Quick Reviews – Adventure Novels

In Order by Rating

Conan and the Spider God (L. Sprague De Camp, 1980) Although this is not a story by Robert E. Howard, it feels like it could have been. It reads fast like a prototypical adventure book. This novel fills in a few gaps and helps connect a larger narrative for the barbarian warrior king. More importantly, it’s a clever, entertaining Conan story that never tries too hard. Rating: 800 [Posted 12/15/19]

Haakon: The Golden Ax (Eric Neilson, 1984) It’s the dip into the supernatural that brings this realistic (for a non-scholar) story up a notch. The action wanes in the second half but the fantastic clamorous start and strong ending make up for it. Rating: 720 [Posted 12/15/19]

The Spell Sword (Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1974) When reading this novel it often feels like it could be more, but it settles in as a better than average “save the princess” tale. Rating: 650 [Posted 12/15/19]

Retro Haul – Austin TX

Half Price Books – Anderson Mill

Visit #1 Clearance: GOOD selection – nice mix of sci-fi, graphic novels; Gamebooks: 7 CYOA at $2.99+ in Children’s and 2 Lone Wolf books in Science Fiction; RPGs: FAIR selection, mostly overpriced but found one gem (see below); Sci-Fi: GOOD selection; Videogames: FAIR selection, somewhat overpriced; PURCHASED: Search for the Sensei by Joseph W. Liotta, A Villians and Vigilantes Adventure, RPG Module for $4.21

Half Price Books – North Lamar

Visit #1 Clearance: FAIR selection; Gamebooks: One found in Science Fiction (see below), some CYOA in Young Adult section each $2.99+; RPGs: LAME; Sci-Fi: GREAT selection; Videogames: FAIR selection but overpriced; Boardgames: GOOD selection; PURCHASED: Conan and the Spider God by L. Sprague De Camp (novel) and Combat Command in the World of Piers Anthony by Dana Kramer (gamebook) for a total of $2.89

Half Price Books – Parmer Lane

Visit #1 Clearance: LAME; Gamebooks: None found; RPGs: LAME; Videogames: LAME; Boardgames: Finally a few cool items like the one I purchased; PURCHASED: DC Comics Bombshells Dice & Token Pack, Heroclix Game Accessories for $2.59