Robert Jordan: Conan the Invincible (Conan, #1)

Immensely popular Conan including comic books tons of stories and a number of craptastic movies Tv series Cartoons lolI avoided them because they were very very formulaic Dumb barbarian get sexy woman and kill vil magician and get sexy womanThe original stories weren t thatRobert Jordan of Wheel Of Time fame and a wonderful series it is also wrote in the Conan vein That s this novel And no matter how much I actually like Jordan s writing he wrote for the The Spirituality Revolution expected Conan crowd The myth references were super pedestrian Conan s smarts were missing It was basically anxtension of the Arnold movies And fun ish for what it wasBut me I m not really a fan of pedestrian fantasy Believe it or not lol This is the first time I ve read a non Howard Conan story in at least 10 years Conan the Invincible is a Conan novel by Robert Jordan from before he started his own work with the Wheel of Time series when he was still writing stories about Robert E Howard s character When it was first printed in the 80 s the cover said No one alive writes Conan better than Robert Jordan but he s gone now and the book certainly isn t any better In this we foll Robert Jordan wrote this first Conan book in 1982 and it is a far cry from his later work on the Wheel of Time That being said I do think Jordan does a fair job of portraying the most famous sword and sorcery hero of all time Conan represents an almost unstoppable force with a uniue moral outlook best described as an honorable thief Jordan s battle scenes are bloody and uick men are greedy and dirty wizards are dark and sinister and best of all women are sexy and usually naked Conan the Invincible tells of Conan accepting a job that turns out to be than he Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) expected A strange wizard pays him to steal some jewels from the king of Zamora but somebody beats him to it As he tracks the thieves hencounters a number of interesting characters that ll show up in following novels including Kerala Evil wizards and snake men pose uite a challenge to the young Conan but nothing he can t handleDon t Economies and Cultures expect anything too deep or complicated here and you ll be pleased After the death of Robert E Howard there came a time whenverybody and their brother wrote Conan stories While absolutely nobody came close to the uality of the original the combined fforts of these writers resulted in Conan outgrowing a status of a pulp fiction character and becoming a household name along with Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan Robert Jordan was one of such writers Conan fans state Jordan did not get the character and I agree However it is Robert Jordan we are talking about the writer who created a classic fantasy series second in popularity only to The Lord of the Rings This means reading ven his minor fforts are not waste of time Paperback and others 288 pages and has a text language like English.

This book was a very refreshing read for me It was a welcome throw back to the stripped down raw style of fantasy that I haven t read in a while Although I haven t read any other Conan books to date Robert Jordan really seemed to nail the prominent barbarians character The story is well written of course its Robert Jordan fast paced and has an nergy that will keep you turning pages right up until the very Structure Of The Nucleus end There are otherxcellent characters in the book that I hope will make an appearance in his other Conan novels I will soon be reading most notably Karela the beautiful red haired brigand leader known as the Red Hawk and Hordo the one First Anthology eyed brigand who is Karela s right hand man If you vever read any of Jordan s work or ven if you haven t and just njoy a uick read of some good solid and raw fantasy I would check out his Conan books I have a feeling I m going to Passage Through Crisis enjoyvery one in this series he just left her to languish the barbarianoh he is isn t he Like many pastiches there are some good bits here and there but it s certainly not perfect We have lizard men Science, Technology and Culture evil sorcerers and a couple of love interests one of which is pretty bad ass in her own right for our hero and his mighty thews to What s that Robert Jordan wrote a Conan The guy most famous for a fourteen book series about women rolling theiryes and adjusting their petticoats How on The Road to Einsteins Relativity earth did that turn outWell not great We find our hero in Shadizar some time after the Elephant Towerpisode Expect it s not really our hero A staple of Conan prose is the drawling descriptions of his rolling muscles his panther like gait his cool and level headed assessment of Black Boy every situation Corny homoerotic and absolutely indispensable There is very little of that here He may as well be some guy A very chatty guy who yells No time as he chops up a group of bandits to let them know that he has no time to chop them up But thannough time to play grabass with a fiery tempered virago immediately afterWhich brings us to our next problem Karela the Red Hawk Allegedly a feared bandit captain and a great warrior We get none of that we get PMS Conan s uest is about stealing some gems for some mage xcept not because that mage tried to kill him so he tries to save some slave girl instead or something whatever The author doesn t care and neither should you What the author cares about is putting Conan in the company of a woman who alternately wants to screw and skewer Conan and whines about both in the interim It s not clear why she s in the story at all We have two magicians a military captain five slave girls a serpent God Demon and Conan Surely this is than nough to spin a tale But no as soon as Conan leaves Shadizar on his uest we are burdened with Karela and her band of minimum Popular Book, Conan the Invincible (Conan, #1) By Robert Jordan The.

