King Kull

King Kull Contains PrologExile of AtlantisThe Shadow KingdomThe Altar and the ScorpionBlack AbyssDelcardes CatThe Skull of SilenceRiders Beyond the SunriseBy This Axe I Rule The Striking of the GongSwords of th

  • Title: King Kull
  • Author: Robert E. Howard Lin Carter
  • ISBN: 2730400338
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contains PrologExile of AtlantisThe Shadow KingdomThe Altar and the ScorpionBlack AbyssDelcardes CatThe Skull of SilenceRiders Beyond the SunriseBy This Axe I Rule The Striking of the GongSwords of the Purple KingdomWizard and WarriorThe Mirrors of Tuzun ThuneThe King and the OakEpilog

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    1. Read by Todd McLaren & downloaded from my public library. You rock, Library! The introduction by Steve Tompkins is long, over 30 minutes. Almost immediately, he puts down ERB's John Carter. He said something about Carter's ego being so big that Helium, the city he rules, is well named. Seriously? He crapped on ERB's character?!!! I'll bet most Kull & Conan fans like John Carter, too. I do, although not as much, but that's just unnecessarily rude. It's not a contest about whose sword is b [...]

    2. I first read Howard's Kull stories on a trip home from college one Christmas. My brother had picked up a used copy (a very used copy) of a paperback collection, which was falling apart in my hands as I read.My initial reaction was one of disappointment. Perhaps, at that time, I was looking for a more Conan-like story. Whatever the case, when I was building my GR library, I gave these stories but 2 stars. I'm glad that I took advantage of a SF Book Club sale to pick up this reissue of the series [...]

    3. “You have power, Kull,” said he, choosing his words with more care than he did in the council rooms of the nation, “to make yourself mightiest of all kings, and restore some of the lost glories of Valusia. So. I care little for Valusia—though the women and wine be excellent — save for the fact that the stronger Valusia is, the stronger is the Pict nation. More, with an Atlantean on the throne, eventually Atlantis will become united—”Kull laughed in harsh mockery. Ka-nu had touched [...]

    4. Good reliable sword and sorcery. Kull the barbarian king of Atlantis kicking butt and having his scribe take names.In the introduction of the book our organizer of stories goes to great length to tell us that Kull isn't really Howard's warm up for Conan. Look I know I don't have a degree and I'm not an authority but at least to a certain extent I have to disagree. Kull is where Conan goes. There is a more complete feeling (for me at least) in the Conan stories.Still this is a good read and like [...]

    5. Several years ago I began what has become a tradition in my reading life. At the beginning of the year I start a new volume in the excellently produced Robert E. Howard collections (Del Rey) reading a single short story/novella each Saturday morning, usually before the rest of the family gets out of bed. It’s a sort of “me” time. I get through an entire collection over about three months and really feel like I absorb the stories rather than just reading one right after the other. This year [...]

    6. Here we are again; another installment of Dangerous Dan's Book Reviews, because after all, you can only hide from the law in a brothel for so long before the girls start demanding payment for services rendered.Today I'll be reviewing a short story entitled Kings of the Night by the one and only Robert E. Howard. Kings of the Night can be found in both Kull: Exile of Atlantis and Bran Mak Morn: The Last King. That's because it stars both of the title characters."How can that be?" you ask. Kull li [...]

    7. Good reliable sword and sorcery. Kull the barbarian king of Atlantis kicking butt and having his scribe take names.In the introduction of the book our organizer of stories goes to great length to tell us that Kull isn't really Howard's warm up for Conan. Look I know I don't have a degree and I'm not an authority but at least to a certain extent I have to disagree. Kull is where Conan goes. There is a more complete feeling (for me at least) in the Conan stories.Still this is a good read and like [...]

    8. First time reading this volume but I have read most of the Kull stories at one time or another before. What I do like about this is that all the fragmentary stories, poetry, and many drafts are all brought together into one place for everybody to see. In the appendix there is an essay by Patrice Louinet called "Atlantean Genesis" which talks about the development of Kull from Am-ra and how over time as Howard became estranged from writing Kull stories you see Kull evolve into Conan. This volume [...]

