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Book Title: The Vultures of Whapeton|
The author of the book: Robert E. Howard
ISBN 13: 9780425044353
Edition: Berkley Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1980
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.87 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.3
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This particular paperback edition would have you believe you are buying a book of Robert E. Howard's fantasy, from the wonderful Jeff Jones cover painting of a skeletal horseman plagued by vultures to the bold-faced lies that declare "The Vultures of Whapeton" to be "fantasy/adventure" in the "fantasy world of Robert E. Howard" abounding with the "horrifying secret of this magical power" that "turns men into jackals, wolves and vultures." All of that is a big fat lie from the people at Zebra Books.
What you really get is a book of four Western stories, none of which feature a lick of magic or monsters. That is not a problem if you know Howard's work goes far beyond Conan and sword and sorcery, but I feel bad for anyone who picks this up thinking they will find Stygian magic and savage swordsmen.
As a whole, this is a fun book. The title story, however, is the longest and weakest of the four. "The Vultures of Whapeton" suffers from a protagonist who is just a bit too manly and effective to be believed. Everyone who meets Steve Corcoran seems to instantly know he'll just prevail in any kind of gunfight, no matter how outnumbered he is -- and then, of course, Corcoran goes on to do use that. I expect Howard heroes to take on great odds, but Howard can make it easier to believe than this.
The other tales -- "Showdown at Hell's Canyon," "Drums of the Sunset" and "Wild Water" -- are more effective, with more believable protagonists and leaner plots. The last story is the shortest, the one set most near the modern day and the one that will stick in my mind the longest, as it horrifies by cutting close to the bone and coming nearest a few sad truths. It also breaks the mold for this book, for the story has no heroes.
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Read information about the authorRobert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."
He is well known for having created — in the pages of the legendary Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales — the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can only be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.
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