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The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

Auteur(s): Robert E. Howard
Narrateur(s): Paul Boehmer
Durée: 12 h et 37 min
Catégories: Littérature, Historique
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With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more 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 was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination. He was...a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more 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 are all of the stories that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan: "Skulls in the Stars," "The Right Hand of Doom," "Red Shadows," "Rattle of Bones," "The Castle of the Devil," "Death's Black Riders," "The Moon of Skulls," "The One Black Stain," "The Blue Flame of Vengeance," "The Hills of the Dead," "Hawk of Basti," "The Return of Sir Richard Grenville," "Wings in the Night," "The Footfalls Within," "The Children of Asshur," and "Solomon Kane's Homecoming."

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  • Stephen P. Suelzle
  • 2013-09-07

Just as real and absorbing as I remember.

This is just a very preliminary review. I have only immersed myself in the first couple of stories. I just wanted to mention right away how fantastic these stories are. I first met Solomon Kane when I was young by reading comic versions of some of his adventures. I also read some of the original stories, but never close to all of them. Through all these years, he has stuck in my mind as a striking, powerful and steadfast person. He made much more of an impression on me than Conan. The new movie was much, much better than I thought it would be (they really got Solomon Kane right) so I wanted to get to know him again.

So, these stories are fantastic like always. Very well written and so real that to experience them is like watching it happening. They are very supernatural, of course, but in a real way and Solomon is always looking for real solutions and not just the latest stone or cryptic potion to deal with what is going on. The morality is Christian based (he is a Puritan after all), in a universal truth way. Solomon's strength is derived from his courage, and adherence to the right as much as it is his physical strength and prowess. While there might be some talk of god, so far, no preachy stuff about salvation and so on.

I also want to mention the narrator. He is fantastic. He makes me feel like he is as excited by the stories as we are. He has a dramatic, clear way of speaking that really draws you into what is going on. He also does excellent voices, without over acting or reading like he is trying out for an award or something.

I will give more updates later, when I am done or close to it.

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  • Keith C. Parsels
  • 2010-02-20

Well Done

The savage tales of Solomon Kane is, in my humble opinion, Robert E. Howards' best work. The reading by Paul Boehmer is excellent and does not diminish the work in any way.

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  • Charles Laughlin
  • 2016-02-18

Lovely to hear these great old stories read again

Would you listen to The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane again? Why?

I own them and I will listen to them again and again. The problem with some reviewers is they expect too much from golden era pulp stories. Take them as they are. So Howard had antiquated views about African people. So did William Burroughs in his Tarzan series. Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite. Is that any good reason not to listen to the Ring cycle?

What other book might you compare The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane to and why?

These stories are similar to Doc Savage, who some would say was inspired by SK. The archetype here is like that of the Wandering Jew, and of course Howard's great Conan.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator. His African dialect is spot on.

Who was the most memorable character of The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane and why?

Well, Solomon Kane of course.

Any additional comments?

As with any pulp fiction, just take it as it comes and lay back and enjoy. If you are like me, you will wish to hell Howard had written novel-length Kane stories. But alas...

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  • Old ManParker
  • 2014-07-02

Pilgrim of Grim.

Would you listen to The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane again? Why?

Oh yes! These are great action tales with a twist toward the dark! It's Earl Flynn meets Cthulhu! While savage Conan was the birth of "Swords and Sorcery", grim Kane is the birth of "Swashbuckling vs Supernatural"! Leaves you wanting more!

What other book might you compare The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane to and why?

Kane smacks of Robert E. Howard's other horror tales, but with a great dashing and dark caped crusader as the leading man.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Paul was good and clear and deep, and brought forth all the male bravado and creepy chills required.

If you could take any character from The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Wha? That's the dumbest question from an audible review yet! Who wrote this silly thing?

Any additional comments?

A great book, and a wonder flu listen. I was promoted to go out and watch the recent film of Soloman Kane, and they did a fine job, great monsters, beautiful art direction, fine acting, however, the film got a tad too grim I thought. When Robert E.Howard's hero beat evil, you felt completely validated by justice and righteousness. The movie dips a bit down the sado-masacistic scale for me, and you end up feeling like you need a good wash.

