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The Best of Robert E. Howard: Grim Lands (Volume 2)

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“[Behind Howard’s stories] lurks a dark poetry and the timeless truth of dreams.”
–Robert Bloch

“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”
–Stephen King

The classic pulp magazines of the early twentieth century are long gone, but their action-packed tales live on through the work of legendary storyteller Robert E. Howard. From hi
Paperback, 510 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Del Rey
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Dec 30, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
The second book given to me by my GR friend, Jon (thanks!) & one of the best reads of the year. This collection of Howard's work is an excellent mix of the genres he wrote in, from Sword & Sorcery to Westerns & Horror. If you like his poetry, both volumes have the best collection of them I've ever seen.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Howard. I probably have 50 of his books, have been reading him for 40 years & still found stories that I'd never read before. The intro
Jan 08, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
More manly adventure stories from Robert E Howard. More historical adventures in this volume than volume one. Some good, gritty westerns and a great pirate story.
A couple of good Kulls stories, El Borak returns and a classic Conan story.

Conan is Howard's most famous character, but is the least interesting to me. 'Red Nails' had a good first half but kind of meandered an then wrapped up too quickly. Did like the lady pirate character though.
Not that there is such a thing as a bad Howard story. Th
May 07, 2011 Valerio rated it really liked it
Questo volume contiene:

Cimmeria (Poem)
The Tower of the Elephant
Red Nails
The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune
By This Axe I Rule!
The King and the Oak (poem)
The Shadow of the Vulture
Wings in the Night (1932)
Solomon Kane's Homecoming (poem) Ver. 1
Lord of Samarcand
Old Garfield's Heart
The Man on the Ground
Gents on the Lynch
The Bull Dog Breed
Which Will Scarcely Be Understood
A Song of the Naked Lands
Echoes from an Anvil
Black Harps in the Hills
The Grim Land
Never Beyond the Beast
Flint's Passing

Jun 21, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it
This volume had more stories than the first that I hadn't previously read and/or that weren't part of the previous Del Rey series -- again, in addition to an assortment of Kull, Solomon Kane and Conan, we got boxing stories, Westerns, historical adventures and a few horror stories. I suspect a number of the stories will have been reprinted in the subsequent Del Rey volumes, though.

Again, thunderingly good and surprisingly well-written adventure stories from an author who's only recently begun to
Jul 11, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing
Definitely some of Howard's best work, although there are some lesser pieces here I think. Given the fact that the editor wanted a selection from the whole "range" of Howard's work, this and the first volume do an excellent job of giving you tremendous stories and poems while letting you see the incredible range across which Howard worked.

I'd urge readers to skip the introduction initially and go straight to the stories. Then come back and read the intro for some perspective on what you've taken
Dec 25, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ron by: Jon Moss
Robert E. Howard is a great story teller and his short stories are, generally, fun reads, but Howard is not a great author as Steven Tompkins purports in twenty-five wasted pages in "Barbarian at the Pantheon-Gates."

Read Howard, don't read about him.
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May 24, 2017 Andrew Nease rated it it was amazing
I don't know quite what to say about this that I didn't already say in my review of volume 1. It seems that this has a more diverse selection of material; there's material from all over the Howard time-and-space atlas, along with an assortment of one-offs and obscurer goodies; historical, horror, westerns, western fantasy (and can I say that I really wish Howard had lived long enough, among other things, to pioneer that particular genre a little more?)... If I were going to nitpick, I'd say that ...more
Dec 18, 2010 M rated it it was amazing
My feelings on this book are a bit mixed. The stories are generally pretty great adventures and there's a nice range of subject matter here. Of course, there's some Kull, Conan, and Solomon Kane stuff, all of which is pretty fun. Tower of the Elephant is especially good as it's an example of how Howard mixed fantasy with the sort of weird cosmic stuff his contemporaries like Lovecraft were doing. There's also some pretty good Westerns, although the one comedic one was kinda bad, in my opinion. T ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
A great selection of Howard's work. Included with this volume are some classic Conan, Solomon Kane, Kull, El Borak, and Steve Costigan tales. There are also some great western tales, a couple of great horror stories, crusades stories, and a fun pirate story. If you are curious about Robert E. Howard's work, this volume, and its companion is a great place to start.

Howard's Conan stories are my favorite, and the two stories: The Tower of the Elephant and Red Nails are both classic. The Tower of t
Jan 17, 2008 Mick rated it liked it
Overall, I'd have to say there were not as many great stories in this one as I found in volume 1.

BUT, this thing is worth the purchase, even just for the excellent Conan tale "Red Nails" alone. And on top of that, this one's got a great Solomon Kane story, a very enjoyable El Borak tale, and two great pirate stories to boot.

A few of the others were uneven, but still, there's no doubt in my mind now that Howard deserves a place in the fantasy/adventure pantheon.

But yeah, like many compilations of
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Jan 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
An excellent selection or Robert E. Howard's stories. These are the original unedited stories as Howard wrote them. No one writes action stories like Howard. Very recommend
Dec 13, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok
This volume had less of the Conan or Kull stories which I enjoy so much. Red Nails ends the collection on a strong note, leaving a pleasant taste in my mouth after some rather dreary stories.
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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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