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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 1)

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ISBN13: 9780345461513
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Staff Pick

Robert E. Howard's Coming of Conan was recommended to me by a friend who knows my love for H. P. Lovecraft. And though Lovecraft is in a class by himself, Howard's writing, which is both escapist and literary, is comparable. I especially love that the female characters — a pirate captain, a ruler of a kingdom, and the Frost King's daughter — are strong and alluring. The writing is a treat if you're accustomed to contemporary literature, and the hardcover edition includes beautiful color plates.
Recommended by Adrienne, Powells.com

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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.

Conan is one of the greatest fictional heroes ever created — a swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.

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, profusely illustrated by artist Mark Schultz, are Howard's first thirteen Conan stories, appearing in their original versions — in some cases for the first time in more than seventy years — and in the order Howard wrote them. Along with classics of dark fantasy like "The Tower of the Elephant" and swashbuckling adventure like "Queen of the Black Coast," The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian contains a wealth of material never before published in the United States, including the first submitted draft of Conan's debut, "Phoenix on the Sword," Howard's synopses for "The Scarlet Citadel" and "Black Colossus," and a map of Conan's world drawn by the author himself.

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.

From Our Staff:

Robert E. Howard is the father of "sword and sorcery" and, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy writers of the 20th century. Howard's writing style is unique and exciting. His books come alive through his use of detail and his ferocious, unrelenting passion for the characters and the worlds in which they live. When reading his books, I become completely absorbed into them. I lose track of time and where I am. From Bran Mak Morn to Conan and Solomon Kane, there is no shortage of great fiction. (Until you finish all of his books!)

Conan is, in a word, amazing. A barbarian with a bloodlust. My favorite of the Conan stories are easily Tower of the Elephant and The Frost Giant's Daughter, the latter being of a very primal nature. It is short, to the point, and needless to say, very good. I think it best captures the spirit of Conan. Simply put, if you have not read this, you are only depriving yourself of a fantastic read. Do not accept cheap clones of Conan stories! No other author has ever been able to duplicate what Robert E. Howard originally did — never settle for anything less!
Recommended by our staff at Powells.com

Review:

"I've read most of the Conan stories...and, approached as guilty pleasures, they can be wonderfully entertaining. For that matter, apart from Fritz Leiber's tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, sword and sorcery adventures don't come any better." The Washington Post

Review:

"Howard's writing seems so highly charged that it nearly gives off sparks." Stephen King

Review:

"For stark, living fear....What other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?" H. P. Lovecraft

Review:

"The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers — equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood. Far from being a stereotype, his creation of Conan is the high heroic adventurer. His raw muscle and sinews, boiling temper, and lusty laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured." Eric Nylund, author of Halo: The Fall of Reach and Signal to Noise

Review:

"I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style — broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy." David Gemmell, author of Legend and White Wolf

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Cimmeria 1
The Phoenix on the Sword 5
The Frost/Giant's Daughter 29
The God in the Bowl 39
The Tower of the Elephant 59
The Scarlet Citadel 83
Queen of the Black Coast 119
Black Colossus 151
Iron Shadows in the Moon 185
Xuthal of the Dusk 217
The Pool of the Black One 249
Rogues in the House 277
The Vale of Lost Women 301
The Devil in Iron 319
The Phoenix on the Sword (first submitted draft) 351
Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age 375
The Hyborian Age 379
Untitled Synopsis 399
Untitled Synopsis (The Scarlet Citadel) 401
Untitled Synopsis (Black Colossus) 403
Untitled Fragment 405
Untitled Synopsis 407
Untitled Draft 409
Hyborian Names and Countries 417
Hyborian Age Maps 421
App Hyborian Genesis 429
App Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology 453
App Notes on the Original Howard Texts 459

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Lachlann, Powells.com, April 1, 2006 (view all comments by Lachlann, Powells.com)
Robert E. Howard is the Father of 'Sword & Sorcery' and with out a doubt, of the best fantasy writers in the 20th century. The detail and ferocious, unrelenting passion for his characters and the worlds in which they live, make them come alive. Mr. Howard's writing style is very unique and exciting. When reading his books, I become completely absorbed into them. I lose track of time and where I am. From Bran Mak Morn, to Conan and Solomon Kane, there is no shortage of great fiction (until you finish all of his books!).

Conan is, in a word, amazing. A Barbarian with a bloodlust. My favourite of the Conan stories, are easily 'Tower of the Elephant' and 'The Frost Giant's Daughter'. The latter being of a very primal nature. It is short, to the point and needless to say, very good. I think it really captures the spirit of Conan the best. Simply put, if you have not read this you are only depriving yourself of a fantastic read. Do not accept cheap clones of Conan stories! No other author has never been able to duplicate what Rober E. Howard originally did, never settle for anything less!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345461513
Author:
Howard, Robert E.
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, American
Subject:
Conan (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Conan
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.14x6.36x1.09 in. 1.49 lbs.

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Robert E. Howard's Coming of Conan was recommended to me by a friend who knows my love for H. P. Lovecraft. And though Lovecraft is in a class by himself, Howard's writing, which is both escapist and literary, is comparable. I especially love that the female characters — a pirate captain, a ruler of a kingdom, and the Frost King's daughter — are strong and alluring. The writing is a treat if you're accustomed to contemporary literature, and the hardcover edition includes beautiful color plates.

"Review" by , "I've read most of the Conan stories...and, approached as guilty pleasures, they can be wonderfully entertaining. For that matter, apart from Fritz Leiber's tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, sword and sorcery adventures don't come any better."
"Review" by , "Howard's writing seems so highly charged that it nearly gives off sparks."
"Review" by , "For stark, living fear....What other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?"
"Review" by , "The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers — equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood. Far from being a stereotype, his creation of Conan is the high heroic adventurer. His raw muscle and sinews, boiling temper, and lusty laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured."
"Review" by , "I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style — broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy."
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