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Conan and the jewels of gwahlur

by Russell, P. Craig.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction YA 741.59 RUS
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  YA 741.59 RUS
 
 
Summary
A young woman, having made a string of bad choices, finds herself the pawn of mercenaries - one of which is Conan of Cimmeria. As the former dancing girl poses as the dead oracle of a primitive cult, Conan puts his experience as a thief and a soldier together in pursuit of some of the most prized jewels in the world - the Teeth of Gwahlur!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In recent years, veteran comic-book artist Russell has concentrated on comics adaptations of classics in other media that range from Wagner and Mozart operas to Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. Here he adapts one of the 1930s stories of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard that introduced the durable character. Seeking the fabled treasure of Gwahlur, Conan treks to abandoned Alk-meenon, where the city's last princess, the oracle Yelaya, watches over the jewels, though long dead (but magically undecayed). The barbarian's eye for ladies quickly descries that Yelaya is actually a dancing girl compelled by his old enemy, Thutmekri, to ensure that the jewels wind up with her master. Set relatively late in the character's fictional career, Gwahlur is, for a Conan yarn, light on swashbuckling and sorcery and heavy on palace intrigue and double-crossing. Russell's more stately depiction of Conan and his art nouveau-influenced style recall the early-1970s Conan drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith. Since many consider Windsor-Smith's the definitive rendition of the character, such resemblance is a definite virtue. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The latest in the many tales of Conan kicks off with his mercenary side, as he sets out to steal the Jewels of Gwahlur. The story starts slowly-too slowly, in fact. The only thing to hold a non-diehard Conan fan's attention in the first 25 pages is the art-Russell is an acknowledged master and his work here approaches the best in fantasy comics art. Conan sneaks into the palace of Alkmeenon, only to find the slave-girl Muriela impersonating the oracle of the dead queen Yelena. Together they try to trick the priests out of the jewels, but only after Muriela is kidnapped does the story get interesting. Russell's strong point is that he's content to leave certain things-the demon servants of the priests, the jewels themselves, the magic preservation of a corpse-as mysteries. In some ways, Conan resembles old, old travel writing, albeit travel writing to a fantastic world: it chronicles rather than explains. The plot gets fun at the end, hinging on character, not action. Despite their loincloths and metal bras, the characters are fully -formed, and Russell's art is always worth savoring. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Conan -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction, American.
Publisher Milwaukie, OR :Dark Horse Comics, Inc.,2005
Language English
Notes Based on the story 'The Jewels of Gwahlur'.
Description 1 volume : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 1593074913
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