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  • Joseph
  • 2010-08-21

More incredible prose from Howard

....when i listen to these stories...i am not only captivated by his eloquent phrasing,i am stunned by the intense brutality.....Howard manages to infuse these into stories that "smarten" primeval warfare and fights and make you lust for more....Solomon Kane is one heck of an imposing yet gentlemanly and yes kindly soul...he will however not hesitate to bisect you from shoulder to groin with his Rapier if you are proven evil or have crossed him...magnificent author and truly genius storytelling............

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 2020-06-12

adventure fiction

Solomon Kane is a wonderful book and narrated very well. I grew up on these kinds of books along with Conan the barbarian.

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  • TheObsessedReader
  • 2020-01-10

Pleasantly surprised to learn Solomon Kane was from Robert e Howard.

I grew up loving Conan, the two Arnold ones, and the newer one. Even did whatever I could to get the comics, and collections of Roberts Conan books. So I jumped all over this!

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  • D. Morse
  • 2019-12-18

More Potential Than Execution

I finished the Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. They weren't Conan and you could tell this was earlier in Howard's career when he was both trying to find his voice and trying to write to what would sell, but there's a lot of potential there and some genuinely good stuff. Favorite Story: "Hills of the Dead." It's the start of Kane's wanderings in Africa and does two things really well. It re-introduced N'Longa from the first Kane story, and his humor is a welcome relief to Kane's somberness. It also gives Kane a larger range of emotions than most of the other stories. My favorite part is when Kane realizes that he and an innocent woman are trapped in hills overrun with vampires and, while tending the fire to keep them out of his cave, he prays. He knows that God put him there for a reason, but is frightened and unsure of how he, one man, will fight hundreds of vampires. It's a genuinely human moment that is, unfortunately, too rare in these handful of stories. Runner Up: "Wings in the Night." Kane tries to protect a village of Africans from a band of harpies that are plaguing them. He doesn't succeed, and we are instead given a look into his cold vengeance. Unlike Conan, Kane loses sometimes, and when he does his guilt and sorrow end up propelling him toward more adventurous acts. Further, Kane is a "hero" in the truest sense of the word, driven to seek out wrongs and right them. His character complexity comes out more when he is forced to confront his own fallibility, and Howard also uses the story as a way of exploring the concept of vengeance writ large. Least Favorite: This is sort of cheating because it was a story fragment that was "finished" by somebody else, but I'm going with "Hawk of Basti." It starts off promising, with Kane running into an old acquaintance named Jeremy Hawk while in the African jungle. Hawk had set himself up as king of a local tribe who eventually turned on him because he was an asshole and, in the end, with Kane's help, he becomes king again. Not only is helping Hawk counter to Kane's moral sense, but Howard makes it clear that Kane doesn't like the guy, so the abrupt ending where Hawk wins and Kane does nothing is unsatisfying. Moreover, the story hints at a history that Kane had as a privateer who often sailed with Hawk's more pirate-y leaning character, and contrasted with the stoic Puritan we get now, it would have been interesting to see that. Coolest idea: Kane's Juju Stave. This is a magic stick with a cat's head on top and a pointed end that N'Longa gave Kane. As the stories progress, we learn more about its history, how it can repel and kill the supernatural, and Kane's own connection to it. Unfortunately, Howard didn't write enough stories to go further into this talisman, so I hope he gets a comic now that Marvel is determined to explore every corner of the Howard property license. All in all, I think these stories were good, but hamstrung by how early in his career they were written and how few there are of them. Jake Tessler had 5 more years to flesh out his Solomon Kane than Robert Howard did for the Puritan knight, and that shows. That all being said, I did enjoy these stories quite a bit and am excited that a new novelette about Kane is being serialized in the Conan: Serpent War comics from Marvel. I hope it's enough to give the wandering hero a new miniseries or even ongoing.

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  • Phillip Joe Fitzsimmons
  • 2019-11-07

Great stuff

Howard gives the reader a sword, gun, fist fighting Puritan who travels the world to avenge transgression against the weak and Innocent. Interestingly, he doesn’t know why he does what he does.

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  • Shane Hensley
  • 2019-07-04

Lifetime fan of Howard and Kane

Solid narration. If you're a Howard fan, or a fan of "willpower" heroes, you will love Solomon Kane.