My wife gave me this book for Christmas, and I tore through it in a couple of nights. Robert E. Howard Stuff is always a lot of fun. If you’ve never heard of him, he’s also the creator of Conan the Barbarian. This is not the kind of stuff you read when you want to ponder the mysteries of life. This is the kind of stuff you read when you want to escape into grand adventure and action.
Solomon Kane is a tall, dark, brooding, traveling-avenger-puritan-swordsman. (How could you possibly go wrong with a character like that?) This book collects Howard’s short stories, poems, and unfinished tales about his travels.
What brought this to mind is that I recently lent this to my brother, and the next day he told me how “totally sweet” it is. He also brought up a point I hadn’t noticed before:
In most of these stories there is a hardened, cruel bad guy. A bad guy who has seen everything. A bad guy who is badder than bad. However, when this bad guy meets Solomon Kane, he will inevitably experience fear for the first time in his life. That’s how awesome he is.
Anyway, it a lot of fun. If you can’t bring yourself to spring for the book, much of this work happens to be in the public domain. You can find many of the stories scattered about the internet. So go read it, it’s way better than any video game.