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The author of the book: Michael Moorcock
Edition: White Wolf Publishing
Date of issue: October 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9781565041950
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As much as I like the Lord of the Rings the unrelieved black and white of good and evil can become tiresome. The Orcs are always evil. Mordor is always evil. Aragorn is always good. The elves are always good, to a person. The real word isn't like this. I know this is fiction but the best fiction draws something to the world with it, good, or bad, or indifferent. I think the best that can be said beyond bloody good entertainment is that LoTR shows the value of loyalty, love, honesty, courage, and innocence. Tragically, in my mind anyway, it fosters the Us versus Them mentality that so plagues the real world. End of preface.
Michael Moorcock hated LoTR and The Hobbit. He hated the sappy sentimentality and the simplicity of it. He hated Hobbits. Thus Elric was born. Elric the flawed sorcerer albino prince of Melnibone; the last denizen of Melnibone. Elric is one of the incarnations of Moorcock's Eternal Champion in the Multiverse. Other incarnations include Corum, Dorian Hawkmoon, and Von Bek; you don't want to know them all, it would take too long and make little sense. Like they say, you had to be there.
This is volume 5 (of 15!) of the Eternal Campion omnibus issued by White Wolf. Sorcerer Prince Elric is probably my number three favorite incarnation of the Eternal Champion. But Moorcock has a surprise for all you LoTR fans: Elric is an antihero. He's not really that nice a guy beyond his loyalty to his friends, who are few, and he makes a whole lot of mistakes and takes a whole lot of the innocent with him in the process. Oh and he has a sword that literally loves souls and isn't real picky about whether they are friend or foe when it gets going. It isn't even clear if Elric possess the sword or it possesses him. This definitely isn't a world of black and white, it's more of a rainbow and nobody is sinless but a few are purely evil. Also in typical Moorcock fashion, the "sidekicks" are often more interesting than the hero himself.
As with most of Moorcock's writing, the longer pieces are the best. The novellas are only so-so. They have the feel of "making it up as you go." Moorcock was known for bashing out gobs of writing in very little time. The good news here is that these are almost all longer pieces and even the shorter ones are more like stories so by necessity they are tighter plotted than the novellas.
This volume collects six of the best extant Elric pieces at the time of the omnibus publishing. Moorcock has actually resurrected his "retired" alter ego for yet another set of novels that of course aren't included in this White Wolf set.
These are out of print and rather hard to find now (2013) and Elric was one of the more coveted volumes so you are going to pay a lot for this in really good condition, even the trade pb. White Wolf went out of the book publishing business. It took me years to get the entire set and more money than I wanted to spend, since I kept putting off buying the volumes as they were published. Never again! Yeah, right...
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Read information about the authorMichael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956, at the age of sixteen, and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library. As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction "New Wave" in the UK and indirectly in the United States. His serialization of Norman Spinrad's Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Council's funding of the magazine.
During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of "James Colvin," a "house pseudonym" used by other critics on New Worlds. A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds #197 (January 1970), written by "William Barclay" (another Moorcock pseudonym). Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials "JC", and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his 1967 Nebula award-winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time-traveller who takes on the role of Christ. They are also the initials of various "Eternal Champion" Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian. In more recent years, Moorcock has taken to using "Warwick Colvin, Jr." as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his "Second Ether" fiction.
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