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The Best of Robert E. Howard by Robert E. Howard
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Dec 16, 08

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, classics, manly-literature

Gods, the sheer manly power of these stories is like a punch between the eyes!
Howard makes ancient battles come alive, populates his worlds with strong men of honor and surprise you with some bits of quite clever humor.

Howard was one of the guys that created the sword and sorcery genre and even now, 60 years later is still one of the best. These are pure, undiluted adventure stories and they make no pretense at trying to be anything else.

I was surprised by several stories that were in more 'modern' settings and how well Howard did those too. Would have been interesting to see him do more with the western or PI genres of the pulps.

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