Conan the Liberator

Conan the Liberator[Epub] ❦ Conan the Liberator Author L. Sprague de Camp – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The hour of darkness was upon Aquilonia, proudest kingdom of the great Hyborian world Brave men cowered, for a madman wore the crown Now mighty Conan, sword in hand, girded himself for a terrible conf The hour of darkness was upon Aquilonia, proudest kingdom of the great Hyborian world Brave men cowered, for a madman wore the crown Now mighty Conan, sword in hand, girded himself for a terrible confrontation Chosen commander in chief of the rebels, the great hero faced a deadly foe, Numedides, mad king of Aquilonia, and his vaunted sorcerer, Thulandra Thuu Who would survive this monstrous battle of good and evil When would the forces of light prevail. , ,, , , , , C,, ,, , , So how did Conan become the King of Aquilonia, exactly It s rather an important step in his saga, a turning point in his life, yet one Robert E Howard never got around to telling before he died So it was that a storyteller of the new generation, L Sprague de Camp, set forth to this unenviable and harrowing task instead.And you know what It s good Occasionally great, even probably the closest to Howard s own vision we ll ever get, and that is a high praise indeed His prose almost hits th So how did Conan become the King of Aquilonia, exactly It s rather an important step in his saga, a turning point in his life, yet one Robert E Howard never got around to telling before he died So it was that a storyteller of the new generation, L Sprague de Camp, set forth to this unenviable and harrowing task instead.And you know what It s good Occasionally great, even probably the closest to Howard s own vision we ll ever get, and that is a high praise indeed His prose almost hits the mark, and the story he tells is about as thrilling and occasionally tense as it could be expected to be although I do think that Conan had maybe a bit too easy time with it, especially with a sorcerer in the enemy ranks, who never really did as much good as I d have liked to see, and on the whole seemed to be there just because you needed to have another wizard to oppose Conan You could have made him a mundane but great general and the story probably would have improved.The ending was pretty funny Content warning These remarks contain heresy against certain beloved genre icons They also go on rather longer than a book of this quality really deserves.Fist of all, on its own qualitative merits this book really earns only about two stars The plot is predictable, the story deerivative, and the protagonist, Conan, does little in the novel but be there and be Conan The action goes on about him leaving him little to do I gave it for stars because of how much I enjopyed what it says about fa Content warning These remarks contain heresy against certain beloved genre icons They also go on rather longer than a book of this quality really deserves.Fist of all, on its own qualitative merits this book really earns only about two stars The plot is predictable, the story deerivative, and the protagonist, Conan, does little in the novel but be there and be Conan The action goes on about him leaving him little to do I gave it for stars because of how much I enjopyed what it says about fan written literature That is what this novel really is, a grand piece of fan lit that says much about why we fans sometimes write the stuff, and why it generally suffers such a low reputation for quality.Before trashing de Camp and Carter too throughly, I will get down on bended knee and pay them the homage they deserve as the men arguably most repsonsible for rescuing Conan, and by extension the swords sorcery pulp genre, from the dustbin of literary history By the 70s Howard and a lot of his contemporaries were all but forgotten, save for a small number of loyal fans Carter and de Camp were just such fans, and when the 70s saw a Tolkien driven boom in the adult demand for fantasy, they used that boom to bring R E Howard back into print.Sadly, they also indulged in that classic fan urge to emulate the master, and so wrote a number of their own Conan stories Unlike most of us fans of a particular author or genre, can rarely bring our efforts beforethan a handful of eyes, they were industry insiders able to get their work published Most of their Howard pastiches suffer from the three biggest flaws of fan lit Conan the Liberator is merely the most high profile.The most predictable flaw is that the quality of writing is not up to that of the original master, in this case Howard Carte is a fine example of how some of us fan writers are simply not as good as we would like to be The kindest thing I can think to say of his efforts as a writer is that he will be most fondly remembered for is contributions as an editor and anthologist De Camp, who