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Conan the Freebooter (Conan the Barbarian)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,274 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Heroic fantasy's mightiest adventurer fights his most savage battles in these five thrilling stories:

* Hawks Over Shem
* Black Colossus
* Shadows in the Moonlight
* The Road of the Eagles
* A Witch Shall be Born

Conan, the hero of all Howard's heroes, is the armoured swashbuckler, indestructible and irresistible, that we've all wanted to be at one time or another; the women, in
Paperback, Third 1976 Sphere Printing, 205 pages
Published 1976 by Sphere Books Limited (first published January 1st 1968)
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Carol Storm
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the Conan Collections! Tons of swordplay and Romance!

What a lot of people don't know is that Robert E. Howard only wrote a handful of CONANS before dying young. Friends and not-so-much friends soon "hijacked" Conan to write their own tales. But the original is still the greatest!

This volume has some of the best ORIGINAL Conan stories ever written. What's really amazing is not just the swordplay but the romance. If you read SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT it's all from the slave girl's pers
Jun 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1960s
A friend has been recommending I read some of the Conan books. This was my first venture into the world of Conan, and here's what I think.

Conan is like Nancy Drew for heavy metal fans. No character development, no new or unusual characters anywhere, and even the supernatural beasts and demons aren't written about in a way that makes them seem strange or amazing.

You can often sense Howard's passion for writing, but the stories are unexceptional, and would make average plot lines for comic books.
David B
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rousing collection of pulp adventures featuring the most famous of all barbarians benefits hugely by having a very high proportion of Robert E. Howard material. L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter deserve thanks for helping reintroduce Conan to modern audiences through this seminal series of paperbacks that came out in the 60s, but their pastiches and posthumous collaborations just don’t hold a candle to the master. It shows how writing really good, memorable adventure fiction that stands the ...more
Another of the old DeCamp/Carter-edited Conan paperbacks. This one contains five short stories in all, including three excellent Howard-penned Conan stories. Two of them, "Black Colossus" and "A Witch Shall Be Born," are quite famous, but it's the less well known "Shadows in the Moonlight" that is easily my favorite. The other two are independent Howard works rewritten by DeCamp as Conan stories - both are okay but not great. I'm knocking off one star for DeCamp's editing, and a second for the i ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying the series as Conan transitions from thief to mercenary soldier. His leadership skills are emerging and his actions are taking on a subtlety lacking in his early days. The wanderings about different kingdoms, with different companions, while interesting, leaves something to be desired in the way of continuity. He has no companions that he keeps for more than a few months, in fact they are all really just props in a continuing display of martial prowess for the giant Cimmerian. Per ...more
I'm probably going to be criticized and ostracized for this, so here goes...This book was not that great. In fact I feel like I've read better pastiches. Perhaps it was L. Sprague de Camp's liberties with non-Conan stories. In this volume there were two stories like this, and both were very bland. Perhaps the problem resides within me (shrugs). Overall, the only thing I took away from this was Conan's crucifixion. I thought that it was interesting that they used this scene in the movie. Definite ...more
Jacob Aitken
Probably my favorite of the Conan volumes. Some of the stories are just pure classic material. Easily read them four or five times and it never loses its power.
Mike Billington
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conan the Cimmerian is one of fiction's most enduring heroes for many reasons.
He is all but indestructible, his battlefield prowess is almost unequaled, and he's fearless.
To me, however, the real hero of the Conan stories is Robert E. Howard, his creator. Howard was never considered a potential Pulitzer or Nobel prize winning author. In truth, his stories are full of anachronisms and are more than a little fantastic in that, to fully appreciate them, you have to willingly suspend your belief to
Adrian Cotterill
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining adventure. Howard wrote so much in his short life time. Good fun.
Aaron White
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good selections in this collection.
Mark Bates
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of Conan continues, the Cimmerian travels and conquers and always gets the girl...
Dave Tindall
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. All of the short stories are strong and each one is worth reading. If you like muscle bound Cimmerians then you'll love these.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got a little worried after being disappointed by Conan of Cimmeria. However, this one rebounded to be better than even the first book, Conan. It may be that all the stories are Robert E. Howard's tales with two being rewritten as Conan tales by L. Sprague de Camp.

"Hawks Over Shem" 4/5 Stars
The first of the rewrites that starts off this collection fantastically. Conan becomes embroiled the hostile takeover of a kingdom with three generals. The conflicts are set up well and lead to a confrontat
Greg Pettit
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old school fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
I first read a Conan book not too many years ago. I was surprised and delighted by the simple action and fantastic fun. It is not great literature by any means, but it is great pulp fiction, and very entertaining.

