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Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman

(Kothar #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From the world beyond--or past--time Kothar comes. From out of the deepest, most violent recesses of mankind's collective memory, Kothar the gigantic barbarian strides, the enchanted sword Frostfire glittering in his mighty hand. Lusty, hot-blooded, masterful, unafraid of things real or unreal, Kothar dominates the misty, bloody world before recorded time. Yet, though Koth ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published 1969 by Belmont
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I bought this book new in 1970 for $0.75 & I've kept it all these years. One reason is that it has a very old address of an old school best friend I lost track of through tragic circumstances. It's pure fun dreck, a Conan knock-off very similar to Carter's Thongor & Jakes' Brak.

The introduction is supposedly by Donald MacIvers who quotes a philospher, Albert Kremnitz, in a confusing discussion of heroism through the ages of man. (I think it's a joke of some sort. I googled both names, b
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
The introduction by Donald MacIvers Ph.D. is a strange introduction to a book such as this, name-dropping the obscure Albert Kremnitz (so obscure that all Internet searches point back to this book) and proceeding with such pompous doubletalk that one starts to suspect a subtle joke.

It contrasts with the material of the stories, which are pure frothy sword-and-sorcery action. From them I picked up tidbits of good ideas: the notion that this is some unimaginably distant future, humanity huddled u
Timothy Boyd
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
As a barbarian Kothar is not Conan by any means and the writing is not as good as Robert E. Howard's but these are still good stories. Quick and easy reads. Recommended
Joe Kilmartin
Great fun - beautifully purple storytelling and a breakneck pace make each of the three short stories brisk and entertaining reads. It's garbage, sure, but it's deliciously good and well written garbage that makes one want to protect it a little. The literary equivalent of a Big Mac with fries and a Coke, but some days that's exactly what you need.
Richard Myers
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This book is written in the manner of Robert E. Howard and his stories of Conan the Barbarian. I have all of the Robert E. Howard books and this author has captured the essence of Howard in his writings.

The Skinny: A collection of the first three Kothar stories; "The Sword of the Sorcerer", "The Treasure in the Labyrinth" and "The Woman in the Witch-Wood".

"The Sword of the Sorcerer" is the origin story, if you will, of Kothar, a Barbarian from the north. On the run from a battle lost, Kothar stumbles upon a crypt haunted by the liche of a powerful sorcerer. From the liche, he gains a sword that as long as he possess it, he may hold no wealth. He gains the animosity of the sorceress Red Lori, wh
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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The first and best of the Kothar series by Fox. The main character is less interesting than the early Kyrik books but is still fun.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bit cheesy but fast paced and very traditional
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty cool

I quite enjoyed these stories. They were fun and worth the read they killed a few hours . they need to be edited a bit better but I liked them.
Mary Ann Betts
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Read

Enjoyable tales of sword and sorcery. Imaginative, well written stories that I would recommend for anyone who likes this genre.
Rocky Mountain Bog Monster
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
We're not talking literary quality here, but that was a solid 4-star fun romp.
Greg Meyer
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eh. It's like Conan, but with more gratuitous sex and sexism. And that's kind of saying something. Writing was solid, but the overall stories weren't anything new or more inventive.
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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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 th

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