has written well when not writing Conan, demonstrates that most often those of with talent exhibit it better when we are pursuing original ideas, not when are copying our literary heroes.Aheinous flaw is that they put the protagonist, Conan, on a heroes pedestal, atop fo which he can do no wrong This kind of hero admiration is endemic to fan literature, adn it constrains the hero from doing much of anything at all In the case of Conan it prevents him from displaying any of his moody, darker side as he did so enjoyably when in Howard s hands There is littledull than a hero on a pedestal, and this alone is why most fan literature stinks.Finally, like many fans Carter and de Camp are bound by too many cliches of the day The late 70s was a time when very nearly every fantasy paperback had a blurb on the cover to the effect The greatest insert verbiage here since Lord of the Rings Tolkien think is evident in how Carter and de Camp handled Howard They found it desirable to try build Conan s life story into a grand epic by first arranging the original Howard tales along some imagined timeline, and then designed their own stories to fill in the numerous gaps This particular novel, a story of how Conan claimed the crown of Aquilonia, is surely a product of this kind of Tolkien think, which also makes it soemthing Howard, himself, would probably never have written His methodology was to write stories as they came to him with now thought to chronology,as random snapshots from this character s chaotic life I also suspect that if by some chance he had lived to write such a tale, it would have been far shorter,lurid, andviolent than this rather pale and constrained piece these fan writers produced.If you want to check out Conan the Liberator in a form that can be finishedquickly it can be had in graphic novel form Look for The Savage Sword of Conan, volume 6 Or, if you have never read any Conan at all, start with reprints of the original Howard tales, not the stuff by later writers Ballantine publishes a very nice collection in three volumes DNF 25%Huge difference between this book Howard s Not enjoyable DNF 25%Huge difference between this book Howard s Not enjoyable definitely better than Conan and the Spider God I enjoyed it fairly well Interesting cover painting too. One of the best non howard conan tales told. A ning n escritor de Conan le gusta m s Conan y a la vez lo entiende menos que L Sprague de Camp Los fans del cimmerio debemos estarle agradecidos por reeditar los relatos de Robert E Howard e insuflarle nueva vida al personaje a mediados de los a os sesenta Suya fue, entre otras, la decisi n de contratar a Frank Frazetta para ilustrar las portadas de aquella edici n, dando as con la imagen que definir a la espada y brujer a para el p blico de la poca y popularizar a el g nero De este mod A ning n escritor de Conan le gusta m s Conan y a la vez lo entiende menos que L Sprague de Camp Los fans del cimmerio debemos estarle agradecidos por reeditar los relatos de Robert E Howard e insuflarle nueva vida al personaje a mediados de los a os sesenta Suya fue, entre otras, la decisi n de contratar a Frank Frazetta para ilustrar las portadas de aquella edici n, dando as con la imagen que definir a la espada y brujer a para el p blico de la poca y popularizar a el g nero De este modo, De Camp dio a conocer a Conan a una nueva generaci n y convirti al personaje en un icono popular que ha permanecido como tal hasta nuestros d as Sin l, qui n sabe si habr amos visto alguna vez los c mics de Marvel o la pel cula de Milius Eso no se lo podemos negar Pero por qu narices no crear a su propio b rbaro para protagonizar sus mediocres pastiches en lugar de utilizar una versi n endeble de Conan Ah, s , el valor de marca.En esta novela, De Camp, de nuevo con la colaboraci n de Lin Carter, nos cuenta la historia de c mo consigui Conan arrebatar el trono de Aquilonia a Num dides y convertirse en rey Howard nunca entr en detalle sobre el derrocamiento del monarca sagrado , aunque la poca informaci n que facilita en relatos como El f nix y la espada es en parte contradicha por De Camp y Carter en esta novela Para m eso ser a lo de menos si al menos contasen algo que mereciese la pena, pero como historia de Conan la novela es paup rrima y como historia de espada y brujer a no pasa de entretenida.El libro nos cuenta una campa a militar insustancial en la que Conan lidera a uno de los bandos con poco tino y mucha suerte Nada m s empezar la novela, sus tropas caen de bruces en una emboscada que deber a haberse visto venir y, tras sufrir numerosas p rdidas, ordena la retirada Luego se deja engatusar como un imb cil por la sierva de Thulandra Thuu, el hechicero que est gobernando de facto Aquilonia, y acaba envenenado y postrado en cama durante meses mientras sus lugartenientes se ocupan de todo el trabajo Despu