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Solomon Kane or Conan?
Banjo Wants to Know Where to Start Reading Robert E. Howard
© 2021 James LaFond
“Hey James. I hope all is well. I was wondering if I should start with Conan or Solomon Kane in Howard's books? Any advice?”
-Banjo, by Text, September 30 2021
I texted Banjo back immediately: “Kane.”
One reason for the proposed reading order I will give below is to help the modern reader get into some 90-year-old literature. There is a standard set of Howard collections that I will recommend reading in the following order. These are all put out by the same company. I think it is a wandering star imprint that was put out between 2000 and 2009. These are big books that give all of Howard's relevant fragments and stories, sold and unsold, including poetry. I once had all of these books, now gone and will try and remember them as best I can do.
Recommended Reading Order for the Robert E. Howard Curious:
-1. The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane is the easiest to get into as it is set in a historical time essentially between the Age of Piracy
-2. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
-3. Tigers of the Sea, 1970s paperback
-4. Almuric, 1970s paperback
-5. Kull of Atlantis
-6. The Conquering Sword of Conan
-7. Bran Mak Morn, the Last King
-8. The Blood-Stained Crown of Conan
-9. Sword Woman and other Medieval Adventures, the best story being Lord of Samarkand
-10. The Horror of Robert E. Howard
-11. Black Vulmea's Vengeance, a 1970s paperback
-12. El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
-13. Boxing Stories, a University of Nebraska Press collection featuring the tales of Steve Costigan
Haft and Almuric in Print
a well of heroes
Iron Age Raiding Party Stuff
logic of steel
blue eyed daughter of zeus
within leviathan’s craw
america the brutal
songs of aryas
on combat
the lesser angels of our nature
uncle satan
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