Editorial Reviews. Review. As some cover blurbs so rightly state, ” Before Kull: Exile of Atlantis – Kindle edition by Robert E. Howard, Justin Sweet, Patrice Louinet, Steve Tompkins. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. Banished from his home world, the warrior Kull becomes the king of the all of Howard’s stories featuring Kull: “Exile of Atlantis,” “The Shadow. Kull: Exile of Atlantis by Robert E. Howard. * If you’re not — or not looking to become — a reader of sword-and-sorcery or fantasy tales, then you can probably .

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Howard was right and it might be the best mass battle in fantasy ever written. I wouldn’t be reviewing comics and graphic novels if it weren’t for Brubaker’s Criminal books. Great for a long car ride! The other two have Conan deal with foreign invasions, and while their terrible for his kingdom and his subjects they at least give him an opportunity to stretch his legs, leave his palace, and be proactive.

If I betray your trust, exiel with me likewise.

Kull, Exile of Atlantis: Foundational reading for the sword & sorcery fan

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I’m glad that I took advantage of a SF Book Club sale to pick up this reissue of atlqntis series because on rereading them, I found Kull much more interesting. I’ve got to read this. Although his adventures are more thrilling and the tales of his exploits are more polished, well-structured, and varied in content and locales I find the personality of Conan the Cimmerian to be not even as remotely as fascinating as ztlantis of his predecessor, Kull of Atlantis, and thus I have the uncommon opinion of finding Kull to be the more magnetic hero than his iconic successor.

As for the stories, for anyone interested in the genre, Kull is the original, the first Sword and Sorcery hero, and whilst not as detailed, epic or brutal as Conan, Kull has a more philosophical edge, where our hero questions reality, dreams and existence, when he isn’t fighting skull-faced demons The villain Thulsa Doom, is the original Skeletor and snake-headed warriors.


He has travelled to the mainland and become king of Valusia, the greatest of the ancient and decadent Seven Empires, but being a barbarian, Kull spends as much or more time fighting people as he does actually ruling.

Reading or rereading all of this in one gulp leaves me siding with Farnsworth Wright.

He seems more thoughtful at times, but overall there’s no doubt that Conan is a more consistent, and in that sense more believable, character. Now, you see that I do not intend to deal you false, and tomorrow night when Brule comes to you, you will follow his advice without fear of treachery. Not to say the writing is bad. Kull would make it so – but it is against the Old Laws of Lull.

The two characters, although sharing a similar barbarian origin, are very much night and day when it comes to personalities.

Mayhap these mirrors are but windows through which we look into another world. Sep 18, Dean Eizenberg rated it really liked it. Current Giveaways Our favorite books of Giveaway! Well, this is certainly one for the Howard completists.

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For sure, Kull and his stories harken from a different era, one in which men could be unashamedly masculine and warriors need not apologize for their blood-letting.

These are stories of Kull, of Atlantis, barbarian and savage who usurped the Valusian throne and then found out that holding onto it was a lot harder than taking it in the first place. I atlzntis that frustrating.

Worth reading for the completist, but casual readers should stick to Conan. Although Kull’s world is not as fleshed out as Conan’s Hyborian Age, this works to the tales’ advantage, as it adds to the age-lost mystery and atmosphere of degeneracy of a world in its last throes, about to be washed away by geological upheavals, a slate wiped clean ready for a new age.


And then warfare will cease, wherein there fo no gain; I see a world of peace and prosperity — man loving his fellow man — the good supreme. Open Preview See a Problem? Kull is like Conan in a lot of respects, but esile a philosophical side that gives him a more brooding aspect.

Except for the introductory story “Exile of Atlantis”, they all operate consistently and common themes repeat. I suppose some people might argue that, no, when Howard goes out of his way in every story to remind us that Kull has no interest in women, he means that he just lives for battle and such.

Good reliable sword and sorcery. The Striking Of The Gong. This series is the one that started my obsession with comic books. When we catch up to Bran Mak Morn, the Picts have declined almost to the point of extinction.

Kull of Atlantis, King of Valusia, is the complete opposite.

Howard’s stories about Kull of Atlantis are generally more reflective than his better-known Conan tales, and have an air of melancholy that, personally, I think contrasts well with the more conventional “hack-and-slash” elements. Which of us is the ghost of the other? I’d describe most of these tales as “Dunsanian” in flavor – the settings are sketchily laid out and the writing style is very dreamlike often Kull thinks he’s just moving through a dream, in fact and the characters are passive.

He uses his brains and one can almost feel his disgust with all the plotting and scheming around him that will only make him react with more force and more blood spilling.