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• Tellers of Tales - L. Sprague de Camp • Black Lotus - (1935) - Robert Bloch • The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth - (1908) - Lord Dunsany • Drums of Tombalku - (1966) - Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp • The Girl in the Gem - (1965) - John Jakes • Dragon Moon - (1941) - Henry Kuttner • The Other Gods - (1933) - H. P. Lovecraft • The Singing Citadel - (1967) - M • Tellers of Tales - L. Sprague de Camp • Black Lotus - (1935) - Robert Bloch • The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth - (1908) - Lord Dunsany • Drums of Tombalku - (1966) - Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp • The Girl in the Gem - (1965) - John Jakes • Dragon Moon - (1941) - Henry Kuttner • The Other Gods - (1933) - H. P. Lovecraft • The Singing Citadel - (1967) - Michael Moorcock • The Tower - Luigi De Pascalis (Il mago, la torre e il cavaliere 1966) • Afterword - Luigi De Pascalis


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• Tellers of Tales - L. Sprague de Camp • Black Lotus - (1935) - Robert Bloch • The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth - (1908) - Lord Dunsany • Drums of Tombalku - (1966) - Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp • The Girl in the Gem - (1965) - John Jakes • Dragon Moon - (1941) - Henry Kuttner • The Other Gods - (1933) - H. P. Lovecraft • The Singing Citadel - (1967) - M • Tellers of Tales - L. Sprague de Camp • Black Lotus - (1935) - Robert Bloch • The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth - (1908) - Lord Dunsany • Drums of Tombalku - (1966) - Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp • The Girl in the Gem - (1965) - John Jakes • Dragon Moon - (1941) - Henry Kuttner • The Other Gods - (1933) - H. P. Lovecraft • The Singing Citadel - (1967) - Michael Moorcock • The Tower - Luigi De Pascalis (Il mago, la torre e il cavaliere 1966) • Afterword - Luigi De Pascalis

30 review for The Fantastic Swordsmen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I believe this was the last (and in my opinion the weakest) of the swords & sorcery anthologies that de Camp edited for Pyramid Books in the 1960s. The earlier volumes had lovely Virgil Finlay illustrations, and while this one has a nice, colorful Jack Gaughan painting it's just not the same. The table of contents (which, curiously, is on the left side (even numbered page six)) includes stories from H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Lord Dunsany, Henry Kuttner, and John Jakes, but not the best of an I believe this was the last (and in my opinion the weakest) of the swords & sorcery anthologies that de Camp edited for Pyramid Books in the 1960s. The earlier volumes had lovely Virgil Finlay illustrations, and while this one has a nice, colorful Jack Gaughan painting it's just not the same. The table of contents (which, curiously, is on the left side (even numbered page six)) includes stories from H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Lord Dunsany, Henry Kuttner, and John Jakes, but not the best of any of them. There's a Conan story, but it's one that de Camp finished from a fragment that Howard left, The Drums of Tombalku, and it isn't really great. I thought the best in the book, by far, was Michael Moorcock's Elric novella, The Singing Citadel. De Camp was instrumental in establishing and defining the swords & sorcery branch of the heroic fantasy genre (until D & D took over the world), but his other anthologies were superior to this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    A pretty good collection, with stories about Conan, Elak, Brak, and Elric, along with a few new items. Unfortunately, the Conan story is one that L. Sprague de Camp finished from a Howard outline and so isn't terribly strong. There's also a very early story by Robert Bloch, which, while well written, shows his lack of storytelling experience at the time. Contains tales by: Robert Bloch H. P. Lovecraft Henry Kuttner Michael Moorcock, Howard & de Camp Lord Dunsany John Jakes Luigi de Pascalis (translated A pretty good collection, with stories about Conan, Elak, Brak, and Elric, along with a few new items. Unfortunately, the Conan story is one that L. Sprague de Camp finished from a Howard outline and so isn't terribly strong. There's also a very early story by Robert Bloch, which, while well written, shows his lack of storytelling experience at the time. Contains tales by: Robert Bloch H. P. Lovecraft Henry Kuttner Michael Moorcock, Howard & de Camp Lord Dunsany John Jakes Luigi de Pascalis (translated from Italian by de Camp)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Philip Athans

    I happened upon a well-loved old copy of this book at a used bookstore and though I knew I've already read at least three of the stories ("Drums of Tombalku" by Howard & de Camp, "The Other Gods" by Lovecraft, and "The Singing Citadel" by Moorcock) how could I resist? Anyone who knows me at all knows I'm already… let's say… positively inclined toward sword & sorcery adventure fantasy and not a single word of this book disappointed--I LOVED IT! The fact that it was the first publication of Michae I happened upon a well-loved old copy of this book at a used bookstore and though I knew I've already read at least three of the stories ("Drums of Tombalku" by Howard & de Camp, "The Other Gods" by Lovecraft, and "The Singing Citadel" by Moorcock) how could I resist? Anyone who knows me at all knows I'm already… let's say… positively inclined toward sword & sorcery adventure fantasy and not a single word of this book disappointed--I LOVED IT! The fact that it was the first publication of Michael Moorcock's Elric story "The Singing Citadel" and "The Tower"--a terrific little story by Italian author Luigi de Pascalis, translated by de Camp himself--will make it of interest to collectors, too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cail

    The Moorcock and Dunsany stories make this worth picking up for a quick read — the rest are very lackluster. This was my first time reading de Camp's take on Conan. Conan shows-up halfway through and de Camp's writing lacks the vitaliy that was so intrinsic in Howard's writing. The tales by Bloch, Jakes and Kuttner are pretty terrible. Flat characters swimming in a sea of adverbs. The Luigi De Pascalis story is an interesting blip, but I agree with other review — de Camp should not have included The Moorcock and Dunsany stories make this worth picking up for a quick read — the rest are very lackluster. This was my first time reading de Camp's take on Conan. Conan shows-up halfway through and de Camp's writing lacks the vitaliy that was so intrinsic in Howard's writing. The tales by Bloch, Jakes and Kuttner are pretty terrible. Flat characters swimming in a sea of adverbs. The Luigi De Pascalis story is an interesting blip, but I agree with other review — de Camp should not have included the afterword. Skip this and pickup Howard's first collection of Conan stories—"The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian"— through Del Rey and get right into the good stuff. The book itself is a cool little paperback. Solid cover-art.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A Conan story I'd never read before, an Elric story I'd never read before, my first Lord Dunscany story and three Conan clones. A nice time waster of a book. Exotic locales, fierce monsters, beautiful damsels and rugged adventurers that can solve most problems with a sword. A fun read. A Conan story I'd never read before, an Elric story I'd never read before, my first Lord Dunscany story and three Conan clones. A nice time waster of a book. Exotic locales, fierce monsters, beautiful damsels and rugged adventurers that can solve most problems with a sword. A fun read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Fantastic Swordsmen by L. Sprague de Camp (1967)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Coons

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fletcher Vredenburgh

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leothefox

    It's an uneven collection, like most, but it did introduce me to John Jakes and Henry Kuttner. The last story is a real puzzler in that it is a metaphor that the author explains. It's an uneven collection, like most, but it did introduce me to John Jakes and Henry Kuttner. The last story is a real puzzler in that it is a metaphor that the author explains.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

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    John

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    Scott

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric Nolan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ron Lasner

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vernon Salter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Parrish

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bob Wilkins

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

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    J.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann Wycoff

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kucharski

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hans Marijnissen

  25. 5 out of 5

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    David

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dwight Tompkins

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Hearon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Bowdler

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