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Conan the Unconquered by Robert Jordan
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Aug 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: acquired-in-2012, books-i-own, fantasy
Read from December 17 to 19, 2012

If you’re not averse to prose so purple you can name a band after it, a lot of “ravishing of wenches”, the casual cleaving of skulls and assorted “mutterings and cursings” there is much to be enjoyed about this novel. I especially loved the “gangrenous” monster.

I’m going to go out on a severed limb here and give this four stars. Noooo, it’s not a good novel by any definition of the word, except perhaps if “rowdiness” or “excess” forms part of the equation. However, it sure brings back memories of the heyday of pulp fiction. Robert Jordan writes Conan like Robert E. Howard did. Only more so.

The supporting cast deserves a mention, notably Sharak and Akeba. Their bantering amused me no end. I’m easy to please, no doubt, but if you are a Conan fan and you’ve already devoured the Robert E. Howard catalog, you can do far worse than giving Robert Jordan’s adaptations a try.
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Darren Who is averse to awesome?

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