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The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock
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London, England. The late 1960s. Jerry Cornelius has it all - money, talent, fame, women, helicopters, drugs... And yet, he still wants. He gets himself in with a band of thieves who want to steal secrets to mind control techniques from Jerry's father's house. In return for helping them breach the house's defenses, he wants his sister alive and his brother dead. And yet, he still wants. Along the way, he meets Miss Brunner - a strangely compelling woman with a mind compatible with his own and a penchant for losing associates. She offers to build the "Final Program". The ultimate program. Jerry tut-tuts her, and yet she keeps showing up - inviting him, cajoling him, seducing him, transfixing him... Until the program is complete, and the end of the world is nigh.

This is a bizarre book on many levels. The parallels with the Elric storyline are obvious and obviously intentional. There are just so many things left unexplained in the book. What, exactly, does Miss Brunner do with her associates? What, exactly, does Jerry do to the people he "feeds" off of? What happened to people to cause them to form these group minds? What drugs was Moorcock on when he wrote this book? Was this one of the ones that he wrote in a single sitting? Why is it important that Corn is a hermaphrodite?

So many questions... ( )
  helver | Jul 27, 2017 |
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