Queen of the Black Coast
In this story, he sets his readers off on a sea-faring expedition with Conan and takes us on a journey to places along the Black Coast that no one fully expects to go. ...more
I enjoyed the Dark Horse Comics Motion Comic of this short story on YouTube via Geek and Sundry's official YouTube channel with Vic Mignogna as Conan. If you like comics, definitely check this out for yourself online here at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFME...
Ahhhhhh! How can I tell you about Conan and Belit without spoiling the story? Belit is a hard-core plunderer, and she owns a ship. Her and her crew loot and plunder the coast until fate causes her to attack the ship that Conan has hitched a ride on.
A bloody battle ensues, and the ...more
Those who are unfamiliar with Conan stories should read this one first. It introduces a great character in the Queen, Belit, and offers much insight into Conan's personalities and the ways of Hyboria's people.
Favorite quote from Conan (that describes him in a nutshell): "I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."
Not my favorite of the old R.H. Howard classics, but the way Conan becomes a sailor was wonderful. Howard is much more poetic in this story than the others, and he shows a side of his battle-hardened barbarian that we never get to see. Being raised on the 1982 Conan movie, I've enjoyed seeing the little tidbits that were pulled from the classic tales. Here we see the ...more
Conan Joins the Pirates
Believe green buds awaken in the spring,
That autumn paints the leaves with somber fire;
Believe I held my heart inviolate
To lavish on one man my hot desire.
The Song of Belit
Hoofs drummed down the street that sloped to the wharfs. The folk that yelled and scattered had only a fleeting glimpse of a mailed figure on a black stallion, a wide scarlet cloak flowing out on the wind. Far up the street came the shout and clatter of pursuit, but the horseman did
On the run he takes to the seas aboard a trading vessel, but when they are attacked and routed by the crew of a much feared ship The Temptress, he willingly becomes ...more
This is an action packed romp with a whole lot of heart in between the slaying. It's very pulpy - I kind of chuckled when Belits response to Conan slaughtering a bunch of her men was pretty much "hey, boy, whactca doin'? DTF?"
This was my first Conan read and I thoroughly enjoyed every gratuitous action scene and overly descriptive detail. Essentially, Howard's style in this novelette is what I'd call adjective porn. You can see glimpses of George R.R. Martin in the story, who cites Howard as an influence, but Howard takes it a step further and adds descriptors to nearly every word. I could see how some would find this infuriating. I'd hate to be in a writing ...more
It is a gloomy philosophy, this "thing of the North," as Rusty Burke put it in the introduction to ...more
I know a little about Conan, having watched most of the movies and read some of the comics etc, but never have I read anything in written form.
The story appears to be a typical Conan story - gets attacked, joins band, does a little robbing, a little shagging and ends up by himself again (either people have died or have gone in a different direction).
The Audio was ok, the narrator was a ...more
Somehow I never read any Conan before, but took a flyer and gave it a listen. Wow. First off I was not prepared for the vocabulary. Also, the "barbarian" in "Conan the barbarian" was pretty obviously said with irony (I think it's irony.) Conan was a barbarian only to those who didn't understand his culture, just as cultures in the east and west considered each other barbarians.
Anyway, it packed a lot of drama and suspense, some horror, some fantasy, and ...more
If you're interested in Conan at all, this is a must-read (um, as all Robert E Howard's Conan stories are - but if ...more
An enjoyable and epic romp which is extremely comic book but the likes of which I haven't really read enough of!!
For the action, the blood, and the sexy women.
"Queen of the Black Coast" is chock full of all three.
In fact, I believe the action scenes within in this story is Robert E. Howard at his finest.
Belît is a terrifyingly beautiful heroine. I'm not sure if I'd want to cross her in a dark alley, but I wouldn't mind making our with her.
If you read any Conan story make sure "Queen of the Black Coast" is at the top of your list.
Mainly because more time is spent on describing the environment and the sense of foreboding evil in the area. All of which is well written and effective.
But when Conan cuts every bad guy in half with one swing of his mighty sword, it makes for a disappointing, unsatisfying conclusion of the story's conflict.
He is well known for having created — in the ...more