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All 10 short stories have finally been collected. Originally published in Dragon magazine, this was Gardner F. Fox's final attempt of capturing the magic that is Sword & Sorcery. Before creating Niall, Fox had created two other Conan clones, Kothar and Kyrik, in addition to the suspiciously named Crom the Barbarian for comic books. Mr. Fox was well regarded by Gary ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published October 13th 2017 by Gardner Francis Fox Library
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Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Competent & entertaining sword & sorcery short stories from the tail end of Gardner Fox's career. These stories all appeared in Dragon Magazine between 1977 & 1981 -- one story (the final one, The Coming of the Sword, although it's actually a prequel to the rest of the series) would have appeared in an issue that I actually own.

Most of the stories were surpringly PG-13, considering where they appeared; although I guess maybe in its early days, Dragon (the official TSR house magazine
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Never would have known about this character if the Gardner F Fox Library hadn't collected these stories and printed them all together. I'm too young to have known what Dragon magazine was, or any of the backstory like other reviewers.

The stories are redundant, especially if you read them back to back. Although, they kept me entertained during my current moonlighting gig. Niall isn't stupid, but he does rely on his sword to solve all of his problems. When it gets too hot, Emelkartha, usually
Saying "if you've read one, you've read them all" is a little strong. You would have to read _three_: the first, the last, and anything in the middle. Collecting them in one place only reinforces the similarities and repeated themes. Women being sacrificed and women with hidden agendas or abilities; ruins or labyrinths; a deus ex machina; interplay of gods and goddesses and demons and whatnot.

The pattern evolves even as the stories flatten and become more extemporaneous. The first are about evil
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Conan meets Lovecraft

By Charles van Buren on April 7, 2018

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Mr. Fox, a prolific author, seems to be better known today for his comic book work than for his stories and novels. In spite of this, he wrote hundreds of stories and novels in multiple genres including sci-fi, westerns, historical fiction and even erotica. A generalist rather than a specialist, Fox collected information, filing it away in his brain and his archives. He then used facts and obscure words to enliven
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
OK, I enjoyed these. two and a half stars. They flashed me back to my youth reading Fox's tales of Kothar and Kyrik and others. However, objectively, they are definitely not Fox's best work and seemed a bit perfunctory, as if he were mostly going through the motions. There are quite a few stories here, "Shadow of a Demon," Beyond the Wizard Fog," "The Stolen Sacrifice," "The Thing from the Tomb," "The Eyes of Mavis Deval," "The Cube from Beyond," "The Cup of Golden Death," "Out of the Eons," ...more
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Gardner Francis Cooper Fox was an American writer known best for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. Comic book historians estimate that he wrote more than 4,000 comics stories, including 1,500 for DC Comics.
Fox is known as the co-creator of DC Comics heroes the Flash, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the original Sandman, and was the writer who first teamed those and other heroes as