Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thor's Day Hero: Solomon Kane


Nigh on a hundred years later, Solomon Kane is still a character too cool for words. Sharing a lineage that goes back to the same Howardian inkwell that gave us Conan the Barbarian, Kane is a 16th century dark hero, brooding and smiting evil with all the zeal only a Puritan can muster. Equally at home with musket and rapier, not to mention a magic cudgel from time to time, Kane cut a swath through supernatural horror before people even realized supernatural horror was a genre.

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  1. The racial overtones in a lot of Howard distracts me from the enjoyable adventure tales.

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    1. I find it's even worse with Lovecraft.

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    2. Brad, I know what you mean, it is rather distracting at times. Sure it's a hundred years old in context, but I was never a big fan of giving an entire generation a pass on this kind of stuff just because "things were different" back then.

      Lovecraft though is even worse, especially one of my favorite stories The Rats in the Walls, why anyone would name their cat that I have no idea. The prose is so dated though it just kind of has to be, I don't know the term, "glossed over" doesn't seem right.

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  2. So what did you think of the movie?

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    1. Ha, never saw. I was afraid.

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  3. The film is actually awesome for a low budget film that was never really released in the US that is .. lol. Beyond that have you played the Savage Worlds Solomon Kane setting? I've long looked at picking that one up but never have.

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