The Honorable Barbarian (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

The Honorable Barbarian, by L. Sprague de Camp (1989).  I thought that fantasy writer L. Sprague de Camp (1907–2000) wrote back in the 40’s and 50’s, so I was surprised to see that this yellowing paperback from the used-book store bore a 1989 copyright.  Apparently it was one of the last books he wrote.  I got a kick out of it.  It’s about a young man named Kerin, who has to flee his home rather precipitously and who proceeds to get himself into all sorts of dungeons-and-dragonsy adventures.  de Camp plainly has fun creating different cultures and political systems for Kerin to have to deal with.  Of course, it’s not great literature; the characters are two-dimensional, and they are off-puttingly casual about rape.  But if you can overlook that, it’s a breezy read and a good yarn.


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