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Lord of Samarcand Robert E. Howard

Lord of Samarcand

Robert E. Howard

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40 pages
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Unlike the film Wanted and its lame attempt to make a point, (the moral being, Life is meaningless. Go do something violent.), Robert E. Howard could write a piece of heroic fiction and touch on existential themes of purpose and meaning and do soMoreUnlike the film Wanted and its lame attempt to make a point, (the moral being, Life is meaningless. Go do something violent.), Robert E. Howard could write a piece of heroic fiction and touch on existential themes of purpose and meaning and do so with such masterful effect, that the writers of Wanted should take vows of literary silence for the rest of their lives.Lord of Samarcand is historical fiction about Timur, commonly called Tamerlane or Timur the Lame, a 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror of much of western and Central Asia, and founder of the Timurid Empire and Timurid dynasty (1370–1405) in Central Asia. In this fictional retelling, Timurs right hand man turns out to be a Dark Ages Scottish mercenary who got sidetracked during the Crusades.Military buffs will enjoy the detailed battle scenes, Howard fans will enjoy an epic that is based on real history instead of fantasy, and people who enjoy literature will enjoy the thought that goes behind the story. Though this particular reviewer does not share in the existential philosophy of the story, I cannot deny it is well woven into the tale.Years from now, long after Wanted is a reject in the Wal-Mart DVD discount bins, people will still be reading and enjoying Howard.