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Conan de Cimmeria - Vol. II (Conan the Cimmerian #2)

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Recopilatorio integral del Conan de Robert E. Howard. Tomo 2 de 3.
«Sabe, oh príncipe, que entre los años del hundimiento de Atlantis y las resplandecientes ciudades bajo los océanos, y los de la aparición de los hijos de Aryas, hubo una edad olvidada en la que el mundo estaba cubierto de brillantes reinos como mantos azules bajo las estrellas. (...) Pero el más orgulloso r
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Hardcover, Recopilatorio de lujo con sobrecubiertas y estuche, 476 pages
Published 2005 by Timun Mas (first published 2004)
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Stefanie Dugger There is a previous book: The Coming of Conan. You don't have to read it first, but the Conan stories were organized in the order they were written,…moreThere is a previous book: The Coming of Conan. You don't have to read it first, but the Conan stories were organized in the order they were written, so the first volume contains the first Conan short stories as well as more in-depth background materials like drafts and map sketches by Howard.

This volume contains the longer Conan stories, including the only Conan novel Howard wrote. There is one more after this volume: The Conquering Sword of Conan.(less)
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J.G. Keely
Back when I was a young fencing coach, I had an epiphany about how skill develops that has come to define the way I approach learning. I'd be working with students who might have been fencing for a few weeks or a few months when a new face would walk in. I'd put a sword in his hand and set him up against one of the others and, as often as not, the newcomer would get a few points, despite having no foreknowledge of fencing. His frustrated opponent would sigh, shake his head, and declare "it's not ...more
Jean-marcel
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read the great majority of the Conan stories a number of years ago. I enjoyed them so much and quickly sought out other Robert E. Howard writings. The man has his weird quirks and sure, his stuff can be a little repetitive at times, but I would argue that in terms of pulp writers he was probably one of the more diverse, being able to work in a variety of different genres, in contemporary, historical or constructed settings. of course, one of the tricks to his apparent diversity was that ...more
Malum
The Hyborian age, where men were men, women were women, and giant snakes were giant snakes.

This collection contains a short story, a longer story, and the novel-length The Hour of the Dragon. I grew up on Conan pastiches, particularly the Tor editions. It wasn't until I was a bit older that I read the original Howard stories and, let me tell you, nothing compares to these original tales. They helped shape sword and sorcery fiction in the same way that The Lord of the Rings influenced epic fanta
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Jared Millet
The second of the Conan anthologies presents Howard at the peak of his craft, featuring some of his long-form work in a novella, a single short story, and Howard's only completed novel. While Howard didn't write the Conan stories in anything like chronological order, the barbarian of these adventures is clearly older, cannier, and more wise to the world than the young, thieving slayer of his earlier tales. The opening and closing stories of this edition feature Conan as a war-chief of various mi ...more
Donna
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of three books in Del Rey's collection of Howard's original Conan stories. The first book in this set, The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, would be a better place to start for anyone new to reading Conan, I think the shorter stories are more accessible in terms of getting into the character.

In The People of the Black Circle, Conan attempts to use a princess as a bargaining chip for the return of his captured lieutenants, but then he's drawn into her quest for revenge. I really
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Michael Battaglia
For the second volume of Conan stories, the editors took a different tactic and instead of printing everything in strict chronological order, they put together three of the longer stories into one volume. Which means that the hit-miss ratio has to be better than the first go-round. In the first volume there were like twelve stories and if a couple of them were duffers it didn't matter too much. If only one of these were just Howard going through the motions then it would be almost a third of the ...more
Eric Fomley
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection. Conan is a great character and I envy Howard's ability to write great Heroic fantasy. Highly recommended.
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Contains:
The People of the Black Circle
The Hour of the Dragon
A Witch Shall Be Born

This is the second volume of the original, unedited Howard versions of the Conan writings.

