Post by aquilonia112 on Jun 11, 2016 0:16:34 GMT -5
I personally have a copy of this and I can't recommend it enough. I own the soft cover version and although they do wear a lot easier than hardcover books, these classic stories are still a favourite and printing/layout is very simple and nice. Always enjoy the stories about Solomon Kane, he's a classic character.
My only problem with the Del Rey book is that I buy trade paperback books so that I can have larger font size but in this case they seem to have left the font size alone and put a larger white border around the edges. I would have rather had them enlarge the print and have less border...
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Marv / Finarvyn Dark Paladin of REH (a la Solomon Kane) OD&D Player since 1975
Post by bunty0barbarian on Oct 15, 2017 6:05:29 GMT -5
I've just completed the Del Rey Solomon Kane collection and it was fuckin awesome.Kane was such a satisfying character, the juxtaposition of his somber mood with his inherent righteousness and glimpses of humanity is what made him tick. Red Shadows was a classic swashbuckling tale and really captures Kane iron-clad determination for anything. Wings of the Night was pure intensity with Kane's insanity along with terrific imagery.
The tone style in Howard's prose here made me appreciate his writing even more. In Conan it was energetic gusto,in Kull it was dreamy and in Kane it was very fatalistic.
My only nitpick is that Howard was capable of writing some really fun likeable characters like N'Longa but he doesn't use them that much. Hills of the Dead was pure fun with Kane and voodoo bro kicking vampire ass and taking names.It was very optimistic too which was a breath of fresh air.
I love the Crusader/Historical yarns by REH and you can really see how REH expands on that passion with the Conan stories in the Hyborian Age.
The Sword Woman & Other Historical Adventures should still be available:
If you wanna read a collection from cover to cover, I suggest The Sowers of the Thunder (Donald M. Grant Edition). This volume is adorned with the beautiful illustrations of Roy Krenkel (I should also add that Roy Krenkel's introduction is fantastic).
You'll find the following yarns in this volume:
"The Lion of Tiberias" "The Sowers of the Thunder" "Lord of Samarcand" "The Shadow of the Vulture"
I read "The Sowers of the Thunder" long ago and can't praise it highly enough. The finale of "Lord of Samarkand" is one that really stays with you, as Timour, arrogant even while dying, gasps his last wish, that the name of his slayer not be recorded, that none shall be aware the conqueror of Asia was slain by a vengeful renegade.
"The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane," "El Borak," "The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard," and "Sword Woman" are all on my bookshelf now. Naturally. Beside Patrice's "Robert E. Howard Guide" and Mark's "Blood and Thunder." Thumbed and oft-perused.
Considering when it was done and who was the artist, the scripter for Red Shadows was almost certainly Roy Thomas. Glut's run with Kane didn't start until a year later. The DH collection of Kane credits him and I'll be surprised if the Marvel omnibus changes that.
Nice recap overall.
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