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Conan the Barbarian: The Complete Collection

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This book contains the complete Conan stories in the chronological order of their original publication.

- The Phoenix on the Sword
- The Scarlet Citadel
- The Tower of the Elephant
- Black Colossus
- The Slithering Shadow
- The Pool of the Black One
- Gods of the North
- Rogues in the House
- Shadows in the Moonlight
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Kindle Edition, 774 pages
Published September 29th 2016 by Robert E. Howard
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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
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David Brady
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original and still the best.
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
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 course, not all sto ...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 s
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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
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 &
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Jason La Vertue
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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Noah
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
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.
Joe Minichino
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
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.
Adam Sams
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good book, but a lie saying it's the complete collection.
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.
Brian Prevett
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true classic of epic fantasy

A true fan of Conan, I had read some of these over the years. To read the stories all together was pleasure. To tag along with the adventures of the mighty Cimmerian is a journey I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a rollicking good tale with plenty of battles and boasts.
Sheila Fountain
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent adventure

i loved each and every story in this collection! conan is such a bold adventurer ,strong and brave and i would love to follow him into battle.it would be hard for me to have to pick a favorite story and so i wont !just know that if you get the chance to download these books,you should !
John
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Real period pieces, particularly in the objectification of the women...th0ugh it's worth noting that when Conan gets into a pickle it's frequently a (lithe, scantily clad, white) woman who comes to the rescue. What struck me most about reading these stories "in order" like this was how much they varied in quality: "Black Colossus" in particular is so badly written it verges on parody. But elsewhere Howard produced rolling lines like:

"Set the Old Serpent, men said, banished long ago f
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Victoria
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book to read
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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 create
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