Like many Conan is one of my first introductions into fantasy and Conan personifies the Sword and Sorcery sub-genre of fantasy. He was great to read when Howard came up with him and he's still a great read today.
H.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-sf
The Bloody Crown of Conan is the second of Del Rey’s three-volume collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan yarns. Including Howard’s only Conan novel, it has the fewest stories of any volume in the collection. The Bloody Crown of Conan is also heavily illustrated, this time by Gary Gianni, who did excellent work for George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms collection. I don’t like his Conan artwork quite as much (the art in my paperback copy is black and white). There is a foreword by G ...more
Michael
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
I like my Conan in shorter form than these three stories. I really liked the first story. The second story was looooooooong, seemed to never end, and seemed like multiple stories smushed together that didn't go together. Third one was good. I also enjoyed the essay about how REH created his world.
Jake
The Bloody Crown of Conan is the third in a series of five collections of REH’s work being published by Del Rey. Three of those volumes feature Howard’s original, unedited Conan stories. The other two cover different fantasy heroes of Howard’s, namely Bran Mak Morn and Solomon Kane (http://www.livejournal.com/users/j_st...). Apparently, I never reviewed the first Conan collection, the Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, but I liked it. And guess what. I liked this too.

Bloody Crown of Conan contains o
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A. E. S.
Two of these are novellas, and The Hour of the Dragon can be construed as a complete book, the only book Howard wrote for Conan the Cimmerian. See my review of The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian for Dale Rippke's ordering.

A Witch Shall be Born: This novella deals with themes of paranoia, twist plots and extreme irony, sometimes the cruel type. A queen discovers her evil twin, a witch, has survived being left in the desert to die. Queen Tauramis is arrested and thrown in the dungeon, where it's up
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Craig
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the 15-disc audio version of this collection; I've read the stories several times over the years in various formats. There are three stories in the collection, three of the longer ones that Howard produced; The People of the Black Circle, A Witch Shall Be Born, and The Hour of the Dragon. The stories are performed well, and it was interesting to compare Conan's character as a king and as a bandit and adventurer from one to the next. The Hour of the Dragon (which I remember as Conan ...more
Leothefox
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm a confirmed Howard fan-boy at this point, since I can't get enough of his stuff. Here was no exception, since "People of the Black Circle" and "Hour of the Dragon" are among his better stories. "A Witch Shall be Born" is less strong, but it does have the crucifixion scene, so that counts for something.

Some of these stories I already own in other collections, but I picked this book up new at Barnes & Noble as part of my personal crusade to preserve physical bookstores.

It was a ni
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Tom Van Boening
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where as the stories in The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian were short and sweet, the novellas combined in The Bloody Crown of Conan are enjoyable because you get to spend a lot more time getting into the mind of Conan the Barbarian.

You can feel his paranoia and understandable apprehension behind his hyper-macho exterior. It was also refreshing to realize that while he is brutal, he is not an incompetent brute. This was something that I feel the film adaptations did not capture very well.

It is al
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Earl P. Dean
This was a good Robert E. Howard Conan story. It exhibited a more refined style of writing that showed Howard's growth as a writer, and that was good. But I did notice it seemed a little more considered, and that might have taken something away from the savagery, the off the cuff, gut reaction writing I'm used to seeing from REH; until this, I'd never had the feeling that he was ever second guessing his effort. Overall, the story was well written, had lots of bloody battles and dark sorceries, a ...more
Damien Sulla-Menashe
The great part of this Conan anthology is that the stories are presented in the order that Howard wrote them instead of some internal chronology. Because of this the reader can see the evolution of his most used phrases and plots. While the stories have many similar themes and characters, the action is exciting and his descriptions of people and places get more elaborate which pulls you in more. This second book contains three of his longest stories. I enjoyed the more complex plots, especially ...more
Brian Durfee
Good idea to do nice compilations of Robert E Howard's Conan books for collectors. However, I really think the publisher messed up by not re-acquiring the rights to all the great original Frezetta art and Boris art that coulda really made these editions SING!!!!! The artist they are using are sub-par in comparison. I am collecting each individual original mass-market paperback instead (cuz of the better art and illustrations).
Charles
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Conan as Robert E. Howard intended for him to be. Contains "The People of the Black Circle," "The Hour of the Dragon," and "A Witch Shall Be Born." There are also lots of untitled synopsis material and some draft stuff, and a great article called "Hyborian Genesis Part II."

