Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Conan the Instructor
Being young and impressionable, I read the stories nonjudgmentally. I didn’t know what portions came from Howard, from Carter, or from de Camp. The word “pastiche” wasn’t in my vocabulary. All three names got credit for everything, good and bad.
No one should be surprised, then, that Conan looms so large in my imagination and in my preferences when it comes to FRPs. Conan and Howard taught me many valuable lessons for navigating the worlds of high adventure.
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To my eternal shame, I had never read any Howard stories until last year. What I love the most about Conan is how he (quite literally) cuts through the trappings of traditional Western literature. Conan is uncompromising.ReplyDelete