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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Conan the Cimmerian, The Final Chapter: Red Nails

Conan the Cimmerian, The Final Chapter: Red Nails - Robert E. Howard, Rick Everett My friend, Michael, says I read too many girly books. You know lasting literary works by the likes of Jane Austen, Sarah Orne Jewett, Willa Cather, ..., hell even Dorothy Sayers. So in an attempt to ready more manly stuff, I tried out Zane Grey, Walter Mosley, and now Robert E. Howard.

Robert E. Howard, it seems, wrote fantasy adventure things that are wildly popular with a certain set. Other than Tolkein and J. K. Rowling, I've never read fantasy adventure. Well, now I have. I didn't figure I'd be much of a fan of fantasy adventure, and now I can say that I'll still not much of a fan. I read to understand other people, something I have trouble doing, because most of them don't make a lot of sense to me. Were I someone who read to escape reality, then I suppose this would be a fine book. For me, it was merely "OK", not awful, but not something I'd go out of my way to read. Since I have a couple more Howards lined up on my kindle, I'll likely read them, but I doubt I'll make this a habit.

Ok, now as to the story, Conan the Barbarian meets up with a woman pirate, Valeria. Then end up in an ancient city out in the middle of nowhere that has two feuding tribes of people bent on each other's destruction. They don't go outside the city because there be dragons in the nearby forest. So we have battles, monsters, oodles of sword play, nearly naked women (check out the cover!), amazingly buff men, blood and gore, magic, human sacrifice, and oodles of other things that people appear to like in their FA books.