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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Conan the Barbarian (also known as Conan the Cimmerian) is a fictional sword and sorcery hero who originated in pulp fiction magazines and has since been adapted to books, comics, several films (including Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer), television programs (cartoon and live-action), video games, role-playing games and other media

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Kindle Edition, 939 pages
Published December 6th 2015
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Lanko
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, bingo16
Took me two months to read it, since it's a collection of short works (and one novel) that I didn't read everyday, but now I'm finished. And I believe not reading all the stories in one go is the best way to savor them best.

Here we simply have why Conan is a character who stood the test of time, remaining an iconic, almost archetypal character almost a century later. Thief, pirate, king, mercenary, he has been and can be a placeholder for everything you can imagine.

One thing that stood out for m
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Michael Sorbello
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Phoenix on the Sword - 3/5

Conan is a hardcore badass that loves danger, adventure and beautiful maidens as much as he enjoys bashing in some heads with heavy weapons; man and monster alike. He might not be the deepest in terms of character, but you have to admire the sheer amount of adrenaline, excitement and gory intensity he delivers with nearly every scene he's involved in. Although this is the first tale in the Conan series, it takes place near the very end of his journey in terms of chr
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Eric
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conan. It took a barbarian's strength to push through this whole thing. It was a test of endurance for me. Not because I didn't like the stories, just because there was so much of the same thing stacked up in one place!

This collection was assembled (as I understand it) from multiple novels that were not originally part of the same work. What happens when they are lumped together is that you get a repetition of phrasing you might not otherwise notice. Comparisons to wolves and tigers using the sa
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juliette dempsey
Barbaric

How could you not love these stories. A rip roaring collection of adventure tales. If you love fantasy novels then you have to read this collection.10\10
Leons1701
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. After a bit of research, I'm seeing why so little of this was familiar to me, the Lancer/Ace editions I had previously read (not sure how far I actually got) contained mostly work by de Camp and Carter, thus the only Howard story I could recall for certain was Tower of the Elephant, though I must have read Rogues in the House since they're in the same volume (and it did seem familiar). Anyhow, this is an almost complete collection of the Conan stories published in Howard's life ...more
Joshua Rivoli
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Granted, these stories are pulp fiction without any deep theme at the core. But there is obvious passion in the writing. Howard’s words are detailed and descriptive, but fast-paced and full of badass action sequences that are as artfully written as they are intense.
David Brady
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original and still the best.
Hank Hoeft
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was an adolescent back in the 1970's, I discovered Robert E. Howard, thanks to Lancer Books. The first Howard collection I read was The Dark Man and Others, but I soon discovered Conan the Barbarian comic books, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. Then I quickly put two and two together and realized the comic book character was the same brooding barbarian that was featured in all those Lancer editions with the Frank Frazetta covers, and soon bought all the Conan books available. Of cou ...more
Joe
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been such. Long time since I read a Conan story and I throughly enjoyed them! Howard was a much better writer than he is usually given credit for and the tales of the lusty Cimmerian are the foundations of all modern heroic/epic fantasy. Conan is a hero that reflects the times in which Howard wrote his stories. Despite the inherent racism, misogyny and ethnic stereotyping the short stories are engaging. The quality of the writing varies and some stories work better than others but the pace ...more
Rick Iacobo
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conan the man, the myth, the legend.

Great chronological survey of the Original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard. Loved revisiting these again all in one volume. Howard's dark, gritty style is what gave Conan life. Others have tried to copy it (a good recent rendition is the character called 'the bloody nine' in the book entitled 'the first law' by Abercrombie.) but you can't beat Howard's style of writing that draws you in with hidden steamy jungles, the unforgiving frozen tundra, the harsh sal
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Jason La Vertue
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You could summarize just about all the stories in this collection with "Conan is a badass, kills the bad guys, and gets the woman" but the author managed to come up with different enough scenarios that my interest was consistently held and I didn't know exactly what was going to happen in every story despite the overall similarity.
These stories were written in the 1930's so expect some racism and women whose main job is being an object of desire. On the whole though both of these were much less
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Tom Sims
to be honest you can ignore the first 2 3rds of this collection. Those are short adventures of Conan. avetage, non-descriptive and full only of a hulking Conan and scantily-clad women who all fall at his feet.
the last couple of stories are decent length and good albeit still sexist and a little racist.
coplection finishes up with the authors pre-History European history to visialise and create his world.
interesting from a point of view of what it spawned with a whole genre & influence into so man
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Daniel
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are timeless and incredible, pulp fiction sword and sorcery at it's best. These are fun binge reading short stories of high adventure and if you are into that genre, then this is the must read granddaddy of them all.

