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Trueno al amanecer (Saga completa de Elak de la Atlántida)

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Durante la segunda mitad de los años 30, poco después del fallecimiento de Robert E. Howard, la revista Weird Tales se encontró sin su principal escritor de fantasía heroica, e intentó paliar su ausencia probando con sagas de índole similar, escritas por otros autores. Entre ellas destacó la dedicada a Elak de la Atlántida, dos novelas cortas y dos relatos que conforman un ...more
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Published April 2017 by Costas de Carcosa (first published 1985)
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S.E. Lindberg
Kuttner’s Elak and Raynor - A “Must Read” for Leiber, Lovecraft, Smith, and Howard fans

Context: The Father of Sword & Sorcery Robert E. Howard dies 1936, and the Weird Tales market needs weird adventures. By 1938, Henry Kuttner stepped up, in part, with his Elak and Raynor characters. These have been reprinted in Elak of Atlantis. Kuttner is later known to have produced many tales, especially with his wife C.L. Moore, who partnered with Kuttner after these stories were published. Kuttner also co
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Elak of Atlantis, by Henry Kuttner. Planet Stories, 2007, with an introduction by Joe Lansdale.

This anthology of some of Henry Kuttner’s early work contains the four Elak of Atlantis stories that he wrote, plus two Prince Raynor tales. The Elak stories are: in order of first publication in Weird Tales, “Thunder in the Dawn,” “Spawn of Dagon,” “Beyond the Phoenix,” and “Dragon Moon.” The Raynor tales are: “Cursed be the City,” and “The Citadel of Darkness.” All these fall firmly into the genre of
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When budding author Henry Kuttner wrote a fan letter to the already established "Weird Tales" favorite C.L. Moore in 1936, little did he know that the object of his admiration was a woman...a woman who, four years later, would become his wife, and with whom a collaboration would begin that was ultimately recognized as one of the sturdiest pillars of the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. Such a melding of talents was Henry and Catherine Lucille's, it has been said, that if one of the two stopped writing to g ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The four stories contained in this book were entertaining, but a mixed bag.

The two longest stories, "Thunder in the Dawn" and "Dragon Moon" felt a bit unfocused, with extended, almost psychedelic interludes that reminded me of C. L. Moore's (Kuttner's wife) "Black God's Kiss." Unfortunately, this aspect of Kuttner's stories compare unfavorably to Moore's.

"The Spawn of Dagon" was the shortest story in the book, but also the most interesting. Elak and his erstwhile companion the perpetually drunk
The Diversion Books ebook does not feature the Prince Raynor stories, instead holding them for a separate 64 page, $3 download, which on a cost-density basis seems a dubious proposition. The Gateway books edition may contain both Elak and Raynor, but isn't available to me, to the US, or something.

I've come to expect immersion in this style of work, and it's jarring when the author has other ideas, or hasn't thought it through enough to have any ideas. Kuttner prefaces chapters with biblical quot
Michael Sorbello
A man named Elak abandons his kingdom and disowns his royal bloodline in order to pursue a more adventurous life as a wandering mercenary. He find himself in a series of dangerous battles against monsters, gods and alien lifeforms in the fashion of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories. Many of the locations and entities are directly borrowed from Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft. The world building is a bit lacklustre and disjointed at times and the characters aren't all that memorable, ...more
Ignacio Senao f
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Muy a lo Conan, y no es para menos, pues se empleo como sustituto tras la muerte de Robert en la famosa revista que publicaba sus relatos.

Tiene las imperfecciones del pulp de aquellos tiempos: mucho descontrol y desorden en la narración. Y sus cosas positivas: acción, sangre, monstruos, aventuras… Siempre ganara lo positivo, por ello merece la pena.

Recomendado para todos aquellos que no le gusta tomarse un kit kat en su vida.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good collection of short fantasy stories. Good characters and plot. Kuttner is an early master of the fantasy and SiFi era, mostly forgotten today but a great writer. Very recommended
Timothy Williams
God I love these pulp sword and sorcery stories. I have recently finished the Bran Mak Morn stories by Robert E Howard and it is interesting to compare the two writers. Howard had already defined the genre and it's tropes with his cast of characters and you can see where Kuttner follows along but it is in the differences that the two distinguish themselves.

To put it simply, Howard's characters are Schwarzenegger, Jason Mamoa, and Kevin Sorbo. Strong men, with intelligence, whose grim visage and
Ekel Adolf
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
The stories in this volume originally were published in Weird Tales between 1938 and 1940. At first glance, Kuttner's Elak appears to be an unfortunate rip-off of Howard's Kull of Atlantis. (One can STRONGLY assume an Howard influence here) Is there any other reason or imaginable explanation why it should feature races like Picts or gods called Bal-Yagoth (sic)? The names and world background seems to have same issues in general, for example Elak of Atlantis is also fighting vikings and a villai ...more
Lee Broderick
Henry Kuttner was primarily a sci-fi writer and my ignorance of him can be laid firmly at that door. This book though contains a collection of his sword & sorcery tales which were apparently published to fill a Conan-shaped void in Weird Tales following Robert E. Howard's demise.

