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The Vanishing Tower (original 1970; edition 1977)

by Michael Moorcock

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Title:The Vanishing Tower
Authors:Michael Moorcock
Info:DAW (1977), Paperback
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The Sleeping Sorceress by Michael Moorcock (Author) (1970)

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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
The first book of this volume, entitled the Torment of the Last Lord, pits Elric once again against Theleb K'aarna - this time around a strange castle whose occupants serve Law. We met the mistress of the castle before. Her name is Myshella and Theleb K'aarna has her under a sleeping enchantment. Through Elric's deeds, the purpose of Law is forwarded, Myshella is restored and Theleb K'aarna defeated. In her arms, Elric even finds a slight reprieve from his anguish - but it is only slight and only temporary.

The second book, entitled "To Snare the Pale Prince" involves the return of Theleb K'aarna and Elric's attempts to, again, thwart Theleb K'aarna's machinations. In this book, those plans involve kidnapping Elric, stealing his ring and then attacking Eternal Tanelorn. For some reason, Theleb K'aarna chose to use the beggars of Nadsokor to help him... and they ended up paying a pretty horrible price.

In the final book of this volume, "Three Heroes with a Single Aim", Elric leaves Tanelorn in search of his own death. He finds, instead, Myshella and learns the Theleb K'aarna, again, threatens Tanelorn and this time he's got even more aid. Once again, Elric acts to protect Tanelorn. This time, though, he ends up getting called into Corum's realm where Erekose, Corum and Elric battle Violodion Ghagnasdiak to rescue Jhary-a-Conel from the Vanishing Tower. With items discovered in the Vanishing Tower, Elric thwarts Theleb K'aarna's plans, but Mysella ends up dead. ( )
  helver | Jul 28, 2012 |
In which our twisted hero plays paladin to Myshella, Empress of Dawn and muse to heroes, in his running contest against the vengeful wizard Theleb K'aarna. As in most of Elric's adventures, the results are less than hoped and he has to curse his fate. Unlike "Elric of Melnibone" and "The Weird of the White Wolf," this collection didn't have quite the same psychedelic flair, while some of the "Multiverse" elements of the story do feel a bit dated and clunky. ( )
  Shrike58 | Dec 31, 2009 |
bought it for the cover art artist: Robert Gould
  llyramoon | May 22, 2009 |
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Moll, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Ken Bulmer, who, as editor of the magazine Sword and Sorcery, asked me to write this book as a serial for him. The magazine which was to be a companion to Visions of Tomorrow, never appeared due to the backer withdrawing his support from both magazines.
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In the sky, a cold moon, cloaked in clouds, sent down faint light that fell upon a sullen sea where a ship lay at anchor off an uninhabited coast.
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Regret breeds weakness. Regret achieves nothing. Regret is like a disease which attacks the internal organs and at last destroys....
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This is a novel, do NOT combine with the omnibus collection of the same name. This novel has been published under the title The Sleeping Sorceress; do NOT combine with the novella/short story of the same name.
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