I would like to read all of the original Robert E. Howard Conan stories, but I haven't found a collection I liked enough to buy yet. So, in the meantime, I pick up these old "Ace" collections when I find them. The trouble is, of the five stories collected here, only three are solely by
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Frazetta cover with the mostly-naked chicks and ripped dude with a sword - how can you go wrong with that on the front of a Conan book? Someone saw me reading this and asked if I was "reading it ironically." FUCK NO. Look, Howard wasn't some master of prose, there isn't a ton of gripping character development to be had, and there aren't any grand statements about the human condition. Howard didn't write the "epic fantasy" we see everywhere today, he didn't have giant casts of characters al ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Τρεις μεγάλες ιστορίες περιέχει το βιβλίο: Ο μαύρος κολοσσός, Σκιές στο φεγγαρόφωτο και Μια μάγισσα θα γεννηθεί. Αυτό είναι το τρίτο βιβλιαράκι του Χάουαρντ με ιστορίες του Κόναν που διαβάζω και πέμπτο βιβλίο γενικά με ιστορίες του μεγάλου αυτού συγγραφέα. Φυσικά είμαι μεγάλος φαν, τόσο του Χάουαρντ όσο και ειδικότερα αυτού του συμπαθητικού βάρβαρου, του Κόναν από την Κιμμέρια. Ο χώρος και χρόνος δεν μου επιτρέπουν αυτή τη στιγμή να γράψω αναλυτικότερα σχόλια για την κάθε ιστορία ξεχωριστά, απλά ...more
Der „achte Roman des Conan-Zyklus“, der im Rückentext nach einem schrecklich konstruierten Roman klingt, ist in Wirklichkeit eine Kurzgeschichtensammlung.

Leider handelt es sich aber nur um einen Versuch, den Conan-Kult weiter auszuwringen. Dazu wurden hier ein paar Geschichten von Howard ausgegraben und andere sogar umgeschrieben, um aus namenlosen Figuren Conan zu machen (soweit die Beteiligung von Sprague De Camp). Richtig schlecht ist keine dieser Geschichten – wie ja auch nicht anders zu erw
Nov 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been getting into fantasy books again for the first time in about 20 years, and am surprised at how good some of them are.

The Fritz Leiber stuff is wonderful, just tongue and cheek enough, but not a spoof.

But I'm also enjoying this Conan book. It takes itself a bit more seriously, but just a bit, and the stories are wonderfully simple but set in a complex setting. Conan wanders into the middle of a huge political/religious morass in some city (detailed just enough by Howard)...but just kill
-Más relatos del icono de subgénero de Espada y Brujería.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Más aventuras del mito, que en esta edición continúan tratando de ofrecerlas en orden cronológico dentro de la ficticia biografía del personaje, y que nos llevarán desde las ciudades-estado del sur de Shem a las estepas de Koth pasando por los Montes Colchios y las fronteras de Ofir entre otros lugares. Parte de una serie de relatos y novelas que pueden leerse de forma independiente.

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Felipe Guerrero
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de terminar este libro. Fue todo lo que esperaba y más. Pero siendo honesto ¿Que puede salir mal en un libro de Conan?

Desde que el libro empieza, solo en las primeras 15 paginas matan a 4 hombres de una manera brutal, no era para menos en realidad. Como los anteriores dos libros se compone de historias cortas sobre las aventuras que vive el Cimmerio. Entre ellas una es en una isla donde combate a unos piratas para finalmente convertirse en el jefe de estos, de ahí el nombre del libro.

Keith Bell
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I have read this book 3 or 4 times since published. Have been reading Conan stories for more than 30 years and own every REH story published along with the pastiches. This collection contains 2 of the best Conan short stories including "A Witch Shall Be Born". This would make a great movie on it's own despite the fact Conan is not featured in each scene. Well paced and plotted.
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first of the Lancer Conans. Some of you will hate them because they are not only the NOT pure Howard they are also stories made from notes and pastiches by other authors. I enjoyed them, maybe not so much as the pure Howard stories, but they are good.

Sorry got it wrong, this isn't the first book in the's the third....the cover tripped me up and I forgot to read the words (Book 3)sorry.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the heavily edited collections of Robert E. Howards stories. I am a purist when it comes to a writers works. I know some of these stories are no longer PC but they should be read as Howard wrote them and understood that he wrote in another period. Don't read this book unless you just can't find any others of Howard's unedited books to read. Message me if you need a list of what is good from this awesome fantasy and action writer.
Jair Ibarra
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es el tercer libro que leo de la saga de Conan, supongo que lo más genial de este personaje es lo complejo que puede llegar a ser cuando sus diálogos no pasan de las 5 palabras y tiene menos de 3 en cada historia. También es de admirar que siendo casi un Deus ex machina con patas nunca es plano.
El mundo necesita tenerlo más presente.
John Devlin
The master of Sword and Sorcery. Great stories that scare and delight; a hero, who's strength and cunning go unrivaled, and a good dollop of other-world building that make all Conan's novels great reads.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Does have some of the better Howard Conan stories, mixed with rewrites by De Camp of non-Conan stories into Conan ones.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been decades but I enjoyed these books!
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
probably read in winter 1968
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Seem to remember this was a good it a long long time ago.
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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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