the only Novel sized story of Conan by the Robert E. Howard. Original called "The Hour of the Dragon", it is this book you find Conan already King of Aquilonia and fighting to save it from Evil.

The main antagonists is a 3000 year old wizard called Xaltotun who is the most dangerous foe Conan has ever matched up against. Xaltotun was raised from the dead in the first chapter of the book with the help of some less than...more
Mark Stone
To think that as good as Howard was writing Sword & Sorcery he was even better in writing Westerns according to his contemporaries. While I haven't read his Westerns to comment on that comparison personally, I can tell you that The Hour of the Dragon is perhaps Howard's finest writing in the Sword & Sorcery genre. Some of what happens is a little too happenstance for me, but that wasn't enough for me to knock this book from 5 stars to 4. An incredible read; a must read for those of us wh...more
Janith Pathirage
This's a very serious, bad ass book. I thought it would be bit cheesy first but I was so wrong. From the very first page itself I was hooked to the story. What a page turner.. This's the first Conan novel I read and by Crom !!! I want more !! Too bad Howard didn't write few more Conan books
Todd Martin
Along with other forms of science fiction and fantasy I read a lot of Robert E. Howard back in High School and always enjoyed his Conan stories in particular. This was somewhat of an experiment to see how well the stories hold up many years later … and, nostalgia notwithstanding, I’d say they held up fairly well.

Conan the Conqueror is a swords and sorcery adventure in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs. As such, there’s action, adventure, close calls, cliff hangers and daring escapes that would...more
Tom Webster
Oft imitated but rarely bettered.
This is one of if not the definitive work of modern sword and sorcery heroic fiction.

Howard really hits his stride in the only full length Conan novel he ever penned.

A must read for any fantasy fan.
Colby Clark
Sword & Sorcery to the max. If you haven't read it and you like the genre. Do so.
Devero
Il titolo originale, "The Hour of the Dragon" lo preferisco. Del ciclo di Conan scritto da R.E.Howard, questo è senza dubbio il meglio. Svanisce la sensazione che Conan sia solo una copia sminuita di Kull, sensazione che colpisce chiunque abbia letto tutto dei due personaggi. La storia è buona, articolata e varia come solo Howard sapeva, ed è scorrevole, tanto che il romanzo termina in fretta e si vorrebbe altro. Purtroppo per noi, nel periodo in cui venivano serializzate queste pagine, il texan...more
Dave
Howard's only Conan novel encompasses the bulk of this collection with his Hyborian Age history taking up the last bit of the book. _Hour of the Dragon_ is perhaps Howard's best Conan story containing all the elements that Howard fans love about the character and genre: epic battle scenes, an undead sorceror, conspiracies, a hairy beast, blood, plenty of violence, a damsel, and a "chase" scene that takes up most of the story itself. All of this adds up to a great Conan yarn that reads rather qu...more
Mars
Howard's first (or was that only?) full-length Conan novel.
He apparently cannibalized many of his short stories to create it, and it reads pretty much like a very long short story.

No character development, just action and adventure, and only five women or so, all but one of which see Conan and immediately fall for him (the sacrificial lass at the end does not have a chance to spot him, so does not).

Not too terrible as far as such things go, but I prefer Howard's shorter works.
Flint
I read this book, because I wanted to experience Howard's Conan as a full length novel after having read a bunch of his short stories in Conan the Cimmerian. I thought maybe he might take more time to develop Conan as a character, but Howard continues to write him like he only has a few pages to finish his story. The "Hour of the Dragon" is really just another short Conan story, but one that's been bloated to nearly 300 pages and not worth the time needed to read the whole thing.
Peregrine 12
I'm a Conan fan and always will be. This book was fun to read, but it was more like a strung-together collection of short Conan adventures than an actual novel. Well, Howard wrote it as such, so I guess that's okay, but there were parts in this book that just seemed choppy. Interesting to note: Chapter 21 is ENTIRELY MISSING and no one knows why. Cool to think about, but doesn't help the story arc very much.

Ah, well, it still had great action scenes. Glad I read it.
Colin Powell
Conan is getting on a bit in this story. He is 46 and still pulling the birds. It is great pulp fantasy and jolly good fun as Conan takes on the evil Xaltotun. It is the only Conan story I've read and it was back in 1977 when I bought it in a book store. Its great fun, as I've said, with a big battle at the end where Conan does his all for the Aquilonian kingdom. A nation that evil Xaltotun want as part of his empire.
Zare
Conan is now king of Aquilonia. Although he brought freedom to the Aquilonians from the previous despot-king, nobles despise him and soon terrible and ancient evil is unleashed in order to kill Conan and install despot-king's heir upon the throne.

Fight for his very life will take Conan all the way to the lands of mysterious Stygia and then back to Aquilonia.

Great adventure novel, highly recommended.
Felipe Guerrero
Este libro se acaba de convertir en uno de mis favoritos de toda la saga (de los que eh leído hasta ahora)

Me gustó muchísimo y a todos aquellos que hayan leído los otros once libros disfrutaran muchísimo ese sentimiento de nostalgia que este libro le hace sentir al lector.

Estoy casi seguro de que la película que van a sacar próximamente estará basada en este libro.

¡Larga vida al rey Conan!
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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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