Wednesday, November 17, 2010

El Borak and Other Desert Adventures - Robert E. Howard

A collection of stories of the swords, guns and Khans variety. Amoral adventurers, spies, and Americans pretending to not be.

The appendix has an in depth discussion of the characters, which is very interesting.

El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Swords of the Hills - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : The Daughter of Erlik Khan - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Three-Bladed Doom - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Hawk of the Hills - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Blood of the Gods - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Sons of the Hawk - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Son of the White Wolf - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Gold from Tatary - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Swords of Shahrazar - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : The Trail of the Blood-Stained God - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : The Fire of Asshurbanipal - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Three-Bladed Doom [novella] - Robert E. Howard
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures : Untitled Fragment - Robert E. Howard


El Borak gets a hand, and gets a bit tied up on a courier mission.

3 out of 5


El Borak still has lots of people after him, but he has a plan. Not to mention a Conan type rescue of a Khan's daughter to pull off. He, however, has guns.

3.5 out of 5


Asian takeover Assassin Tower.

El Borak becomes embroiled in a plot to gain power. Along the way he has a girl in a hashish garden to rescue, a valley of djin to survive, a giant Snow Ape to defeat, and more.

This all leads to the bloody mayhem of a siege, faced by assassins led by a Cossack enemy.

Much carnage, swords, and guns.

4 out of 5


Khan conflict has El Borak bloody angry.

3 out of 5


Dodgy blokes and Arabs bring El Borak gunplay by wellside.

3 out of 5


A dying man's request leads another to seek El Borak's help, and get into a lot of danger.

3 out of 5


A return to roots rebellion has El Borak in the middle of things, but with a spook woman to liven things up a bit more than they already are.

3.5 out of 5



Kindjahl and scimitar work for Kirby O'Donnell in Shahrazar.

3 out of 5


Kirby O'Donnell and fellow adventurers find out who is least principled in the quest for a fabulous idol.

3.5 out of 5


If you suspect a priceless gemstone with a magic-type name may be connected to cthulhoid alien monsters, well, I would suggest that trying to rob your local jewellery store bare-handed is a less hazardous activity than the acquisition of such an artifact.

4 out of 5


This is the novella version of the earlier El Borak novel, with a shopped off ending - it isn't as good.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

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