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I d like to have been able to give this 5 stars but for various reasons I can only go 4 I first read this book in spurts some years ago The stories and the character I ve known for many ears Having discovered Conan back in the dark ages of my youth I spent time searching out many of REH s works Back in the late 60s and 70s there were many reprints and collections of stories based on Howard s work.I like Howard and I like most of his fantasy charactersthough I never really got into his sports stories, westerns and so on I suppose to Howard purists that may disqualify me as an actual Howard fan, but I ll try to bear up under the disappointment Sigh So, anyway having read Conan, Bran Mak Morn, Kull, etc I also read Solomon Kaneand I like the stories.This book includes all the stories plus poetry and fragments of stories I think possibly to the modern reader the style of the writing here may come across a bit florid The long spooky speeches by wizards, witch doctors and so on can go on and on a bit Still the stories are dark and full of blood tinged with black magic for our hero to battle.I do want to put a warning in here as I have to do for many books of the era and before These stories are decidedly not PC and there are words and attitudes here that I m sure some will find offensive Be aware of that going in and take as you care to I think most will be able to enjoy the stories as stories but the attitudes shown will be hard to take for some and will often have to be set aside.So, why 4 stars Lots of nostalgia for me as I read these young but I find I m not quite as enthralled by these as I was before A bit sad I suppose But still good book and good stories, sort of horror action adventure if we need to tag them. Aug 4, 2014Best known as the creator of Conan the barbarian, pulp era giant Robert E Howard enriched literature with several other memorable series characters, including Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Dark Agnes de la Ferre and Solomon Kane This volume collects REH s entire Kane corpus nine short stories, three narrative poems one of which exists in two variant forms, both of which are included here , and four partially completed story fragments, of which we have the beginnings but not the endings The 1968 posthumous collection Red Shadows, published by Donald M Grant, was almost as comprehensive, lacking only one fragment and having only one version of the poem Solomon Kane s Homecoming but only 896 copies of that collection were ever printed Seven of the stories were published in the years 1928 1932 the other two, and all of the poems and fragments, were first published posthumously The selections are arranged mostly in terms of how they appear to fit into the fictional chronology of Kane s career the geographical settings range from England to France to sub Saharan Africa, and the time period is the late 16th century my initial impression was 17th century, but REH establishes the Elizabethan date in a couple of selections So far, I ve read the entire book except for the story Wings in the Night and one version of the Homecoming poem.Kane is a brilliantly conceived and masterfully drawn character a restless adventurer and world class swordsman with a passionate hatred of injustice and cruelty, who s also a devout Puritan though not a plaster saint He willingly embraces a felt duty to protect the weak and innocent against the outrages of the strong, and will go the second mile and third, fourth, and thousandth to implacably hunt down and punish those responsible for outrages that he comes across he interprets this, in terms of his faith, as a divine calling, though the author suggests that the cause is already there in his psychological makeup even without the religious justification I completely disagree with reviewers who regard this as a negative personality trait, and find no justification for their position Yes, he s as tough as nails, and has the moral toughness to accept responsibility for taking human life on a regular basis without going insane But he doesn t revel in violence or look for excuses to inflict it, doesn t convict the innocent, and has compassion even for the guilty his moral indignation over atrocities that deserve it is real, not a pose, and he s as gentle with the innocent and victimized as he is ferocious with the victimizers Personally, if I m affronted by anybody s behavior, it s by those who murder, rape and rob for their own recreation and pleasure not by those who seek to stop them REH himself had no particular religious beliefs that we know of, and no innate sympathy with those of his character, whom he often calls a fanatic nor, probably, much real knowledge of what Puritans believed, given the fact that he has Kane address one villain as offal of Purgatory so it s to his credit that he was able to present a deeply religious protagonist as sympathetically as he does.Howard s writing included both speculative and straight historical fiction, and both can be found here Most of the completed stories and one of the poems have supernatural premises, but The Blue Flame of Vengeance which was originally published as Blades of the Brotherhood and The Moon of Skulls are straightforward tales of action adventure, with the hero pitted against purely natural dangers In the case of the story fragments, it s hard to tell how the author planned to develop any of them, because they re too short and incomplete littlethan a single page, in one case In that sense, they can be frustrating But they re also fun to read, as far as they