s, cuando por fin vuelve a tomar el mando del ej rcito rebelde, recurre a la ayuda de unos s tiros tratados como si no estuvieran completamente fuera de lugar en el mundo hiborio para hacer huir al enemigo con el sonido de sus flautas Y, por ltimo, aprovecha una eventualidad que podr a no haberse presentado, para infiltrarse en el palacio real y matar a Num dides, previa huida de Thulandra Thuu, que en ese momento se cansa de ser el verdadero antagonista de esta historia y prefiere darse el piro a ofrecernos al menos un cl max satisfactorio.No es terrible, pero le falta poco.Como de costumbre, el estilo literario de De Camp y Carter, aunque eficiente, no tiene ni de lejos el encanto ni la fuerza del estilo de Howard No s c mo puede haber gente que afirme que eran capaces de imitarlo Quiz Karl Edward Wagner podr a haberlo hecho, si se lo hubiera propuesto pero De Camp y Carter Dudo siquiera que lo intentasen A major question has always been Just how did Conan gain the Aquilonian throne Here it is answered King Numedides is insane and under the thrall of the wizard Thulandra Thuu The peasants are revolting and Conan is leading a band of rebels from Argos He marches on the capital against a much larger Aquilonian force, and also faces treacherous spies, raging floods, plague, rockslides, ambushes, and a saucy wench.It s like Conan was dropped wholesale into someone else s novel A novel where pe A major question has always been Just how did Conan gain the Aquilonian throne Here it is answered King Numedides is insane and under the thrall of the wizard Thulandra Thuu The peasants are revolting and Conan is leading a band of rebels from Argos He marches on the capital against a much larger Aquilonian force, and also faces treacherous spies, raging floods, plague, rockslides, ambushes, and a saucy wench.It s like Conan was dropped wholesale into someone else s novel A novel where people speak Shakespearean English like they learned it from The Mighty Thor comics, and a great crusade is underway not far removed from Ivanhoe Conan is hardly necessary for the action and in fact spends much of the book being dead It s a fast paced read and entertaining, but de Camp would have been better served writing an actual Conan novel instead of trying to impress everyone with his ability to use a thesaurus Cleary, Conan novels are about the life and times of our hero, and this particular title delves into his life as the general of an army of rebellion trying to take Aquilonia.So, as a general, Conan is portrayed planning troop movements, leading skirmishes, and overseeing the campaign against King Numedides The latter is crazy and seeks immortality through his dark sorcerer, Thulandra Thuu The wizard is actually ruling the country, the king but a figurehead.I won t spoil the tale Suffice it to Cleary, Conan novels are about the life and times of our hero, and this particular title delves into his life as the general of an army of rebellion trying to take Aquilonia.So, as a general, Conan is portrayed planning troop movements, leading skirmishes, and overseeing the campaign against King Numedides The latter is crazy and seeks immortality through his dark sorcerer, Thulandra Thuu The wizard is actually ruling the country, the king but a figurehead.I won t spoil the tale Suffice it to say, the novel delivers on its title, but to expect anythingfrom a Conan story is to propel the hero beyond his pulp roots.I enjoyed the book, but I certainly have no reason to ever read it again I found this to be an awkward contrivance It leans heavily on borrowed conventions without fully understanding Robert E Howard s most influential and enduring character Absurd solutions to problems the main character faces literally pop up without warning, foreshadowing or backstory I wonder how little time was invested in thinking through plot complications Characterizations of the two main characters are sloppy bearing little resemblance to Conan of the Howard stories, save the physical d I found this to be an awkward contrivance It leans heavily on borrowed conventions without fully understanding Robert E Howard s most influential and enduring character Absurd solutions to problems the main character faces literally pop up without warning, foreshadowing or backstory I wonder how little time was invested in thinking through plot complications Characterizations of the two main characters are sloppy bearing little resemblance to Conan of the Howard stories, save the physical description and even less the many wizards, sorcerers, and witches who stalk the night ed halls of Howard s Hyborean Age In short, this is a poor imitation and at best, a mediocre attempt at sword and sorcery

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  • 191 pages
  • Conan the Liberator
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 0441116175