Good stuff.
Charles
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
{audio: Tantor Audio, narrated: Todd McLaren}

I like Conan. Which is funny because I am thoroughly anti-barbarian. For me, it's how the setting itself isn't as important as it normally is in what's now become conventional Fantasy fiction. I make a point to steer away from anything that seems to rely on the politics or histories of ancient, Tolkein-esque elves and Wagnerian magical items because it preempts any chance for meaningful or realistic characters. Rarer still that we ever get some grippi
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Brian
I admit I was a bit worried when I first started reading this book, because it's a truism that writers who are excellent at short stories tend to be unable to maintain their pacing when they try their hand at the longer form--see also Fritz Leiber. Then again, I suppose I shouldn't have worried, since the first Conan story I read years ago was a novel form of "The Hour of the Dragon" and that's what got me interested in reading more Howard stories in the first place.

There are a few things I noti
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Peter W Blaisdell
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three terrifically exciting stories which are the very definition of sword and sorcery. The longest of these is Howard's only full length Conan book, THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON. Though the author wrote in the 1930s, a great deal of modern epic fantasy is informed by the vivid, fluid approach Howard takes in telling his tales.

In THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON, Howard wastes little time on characterization or description, instead focusing on headlong forward momentum for his plot wherein Conan confronts a fa
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Deepakshirke
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have read many books where author takes many pages to describe setting, characters and actions of one scene in the story. And that's not bad until that many pages do give you some different perspective about the scene , language is beautiful and descriptive which is trying to create a single frame with as much details as it could.
But Robert Howard stories are so much overflowing with action like a roller coaster ride where feeling of thrill makes you forget about your need for details. that do
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Filip Peringer
- We're at war with such and such nation. Who is their king?
- His name is Conan, he's from the barbaric land of Cimmeria. One tough son of a gun, I'll tell you that.
- I see. Then perhaps we need help from our allies. Do you know who leads them?
- I've heard he's called Conan of Cimmeria, an amazing warrior and a fearless leader.
- Wait... isn't that the same guy?
- I... I have absolutely no idea.
- Ok, ok, then maybe we'll use a mercenary group, how about that? Do you know any?
- I do know one group
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Christian
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ever read your everyday fantasy-novel, being not especially gripped by its course and thinking upon finishing it "well, I could have done something else, too"? You want to go for something fresh, something exciting. Well, go for Howard, go for Conan. Time and again I return to this tales, in this case the only novel by Howard and two other stories, enjoying tremendously his skill as a narrator which is only the more illuminated by the contrast to his epigones and the trash subsequently marketed ...more
Adam Roll
While ever important for essentially inventing the sword and sorcery genre of fiction, Howard's work is kind of a curiosity today. Years ahead of his time, yes, but he would have a hard time competing with the Jordan's and Martin's of later years who took Howard's ideas and ran with them in more literate directions. Conan is awesome in his violence, constant in his battle against magic, and best in this collection when he is fighting for the people who look to him for salvation.
Stig Edvartsen

Conan is a great character and the world/building is pretty solid.

The stories completely fail to engage me, though. Possibly because they have been reused so often or because they haven't aged that well. The casual sexism and racism certainly hasn't.

David
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Only three stories in this second volume of this collection, including the only Conan novel (The Hour of the Dragon). Not quite as impressive to me overall as the first set, but still is full of quality prose and entertainment.
Heather Fryling
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For all the flaws, Howard taps into something basic here that doesn't fade with time.
Peter Fiske
Excellent pulp fiction from the 1930s. Often imitated, but...
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