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by Patrice Louinet,Justin Sweet,Steve Tompkins,Robert E. Howard

ePub Kull: Exile of Atlantis download
Patrice Louinet,Justin Sweet,Steve Tompkins,Robert E. Howard
Del Rey; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
Action & Adventure
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Robert E. Howard (Author), Justin Sweet (Illustrator), Patrice Louinet .

Kull: Exile of Atlantis.

The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers-equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood

Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. Robert E.

Many folks know Robert E. Howard for his sword & sorcery character Conan.

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 Also included are previously unpublished stories, drafts, and fragments, plus extensive notes on the texts, an introduction by Howard authority Steve Tompkins, and an essay by noted editor Patrice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. Praise for Kull“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life.”—David Gemmell“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”—Stephen King “Howard was a true storyteller–one of the first, and certainly among the best, you’ll find in heroic fantasy. If you’ve never read him before, you’ re in for a real treat.”—Charles de Lint “For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”—H. P. Lovecraft
  • Great foray into Howard's pre-Conan work. Kull of Atlantis was a barbarian king who set the stage for the arrival of Conan. The stories are set thousands of years before Conan's time, but have a similar flavor. Though Kull is physically almost identical to Conan, he doesn't quite seem to have the same lusty appetites; he is often more serious than his successor. Many of the stories deal with plots to take away his throne or his frustration with being king. In at least two of the tales he leads a regiment of his best men on quests for no apparent reason other than boredom or simply to explore the unknown. Howard was finding his voice in some of these stories, but most have the same furious pace as his other work. While some reach a less than satisfying conclusion, the final piece in the volume, "Kings of the Night" - in reality a Bran Mak Morn story with Kull as a guest star - is as fine as anything Howard wrote. Overall not quite as satisfying as Conan, but still worth it for any Howard fan.

  • This book and its companion volume Bran Mak Morn are matching volumes to the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard. R.E.Howard, H.P. Lovecraft ,and Clark Ashton Smith were the three most popular writers in Weird Tales which was one of the most popular magazines in the early days of fantasy and science fiction. Both volumes are beautifully produced large paperbacks. Both contain atmospheric illustrations and supplemental
    material such as previously unpublished stories, drafts, fragments, and more.

    Both Kull, an exile from Atlantis, and Bran Mak Morn, the last king of the Picts, are forerunners of the better known Conan himself. Yes that is the same Conan played by Arnold Schwartzenegger in two Hollywood movies. If you have seen the films, you know something about the stories and characters themselves. For those who are not familiar with any of these stories, all three characters are heroic swordsmen who oppose evil wizards and other menaces, rescue fair maidens, and sometimes become successful rulers themselves. The stories are classic swashbuckling tales: fast-moving stories with plenty of action, adventure, suspense, colorful villains, brave deeds, and mysterious ancient kingdoms. They have helped establish a small sub-genre of fantasy called "sword and Sorcery," and that name defines the nature of the stories. They are what they were written to be: fun. For fantasy fans, I recommend these books as good examples of sword and sorcery fantasy in the Conan style. For those who have not been fortunate enough to read any of these stories yet, I would recommend these delightful books as good starting points. But do be careful: fantasy fiction can be addictive!

  • Kull the barbarian is a king of Valusia and an exile of Atlantis. As king he faces significantly more complex intrigues than Conan, Howard's other famous barbarian-king. Unlike Conan, the emphasis in Kull is on his natural leadership qualities, and kingship rather than Conan's wild adventuring. Kull also surrounds himself with other warrior-advisors like the Pictish Brule, and Tu, who win his trust by helping him defeat challenges to his throne. Kull's world is filled with secret doors, dark cults, assassinations, ancient pacts with alien races, and sorcerers who manipulate space and time. All in all, a fun fantasy adventure series, and surprisingly under rated.

  • Sorry about that, but Robert E. Howard is a bit infectious, which is interesting because I made it to the ripe old age of 48 before getting around to giving him a try, starting just a few weeks ago....

    OK, you can stop staring openmouthed with horror any time now.

