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Ghor, Kin Slayer: The Saga Of Genseric's Fifth Born Son

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The opening chapter is by Robert E. Howard, with followups by such writers as Karl Edward Wagner, Joseph Payne Brenna, Richard L. Tierney, Michael Moorcock, Charles Saunders, Andrew Offutt, Manly Wade Wellman, Darrell Schweitzer, A. E. Van Vogt, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, ADrian Cole, Ramsey Campbell, H. Warner Munn, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Richard A. Lupoff.
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The author line-up for this series is beyond incredible (see below recopied book description), and the idea for developing one of R.E.Howard's unfinished tales ... just awesome! But the delivery was just so-so. Actually, the first few tales had me hooked. Then I came upon Michael Moorcock's contribution and couldn't get over his over-the-top, misogynistic introduction of the female Shanara. I was really disappointed in this, since it
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Jim
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5, but I'll bump it up because it really was an extraordinary collaboration of talent & a really neat way to write a novel over several decades. Some contributions were great like Karl Edward Wagner's. Others not so much, but all were readable. Highly recommended for any REH fan.
Christopher
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
If people don't know the story behind this book, a magazine in the 70s decided that they would have authors finish a tale of which REH wrote a single chapter back in the day. This book is all of the 'chapters' from the magazine compiled into a single book.

The writers, as you can see from the cover photo, were/are an impressive lot. Some of my favorites: Wagner, Moorcock, Wellman, Lumley, Long, and Campbell, contributed to the effort.

The story is based around a prototypical REH barbarian, named
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Charles
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an interesting but badly flawed book. It's flawed because it was written in a round-robin style by some 17 authors, each of whom wrote a chapter that built upon the previous author's chapter. It does have a loose form and an ending, but the most intersting thing about it is the individual chapters.

The opening chapter is by Robert E. Howard, with followups by such writers as Karl Edward Wagner, Joseph Payne Brenna, Richard L. Tierney, Michael Moorcock, Charles Saunders, Andrew Offutt,
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Derek Fraser
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
This novel should be everything that is good in modern sci-fi/fantasy, instead it's the most amazing disgraceful reason why no one should ever get into the genres. Robert E. Howard's chapter is great, and had me hooked. I almost wish this story stayed only as his first chapter and was never "finished" by other folks.

For people who don't know the story behind this novel, they took an unfinished idea by REH and asked many big name authors of the time to each write a chapter and finish the story.
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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."

He is well known for having created — in the
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