Thursday, March 29, 2007

Conan the Buccaneer - L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter

An interesting introduction about Sword and Sorcery here by Lin Carter.

"If you are one of those unfortunate few who have never before read a novel of Sword & Sorcery, you are in for a treat. A treat, that is, if you crave to escape for an hour or two from the above features of modern life into a gorgeous, impossible world. For Sword & Sorcery is sheer escapist reading, nothing more. It has no hidden meanings. It offers no handy, pre-packaged solution to any of the world's numerous ills. It has no "ism" or "ology" to sell, no message to put over. It is something remarkable and rare these days.

It is entertainment."

He also goes on to detail how De Camp came late to Robert E. Howard and others, and how Fletcher Pratt got him hooked.

This is actually a fun novel they have come up with. Conan has his own privateer crew, complete with letters of marque.

He has a punchup in a tavern with Black Zarono, and hence misses the priest he was to buy a treasure map from.

Zarono gets the map, and in league with the Stygian sorceror Thoth-Amon sets out to get some artifacts from the temple of Tsathoggu, as well as kidnap a Zingaran princess.

Yep, Conan chased by big froggy Cthulhoid monster in this one.

Piratical shenanigans lead them to the Black Coast, and Conan's old friend Juma. Capture by the black amazon queen, as well.

Of course, a final confrontation with the wizard is to come. Good stuff.

3.5 out of 5

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