It starts with a pretty good first paragraph: This novel is set in a world where there are no television talk shows, no income taxes, no commuter trains, no air pollution, no nuclear crises or campus riots or midi skirts. Well, actually, there were income taxes in Conans world; failure to pay resulted in imprisonment or death. I have not heard of this midi skirt but, if its like a mini skirt, they had those in Conans world, too. I cant vouch for Spiro but Carter seems to be saying all these things are negative and Conans world does not contain these things. As for the women, they didnt seem to have a lot of choice who they dallied with as they were considered property except in the rare instances, such as Conans old girlfriend, Belit. Thanks, Lin, but this popular new kind of fiction was at least forty years old by the time you and De Camp wrote this ridiculous piece of crap. First paragraph, page 10, Carter says many people think reading for sheer entertainment is a crime and that a story should really come to grips with something crucial and important. Theres a hilarious statement on page 13 about how, though De Camp is older than Carter, it was Carter who first read the Conan stories. He talks about how he, De Camp and Nyberg worked in collaboration with Howard on these stories. On page 15, Carter has the audacity to say that Howard inadequately chronicled Conans life. Carter says that he, De Camp and Nyberg probably added more wordage to the Conan saga than Howard wrote originally. I expect passion and talent, neither of which are present in the Conan stories of De Camp, Carter and Nyberg. Sure, partially because hes a fan, but he had to know how much he had to gain by capitalizing on those Conan fans who Carter says were clamoring for more.
A novel length Conan story written by L. Good but not as well written as the Howard stories. Too much ancillary characters and not enough Conan.
This book is just plain bad 18 August 2012 I probably should not comment on the introduction to this book because somebody has already done a really good job at tearing it apart, though I must admit that this particular person seemed to have a bee in his bonnet regarding the fact that de Camp and Carter have gone and made a bucket load of money off of somebody else's idea. Now, while that is true, the fact that Howard has been dead for a very long time, and that his Conan stories were very popular, taking the concept and working with it is probably not all that bad. Personally, I do not mind pulp fiction, as long as the story and the writing are good. This book was written in 1971, and while Howard can, to an extent (as there is no excuse for racism) can be excused for making his bad guys Negroes or Arabs, by the time Carter and de Camp came around, things had changed. It appears that simply because Howard made the Negroes bad, does not mean that the later authors can do so either, however it appears that de Camp and Carter have done just that. If you want Conan, read the Howard originals and simply sideline the de Camp and Carter stories.
this story feels like de Camp and Carter took all their favorite stuff about Conan and mashed it together into one barely coherent narrative. Not that this is a terrible book, it's still clearly Conan, but I'll be happy to get back to some Howard originals :)
A well-written book will lead you through the pages like a leaf on a stream.
As an author, he was a member of the all-male literary banqueting club the Trap Door Spiders, which served as the basis of Isaac Asimov's fictional group of mystery solvers the Black Widowers. He was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit group of Heroic fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose work he anthologized in the Flashing Swords! Sprague de Camp, who served as a mentor and collaborator and was a fellow member of both the Trap Door Spiders and SAGA. Carter resided in East Orange, New Jersey, in his later years, and drank and smoked heavily.