    I couldn't really tell you why, but one advantage to coming to him so late is that I got to start out with the real Howard, the raw and unadulterated Howard, thanks to these marvelous and authoritative Del Rey editions. I didn't have to suffer through Bowdlerized editions or attempted completions by somebody else. Because it was the earliest by internal chronology, I decided to start with Kull.

    Introduction by Steve Tompkins: Interesting and useful, especially to a newbie like me. Points out that while Kull was not the first sword and sorcery hero, Kull WAS the first sword and sorcery series and the first American sword and sorcery.

    Untitled Story (previously published as "Exile of Atlantis"): Unfinished fragment? Discarded beginning of the next story? There's no way to know, but this one and only tale of the pre-king Kull is vital to understanding the character. Kull dreams The Noodle Dream and then commits the "crime" for which he was exiled from Atlantis.

    "The Shadow Kingdom": Slam bang beginning! Kull acquires his Pictish allies and friends in time to defeat a Hellish plot to assassinate him. While telling a creepy, disturbing tale, Howard gives a marvelous word picture of a kingdom dripping with unimaginable age. Also reprinted here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows.

    "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune": Creepy little horror story. Kull encounters the eponymous peculiarly entrancing mirrors. Also reprinted here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 2: Grim Lands.

    Untitled Draft: Intriguing fragment that has Kull and the Red Slayers chase a man who has insulted Kull (quite literally) to the ends of the Earth and beyond. Presumably left unfinished because Howard couldn't come up with the "topper" of a climax such a beginning required.

    "The Cat and the Skull": Disliked by many Howard fans, I rather enjoyed it. A somewhat silly beginning is saved IMHO by a marvelous adventure in and beyond the Forbidden Lake. Interesting villain's only appearance unfortunately.

    "The Screaming Skull of Silence": Fascinating little story. "In the grip of a wayward perverseness, a common fault of kings," Kull sets out to do something Really Stupid. Fortunately, bull-headed courage manages to save the day and, wonder of wonders, improve the situation.

    "The Striking of the Gong": Kull's version of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" didn't really appeal to me because it is mostly a philosophical discussion (yawn).

    "The Altar and the Scorpion": Interesting little story in which Kull is only an offstage influence.

    "The Curse of the Golden Skull": Time annihilating horror tale in which Kull is again only an offstage influence. Also reprinted here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows.

    "The Black City" (unfinished fragment): Intriguing concept that unfortunately gets no further than the creepy beginning.

    Untitled Fragment: Unfinished tale by Brule, interesting because of its picture of Pictish government.

    "By This Axe I Rule!": Later rewritten as the Conan story "The Phoenix on the Sword", rousing tale of Kull versus well planned assassination plot; the title is Kull's (and every executive's dream) response to entrenched, brain-dead bureaucracy. Also reprinted here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 2: Grim Lands.

    "Swords of the Purple Kingdom": Another rousing Kull versus assassins story; a lot of fun despite obvious similarities to the previous.

    "The King and the Oak": Short poem about Kull also reprinted here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 2: Grim Lands.

    "Kings of the Night": Thrilling crossover with Bran Mak Morn that is really the latter's story guest starring Kull. Also reprinted here: Bran Mak Morn: The Last King and here: The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows.

    Miscellanea: The "Am-ra of the Ta-an" Fragments -- two poems and three fragments about what is in effect Conan 1.0 as Kull is Conan 2.0, and three earlier drafts of Kull items, useful to the Howard scholar.

    "Atlantean Genesis" by Patrice Louinet: An informative essay that among other things delineates the importance of the "Am-ra" fragments and postulates the literary sources Howard borrowed from or was inspired by.

    Notes on the Original Howard Texts: Thorough (IMHO TOO thorough) notes on the decisions made to assemble these definitive texts. Do we really need a notation every time a spelling or punctuation mistake is corrected? Mostly of use to the Howard scholar.

    Besides being mostly just plain fun to read, the "Kull" stories make for a useful comparison and contrast with the Conan who supplanted him. Now I am REALLY looking forward to reading the rest of this Del Rey series: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time!,The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2),The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 3),Bran Mak Morn: The Last King,The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane,The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows,The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 2: Grim Lands,The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, and El Borak and Other Desert Adventures.