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Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl (Moorcocks Multiverse) (original 1989; edition 2013)

by Michael Moorcock (Author)

Series: Elric (2), The Elric Saga (7), The Eternal Champion (Elric novel 2)

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Feared by enemies and friends alike, Elric of Melnibone walks a lonely path among the worlds of the multiverse. The destroyer of his own cruel and ancient race, as well as its final ruler, Elric is the bearer of a destiny as dark and cursed as the vampiric sword he carries - the sentient black blade known as Stormbringer. With an introduction and a short story by Neil Gaiman, and containing complete novels as well as associated short stories, this collection presents Moorcock's greatest creation in a revised and approved order.… (more)
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The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock (1989)

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Elric goes to dream world & unbeknowst begets a child
  ritaer | Apr 15, 2021 |
A fun little stand alone Elric story. Some of the more fun stories with the character have been those that carry him to other worlds and other planes. A story that carries him into dreams is particularly interesting and inventive. This might be my favorite Elric story. ( )
  Count_Zero | Jul 7, 2020 |
signed limited #58 of 300
  bookstopshere | Feb 6, 2019 |
Half a Conan tale, half a Randolph Carter, and then ALL THE BLOOD AND SOULS FOR MY LORD ARIOCH 8) ( )
1 vote KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
In this post I review some the themes (and frustrations) I identified when reading [b:The Fortress of the Pearl|594574|The Fortress of the Pearl (The Elric Saga, #8)|Michael Moorcock|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1265756984s/594574.jpg|1479741] by [a:Michael Moorcock|16939|Michael Moorcock|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1222901251p2/16939.jpg].

Firstly, I was (and still am) a great fan of the Elric books having read these extensively as a teenager. This story takes place during a previously ambiguous period between [b:Elric of Melniboné|30036|Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1)|Michael Moorcock|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1388345555s/30036.jpg|388812] and [b:The Sailor on the Seas of Fate|60154|The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric, #2)|Michael Moorcock|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1352574936s/60154.jpg|1777516] and has Elric questing (as usual) following on from inadvertently swallowing some slow acting poison. He needs to retrieve the "Pearl at the Heart of the World" to receive the antidote. The journey takes him through a dream world where reality is distorted and warped. In addition to the antidote Elric will also secure the release of a young boy who has been taken hostage.

The book is split into three parts: parts I and III are more in line with the previous Elric books, in terms of thrills, composition and construction. In these sections you have the characteristic elements which you’ve come across before in terms of rich descriptions of cultures and civilizations, plus the usual strange mix of characters all underpinned with ruthless action.

The first issue I had concerned the reason for the quest itself. Here we have a mighty warrior, aided by magic and a sword which sucks your soul out of you. Why didn't Elric just beat the living daylights out of the villain and get the antidote immediately after swallowing the poison (in fact he does as much towards the end of the book anyway, practically killing everyone in the entire city)? Also, why is he so bothered about one boy? Like I've just said he practically kills everyone anyway, plus in previous books he slaughters many innocents basically because they just got in his way.

As ever the book uses the idea of the multiverse:
"There is an infinity of worlds and some are yet unborn, some so old they have grown senile, some born of dreams, some destroyed by nightmares."

This idea is explored further in part II via an exploration of the nature of dreams and reality. Each of the dream worlds Elric passes through tries to entice Elric to attain unreachable desires in different ways but ultimately suggests that spiritual nourishment is an important as physical.

So in summary, not one of the best Elric stories as there was too much philosophizing which slowed down the action to a meandering snail’s pace at times and although you could read [b:The Fortress of the Pearl|594574|The Fortress of the Pearl (The Elric Saga, #8)|Michael Moorcock|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1265756984s/594574.jpg|1479741] as a stand-alone novel I would suggest that your read the rest of the series first to set this story into context. ( )
  Rob.Thompson | Nov 22, 2014 |
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For Shane and Leslie, Ed and Paul--the first Nomads...
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It was in lonely Quarzhasaat, destination of many caravans but terminus of few, that Elric, hereditary Emperor of Melniboné, last of a bloodline more than ten thousand years old, sometime conjuror of terrible resource, lay ready for death.
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This, the 2010s Gollancz omnibus "Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl", should NOT be combined with the novel "The Fortress of the Pearl", as the latter is the novel only and does not include the novellas which this does.
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Feared by enemies and friends alike, Elric of Melnibone walks a lonely path among the worlds of the multiverse. The destroyer of his own cruel and ancient race, as well as its final ruler, Elric is the bearer of a destiny as dark and cursed as the vampiric sword he carries - the sentient black blade known as Stormbringer. With an introduction and a short story by Neil Gaiman, and containing complete novels as well as associated short stories, this collection presents Moorcock's greatest creation in a revised and approved order.

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