go and I d love to see a modern writer complete them.I ll writeafter I ve finished the book, which I hope to do early next month Aug 22, 2014I decided to finish this book, and review it, this week, since I was nearly done with it Next week, I don t expect to have opportunity to write any reviews so this schedule will slightly reduce the crush of reviews I expect will be ready to be written early next month.The story I read this time slightly out of order was Wings in the Night This one, though set in Africa, draws on Greek mythology and gives it a science fictional rather than supernatural explanation All of the completed stories are, IMO, well crafted, with original and varied premises capable plotting excellent prose style REH is one of a handful of writers I personally particularly admire as stylists, considered apart from any other quality of their writing a solid good vs evil theme, with a recognition that mankind s enemies are the monsters in his own heart and without a strong, kick butt hero I could like and admire, who makes sound moral choices and stands up for others and the kind of exciting adventure, often supernatural jeopardies and violent action that draws me and other readers to pulp style fiction in the first place Kane s a very compelling, fascinating character I actually like him better than Conan presented with intriguing glimpses of a rich back story that it s a pity Howard didn t live to explore and I appreciate the fact that the author treats the character s faith respectfully though not very knowledgeably Kanes s reflections in Wings in the Night about evolution would be unrealistic for a 16th century Puritan In the several stories set in the Africa of that day, Howard evokes the Dark Continent s physical setting muchrealistically than Burroughs does in the latter s Tarzan series The speculative fiction elements in several stories are a plus for me but the common denominator of the tales is the action adventure motif and the antique setting, which is reflected in my Goodreads shelving decisions.Since the African stories often bring Kane into contact with blacks, a word is warranted about Howard s racial attitudes and language the latter is at times definitely insensitive, and the former were shaped by the Darwinist pseudo science of his day, which was unashamedly racist Virtually all of the insensitive language is in REH s own narrative voice, not Kane s dialogue One reviewer took special exception to the observations near the end of Wings in the Night, with the comment the dark skinned peoples fade and the paean to the indomitable fighting prowess of the Aryan barbarian Howard also has a tendency to treat his non European characters including the Semitic stocks in the fragment The Children of Asshur as part of a mass that blindly shares a tribal or ethnic national character, rather than as individuals who have their own qualities and make their own moral decisions All of these attitudes are particularly part of the science he learned in school Anthropologists of that day expected the less fit races to die out, and saw the Aryan especially Anglo Saxon stock as the fittest, destined to inherit the earth in good Darwinian fashion They also subscribed to theories about national character and glorified the warrior tradition of the historic Aryan cultures as a societal ideal of manliness It s important to note, though, that in practice, Howard s racial messages here are mixed Not all of his black characters exhibit bad traits, and some exhibit perfectly positive ones The shaman N Longa, whom Kane comes to respect and appreciate as a friend and ally, is a figure who s subversive of both the writer s and the readers racism Kane recognizes his common humanity with the blacks, and never treats them invidiously indeed, he ll fight for them as readily as for whites And his attitude toward the slavers in The Footfalls Within is as justly morally outraged as the reaction of any of us would be.Another word is in order about Howard as a poet This is actually my first real experience with his poetry, and this is only a tiny sample of what was actually a considerable body of work But on the basis of it, I d say he was a poet of first rank ability, who hasn t gotten nearly his due from the critical community big surprise NOT My reaction is influenced by the fact that I prefer rhymed and metered poetry which his is to free verse, and particularly like poems that tell stories, as these do But even apart from that, I think these poems are wonderfully evocative of real emotion, and have a genuine aesthetic quality I d rate them with the best early 20 century poems I ve read.Gary Gianni is credited here as the illustrator His black and white drawings a few full page which pepper the text enhance it greatly but his role here was actually apparently that of originator and editor of the book, and he did a great job in that A couple of other features add to the collection s value for Howard fans Lovecraft s In Memoriam Robert Ervin Howard, reprinted from Weird Tales, and a Short 14 page Biography of Robert E Howard by Rusty Burke This latter doesn t add to the picture presented in Blood and Thunder The Life and Art of Robert E Howard by Mark Finn but it would be a good introduction for those who haven t read the Finn book To me, the six pages of notes on the textual criticism of the stories weren t of interest, and I skipped that section but it would be useful for serious Howard scholars If you re a Howard fan, a fan of classic pulp era adventure, or just a reader of adventure fiction in the classic mold, written with taste and