An Age Undreamed Of

Rejoice, for the new Conan movie hits theaters on August 19th, which is only three weeks away!

To be honest, my hopes aren’t all that high that this will be a great Conan movie, as I don’t know that Hollywood is really after doing the character justice in a way that will please Howard diehards like myself. But as a fan of all things Sword and Sorcery (all things that don’t suck in the attempt, that is), I’m hoping this will at least be awesome in that respect. If it is, I’ll be happy.

This, however, does make me happy:

I picked it up at Barnes & Noble yesterday. This is a new edition of Howard stories, obviously hoping to ride the wave of the new movie. I certainly didn’t need it because I have all the stories in various other collections already, but if some young person sees the movie and picks this up, I’m all for it. It’s a solid collection of some of Howard’s best Conan yarns, including:

  • The Phoenix on the Sword (Weird Tales, December 1932)
  • The People of the Black Circle (Weird Tales, Sept-Oct-Nov 1934)
  • The Tower of the Elephant (Weird Tales, March 1933)
  • Queen of the Black Coast (Weird Tales, March 1934)
  • Red Nails (Weird Tales, July-Aug-Sept-Oct 1936)
  • Rogues in the House (Weird Tales, January 1934)

Great stuff. I hope the movie and this book launch another wave of Howard fans to tread the earth beneath sandaled feet. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

I also picked this up, the novelization for the movie. I’ll read it too, grudgingly. Grudgingly because I would prefer if I had written the damn thing.

I’m getting excited for the movie. If it does well, it will make it more likely that this bit of awesome news will become a reality. Here’s to hoping it does!


5 thoughts on “An Age Undreamed Of”

  1. I want to see the new Conan movie. Having watched clips of Jason Mamoa in the Game of Thrones show on YouTube, I have to say, if he sucks as Conan, it’s because he was mishandled. Sloppy CGI could also ruin the movie, but I’m going to give it a shot.

    If this movie does get a new audience to start reading Howard’s wonderful stories, then it’s all good.

    I’m also curious to see how Fire & Ice develops. I wish I knew how to get some The Gates of Slumber music to Rodriguez, because I think they could score that movie without breaking a sweat.

  2. I like TGOS okay, but I’m not a fan of teaming metal with S&S stuff. I prefer the epic orchestral stuff like the Carmina Burana and Wagner in Excalibur, or the score to the original Conan movie.

  3. If they used something epic, that would be great.

    Unfortunately, if I were a gambling man, I’d wager if the movie gets made, the music will be some wretched electronic abomination. Just because machines can make music doesn’t mean they should. I stand by Muddy Waters on that count.

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