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So have you read the Conan stories yet?
Nope, it seems they've suddenly disappedared from Czech Republic when I've started to look for them. I DID get first Dune however :D
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Fenixp: Nope, it seems they've suddenly disappedared from Czech Republic when I've started to look for them. I DID get first Dune however :D

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That makes me very sad. I'm in the mood for some swashbucklery sword n sorcery discussion with a GOGer right now.
So, is Dune good? Is it fun to read?
Have you read The Deathdealer books? There is 4 of them, starting with "The Prisoner of the Horned Helmet"
If you love Conan, you will love these books too. Hard to find, but worth every penny!
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Fenixp: Nope, it seems they've suddenly disappedared from Czech Republic when I've started to look for them. I DID get first Dune however :D

Dune was what hooked me on sci-fi. The original six are fantastic.
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Romulus: Have you read The Deathdealer books? There is 4 of them, starting with "The Prisoner of the Horned Helmet"
If you love Conan, you will love these books too. Hard to find, but worth every penny!

I see "Frank Frazetta"
And I know what I want. me heart Frank Frazetta. Actually, I've never read his stories before - I didn't even know he's a writer. But, I really heart his artwork.
Or, am I getting this wrong? Frazetta just drew the artwork, but the stories are written by James Silke?
The dark setting of Death Dealer is intriguing. Doesn't seem to be very popular though. I can't find a lot of information on it. What are your thoughts on it?
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lowyhong: So, is Dune good? Is it fun to read?

Well, fun to read... It's surely not one of the most read-able books out there, but boy, the story is so clever, so thought-trough - I love it for the most part, so yeah, it IS good :D Pretty awesome actually :D
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lowyhong: I see "Frank Frazetta"
And I know what I want. me heart Frank Frazetta. Actually, I've never read his stories before - I didn't even know he's a writer. But, I really heart his artwork.

Myself included, I have bought several books about his life and know all about his bound relationship to Sword and Sorcery imagery. He utterly defined the paradigms of such illustration and artwork, with hundreds of others following in his wake. Frazetta has to be in the top three of my favourite artists to date.
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lowyhong: Or, am I getting this wrong? Frazetta just drew the artwork, but the stories are written by James Silke?

From what I gather they collaborated on the books, so you can be confident that the 'Death Dealer' (called Gath of Baal) within these pages are what Frazetta envisioned.
Silke has a really heady style and paints with words what Frazetta does with oils. I kid you not, the link is that close. Everything which is conjured up in your mind can easily be seen as paintings with all the style and brutal feudalism like Frazetta's work.
The muscles budge, you can hear every swing, every cleaving of flesh from bone, you can see the chestnut skin of the women and the sunlight; the characters are layered and complex, all with conflicts, but all understandable.
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lowyhong: The dark setting of Death Dealer is intriguing. Doesn't seem to be very popular though. I can't find a lot of information on it. What are your thoughts on it?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the best -brutal- fantasy novel I've ever read, and I'm not kidding when I say I read extensively. It pops, and snaps, its the only book I've experienced phantom smells because the story immersed me so much.
I'm not saying its for everyone, and I think its something about my personal experience with reading it which spoke to me so deeply. I'm saving the last three, a little scared that the rest of the series might let me down, but I love the first book profoundly.
Don't read the 'Death Dealer' comics, its far from the spirit which Frazetta imagined the character. Its boring and contrived; even looking at the first three pages I realised that the writer/artist knew -nothing- of Frazetta as a person, and twisted his work.
I hope that helps that encourages you to at least pick up the first book!
Rommy you should be a salesman. You're a natural at this. I'm putting this down on my wishlist. Here I was, wondering what would satisfy my sword n sorcery cravings (LOTR, Forgotten Realms were too slow, too unimmersive for me after reading Bobby Ervin Howard's Conan). I'm really glad someone recommends Death Dealer so much, because it sounds exactly like the kind of setting I'll look out for
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lowyhong: I'm really glad someone recommends Death Dealer so much, because it sounds exactly like the kind of setting I'll look out for

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I recommend it to everyone who wants anything fantasy.
When you get it, read it, and if you remember, please do tell me what you think.
I'll take the other stuff as a compliment :D
I hope my local bookstores have it. It's a good period to get it too, because we're having the Great Singapore Sale right now
Anyway, do you know of any other good S&S books? Something with as much zest and zeal as Conan and Death Dealer
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lowyhong: I hope my local bookstores have it. It's a good period to get it too, because we're having the Great Singapore Sale right now
Anyway, do you know of any other good S&S books? Something with as much zest and zeal as Conan and Death Dealer

You could try David Gemmel, Simon R Green, Stormbreaker (I think... It's a book about Whiteeyes).
Karl
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Karlallen: You could try David Gemmel

David Gemmell is amazing. I just finished his Morningstar in just TWO days, and I seldom read through books that quickly. I urge all of you to check that out, the protagonist is the epitome of an anti-hero. The narration is almost like watching a movie - very fast paced, very straight to the point, no beating around the bush like most other novels I tried getting into but couldn't. The story didn't start off particularly exciting (partially because Owen Odell is so gay at the beginning), but it picks up pace very quickly. It's....amazing.
Still, not as energetic and zesty as Robert E Howard, but then again, who is? Nevertheless, David Gemmell has caught my attention, and I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of his books