CONAN THE GLADIATOR
by Leonard Carpenter. Tor 1995.
[ Conan as a 'circus wildman' + a hired 'gladiator /thug']
This whole story is trivial, limp, boring + ridiculous.
it features weak, wimpy Stygians allowing Corinthians [in roman style] to run their capital city like an ancient 'las vegas' entertainment complex.
this book bears NO resemblance to 'Conan', or Hyboria, Stygia, or even 'sword + sorcery'!
conan is unbelievably naive, dull, slow + stupid in this very silly wimpy farce. there are NO supernatural elements + NO magic /sorcery at all in this dull, pathetic, pointless tale!
the 'climax' is just a big accidental stadium collapse + flood, while a confused silly conan tries to avoid fighting anyone!?!
rating= 0 of 5. a complete waste of paper! avoid.
[ WORST attempt yet. except for 'Relentless' by r green ]
i must use carpenters own words as i ask -
" by Crom's scratchy linen clout!"
WARNING ! . this book will damage your... -
This is BEYOND "crap on a crap cracker" status. I simply can't understand why some people like Carpenter.
I'm glad he hasn't had a writing career in the last 20yrs.
The novel takes a pi$$ on Howard's conception of Conan and the Hyborian Age in almost every conceivable way.