The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ★★★☆☆

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Title: The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Series: ———-
Author: Robert Howard
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

The collected works following the adventures of the Puritan Swordsman, Solomon Kane. From the deepest depths of Africa to the windswept shores of England, Solomon Kane follows wither the spirit leads. Avenging wrongs, rescuing maidens, defeating evil incarnate, Solomon Kane knows no fear, for he is God’s Avenging Sword against Evil.

 

My Thoughts:

Not as enjoyable as the Essential Conan collection I read last year. Part of that was that there just wasn’t nearly as much material for Solomon Kane as there was for Conan. Almost 1/3 of the stories in this book were fragments that Howard had started and then either set aside or just never finished. Thankfully each story that was a fragment had the word (fragment), like that, next to the story name. There were also 2 or 3 poems and I’m just not a poetry buff of any sort.

My biggest problem however, was that Kane was supposed to be a Puritan. While he dresses like one, not once does he act in any way that I recognized as a Godly man. He consorts with sorcerers, uses gifts of magic from a devil worshipper, thinks that men are nothing but higher animals and generally displays no reverence for God. He occasionally mouths a platitude or two about “faith” but what he said could just as easily have come from a Hindu, a Muslim or a Buddhist.

Now with all of that out of the way…

There were some fine pulp stories here. Encountering lost civilizations in the heart of Africa, fighting off a tribe of flying cannibal creatures, torching a city of zombie vampires, fighting a whole crew of pirates, Solomon Kane has the chops to keep you entertained. Everydayshouldbetuesday talked about Solomon Kane back in May and that peaked my interest.

I would recommend this if you enjoyed Howard’s Conan stories and wanted to try something different. However, if you haven’t read any Howard, don’t start with this.

★★★☆☆

 

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18 thoughts on “The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ★★★☆☆

  1. I never knew this was a book… There was a movie some time ago… I kinda liked it at the time…

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  2. savageddt says:

    Sorry ignore Milous text… It was me, did not look at who was logged in… Lol

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  3. I always meant to watch the film but haven’t got round to it yet.

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  4. HCNewton says:

    I’ve been curious about the character for some time, never got around to checking him out. Should think about it (but if I do my paragraph on misuse of Puritan will be 3x as long as yours, easy)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Quite understandable. I’d probably never have checked him out if it weren’t for some other bloggers talking about him.

      And I think that “only” 3 times as long is being quite, um, optimistic? 😀

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  5. piotrek says:

    I enjoyed the style of these pulpy stories. Aged, definitely, but strangely appealing. You’re right – it’s for people who like Howard and want to try sth a bit different 🙂

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  6. It is indeed odd that he barely shows in of his Puritan chops in it. Funnily, I actually remember the trailer for the movie way back when it was announced.

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