Bran Mak Morn: The Last King
Posted 29 May 2005 - 04:44 AM
Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:52 PM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 02:54 AM
Yes, a lot of stuff. This new edition is the reprint of the deluxe Wandering Star hardback, and only the first couple hundred pages are basically the stories from Worms of the Earth. It also has a long Miscellaneous section, and an appendix section. This paperback even has a thirty page fragment not even available yet in the Wandering Star edition! Fully illustrated by Gianni, with some new Gianni sketches in the back, too.
So there are new Gianni illustrations not in the hardcover? Any info on the thirty page fragment? Man, not sure if I want to get this new reprint since I have the hardcover WS edition - but new illustrations and a never before fragment are great selling points...
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 03:34 AM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 07:07 AM
One thing that I like is the images of Howard's own typewritten manuscript and a copy of one of the stories he worked on written out in longhand.
Another bonus is draft version of Worms of the Earth!
And force upon Mankind the Freedom he fears--
And dead gods I will again defy?"
Posted 01 June 2005 - 03:12 AM
Yes, they are publishing a hardcover version in June!
You might want to wait a few weeks and get the Sci-fi book club hardback version.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 12:00 AM
For those of you who haven't read these stories, they cover areas familiar from the Conan tales and also emotional and narrative territory that's 'new': the immense pathos and heroism of the downtrodden, once-great Picts, a different inflection of Howard's work on kingship, a recognizable but deeply torqued historical setting, a less brash hero than Conan but with greater moral strength, savage magic and time travel. You won't understand who the Picts in the Conan stories are, or how much Howard is on their side, unless you read the Bran stories.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 01:24 AM
Allegedly, Bran Mak Morn : The Last King comes out next Tuesday. At least amazon still lists it for then (May 31) when I checked a few minutes ago. But, a few hours ago I purchased a copy at my local Barnes & Noble, here in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. I don't know how long the several copies of the book had been on the shelf, but they weren't there on my last visit exactly a week ago. I stopped in today to purchase something else, and went to the Howard books on a whim. Good choice, there it was! My guess is that someone at Ballantine or the distributor decided it made more sense to get the books in the store for all the shoopers on Memorial Day weekend, than to wait for empty stores on Tuesday. Of course it is possible that my particular store just screwed up, and put Bran on the shelves early, but why not check for yourself at your local establishment?
Sorry, I'm a bit late to this thread, but I just read your post, Speelie, and you're a lucky guy. I also live in Colorado (near Highlands Ranch) and I called the Barnes & Noble by Park Meadows on Memorial Day and they said they had this book in the back but couldn't put it on the shelves to sell until the 31st. I begged and begged but they wouldn't budge. I didn't even bother calling anywhere else because I assumed it would be the same story. I'm thinking the stores in Fort Collins and all of the other places in the country where people lucked out ignored the street date and put it on the shelves once it arrived in their warehouses (these things happen from time to time). I did stop by and pick it up on Tuesday, but it would've been nice to have it to read on a nice, relaxing day off of work, especially since the weather outside was dismal.
Posted 04 June 2005 - 04:44 AM
Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:45 PM
I can't wait...well, I can, but I'm eager to get it.
Posted 11 June 2005 - 01:50 AM
"... you speak of Venarium familiarly. Perhaps you were there?"
"I was," grunted [Conan]. "I was one of the horde that swarmed over the hills. I hadn't yet seen fifteen snows, but already my name was repeated about the council fires." - "Beyond the Black River", by Robert E. Howard
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http://www.scrollsof...d.us/index.html or at
Posted 11 June 2005 - 03:17 PM
Posted 12 June 2005 - 06:17 AM
Posted 12 June 2005 - 06:31 PM
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs - I was a man before I was a king.
- "The Road of Kings"
Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:23 AM
Posted 06 February 2006 - 12:34 PM
There's some good stories in there: Kings of the Night, Worms of the Earth and The Dark Man are all Howard at his best. There's also the first two chapters of a never published before novel that is pretty interesting where a modern man remembers all his past lives as various heroes. It's interesting, but I have no idea where Howard could have gone with it - probably why he only wrote the first two chapters. There's also another story which I didn't particularly like called The Children of the Night which seems to be an excuse for Howard to talk about the "virtues" of racial purity. So there's a nice mix in there and there's some interesting notes by the editor that are well worth a read.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 10:11 PM
Posted 07 February 2006 - 04:42 AM
Burke's intro is awesome & really helpful insights
Bran Mak Morn & the Picts rule!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!