skill, this is one story collection you shouldn t ignore Na Fnac h uma sec o que se chama Romance no Feminino , mas n o h a sec o de Romance no Masculino Est mal Pois se houvesse, o Salom o Kane estaria l , e eu analis lo ia mais atentamente antes de o trazer para casa.N o gosto de romances s com beijinhos mas, tamb m n o gosto de romances sem beijinhos e este Salom o,estranha mistura de Puritano e Cavaleirodedica se apenas a manter a justi a e a proteger os desvalidos a fio de espada.Depois da introdu o desnecess ria e mentirosa, pois tenho este livro h anos de um tempo antes da Grande Invas o das Rosas Algemadas e em mi da lia livros de cowboys , vamos l ao que interessa Este livro relata as aventuras do her i, criado h quase 100 anos, por um dos pais da literatura fant stica O misterioso e valente Salom o Kane sempre armado de espada punhal pistola luta com almas penadas dem nios vampiros e outras coisas horripilantes E fez me sonoEstou convencida que se eu n o me tivesse empanturrado com outros autores do g nero Tolkien, Martin, Brett cujos enredos e personagens t m muito mais apitos , teria apreciado melhor Howard Com um grande sentimento de culpa, e porque o li por alto, dou lhe duas estrelas baixinhas. The dark hero Solomon Kane leads us into the world of ancient secrets and the monsters that live in the jungles of Africa With his loyal pistol, rapier and Ju Ju staff opposes the vampire queen, damned creatures, evil men, and evil that is hiding in the old cities and ruins Always on the side of good, he helps those that attack these dark forces, although it often is in perilous situations, with his strength and mind destroy evil in its path Writer story of Conan Robert E Howard, in this book of the guide us through the character Puritan hero Solomon Kane that although brutal with his enemies, always was there to avenge poor and innocent people Although Kane appearance fears evil, evil person is not afraid to attack him, but he has no mercy with the creature of darkness All in all the stories in the book are interesting and the fantasy world of Africa where they are located If you like Conan will surely love and Solomon Kane. I ve been reading Robert E Howard s Conan for 30 years now I remember and still have the Science Fiction Book Club editions edited by the late Karl Wagner and I think any consideration of the best fantasy writing has to include Beyond the Black River and A Witch Shall Be Born, at the very least, but I was never much interested in reading any of the non Conan stories Howard wrote I was always intrigued, however, by what I heard about Solomon Kane a Puritan soldier of fortune who went around smiting the wicked The idea of a fanatic, self righteous, holier than thou Puritan slaughtering the heathen and the un Godly sounded like such a cool idea Recently, I had opportunity to utilize angift card, and purchased Del Rey s reissue of the Kane stories and There s nothing wrong with the stories and fragments in this collection assuming one can get past the racism but there s nothing really right either In short, they re kind of boring The passion and fun found in the best of the Conan stories is singularly lacking in all of these stories, as is the introspection found in the Kull canon And there s far too much exposition this is Howard clearly learning how to write a story so I can only recommend it to a Howard completist and will be gifting my copy to my brother this Christmas I read the Kull stories when I was in college but didn t have the depth of imagination to really appreciate them, and it was only a middle age reread that made me realize Howard s largely unrealized potential as a writer worth remembering The racism is not often worse than what you would find in much of the writing of the period esp in the pulps but Howard does go way over the top in the last paragraphs of Wings in the Night, where he writes Kane stood with the ju ju stave in one hand and the smoking pistol in the other, above the smoldering ruins that hid forever from the sight of man the last of those terrible, semi human monsters whom another white skinned hero had banished from Europe in an unknown age Kane stood, an unconscious statue of triumph the ancient empires fall, the dark skinned peoples fade and even the demons of antiquity gasp their last, but over all stands the Aryan barbarian, white skinned, cold eyed, dominant, the supreme fighting man of the earth, whether he be clad in wolf hide and horned helmet, or boots and doublet whether he bear in his hand battle ax or rapier whether he be called Dorian, Saxon or Englishman whether his name be Jason, Hengist or Solomon Kanep 320 He was a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, andthan a touch of the pagan A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect he was true to his ideals of justice and right Such was Solomon Kane Such was Solomon Kane, indeed.This book rocks As much as I d like to try and sound clinical about this screw it I m not a literary critic, I m just a guy who loves to read, and loves fantasy in particular I already knew I liked REH after I finished the Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, but this collection really cinched it for me The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane is a collection of short stories and poems that focus on Howard s other, not quite as well known hero, Solomon Kane Kane is everything that the quote above suggests, and then some I actually find him to be a pretty interesting character, in that he is so full of contradictions, and also in that he s remarkably self unaware In one of