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Conan the Rebel (Conan the Barbarian)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  713 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews

A grand adventure of the mighty thewed barbarian, from one of Fantasy’s biggest names

Conan, The name has inspired generations, one that resounds through time immemorial. Yet it all began with a handful of stories from Robert E. Howard. In the decades since, there have been feature films, television and comic book series, and numerous spin-off novels. In 1979, Poul Anders

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Bantam Books
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Mar 06, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
Conan the Barbarian is to fantasy fiction as Pabst Blue Ribbon is to cheap American beer: he is an atavism, a throwback to a simpler time. Kids on the playground can say “My fantasy hero can kick your fantasy hero’s ass!”

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?


Katniss Everdeen, Beatrice Prior?

My point exactly.

Hey, Conan, what is best in life?

“To crush enemy, see him driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the vomen.”

Thank you.

And so we come to Poul Anderson’s contribution to the
Esai Torres
Nov 27, 2012 Esai Torres rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes! A Conan novel written by Poul Anderson! I'm soooo down. My thoughts as I came across this book at Half Price Books. Now I haven't read too many non-Howard Conan books, but from all the ones I have read this one is my favorite. Literally everything is captured so well in this book. The characters you come across, the monsters you fight and the way Conan has a sense of feeling is just brilliant. There's a scene where he fights a Saurian and a giant hyena which was so much fun to read. ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
One of the best of the Conan Pastiches. Also one of the earlier ones. I'd say definitely 3 and a half stars.
Aug 19, 2015 Elar rated it liked it
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Conan not in the best sauce, but decent might and magic session.
East Bay J
Aug 20, 2012 East Bay J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Not the best Conan pastiche, but not the worst. Poul Anderson is a successful and prolific sci fi and fantasy author. He's a good writer and the result is a pretty well told story about everybody's favorite barbarian. However, not everything is roses in Hyboria.

The most hilarious part of Conan The Rebel is when Tothapis and Nehekba making a hissing noise any time they mention the god, Mitra:

"And once he is corrupted in the priggish eyes of Mitra... s-s-s-s... once he is enslaved to me, ah, then
Dwayne Caldwell
Jul 02, 2012 Dwayne Caldwell rated it liked it
This was a fun easy read, but I'd have to agree with some of the other reviews here. Conan is not the same Cimmerian Robert E. Howard fans are accustomed to. Granted the violence is par for the course where Hyborian adventure is concerned. The elritch creatures Conan and company must fight and the magics they endure are likewise typical of Robert E. Howard's world. But Conan's dedication and loyalty to his mate Belit seems very boyish at times and his motivation to please her because her joy is ...more
Jared Millet
Apr 08, 2016 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
It's been ages since I read a non-Howard Conan novel (not counting the outstanding Conan graphic novel series by Dark Horse). This was an excellent entry to the series, and much more in the Howard vein than the Conan books by Robert Jordan, etc. that I vaguely remember from the 1980s. While Poul Anderson is regarded as a giant in SF, he's an author I've never quite gotten into before. I remember trying to start a couple of his books in high school but never getting very far into them. Maybe he's ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Dale rated it it was ok
Not so hot

I was feeling the need to read something different, so as I walked past the new books section at the library I saw a Conan book. I've never read Conan, but one of my cousins is a giant fan and I respect his opinion on books so I picked it up.

The plot was pretty simple (hero gets even with sworn enemies who have wronged him in many ways, along the way he gets to use a magical weapon and fulfill some prophecy), but it was entertaining enough, especially in the middle. The ending was way
Sep 15, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I loved the Conan movies and enjoyed the other books and even the role playing game, so I picked this up on a whim in a vending machine at an airport. What a treat!

Take an iconic fantasy hero, add in a pretty good story line, and then a vocabulary that made me reach for the dictionary several times and you end up with a great book. If this is Poul Anderson's style I will definitely be looking for more books by him. I enjoyed the sometimes obscure wording, the sentence structure, and the descrip
Dec 15, 2015 Mntineer rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Although I'm a huge fan of Conan the stories, and of Poul Anderson's other books, Conan the Rebel didn't seem to have the chemistry to make it really good. The story was pretty straightforward; it didn't have the advertised twists, or not as I expected twists should work. Some aspects of the story seemed a little over the top, or uncharacteristic of how I expected Conan to be. However, the story was readable, and for the most part, the scenes flowed well.
Jun 11, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
For someone looking for a fun read who is not a stickler to the Conan character, then this book would be a fine read. For someone who read the previous tales of Conan penned by Robert E. Howard, then be careful with your expectations. Poul Anderson writes the character of Conan differently than that of Robert E. Howard. The book was an ok read overall and it was easy to get into, but lacks the same barbarian that people may be used to reading.
Ronald Wilcox
Jan 26, 2013 Ronald Wilcox rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Conan adventure set in the time period when he was traveling with Belit. Most of the book really did not come across as a Conan novel (2 stars) until the last quarter of the book when the band of adventurers search for the Axe (4 stars). Conan seems kind of secondary to other characters which may be why this book did not come across as true to others.
Felipe Guerrero
Nov 24, 2013 Felipe Guerrero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre es grato volver a la Era Hyboria y este libro es bastante bueno.

Sin embargo sigo prefiriendo los relatos originales de Robert E Howard ya que Conan siempre es mejor cuando sale de la pluma de su creador.

Bueno libro.
Anthony Faber
Mar 30, 2016 Anthony Faber rated it it was ok
I've never read any of the original Conan books, but this doesn't make me want to read them.
Apr 14, 2008 Brett rated it liked it
Chris Vachio
Jul 01, 2009 Chris Vachio rated it it was ok
The author basically turned Conan into a love-sick wimp. Not cool. Other than morphing one of the greatest heroes of all time into a whiner, a decent read.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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