Conan Re-Read Plans

comingofconanBill and I have been exchanging notes about what to read next following The Coming of Conan. After tackling a whole pile of Lord Dunsany texts and a big stack of Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar adventures we were struck both times by fatigue from reading work by just one writer. We’re not sure we’ll feel that way with REH because many of those Conan stories yet before us are the most sophisticated and polished.

And that’s why we’ve decided to keep on going through the rest of them, even though, as Bill pointed out in one of our recent reviews, most are a LOT longer. We might try splitting discussion of some of the lengthier yarns up over the course of a couple of weeks, but we’ll try not to do that. If the real world gets super busy, we might have to have a catch-up week where we discuss Conan comics or movies or something as we’re reading the next story.

conan blooddy crownIn short, we’re going to keep going, but we’re warning you up front of possible delays. We’ll strive not to let that happen, of course.

We’ve also agreed that we’re not going to look at fragments and outlines, even the really interesting ones.

So, next up is the Del Rey collection The Bloody Crown of Conan, but if you have a different Conan collection, all you need to join in next week is “The People of the Black Circle.” It’s judged by many, including Fritz Leiber, to be among Howard’s very best stories. It’s been so long I simply recall that I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing why.

Oh, and as for long term plans, Bill and I continue to enjoy our Friday re-reads, and we’re thinking about doing some Harold Lamb cossack stories right on the heel of these. In any case, we hope to see you next week with “The People of the Black Circle.”

7 Comments on “Conan Re-Read Plans

    • I think that one would actually be really well suited to be adapted into a movie. Not a direct translation, but you have all the classic components and a conflict that ties them together. A fancy city, a princess, bandits, mountains, sorcerers, and a magic fortress. And it all takes place in two or three days with Conan already a fully established character. No need for some silly origin story. Just straight to business.

  1. Ummm… You guys know that Leigh Brackett’s centennial is about a month away, right? The Hugos ignored that this year (too busy with “important” stuff). A few posts/rereads to honor Leigh could make a nice break before the next Conan volume, I’d think.

    • That’s a great idea. Brackett’s one of my favorites. And maybe we could lure some of these Conan fans who haven’t read her to give her a try. Bill, what do you think? I can jot some notes about HOUR OF THE DRAGON while it’s still fresh. Maybe we can read some Eric John Stark or Sea-Kings of Mars… or both. There are only 3 Stark stories, unless we want to deal with alternate versions.

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