FUNDAY MONDAY, OR THE BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME SURVIVE THE WEEK AHEAD (AUGUST 27, 2018)

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Another week begins.  I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. While I try to fool myself into being excited about the promise of a new week and the continuation of the regular grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by finally reading a great book . . . or maybe even two!

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kullKull: Exile of Atlantis by Robert E. Howard

Genre: Sword and Sorcery

Series: REH Library #2

Publisher: Del Rey (October 31, 2006)

Author Information: REH Foundation 

Length: 352 pages

In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. From his fertile imagination sprang some of fiction’s most enduring heroes. Yet while Conan is indisputably Howard’s greatest creation, it was in his earlier sequence of tales featuring Kull, a fearless warrior with the brooding intellect of a philosopher, that Howard began to develop the distinctive themes, and the richly evocative blend of history and mythology, that would distinguish his later tales of the Hyborian Age.

Much more than simply the prototype for Conan, Kull is a fascinating character in his own right: an exile from fabled Atlantis who wins the crown of Valusia, only to find it as much a burden as a prize.

This groundbreaking collection, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Justin Sweet, gathers together all Howard’s stories featuring Kull, from Kull’s first published appearance, in “The Shadow Kingdom,” to “Kings of the Night,” Howard’s last tale featuring the cerebral swordsman. The stories are presented just as Howard wrote them, with all subsequent editorial emendations removed. Also included are previously unpublished stories, drafts, and fragments, plus extensive notes on the texts, an introduction by Howard authority Steve Tompkins, and an essay by noted editor Patrice Louinet.

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3 Responses to FUNDAY MONDAY, OR THE BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME SURVIVE THE WEEK AHEAD (AUGUST 27, 2018)

  1. booksofb says:

    I’m a big Howard fan – have this one on my shelf along with a Solomon Kane anthology. Can’t wait to get to them. Cheers, Brian

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    • Bookwraiths says:

      I’m really enjoying this one so far. Certainly some of the stories are incomplete, but Kull is an intriguing mixture of barbaric simplicity and intellectual musing who draws you into his story. Plus, the tidbits of lore about the world are great.

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  2. Awesome! This is the next book up on my REH reread!

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