There's no reason not to read it then. Also, I heard it was open-ended, so I can still have hope!
Anyway Howard's Conan. Fighting, drinking and wenching. What more could a man want? Or some of the more choice stories in Leiber's Fafhrd and Grey Mouser.
Also some others which might work:
Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God
Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine/Arbonne/Al-Rassan (especially Al-Rassan might make good animu)
Julian May's Exiles
John Myers Myers' Silverlock (never happen)
Tim Powers' Anubis Gates
Michael Stackpole's Talion: Revenant
Seconding whoever said Zelazny
P.S. I've never seen a book thread go off so fast here