Kuttner's chief hero is the titular Elak who, wiry and wielding a rapier, does not conform to that physical shape. Assisted by his boon companion Lycon, the influence on Fritz Leiber is plain - the duo drink, womanise, s
Aurora Filippi
Le quattro storie di ELAK raccolte nel volume ci presentano Atlantide con i suoi territori e città.
La prima e l’ultima storia riguardano da vicino Elak, il suo passato, sebbene non troppo approfondito, e la sua famiglia. Sono state scritte a distanza di anni e l’ultima sembra quasi non ricordare la prima, sebbene gli eventi descritti siano piuttosto importanti. Le due centrali sono classiche avventure dove Elak ha a che fare con nemici che deve sconfiggere, sempre affiancato dal fedele compagno
Gregory D.
I know Kuttner from his Mythos fiction and his fine collaborations with his talented wife, Fantasy Grandmaster C L Moore, so I was curious to see how his early pulp fantasy, written in the years just after Robert E. Howard's death held up to the years.

Not well.

Although there are glimpses of fine prose and ideas, the Elak stories have thin characters, unconvincing locales, rushed plots and just generally are forgettable. The collection is getting three stars only because of the two "bonus" tales
Rubén Lorenzo
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Las aventuras de Elak de la Atlántida son solventes, con la cantidad justa de acción y fantasía. La narración es rápida y engancha de principio a fin. No tiene la intensidad ni la poesía de Howard, pero Henry Kuttner es un digno sucesor, su narración es vivaz y adictiva.

Me habría gustado que hubiese más relatos del personaje, el libro se me ha quedado corto con sus doscientas páginas justas. Supongo que eso habla bien de la saga.

Recomendado para amantes de la fantasía heroica y de las aventuras
May 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sword and sorcery in Atlantis. Some perfectly entertaining stuff. Playful too. Kuttner adds a touch of humor to these tales of dark gods, sorcerers, would be conquerors and deposed royalty. He uses Lovecraft a bit much maybe, or is it that others have used it a bit much since then? For my money I think he's the better writer of the marriage (C.L. Moore), at least for fun sword and sorcery. As with all Planet Stories releases (well, maybe not all the Gygax): recommended.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I found it difficult to actually like the characters, they all seemed so very unrealistic - they seemed to lack realistic flaws and issues, having been built upon stereotypes of characters/heroes of other fantasy based adventures - I'm thinking stereotypes had to begin some where and so maybe continued in other stories that to others would be interesting - but lately I seemed to be getting put off such clichés and for me, characters that are not interesting.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-sorcery
OCENA: ★★★✫ 3.5/5
Radnja: ★★★★ 4
Okruženje: ★★★✫ 3.5
Pripovedanje: ★★★✫ 3.5

UTISAK - Tipičan pulp-fiction u duhu Hauarda sa primesama Lavkrafta. Vidi se da je pisac imao uzore u obojici. Sadrži ukupno 6 priča, 4 o Elaku iz Atlantisa i 2 od princu Rejnoru, s tim što je Elak više "Konanovski" junak i same priče su za nijansu interesantine (plus ga prati večito pijan lopov Lycon).
Jason Vanhee
An inferior Conan (a contemporary hero) or less satisfying Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser, the Elak stories were entertaining enough but not more than that. Two Prince Gaynor stories are included as well; they're like shadows of the Elak stories, and the collection would be stronger without them (but too short). ...more
Jeral Rivarola
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
La edición es excelente. Pocas erratas. Las historias no son gran cosa. A diferencia de Howard, aquí no hay fuerza narrativa, los personajes son poco definidos y planos. Howard creía en lo que escribía. Aquí todo parece un escenario de cartón piedra y el mundo se extiende sólo dos metros más allá de lo que ves.
Elak of Atlantis (Planet Stories) by Henry Kuttner (2007)
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This Kuttner fellow could really write. Going to dig into more of his and C.L. Moore's work soon!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing improves a lot towards the end of the book.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, but not a top of the pile
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Τέσσερις ιστορίες του Έλακ και δύο του πρίγκηπα Ρέινορ, αντιπροσωπευτικές του ηρωικού φάνταζι της εποχής του μεσοπολέμου. Πολύ τεστοστερόνη, και πολύ ωραία γραφή.
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Planet Stories book so far. An adventure story, pure as a baby seal. It rings my D&D bell like few other fantasies. ...more
James Troxell
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely an unappreciated masterpiece in the genre of sword & sorcery and deserves to be as well regard as the pinnacles of the genre likeHoward, Lieber, and Moorcock.

The Elak Stories are just sheer fun. Lycon and Elak make a more charming duo than even the legendary Fahfrd and Gray mouser. These stories are great. This 1st of the 4 starts out strong but is a little flimsy. The other 3 he really nails it.

The first and 4th story form Elak’s character arc. The middle stories are just adv
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