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The Soloman Kane Stories (Solomon Kane)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,576 ratings  ·  157 reviews
“He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was S...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published June 26th 2008 by Wildhern Press (first published 1970)
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Werner
Aug 22, 2014 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented fiction in a historical setting
Aug. 4, 2014
Best known as the creator of Conan the barbarian, pulp-era giant Robert E. Howard enriched literature with several other memorable series characters, including Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Dark Agnes de la Ferre --and Solomon Kane. This volume collects REH's entire Kane corpus: nine short stories, three narrative poems (one of which exists in two variant forms, both of which are included here), and four partially completed story fragments, of which we have the beginnings but not the endings....more
Dan Schwent
Since I've read half of this before as Skull in the Stars, I'll only be reviewing the complete stories I've yet to read, no fragments.

Hills of the Dead:
Solomon Kane and N'Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills. Carnage ensues.

It's been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories. Howard's Puritan adventurer is quite a bit different from Conan but still quite good. The staff N'Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires wer...more
Terence
Dec 06, 2010 Terence rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: REH completists
I’ve been reading Robert E. Howard’s Conan for 30+ years now. I remember – and still have – the Science Fiction Book Club editions edited by the late Karl Wagner and I think any consideration of the best fantasy writing has to include “Beyond the Black River” and “A Witch Shall Be Born,” at the very least, but I was never much interested in reading any of the non-Conan stories Howard wrote.* I was always intrigued, however, by what I heard about “Solomon Kane” – a Puritan soldier-of-fortune who...more
Jake
“He was…a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan…A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things…Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”

“Such was Solomon Kane,” indeed.

This book rocks. As much as I’d like to try and sound clinical about this—screw it. I’m not a litera...more
Rob
Executive Summary: This was a disappointment. I signed up to review this for SFF Audio trying something I wouldn't have read otherwise, but I mostly found myself bored.

Audio book: Paul Boehmer does a pretty good job here. I'd listened to him before with the Night Angel Trilogy, and enjoyed him again with this book.

He does some voices for the various characters. I think if this collection had a bad reader I would have stopped before the end.

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Jean-marcel
I love these stories. In many ways, Kane seems the most dangerous of all of Howard's strong, brooding warrior creations. He's driven not by gold nor sex nor fame, but by a strange fire within his soul that makes him believe he is on an eternal, righteous quest. He feels with his heart the difference between right and wrong, and he acts upon those feelings with the cold, implacable drive of the religious crusader and fanatic. In many ways, I think he's pretty insane. It is his insanity that parti...more
Mohammed
Solomon Kane is the strongest, most interesting character i have read by Howard. Kane is perfect for his stories, his somber personality,style creates the weird atmosphere for the stories so seamlessly.

There are not many Kane stories and they are not the most consistent collection of stories i have read by Howard. The minor stories are somewhat uneven. But stories like Red Shadows, Hills of the Dead, Wings in the Night is very hard to improve on when it comes to stark atmosphere, quality storie...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I'd like to have been able to give this 5 stars but for various reasons I can only go 4. I first read this book in spurts some years ago. The stories and the character I've known for many ears. Having discovered Conan back in the dark ages of my youth I spent time searching out many of REH's works. Back in the late '60s and '70s there were many reprints and collections of stories based on Howard's work.

I like Howard and I like most of his fantasy characters...though I never really got into his s...more
Oscar
’Las extrañas aventuras de Solomon Kane’, recoge las ocho historias originales que escribió Robert E. Howard dedicadas a este puritano inglés cuyas aventuras transcurren durante el siglo XVI. Howard escribió docenas de relatos de todo tipo, del oeste, misterio, terror, boxeo, históricos, etc., buscando su publicación en revistas pulp tan aclamadas como Amazing Stories y Weird Tales. Tras su prematura muerte por suicidio (nunca sabremos las obras maestras que nos hemos perdido de tan brillante es...more
Charles
Solomon Kane has to be one of the most unique characters Howard ever created, and he did so when he was quite young. These are just really wonderful stories.

I also have a collection from Centaur Press entitled "Solomon Kane."
Paul
Ahh, Solomon Kane. One of Robert E. Howards' other great creations, along with King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, and of course, Conan.

