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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

Written by Robert E. Howard

Narrated by Todd McLaren

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"Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."



In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume are Howard's first thirteen Conan stories in their original versions and in the order Howard wrote them. Included are classics of dark fantasy like "The Tower of the Elephant" and swashbuckling adventure like "Queen of the Black Coast."



Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has been imitated by many yet equaled by none.



The tales contained in The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian are "The Phoenix on the Sword," "The Frost-Giant's Daughter," "The God in the Bowl," "The Tower of the Elephant," "The Scarlet Citadel," "Queen of the Black Coast," "Black Colossus," "Iron Shadows in the Moon," "Xuthal of the Dusk," "The Pool of the Black One," "Rogues in the House," "The Vale of Lost Women," and "The Devil in Iron."
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateJun 25, 2009
ISBN9781400182237
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Author

Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) was an American author of pulp fiction, who made a name for himself by publishing numerous short stories in pulp magazines. Known as the “Father of Sword and Sorcery,” Howard helped create this subgenre of fiction. He is best known for his character Conan the Barbarian, who has inspired numerous film and television adaptations. Howard committed suicide at the age of thirty.  

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Overall, the book is an excellent read.
    Sadly, not all of the stories are strong, and even within the 13 stories presented in this book there is evident plot recycling.

    Still, this is a must read for any fan of Fantasy or any aspiring author.

    Howard's descriptions are often vivid without dragging on, though he does have an over-fondness for some words (Thews and Loin-Cloth among them).
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This magnificent trade paperback, originally published in 2002 as limited edition hardcover by Wandering Star, contains lavish illustrations by Mark Schultz, informative story notes, an insightful introduction by Robert E. Howard scholar Patrice Louinet, an original map of the world of Conan drawn by the author, and the unadulterated stories pretty much as they first appeared. This book is not just a collection of tales. It's an experience.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This was just what was needing after a long week. I read Conan tales so much when I was younger that I could see Conan's battles with Thoth-amon. I could smell the evil of Set but remained confident because Mitra wasn't far behind. Howard is an action master. Imagine you're sitting up late at night and the campfire is glowing embers. At this point a voice chimes in with a tale of Conan. When he finishes somebody else says, wait I remember this one and then another and another and another. By Crom!! this be good for the spirit! Conan is the ultimate warrior archetype for living in the NOW...
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    One of the best! He left us far too soon.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Read very well! Good stories from the world of Conan
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Long years ago, I picked up an old collection of Conan stories. It was from the series that L. Sprague deCamp did, and was number one in the series. I was unimpressed. I figured I had simply waited too long to get around to Conan and outgrown the time period when I might have enjoyed the stories. I was so, so wrong.

    This collection blew me away. Robert E. Howard was an amazing writer, especially when it comes to action scenes. These stories move, man. I went from unimpressed to fangirl in 2 stories flat.