The original Conan the Cimmerian - what more needs to be said? [a:Robert E. Howard|66700|Robert E. Howard|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1210954603p2/66700.jpg] is the grandfather of sword and sorcery genre; Conan is the grandfather of all barbarians (the most recent example that comes to mind: Karsa Orlong from [b:House of Chains|55398|House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)|Steven Erikson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316729521s/55398.jpg|836472] is exact copy of Conan) and mighty sword-fighters (too numerous to name). The stories are written almost 100 years ago, they are still very entertaining and impossible to put down; their age did nothing to diminish their fun value.
The plot of most of the stories can be roughly summarized in the following way. A problem comes to Conan, usually started by an evil sorcerer. Conan solves the problem using his sword, or even just bare fists taking care of the bad guy along the way. There is a lesson to be learned here: most of the problems can be solved by brute force method, and sometimes this is the best method to deal with the given problem.
My only nitpick with the book: despite what the title says, these are NOT complete chronicles of Conan. According to Wikipedia, there are 5 more short Conan stories published after the author's death plus 5 more unfinished ones. Even discarding the unfinished ones, the book still lacks 5 stories to be considered "complete chronicles". The book deserves 5 stars for entertainment value and influence.