So, where to begin?

Solomon Kane is basically a bad-ass who is also really religious, in the Puritan sense (which means really hardcore). He knows how to fence, he knows how to lose it and go into a mad rampage where his vision is red with bloodlust, he knows how to be methodical and plan, and he's a damned good shot with a musket ball pistol.

Most of all, he is perhaps...more
Jared Millet
Solomon Kane is arguably Robert Howard’s most original creation. Most of his others were boxers, cowboys, or barbarian kings, but 16th century Puritan swordsman Kane stands alone. Of all Howard’s characters he’s certainly the most selfless – but more than that, he’s an obsessive fanatic willing to scour the ends of the earth righting wrongs, which most of the time involves avenging the death of people who are total strangers to him. Unlike Conan or Kull, Kane seems to have no desires for himself...more
Andy Howell
Dec 23, 2007 Andy Howell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Badassery
Alright, I'm just going to list some things...
Puritan avenger with Thankgiving pagent hat, white socks, and buckle shoes.
Twin flintlock pistols.
Broadsword beheadings.
Pirates vs. Puritans.
Naked over-sexed ebony skinned Satan-worshiping jungle princesses.
Ruined jungle cities.
Zombies.
A Lovecraftian demon imprisoned by King Solomon.
Need I go on? True pulp if there ever was. This volume collects all of Howard's Kane stories, including the unfinished drafts. Beautiful artwork as well.
Matthew
I'm sure that Howard's fantasy was mind-blowing back in the 30s, but I get the sense that most people who praise him nowadays do so mostly out of nostalgia. I give him props for making his main character a hardcore Puritan who walks the earth righting wrongs and kicking ass. Otherwise I was pretty bored.
Ryan Sean O'Reilly
Why was I not taught about Solomon Kane when I learned about the pilgrims in middle school?

Swashbuckling tales of adventure and voodoo. Solomon Kane, the vigilante fanatic driven by demons to journey the world in a relentless and endless quest to destroy as many evil doers as he is physically capable of until he meets his own demise.

First of all, this character is impossible and defies all reason. Solomon Kane is a puritan in puritan garb, but armed with daggers, a sword, pistols, a musket and...more
Jim
I didn't care much for the hero. My prejudices against religion, I guess.
Arun Divakar
Simple straightforward action, that seems to be the style of Robert Howard. No questions asked, in your face action sequences and characters. Solomon Kane for the uninitiated among you is a wanderer, a puritan, a fanatic who believes himself to be the right hand of a wrathful god.

The stories are very enjoyable provided you switch your brains off and enjoy the roller coaster ride on the offering. It has all the marks of a racist writing wherein the dwellers of Africa are called as nothing but sav...more
Riju Ganguly
It is often lamented (esp. by the senior citizens) that "good-old" things of the past are not to be found nowadays, since the taste has gone to "dogs"! I do not belong to that age-group, but after reading works of R.E.Howard I am finding everything else, esp. the so-called "saga"-s/"chronicles"/"epics" that have flooded the fantasy market with their herculean size and very high percentage of broodings & ponderings, absolutely stale. It is true that these works may not be politically correct...more
Klim
Если переиначить одну поговорку, то сборник рассказов о похождениях пуританина Соломона Кейна можно описать как "Началось за упокой, а закончилось за здравие". Пара маленьких отрывистых и не всегда увлекательных рассказов, которыми начинается сборник перетекают в захватывающие приключения, в которых не легкая судьба искателя приключений и справедливости забрасывает Соломона Кейна в самые не обычные ситуации и уголки мира. Начинаясь в туманных уголках средневековой Англии цепь связанных историй з...more
Richard Guscott
Okay...so I wanted to like this book, but I honestly couldn't help but flinch when I read over half of the short stories in this compilation. Solomon Kane, a Puritan armed with a sword and a badass outfit, was everything I could have wanted from a hero. Robert E. Howard made him brave, strong, and hopelessly romantic...for whatever reason. I mean, the guy is a Puritan, right? We don't hear much about his beliefs, except when he's refusing to sex the damsels he's recently rescued, and when he's t...more
TBV
This book is a compilation of all the Robert E. Howard Solomon Kane stories. This volume also contains fragmented stories, a biography of Howard (by Rusty Burke) and an "In Memoriam" written by H.P. Lovecraft. These stories jump off the page. In fact, in my estimation, Robert E. Howard is the greatest short story writer to ever write. He can detail characters and create complicated plot lines in less pages than most well known writers can in full-length books. This book is a testament to that fa...more
Benjamin Thomas
As always, I read a short story between each novel. This time around it's been Robert E. Howard's The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, a complete collection of all the Solomon Kane stories in one volume. Robert E. Howard, of course, is best known as the creator of Conan, but he was a prolific author during his short life, creating several other notable protagonists.

