[Read] ➶ Conan the Liberator ➳ L. Sprague de Camp – Golanvideoagency.info
Typical A bit army warfare than normal. 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. 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 One of the best non howard conan tales told. 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. 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 anything from 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. Un libro necesario de esta colecci n, como en otras ocasiones, la temporalizaci n es un poco extra a, supongo que ser por orden de publicaci n, este libro est escrito por Sprague de Camp, y cubre una parte imprescindible de la historia de Conan, Howard escribi mucho sobre la vida del b rbaro Cimmerio, desde su juventud como ladr n, hasta su reinado en Aquilonia, pero faltaba el relato de como se convirti en rey, y eso es lo que se cuenta aqu.A pesar de no ser de Howard, se nota que se ha intentado respetar su estilo y esta mas en consonancia con Conan que otros libros de otros autores. A good but conflicted Conan readDe camp turns in a better than average Conan tale unfortunately, in this one, it seems like the author couldn t decide if he was writing a Conan adventure or a military fiction Most of the book reads like Tom Clancy wrote a medieval war story There is enough high fantasy here to keep you entertained and pass the time On the whole, it is light years ahead of most of the lesser Conan pastiche works. 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 before than 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.A heinous 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 little dull 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, and violent 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 finished quickly 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. definitely better than Conan and the Spider God I enjoyed it fairly well Interesting cover painting too.