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I enjoy Mr. Howard???s works, but this really is not a book. Please note in the summary provided that it states "collection of stories." The problem is that there are only about one or two actual stories and the rest are drafts and unfinished works. There is little to no story lines and minimal character development. I found parts to be interesting, but it is not worth the credit or price. If you are interested in learning more about Robert Howard and his career as a writer this will give you some good information, but if you are looking to enjoy a book it will leave you wanting. Not only is it frustrating to listen to a story lasting only 3 pages with no beginning or end, but at least 1 hour of the audio is the repeat of stories presented earlier.
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If you love Conan and Robert E. Howard's other characters, and are of the 'completionist' ilk, you will want to pick up this collection of Kull stories. The great thing about these collections are that they present Howard's stories unedited, in their original forms -- many of his stories were changed for publication or completed by lesser authors posthumously. Unfortunately, the collection's greatest strength is also its weakness. Its authenticity means that we are presented, especially in this collection, with only a few complete stories. The rest are sketches and fragments of varying entertainment value. It's a confusing soup. As you eat it you will find bites of fantastic flavor and potency, but they come at unpredictable times and only after/between many unsatisfying bites. It should also be noted that the character of Kull and the stories themselves vary a lot; for this reason, it's hard to get a sense of a singular protagonist.
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