    9. Well, this is certainly one for the Howard completists. Not that it is only such readers who would be interested in this. It is also great for those who just want to read about another of Howard's characters, those who want a change from Conan, although of all of them Kull is probably the most Conon like. If one ignores the various incomplete fragments and unfinished drafts, most of these stories are top notch, up there with his best work.These are stories of Kull, of Atlantis, barbarian and sav [...]

    10. Howard's stories about Kull of Atlantis are generally more reflective than his better-known Conan tales, and have an air of melancholy that, personally, I think contrasts well with the more conventional "hack-and-slash" elements.Although Kull's world is not as fleshed out as Conan's Hyborian Age, this works to the tales' advantage, as it adds to the age-lost mystery and atmosphere of degeneracy of a world in its last throes, about to be washed away by geological upheavals, a slate wiped clean re [...]

    11. Kull was Robert E Howards pre-Conan sword and sorcery character so you could make a case that Kull is where the fantasy genre began. Kull follows a formula similar to the Conan stories where the stories often resemble horror and/or Lovecraft stories as much as fantasy. However Kull, while similar to Conan, is a very different character also. He is more of a silent brooding character than the more wild barbaric Conan. Through might Kull has become King of a mighty empire but must deal with consta [...]

    12. A collection of some of Howard's earliest stories. "The Shadow Kingdom" is a masterpiece (and worth reading the closing essay to understand what Howard was doing with this story and it's relationship to the Biblical Saul). The remainder of them are erratic in quality but interesting as a window into the past as Howard develops the vibrant style that would characterize the Conan stories. The inclusion of "Kings of the Night" only highlights the contrast, as it is a later story featuring two other [...]

    13. This Lancer edition has cover art by Frazetta & all the original Howard fragments finished up by DeCamp & Carter (I think). I read this first & always liked their take on the stories the best. Kull is a predecessor to Conan - the same kind of guy. He's a barbarian that took over the country by his honor & fighting skills. One story is almost identical to a Conan story - the one where the king is attacked in his bed chamber & kills them all. He stands sorely wounded with an ax [...]

    14. There were times when I've liked Kull as a character more than Conan. He seems more thoughtful at times, but overall there's no doubt that Conan is a more consistent, and in that sense more believable, character. Still, it's nice to have this collection of all the Kull stories, as well as some fragments and drafts, because it shows us a lot about the development of Howard's characters across his writing life.

    15. "Kull: Exile of Atlantis” is Del Rey’s collection of all Robert E. Howard’s Kull yarns, given life not only by the author’s vivid writing, but also illustrator Justin Sweet’s magnificent artwork. Kull, a barbarian, and exile of Atlantis that is later to become Valusia’s most fabled King, is often cited as a Conan prototype and literary forerunner – which is indeed true as, ironically, the last Kull story – “By This Axe I Rule!” was later rewritten as “The Phoenix on the Swo [...]

    16. Kull seems to be something like a blueprint for the later Conan. He is a barbarian but unlike Conan he does not try to solve everything with his sword. He uses his brains and one can almost feel his disgust with all the plotting and scheming around him that will only make him react with more force and more blood spilling. [return]He can easily be put aflame by disrespect of others and then there is no way that he will cool off without taking his revenge (in one tale he is even ready to go to the [...]

    17. Except for the introductory story "Exile of Atlantis", they all operate consistently and common themes repeat. Kull is king, and trouble either comes to him or he goes looking for it. A young couple wish to marry despite social barriers. Kull stands on the brink of otherworldly knowledge.I wonder if Howard ditched the character because the stories were running out of gas. The Conan series as he originally wrote them had greater diversity in terms of plot and setting.

    18. I have always loved Robert E Howard from the time I found my older brother's Lancer books when I was a child. Conan was of course a favorite, but my imagination was always captured by the Atlantean King Kull, a barbarian who rule the fabled kingdom of Valusa back in the dawn of time. Kull was a more intellectual hero than Conan, always brooding about the metaphysical world, but still ready and able to swing a sword in order to crush a tyrant or kill a wizard who threatened his rule. I bought thi [...]

