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Book Title: The Conan Chronicles 2|
The author of the book: Robert Jordan
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Date of issue: 1999
ISBN 13: 9781857237498
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By the power of pastiche - no wait, wrong scantily clad muscle man. That's the problem with pastiches sometimes; they can end up as a pastiche of a whole range of things, rather than the original subject matter. Jordan's Conan often reminds me a bit more of James Bond than actual Conan. Not that there is a huge difference mind; just this Conan seems a little more concerned with hedonism compared to survival sat next to Howard's Conan, who frequently interacted less than people. Or so my memory says.
But who cares. This is Red Blooded Entertainment TM and two of the three stories in this book satisfy greatly. Swords are clashed, skulls are cleaved, round-breasted ladies set to crying out, and great evil averted by Conan's steel like sinews and iron honour. The action is frequent and the prose more purple than Nero's wardrobe. Huzzah. Conan the Triumphant is a fun romp through the hills enlivened by watching our hero try to balance the company of having two lovelies seeking to bonk his brains out in close proximity. Conan the Magnificent is a good mix of intrigue and mad devil worshipping cults.
And there's Conan the Destroyer, the novelisation of a movie where people just wanted to be paid by an author that just wanted to be paid. I could be wrong there but it sure didn't feel so. Apparently the first two appear in a compendium with a different story - that's what I'd buy instead of this with my time again. And I would buy this again. These stories don't quite measure up to Howard's originals, but their human slant and up to date prose makes them worthwhile in their own right. If you like this sort of thing, that is.
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Jackson O'Reilly.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor) in a house built in 1797.
Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason. However, "like his father and grandfather," he preferred not to advertise, possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry. In his own words, "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs."
On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life.
He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.
Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007, and a funeral service was held for him on Wednesday, September 19, 2007. Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St. James Church in Goose Creek, outside Charleston.
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