Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: The Weird Tales of Conan the Barbarian

25759733This collection of short stories originally published in Weird Tales from 1934 through 1936 serves as a great introduction to the Conan sword and sorcery epics. 

Magic, bloody battles, dark arts, and a healthy dose violence and adventure populate each of the short stories and that of the novel, THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON which rounds out the collection. Whilst there is an element of repetition to each of the stories, they are all entertaining, with THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE and RED NAILS being standouts.

Conan, more a king than barbarian for the most part cuts his way through all manner of enemies in search of a damsel in distress, a Jewell that hold magical power, or a kingdom in need of taking. There's not a lot of depth and, novel and RED NAILS aside, little by way of supporting characters. This is ok though, Conan isn't meant to be a deep and meaningful read - it's meant to be greedily consumed whilst loosing yourself in the fantastical world he resides and conquers. 

I've used the term 'popcorn pulp' many times in other reviews and THE WEIRD TALES OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN is just that, albeit a little more meaty given the number of short stories and bonus full length novel readers are treated to. 

I was provide a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

No comments:

Post a Comment