the earliest stories of the collection, Kane is traveling through England, where he comes across a dying girl, the sole survivor for about five minutes of a bandit attack on her village She dies in Kane s arms.Kane proceeds to wage a long guerilla war against the bandits, until it at last comes down to him and their leader The two duel, and the leader escapes, and flees to AFRICA So Kane does what any vengeance obsessed lunatic would do and pursues him There s a wonderful moment where the bandit turns to him and asks him why he s doing this and Kane really doesn t know He just feels like it should be done Witchfinder General, you should read this book Most of the stories in this collection follow a chronology of a sort Kane spends a great deal of time wandering in Africa, following some undefined and undefinable urge to explore Along the way, he encounters all sorts of strange demons and beasts, some of which are almost Lovecraftian in their nature Not too surprising Howard and Lovecraft corresponded, and indeed, were friends There s some neat poetry in the collection too, as well as a few story fragments that I believe have not been published before Seeing the fragments is neat, all though some of them are so long, you wish Howard had finished the damn thing before he died. .Free Book ☫ The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ⚔ With Conan The Cimmerian, Robert E Howard Created Than The Greatest Action Hero Of The Twentieth Century He Also Launched A Genre That Came To Be Known As Sword And Sorcery But Conan Wasn T The First Archetypal Adventurer To Spring From Howard S Fertile ImaginationHe Was A Strange Blending Of Puritan And Cavalier, With A Touch Of The Ancient Philosopher, And Than A Touch Of The Pagan A Hunger In His Soul Drove Him On And On, An Urge To Right All Wrongs, Protect All Weaker Things Wayward And Restless As The Wind, He Was Consistent In Only One Respect He Was True To His Ideals Of Justice And Right Such Was Solomon Kane Collected In This Volume, Lavishly Illustrated By Award Winning Artist Gary Gianni, Are All Of The Stories And Poems That Make Up The Thrilling Saga Of The Dour And Deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane Together They Constitute A Sprawling Epic Of Weird Fantasy Adventure That Stretches From Sixteenth Century England To Remote African Jungles Where No White Man Has Set Foot Here Are Shudder Inducing Tales Of Vengeful Ghosts And Bloodthirsty Demons, Of Dark Sorceries Wielded By Evil Men And Women, All Opposed By A Grim Avenger Armed With A Fanatic S Faith And A Warrior S Savage Heart This Edition Also Features Exclusive Story Fragments, A Biography Of Howard By Scholar Rusty Burke, And In Memoriam, H P Lovecraft S Moving Tribute To His Friend And Fellow Literary Genius La sombra del buitre vale, por s solo, la pena. Since I ve read half of this before as Skull in the Stars, I ll only be reviewing the complete stories I ve yet to read, no fragments.Hills of the Dead Solomon Kane and N Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills Carnage ensues.It s been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories Howard s Puritan adventurer is quite a bit different from Conan but still quite good The staff N Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires were dealt with in the end While I enjoyed this tale of vampires in Africa quite a bit, the racism of the time is quite apparent Wings in the Night Solomon Kane runs afoul of a cannibal and gets drawn into a situation involving harpies As with the previous story, the harpies are quite gruesome and Kane dispatches them ruthlessly It s almosthorror than fantasy.The Footfalls Within Kane gets captured by slave traders More info about his staff is revealed before the caravan runs across an ancient tomb with something malevolent trapped insideOnce again, Howard throws Kane into a horror story, this time an ancient evil from the time of Solomon Of the three stories I hadn t yet read when I picked up this volume, this was probably my favorite.While I like Solomon Kanethan Kull and Bran Mak Morn, I still prefer Conan Still, Kane s stories are chilling adventures,akin to horror than fantasy If you can stomach casual racism of the time they were written in, they re quite good. Standard Howardian disclaimer first Robert E Howard was living in a small town in Texas in the 1920s 30s and writing, very quickly, for pulp magazines, so his stories sometimes feature suboptimal portrayals of people of other races ethnic backgrounds, and ditto portrayals of women if any.Which, given that Solomon Kane is a Puritan adventurer circa 1600 AD, wouldn t seem like it would be an issue, but several of Kane s adventures take him to the heart of Africa, an Africa that wouldn t be out of place in a jungle adventure book or movie of the time, but which has little or no relation to the actual continent and its actual inhabitants at the time.All that said, these are generally pretty great stories grim and moody and sombre, and in most cases although Solomon Kane is as is typical for Howard s protagonists strong, powerful and a dab hand with in this case a rapier or a flintlock, the tales themselves actually play out as horror stories, as Kane encounters such entities as vengeful skeletons, vampire hordes, or flying bat things who remind me of nothing so much as the critters in the movie Beastmaster although spoiler in the Beastmaster movie they re not entirely malevolent.And, of course, there are also plenty of very bad men who go down to red ruin beneath Kane s thundering flintlocks or smashing fists or flickering blade.