With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century---he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination. He was...a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan.... A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things.... Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect---he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.
Collected in this volume are all of the stories that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan: "Skulls in the Stars," "The Right Hand of Doom," "Red Shadows," "Rattle of Bones," "The Castle of the Devil," "Death's Black Riders," "The Moon of Skulls," "The One Black Stain," "The Blue Flame of Vengeance," "The Hills of the Dead," "Hawk of Basti," "The Return of Sir Richard Grenville," "Wings in the Night," "The Footfalls Within," "The Children of Asshur," and "Solomon Kane's Homecoming."
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The savage tales of Solomon Kane is, in my humble opinion, Robert E. Howards' best work. The reading by Paul Boehmer is excellent and does not diminish the work in any way.
As with so many compliations by authors who died before their time, this collection suffers from too much material. There are some wonderful stories in this volume, as well as some literary chaff.
The narration is good, and the short biography of Howard at the end is a nice addition.
love books,reading and audio..do yourself a favor and listen or read one ...it DOES make you smarter
....when i listen to these stories...i am not only captivated by his eloquent phrasing,i am stunned by the intense brutality.....Howard manages to infuse these into stories that "smarten" primeval warfare and fights and make you lust for more....Solomon Kane is one heck of an imposing yet gentlemanly and yes kindly soul...he will however not hesitate to bisect you from shoulder to groin with his Rapier if you are proven evil or have crossed him...magnificent author and truly genius storytelling............
I read these books over 20 years ago and wanted to go through it again after all these years.
I'm not an English major so I'm not qualified to critique the grammar and prose (although I did like it), but what I found difficult was three aspects.
I didn't like the reader. I had to force myself to listen but it did get better as time went on.
Story breaks. I got a little confused. I wished it was more of a pronounced 'break'. Yes I know the prose may of been that but I still felt it was a little confusing.
The third was the explanation and history at the beginning but a 40 minute similar reading at the end.
After a couple of minutes into the history, I stopped the story. I didn't need to hear it at the end.
I would not pay more that $15 for this but I'm glad I did.
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