This is a highly enjoyable short story. It is full of swashbuckling fun. It really is superior pulp and Howard's writing could be pretty evocative and poetic on accession.
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The story is self is quite strange and inventive. It would be good to see Conan in the next pirates of the Caribbean film. A good read for the bus or if you're travelling in a noisy atmosphere, as the book can be picked up and put down easily without losing the thread of the story. Conan meets Belit and the action moves forward at a pace.
A rip roaring romp to be enjoyed by all ages.
Classic original Conan work. Just as good as when I read it 20 years ago. Conan is an enduring character in fantasy fiction long may the books be available. Format: Kindle Edition. First thing you will have to do before you start reading this is leave the muscle bound shaggy haired sweaty image of Schwarzenegger at the front door.maisonducalvet.com/crdoba-conocer-chica.php
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That image will only distract from what is an exceptional fantasy story, as it deserves the justice of being judged on what's written and not the film character it became. That is exxactly what it is epic warrior fantasy and let's be honest where else would you be able read sentences that include the words with herculean labour. Well worth the read. One person found this helpful. A shortish book, quite a quick read.
It's the first Conan story I have read I've obviously seen the films and it is different with more depth to the characters. It was a fun, light and enjoyable read, I'm definately going to download more of these Conan books, especially as they are free! Good read love Conan books read them thirty years ago will read them all again a good character you will enjoy Conan as a good read. See all 8 reviews. Would you like to see more reviews about this item? Go to Amazon. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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Any resentment? Howard says no, that she was regarded by them as a goddess whose word could not be ever questioned. Even so, I'd bet that a few of those hardcases were working on plans to either murder Belit and take over the ship or get some sex from her willingly or otherwise. We see later in the story how sly and shrewd she can be; maybe she was deftly playing the pirates off against each other all along.
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In that case, having Conan turn up was just what she needed. With him to watch her back, she could rest easy. The story then skips over an indeterminate period where the TIGRESS raids native villages, butchers the crews of Stygian ships, sinks harmless merchant vessels with no one left alive and generally has a great if murderous time. It's odd how Howard just glosses over this in a single paragraph. This could have been a few months or several years, for all we know.
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But Conan's crimes make a lasting impression on the Stygians and "their memory was a bitter tree which bore bitter fruit in the years to come," This blip in the narrative leaves an odd empty space, as if some editor had chopped out a few chapters for length reasons. But the story was published as Howard wrote it. Soon, the pirates pull up at the mouth of the river Zarkheba, where the water is literally dark and poisonous, and from which no one returns. It's the Jersey shore, but not enough to deter our piratess.
So she boldly decides to sail upriver and see if there's a legendary city or two they can sack. Bad idea. After a long and ominous journey that's unsettling to read about, let alone experience one of the pirates is snatched off the deck by one of those gigantic serpents Howard kept returning to , they find the ruins. The city had been impressive once, with piers and streets and courtyards, all crumbling now and covered by jungle growing over it. I'll see you guys back at the ship! After rather cold-heartedly sacrificing a few of her followers to uncover the treasure she knows these things are always guarded by deathtraps , Belit is soon kneeling in a crypt filled with thousands of precious gems.
Drunk with shopping-lust who needs a credit card? It's the first move of the monster's scheme to kill them all, but Belit is lost in the bling. The winged ape turns out to be the sole surviving member of the species of flying people who had built that city ages ago. Winged men in various forms are another element Howard kept returning to. Conan has a vision while under the influence of the Black Lotus that stuff again!
Leave it alone, Conan! As if that's not bad enough, the flying ape has also transformed fifty Stygian warriors into big vicious were-hyenas under his control. The odds of Belit's jolly crew ever escaping to burn another village seem to be getting slim. Earlier, the she-devil had been chatting with Conan about the gods and life after death.
She delivered a ringing, intense speech to the effect that her love was so strong she would even return from Death itself if Conan needed her. I am yours, and all the gods and all their eternities shall not sever us! I am usually weary of the cliche where the hero has a one-time girlfriend who is killed so he can go on a rampage and then quietly grieve with a single tear down his leathery cheek.
It's been worn so thin the other side of the page shows. But this time it works, maybe because Howard is such an emotional writer with so much of his own feelings invested in the story. Conan seems fairly young at this point, maybe in his early twenties, and not as cynical as he would later become, and it's believable that a woman like Belit would meet him head-on, winning his respect and his heart.
In many ways, Belit is a female incarnation of Conan with the odd exception that she is never seen doing any of the actual fighting herself. I've always visualized her with a sword in hand looking like a brunette Irish McCalla , but there's no mention of it in the story. Usually, he limits himself to a taciturn grunt or terse explanation of the latest predicament. Here he tells Belit that his god Crom is a mean-spirited deity and that it's better not to ask for any favors from him. The Cimmerians have a bleak outlook and think that after death their spirits wander through a grey, cheerless fog.
But that's okay. The important thing is to enjoy life to the hilt while you can. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is an illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.
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I read tons of Howard back when I was a younger lad Always a fun read. One of my favorites was the novel-length thing that dealt with the rise of Thulsa Doom Can't recall the title just off hand but I think the first film was loosely based on this. Hmmm, I think that might have been a pastiche by a later writer. Howard only used Thulsa Doom as a villain in one or two short stories as I recall? Good news! Fun fact: Thulsa Doom was a Kull villain. They kept the villain as Thulsa Doom, but made him closer to Thoth Amon.
Kull the Conqueror was supposed to be the third Conan film, but Arnold turned it down and Sorbo didn't like taking over someone else's franchise.
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