Only downside about this edition was though being very cheap, it is unfortunately full of spelling and grammatical errors, I believe this is due to it being a scanned copy of the book which has not been properly proof read to ensure that the text was picked up correctly
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Almustafa Couch
An interesting look at character development (Conan), it was rather sexist not to mention racist, but did explain all the factors involved in Conan's development and evolution as a staple character of fantasy fiction. The final chapter of this book does contain and examine the social aspects of the "Hyborean age", though this age does not exist except in the fantasy context, it is good to acknowledge this as if it were real and provides a social context in which to see the elements that may infl ...more
Joe Minichino
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute classic. Reading all the stories consecutively highlights both problems (plot repetition) and the growth of Howard as a writer, Conan goes from being a cunning barbarian to a king and a strategist, retaining all his "barbarian-ness". Ans yes, some of the accusations of racism may be true, but to they are to be put in perspective with what represented mainstream thinking in 1920-30s Texas. ...more
Noah
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
As a product of its time, nany of the themes are racist and sexist. If you can push that aside, it's fairly easy to get into. The first stories were slightly broken and of a swashbuckler nature, while not very deep were still entertaining. In the second half of the book, longer more developed stories were introduced that were very enjoyable. I liked the mixture of swashbuckling adventure and Lovecraftian horror. ...more
Sherry Vaughan
Invigorating

I have always loved a good swashbuckler and Conan delivers in spades. Howard's use of the English language puts most modern authors to shame. His stories are invigorating. I loved Tarzan (movies and books) when I was a child and Conan is a rougher, tougher version of the same type of action hero.
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Luis Fernández
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If you want to read everything from Conan this is your book. 18 Conan tales, order by data, the way they were published. It's a good way to read them as it was the way it was written by the author and the way the Conan world is unwrapping in front of our eyes.
Highly recommended if you like fantasy.
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John Graham
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the famous 12-volume set of Robert E Howard's Conan books published by Ace and featuring covers by Frank Frazetta in my teens. They helped shape my already runaway imagination, and although I haven't read them in decades, I remember fearing the eldritch dark and wanting to create worlds as fascinating as Howard's. ...more
Jon
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I first read these stories, reformed into a narrative of Conan's life by De Camp and Carter. They are better this way, truer to Howard's intentions and truer to the time when they were written. ...more
Jeff Miller
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting how good these stories are or that I would be looking up words. I had a stereotype of Conan and the writing of the stories that has not survived actually reading them.
Chad Ringgenberg
A classic

They don't write like this anymore. True world building. Conan is not a hero or a villain but a true superman with his own code.
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Adam Sams
It was a good book, but a lie saying it's the complete collection. ...more
Mira A. Wilson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have the old Ace paperbacks, but they're old and dog- eared. It's nice having all these classic sword and sorcery stories in one handy, easy to read source to read over and over again. ...more
Sam
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Would have really enjoyed this more without all the racism.

Blah blah blah "product of it's time" blah blah blah.

Still racist AF.
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Matt Herrera
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple pros but oddly engaging.
Paul
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
All the Conan you'd ever want, in one endless volume. ...more
J.T.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A classic.
Benjamin
Dec 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disappointing read. I'm a big fan of all other Conan media, but the book was very formulaic, sexist, racist, and just plain cheesey. I was expecting more. ...more
William Mc Callum
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyabe read
Another will written thriller with the usual interesting well developed adventures. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoy mystery thrillers. Enjoy reading 2018
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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."

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