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Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock

Elric of Melniboné (1972)

by Michael Moorcock

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Sorry to say that I was a bit disappointed by this volume, the first of a new presentation of Elric in internal chronological order. About half of the book is the script of an Elric-before-he-was-King graphic novel, which is OK but I'd have preferred to get the real thing. There are some interesting essays and short pieces front and back, but I think it's really one for the Elric or Moorcock completist, and I am not one. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 12, 2015 |
I know this is supposed to be a classic fantasy, but it just doesn't suit me. Too melodramatic, with narration that sucks what little joy there is in the story. I was actually hoping Elric would die and end the misery of his awful life.
Fafhrd and Mouser have so much more to offer.
Conan and other Howard creations may not be as literate, but at least they entertain.
Elric just drowns in his own depression. Edward and Bella should meet their inspiration. Gag! ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Sep 6, 2015 |
Jesus Christ Amazon. Think about what you're sending as a sample of a book. 100% introductions. Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Moorcock is a capable writer, technically. One of the difficulties I had was trying to figure out if the dialogue was cliche because he was one of the epic fantasy forefathers, or if the language was already tired when he wrote it in the '60s. Either way the dialogue is bad and there is almost no actual adventuring, which is what I was looking forward to. We are basically given an outline of events and the reader is not allowed along for the ride. I feel like Moorcock just wrote the "important parts" and skipped all the stuff that might let is into his narrative.

I know there are zealous Moorcock fans who like his style and dig on that kind of "Aye, he'll take the lot of it, if we do nothing." kind of characters, but man. It's just bad ( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
Somehow this glorious gem escaped me all these years. Vintage fantasy, written in an old-world style reminiscent of Norse saga; swords-and-sorcery in a beautifully described, intriguing world. The hero, Elric, is quintessential. Strange even in his own realm of Melniboné—which to the rest of the mortal world is strange enough—he is tormented and full of insecurities. Yet he is brilliant, and through power and courage drawn from an ancient lineage, he overcomes his shortcomings in revolutionary, scandalous, and dangerous ways. While unnerving to most, he has honor and in the end, he risks all for the woman he loves. A powerful start to a cool series. ( )
  ftmckinstry | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Sabaté, HernánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
West, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Poul Anderson for "The Broken Sword" and "Three Hearts and Three Lions". To the late Fletcher Pratt for "The Well of the Unicorn". To the late Bertolt Brecht for "The Threepenny Opera" which, for obscure reasons, I link with the other books as being one of the chief influences on the first Elric series.
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It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white.
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The first book in the Elric sequence (by its internal chronology). (Not to be confused with the Millennium omnibus of the same name!)
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Elric of Melniboné is a requisite title in the hard fantasy canon, a book no fantasy fan should leave unread. Author Michael Moorcock, already a major player in science fiction, cemented his position in the fantasy pantheon with the five-book Elric saga, of which Elric of Melniboné is the first installment. The book's namesake, the brooding albino emperor of the dying nation of Melniboné, is a sort of Superman for Goths, truly an archetype of the genre.

The youthful Elric is a cynical and melancholy king, heir to a nation whose 100,000-year rule of the world ended less than 500 years hence. More interested in brooding contemplation than holding the throne, Elric is a reluctant ruler, but he also realizes that no other worthy successor exists and the survival of his once-powerful, decadent nation depends on him alone. Elric's nefarious, brutish cousin Yrkoon has no patience for his physically weak kinsman, and he plots constantly to seize Elric's throne, usually over his dead body. Elric of Melniboné follows Yrkoon's scheming, reaching its climax in a battle between Elric and Yrkoon with the demonic runeblades Stormbringer and Mournblade. In this battle, Elric gains control of the soul-stealing Stormbringer, an event that proves pivotal to the Elric saga. --Paul Hughes

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FANTASY FICTION. Elric of Melnibone, the haunted, treacherous and doomed albino sorcerer-prince, is one of the great creations of modern fantasy. An introspective weakling in thrall to his soul-eating sword, Stormbringer, he is yet a hero whose bloody adventures and wanderings lead inexorably to his decisive intervention in the war between the forces of Law and Chaos. A fantasy classic, Elric of Melnibone is an exceptional fantasy icon of violence, power, politics and war and his tales make up a fantasy masterpiece.… (more)

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