Age banditos and have to put up with them until the very nd They don t add anything to the plot They neither hinder nor aid Conan in any meaningful way They sure as hell aren t fun to read about But they re thereThen the denouement A common trope of Conan is pitting a man armed with nothing than a biologically infeasible amount of muscles against some Lovecraftian monstrosity and seeing how he comes out in one piece This allows us to see the multifaceted nature of the man his cunning as well as his brawn Here he just sort of blunders in to Amanar s lair and hopes things turn out okay They doWhoop The only redeeming feature is the large amount of tits After reading Warrior of the Altaii I realized that it was time to investigate Robert Jordan s past before Wheel of Time Of course all his 7 Conan books that set him in the realm of fantasy play an important part in this past as they paved the way for the creation of his great work The strange thing is that as I was informed by the introduction of Warrior of the Altaii at first the author refused to write a Conan book as he had been asked to do before the film Conan the Barbarian was released but was ventually convinced to do so with great successIn the first of these books the author does a great job of faithfully following the spirit of the previous books for this famous hero with the raw writing the fast paced plot the abundant supply of sex and violence and generally with all the pros and with all the limitations that this Safe in My Arms entails but that does not mean that we cannot find his own voice in all of this It is of course a typical Conan story who in search of personal gain henters into an adventure and is called upon to fight against superior forces to defeat and to save a poor naked girl from their hands However things get complicated when he meets on his way the beautiful Karela leader of a band of robbers who at the same time becomes his ally and his Presunta colpevole enemy And I say complicated not only about the differentiation that creates in the plot but about the fact that she is a truly complete female character something uite unusual for the genre Of course this is true for most of the characters that we get to know uite well and all of these are part of the greater attention to detail which is of course one of the main features of the author So in thend what we have is a characteristic Conan book xciting and adventurous that has at the same time a noticeable differentiation and maturity Warrior of the Altaii Robert Jordan Wheel of Time 7 Conan Warrior of the Altaii Conan Conan Conan Karela Conan Having recently read all the original Robert E Howard Conan stories and novelettes I was only slightly curious about the HUGE numbers of other writers that had tried their hands at the. Re are many interesting things in this book isbn 0812542258 format.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameRobert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney Jr under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series He also wrote under the names and Jackson O'ReillyJordan was born in Charleston South Carolina He served two tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster the Bronze Star with V and bronze oak leaf cluster and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer He began writing in 1977 He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting fishing sailing poker chess pool and pipe collecting He described himself as a High Church Episcopalian and received communion than once a week He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal who works as a book editor currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor in a house built in 1797 Responding to ueries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason However like his father and grandfather he preferred not to advertise possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry In his own words no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefsOn March 23 2006 Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and that with treatment his median life expectancy was four years though he said he intended to beat the statistics He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative lifeHe began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in early April 2006 Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosisJordan died at approximately 245 pm EDT on September 16 2007 and a funeral service was held for him on Wednesday September 19 2007 Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St James Church in Goose Creek outside Charleston