I'm a fan of Robert E. Howard and the original Conan stories, so it was with great trepidation that I received the news of a new Conan movie. The other day I picked up the novelization of the movie, by Michael Stackpole, because I wanted to see how true it stayed to Howard's vision of the character. I knew Stackpole was a fan of Robert E. Howard as well, so I thought maybe there was a chance. It's hit and miss, though frankly more miss than hit. Stackpole is constrained by the screenplay, I suppose, and he does try to capture some of the Conan of the original stories, but in the end Conan still comes across as too "civilized," too thoughtful in his approach. Conan is not stupid in the original stories by any means. He's cunning. But his circumspection and wisdom come at a later age. In this book, Conan is too little the barbarian early on, though there are certainly flashes of it here and there (presumably Stackpole doing what he can with the story). Anyone else read it? Anyone going to go see the film?