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Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock

Elric of Melniboné (1972)

by Michael Moorcock

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By many of today's standards, the writing in Elric seems amateurish and unrefined. It his, however, a solid example of writing in the time it was written.

I must confess that I have been slack in my duties as a lover of Speculative Fiction. I have just read Elric for the first time in my life.

I like that Elric is not the classic, strong warrior of so many fantasy stories. He is strong in his own way, but he is certainly no Conan or Tarzan. His is a strength of will.

The story is engaging for all it's 1960's pulp conventions. A classic Heroic Quest, it is a quick read (about 3 hours for me), though not as quick as the low page count would seem to indicate. The prose is dense despite it's simplicity.

A good book that leaves me wanting to know more about Elric and his world. ( )
  Grimshado | Apr 19, 2017 |
A prequel to the Elric saga picking up with Elric romancing Cymoril before coming into possession of the hellsword Stormbringer. A complete story in itself, and Moorcock is at the height of his storytelling powers, but this doesn't actually add much to the canon. ( )
  SFF1928-1973 | Mar 18, 2017 |
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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Dark, melancholic, but just enough hope to keep things from spiraling into hopeless horror.

Man, I ate this stuff up when I was a teen and young 20 something, reveling in hopeless despair.

Reading it now, it is just good writing. Very lyrical, sparse yet telling a wonderfully tragic tale. Sometimes sad can be ok. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The plot of this heroic fantasy from the 1970s is simple but Elric is well-drawn and his scenario is interesting: the virtually immortal emperor of an amoral people, he discovers morality and a conscience. Some of his courtiers take this amiss - his cousin in particular - and challenge his fitness to rule them. Elric is the antithesis of Conan: thin and pale, susceptible to physical weakness and relying on drugs, magic and allies to sustain him. The writing is serviceable and the plot unfolds quickly and engagingly, an example of a short novel that packs a lot in. I didn't get very far with it as a kid, but as an adult I've found a great throwback that I'm glad I returned to. More Elric may be in order. ( )
  Cecrow | Dec 1, 2016 |
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Gould, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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This "Elric of Melniboné" contains one novel (of that title), do NOT combine with the omnibus titled "Elric of Melniboné" which has been published under the ISBNs 1857980379, 1565041801, 156504195X and 1857983343, as those also includes other novels ("The Fortress of the Pearl" and "The Sailor on the Seas of Fate").
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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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Here are the first tales of the albino sorcerer-prince Elric: lord of the Dreaming City, last Emperor of Melnibon?, traitor, kinslayer. Doomed to wander the multiverse, battered by the whims of Law and Chaos, in thrall to his soul-eating sword, Stormbringer, Elric lies at the heart of Michael Moorcock's extraordinary mythology of the Eternal Champion.… (more)

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