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Conan of Cimmeria by Robert E. Howard
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The continuing adventures of Robert Howard's legendary character Conan the Barbarian, as presented by messrs. L. Sprague deCamp and Lin Carter. Conan of Cimmeria features seven Conan short stories, but only three of them are among Howard's original 21. The other four are all either pastiches by DeCamp and Carter, or Howard stories originally featuring lesser-known characters that DeCamp took and re-wrote as Conan stories. The result is a book of wildly varying quality from one story to the next. The undisputed highlight of this volume is "Queen of the Black Coast," which is widely hailed as of Howard's very best Conan adventures. This book, as well as all others in the DeCamp/Carter paperback series, are long out of print, but fortunately we can now get our hands on the true and unedited Robert Howard originals. All three of Howard's stories in this book are collected in "The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian."
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