    19. The Kull stories tend to be somewhat overlooked in the wake of Conan and Solomon Kane and some of Howard's other work, but they're good, interesting adventures. Kull tends to be more introspective and less consistent than Conan, and his character is never quite as clearly defined. This comprehensive audio version is comprised of ten discs, including a lengthy introduction and afterword, and draft versions as well as the final versions of some of the stories. It's good for completists, but those [...]

    20. Out of the various heroic incarnations Howard produced in his short but fruitful career, Kull is a bright spark that comes and goes all too quickly. Only three Kull stories were ever published in Howard's lifetime, so to read a collection containing unpublished works starring him is a real treat. Kull is like Conan in a lot of respects, but bears a philosophical side that gives him a more brooding aspect. I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys swords and sorcery fiction, combat scenes, [...]

    21. Kull is often considered a mere prototype to Conan and while the story 'By this Axe I Rule' was indeed rewritten as a Conan story the Kull stories are still very much their own thing. They're less action-oriented and more focused on intrigue, mystery and philosophy, and the setting itself is entirely alien and not based on psuedo-historical precursors to ancient and medieval states like Hyboria. In the essay 'The Hyborian Age' however it is described as a precursor to the Hyborian world, but thi [...]

    22. Not as good as the last time I read it, but I'm not sixteen anymore. Robert E. Howard was like the Grandma American fantasy: primitive and self-taught, but energetic and primal.

    23. This is a pretty good collection of stories featuring a very entertaining character. Kull, as the title states, is an Atlantian exile, but one from an age when Atlantis is a barbaric continent rather than a hyper-advanced one. He has travelled to the mainland and become king of Valusia, the greatest of the ancient and decadent Seven Empires, but being a barbarian, Kull spends as much or more time fighting people as he does actually ruling. Kull is, of course, a sort of prototype for Conan, but h [...]

    24. Read about half of this as a fill-in while waiting for holds to come in at the library. Holds came in, so I'm not finishing. Most of these stories were not published during Howard's lifetime, but, to be fair, that's only because they are not very good. If you are familiar with Conan or Solomon Kane stories, you know that they vary pretty widely in quality. These are worse than all of those. "The Shadow Kingdom" is the exception--it moves quickly and sets up a really cool and interesting scenario [...]

    25. Though some of the entries are good Weird Adventure fiction, it's best to appreciate this collection of Kull stories in the context of Howard's other work, particularly his most famous, the Conan stories. While Kull is sometimes entertaining in his own right, he and his loyal retainer Brule are certainly prototypes for Conan. It's interesting to see Howard work through the psychological, cultural, and metaphysical ideas that interest him. The weirdness of some of the tales, such as Kull fighting [...]

    26. It is clear that Kull is Howard's earlier creation - the world in which he lives is not as well defined, the stories he takes part in all deal with pretty much the same topics, and there is a sense of the author trying out different things and not really deciding on what the character is supposed to be doing. However, make no mistake - this is not only proto-Conan (despite some strong similarities), Kull is a character in his own right, with his own motivations and philosophy.The Kull stories ar [...]

    27. While some view Kull as a precursor to Conan, it is clear from these stories that he is very different from Howard's later creation. Although a barbarian by birth, Kull is more brooding, more troubled by the immortal questions of man. These stories are also more experimental than the Conan stories, which were written when Howard was more experienced. Some of the plots are more awkwardly handled than Howard's better stories, but a few of the stories rank among Howard's best. This volume includes [...]

    28. Kull is great, as most fantasy stories about heroes ( Conan, Luke Skywalker etc) are on their quest and swear they will some day seize/ free a kingdom by the sheer power of their sword arm and noble heart.Kull is on the theme of 'Okay, you've seized a kingdom. Now what?'Kull has lots of swordplay, monsters and adventure, but there is also political plotting, and the burden and details of actually running a kingdom.It's an attempt at a slightly more mature theme than in most traditional fantasy n [...]

    29. Is it Conan with a different name? Not quite, close, but not exactly. Kull has a bit more tact, and seems just a tad more vulnerable. It is a setting which encompasses Atlantis, so my opinion may be bias. I liked Howard's Kull books. In regard to the writing itself - see my Conan anthology review

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