Reviews by Daniel Lin

The Hour of the Dragon

by Robert E. Howard

The hour of the dragon, one of the finest tale from the Conan chronicles. Written in the 1930's it is outdate Lord of the Rings. Robert E. Howard did a stunning job in creating one of the most famous character in genre of fantasy.

Out of the original 26 short stories of Conan written by Howard, Hour of the Dragon is the longest, itself is a book instead of a short story. The story is loosely based on other stories in the Conan chronicles such as:Scarlet Citadel, Phoneix on the Sword.etc..

Howard's writing is lively, colourful and descriptive. Despite the casual hints of sexism. However the reader should keep in mind that the book was written in the 1930's, when sexism was racism was norm to the society. Even though by today's standard, the story and its depiction of such discrimination could be controversial, however Howard's creative imagination and transending writing style is still as fresh, exiciting as ever.

Do not discredit the entire Conan chronicle because of these imperfections. When one looks beyond these flaws the Conan chronicles truly stand out as one of the best fantasy character in the genre.

Do not miss this one!

Reviewed on 2008.07.08

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