So, tonight I discovered that the 2011 Conan: The Barbarian movie was available on Netflix, and since I wasn't really paying anything for it, I decided to give it a whirl. Now, I was prepared to be disappointed in it, as reviews I'd read of the movie, especially on Conan.com, were almost overwhelmingly negative. As a fan of the original Arnold movie, and an even bigger fan of the Robert E. Howard stories, I found the movie itself to be pretty meh. I had read the filmmakers were going for a script that was nearer the source material than than the Milius movie had been, but...I found the script mostly paid lip service to the great stories it was supposedly drawn from - for example, the quote above was sadly butchered and reduced, and I laughed out loud when the "scion of Acheron" monk woman mispronounced Hyrkania! The one positive I took away from the movie was that Jason Momoa, aka "Khal Drago" from Game of Thrones, might have made a very good Conan, given a better script and a better director to work with. Indeed, Momoa seemed much closer to the Conan that was originally envisioned back in the original pulp tales than Arnold was. That led me to wonder if there are any other fans of Conan around here - fans of the stories originally written by Robert E. Howard back in the '30s. I've read them all, and find them to be great fun - raging battles, black sorcerors and necromancers, demons, mystic priests and gods, monsters, strange lands that seem almost familiar, knaves, heroes, damsels in distress, pirates, warrior queens and kings, and at the center of it all, Conan the Cimmerian - striding like a god across the lands of Hyboria! It's not the high, elegant fantasy that Tolkien spent a lifetime creating and perfecting - which I enjoy, but somehow find Howard's work to be more engaging (especially since they're all mostly short stories ) and more fun - in a swashbuckling sort of way. Some of my own favorite stories include: Queen of the Black Coast Red Nails The God In The Bowl The Tower of the Elephant The Scarlet Citadel Rogues In the House The Phoenix On The Sword Beyond The Black River The Hour of the Dragon Any other fans of Conan out there? Let's get a discussion going!