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Author Topic: Conan Literature  (Read 827 times)

GeekyBugle

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Re: Conan Literature
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2021, 10:44:07 PM »
So, I'm going back to my roots a little bit and have been picking up Conan books. In my youth, I saw the movies and read a handful of stories, but not all of them. Looking at the books now, there are a bunch of authors where I was only familiar with Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, and Lin Carter.

My question for the readers is, who do you think are the quintessential Conan story authors whose works I should read? Which authors really understood who Conan was as a character and could write about him?

IMHO the Ace novels (12?) which include 11 pastiches and the only Conan novel REH ever wrote (Hour of the Dragon AKA Conan The Conqueror)

This includes only Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, and Lin Carter
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Re: Conan Literature
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2021, 10:48:54 PM »
I got The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, which is just the REH stuff, and enjoyed it.
I've intentionally stayed away from other authors, as I feel like Conan was REH's thing, and I really am not interested in the character interpreted by another author.

Lin and De Camp's Conan stories were definitely not very Howard.

I'd stick with Howard. The rest is "above average" fan-fiction (take that as you will). L. Sprague de Camp is a decent writer... but the tone of Conan is not the same as Howards as I recall. It's been years but I distinctly remember it feeling like something was off.

I'd stick with REH.

Part of the difference is due to the conscious effort in immitating REH, and also some of those pastiches include other works by REH off different characters rewritten to be part of a Conan story.

IMHO the first 12 novels are decent enough, but I might be biased since I read those long before I ever read the REH works by themselves.
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Re: Conan Literature
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2021, 10:58:34 AM »
A couple years ago, I dug out one of my Ace Conan anthology books from the 70's. I found that the pastiches were nowhere near the quality of the genuine REH stories. This wasn't as apparent to me back in the day, but it is pretty clear now.

It's as if someone fielded an NFL team made up of cosplayers. They might look okay at the outset, but start the game and the truth comes out.