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9/10/07 1:26 PM
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I'v read a few of Robert Howard's Conan stories and enjoyed them and wanted to read some of his lesser known work. Anyone on here read his Bran Mak Morn or Kull the Conquerer stories? How do they stack up with his Conan novels?
9/11/07 5:11 PM
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No one has read either story?
9/11/07 7:00 PM
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Edited: 11-Sep-07
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Both very good series, Kull is generally regarded as better written than Conan. I'm buying the re-prints myself as they come out.
9/11/07 7:19 PM
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I read an excerpt of Kull and enjoyed it. How does it and the Bran series differ from the Conan series?
9/13/07 3:44 PM
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Edited: 13-Sep-07 03:47 PM
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Kull predates Conan, Conan predates Bran. Great adventure stories all of them. See, Mark Finn's bio on Howard for a good overview of his work. http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Life-Robert-Howard/dp/193226521X/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-3614916-4748633?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189712634&sr=1-1
9/14/07 7:03 PM
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I didn't realize until recently that Thulsa Doom is actually from the Kull series. I am going to pick up Kull: Exile of Atlantis soon. It's a collection of Kull stories.
9/14/07 8:19 PM
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Yeah Thulsa Doom is from Kull, one of my many pet peeves with the Conan movies were how they varied from the books. I have the book you mentioned, I think you'll enjoy them, Howard had a "history" of the world and all these stories fit into it. Basically, the rise and fall of great civilization pass little noticed, all thatis constant is the indomitable will of man.
9/19/07 6:00 PM
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Not a big fan of Bran Mak Morn - he has the potential to be the coolest of Howard's heroes, but ends up being overly annoying. If you can get through the first couple of crap stories, Solomon Kane is a lot of fun.
9/21/07 5:02 PM
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I'm currently reading Kull: Exile of Atlantis. Cluster, what didn't you like about the Bran series?
9/24/07 10:22 AM
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Edited: 24-Sep-07
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Solomon Kane was cool...sort of like a Conan type character in the days of burning witches...except he didn't bed any wenches. :-( I heard a Solomon Kane movie is in the works. I'm not sure how the idea of a hero who DOESN'T nail the hot chick will work on screen, though.
9/25/07 5:36 PM
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The Mak Morn stories were overly long and devoid of action or concept. Yeah, he's the last of the pure Picts. Picts are like subhumans. Blah blah. I just got the idea that Howard was sitting around, feeling sorry for himself and his thoughts of racial supremacy. Solomon Kane fighting the vampires in Africa - that was great. I even got a kick out of the first couple stories where Kane had nothing to do with them, where he'd be sitting downstairs at the inn when something weird happened upstairs, then he'd show up and be like, "well, I'll be damned." Those had a great sense of humor.

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