Del Rey has re-published the works of Robert E. Howard in beautiful trade paperback sets that include his complete works. They leave t...more
Travis
One of the all time great characters, created by the king of manly adventure stories, Robert E Howard.
Solomon is a puritan living in the early 1600s. He also has a serious case of wanderlust that takes him all across Europe and into the heart of darkest Africa. Along the way he encounters pirates, monsters, damsels in distress, black magic and numerous sword fights.

He csn be a bit of a flat character, but he has a rock solid idea of right and wrong and will fight to the death to punish the wicke...more
John Montagne
Really liked Kane. He is brooding like Conan (of course Conan traits are here), to the point where - unlike Conan or Kull - he doesn't have a sense of humor. He also is a wanderer like many of Howard's heroes, though the time period makes for quite a different sense of adventures in them. They were originally written as short stories and they're best that way, in short bursts. Soloman as a novel might be tiresome, but as it is, this collection is an excellent set of examples for flintlock fantas...more
Brendan
I don't know how to give this appropriate stars. On the one hand, it's full of rip-roarin' adventure tales, each and every one full of nonstop action. I tore through it.

On the other hand, the stories are full of rip-roarin' racism. Oh, geez, if I read about one more "thick-lipped savage", I was gonna puke. And all the stuff about Darkest Africa, Land of Untold Horrors.

I suppose I would say there are some really good, really interesting and creative stories in here IF you can get past the racism...more
Richard Mehl
The character of Solomon Kane is a blood thirsty sadist with a death wish for all blokes that are not into the English Protestant god, English tea, boiled meat and side of blood pudding. While reading this epitome of pulp, Solomon's goal seems closely akin to commit genocide with the indigenous people south of La Manche. The title character's intent to eliminate all non-WASPs reflects the author's Texass upbringin' back in the twentieth century where facts about the deeds of the other races get...more
Angus Whittaker
I watched the movie shortly before starting the book - the movie was, in fact, what prompted me to read it. I was really impressed with the movie, and completely taken in by the creepy, eerie, demon-filled, good vs. evil, sword-fighting, epic world of Solomon Kane.
For people who have watched the movie but not yet read these stories, I address you: the movie is very different from the book (obviously). Whereas the movie was more good vs. evil, God vs. Satan, Solomon Kane vs. Demons, the stories...more
La Revistería Comics
Después de editar comics tan interesantes y distintos entre sí (como pueden ser las series infantiles Fede y Tomate y Escuela de monstruos, las adaptaciones a historieta de los cuentos de Horacio Quiroga: De amor, de locura y de muerte, o el más reciente volumen de Jim, Jam y el otro: Margaritas y chanchos), la editorial Pictus nos sorprende con tres títulos de su Serie Escarlata que surgieron de distintas épocas, diferentes géneros y autores con poco que ver entre sí pero que tienen una cosa en...more
Darren
Solomon Kane was the birth of Urban Fantasy. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't read him. It's probably the reason Jim Butcher keeps insisting that Dresden doesn't wear a hat, but the cover artist keeps adding one. Fantastic illustrations by Gary Gianni, which is no doubt a redundant sentence.
Kris Szafranski
Overall, pretty cool. Kane is a well-envisioned hero but the tales tend to get repetitive. I'd love to have seen more adventures in Continental Europe or even more in Devonshire. It's difficult to separate the overt racism of the 16th century Puritan from the 1930's educated author. Perhaps they're one and the same, but the white-man grand-standing got tiresome.

Worth reading for the grisly and evocative descriptions alone. In the latter tales, Howard at times out-Lovecrafted Lovecraft in paintin...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."

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