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Just tall spikes of crystallized ash and limestone, crumbling and turned into crazy shapes by the wind, like so many grotesque gravestones. They are the worst kind of self-deceiving cowards and everything they build is a ramshackle sham. They have the taste of the worst Hollywood producers and the egos of the worst Hollywood actors. We have come to an ironic moment in history, I think, when actors and entertainers determine the fate of the real world. Moorcock's contempt for the politicians of Law is of course allowed to be seen more naked when the subjects under consideration are safely distant in history, like the Nazis and in brief references the Stalinist despots of Soviet Russia.
Hess and by implication his colleagues in the Nazi hierarchy are portrayed as what Brian Stableford has termed "lifestyle fantasists", the attempted reification of their particular brand of insane and simplifying fantasies involving, of course, untold human suffering. As mentioned, there are some doldrums in this book, but they are in a relatively early part of it and easily ploughed through. It is one of those rare fantasies that merits repeated reading with, each time, a different facet of its full meaning to be derived.
Aug 15, Jamie Connolly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Elric and von bek nazis. A little of everything. Like all of moorcocks books, 5 stars. Aug 26, Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: I was a huge fan of this author in my youth and I still recall the original Elric saga and the other books I read at the time fondly, but this return to his work after so many years was a disappointment. I actually enjoyed the first third or so of this story quite a bit.
There is no fantastical aspect yet, and it depicts Count Ulric of Bek's view of the rise of Nazism in his beloved Germany. Ulric's ambitious cousin Gaynor has joined up with Hitler, though he sees him only as a stepping stone to I was a huge fan of this author in my youth and I still recall the original Elric saga and the other books I read at the time fondly, but this return to his work after so many years was a disappointment.
Ulric's ambitious cousin Gaynor has joined up with Hitler, though he sees him only as a stepping stone to something greater. He demands Ulric turn over a family heirloom, the sword Ravenbrand, but Ulric, seeing the Nazis for what they are, refuses, and is thrown into prison and then a concentration camp for his trouble. It's once Elric shows up and teams with Ulric initially occupying the same body that I began to become bored. And so he does. This recurring deus ex machina sucks any drama or tension out of the story. There's also a lot of smaller scale mystical hand-waving stuff that had the same effect.
After the first act, I felt no weight to any of the action. Even the ending doesn't require much on Elric's or Ulric's part. I guess I would have preferred this as a pure historical novel, or at least something a bit more down to earth. The premise for this book is bizarre. Pathways to other dimensions? I was prepared to go "what?! Instead, I only went "what?! Oh, and at the civilization living under the earth.
In terms of the main storyline, it's surprisingly enjoyable. As the story is told from the point of view of Elric's 'avatar', Ulric von Bek, the langu The premise for this book is bizarre. As the story is told from the point of view of Elric's 'avatar', Ulric von Bek, the language is less high fantasy and more modern prose, which means you can read it for longer periods of time without feeling the need to get away from some excruciatingly melodramatic sentences as much as I love the original series, this was the problem I had.
Ulric is a engrossing character in his own right, possibly even more likeable than Elric as he is human and therefore comes with all the appropriate moral baggage. Jan 22, Derek rated it really liked it Shelves: Some might find it a bit vain and trite, but I rather enjoyed this way of explicitly tying everything in his multiverse together. The use of the Nazis as a representation of pure evil was a bit cliche, and the tone of his musings about the Nazis was a bit self-righteous. But I rather like the overall story arch, the use of this different avatar of the Eternal Champion to narrate the story of Elric was nice.
It seems that with Gaynor the Damned, Moorcock finally found a worthy and interesting nemesis for his White Wolf. Dec 04, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing. It's been a while since I've read an actual Eternal Champion novel. Years ago I devoured White Wolf's reprinting of Moorcock's entire Eternal Champion series, including most of his early novels and ones that had been retrofitted to become Eternal Champion stories.
Its a sprawling series that's undoubtedly confusing to new readers, akin to going to a party that's been going on for a week where the host keeps changing and thus the nature of the party itself. In that light, there's no real good ent It's been a while since I've read an actual Eternal Champion novel. In that light, there's no real good entry point other than just picking your Champion and diving right in.
For most people one Champion stands out amongst the rest like a tall, pale, exquisitely tortured beacon. Elric of Melnibone, he of the albino complexion, evil sword and constant veil of weary despair, like a university student of Romantic poetry asked to choose his favorite Lord Byron poem.
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Thanks to his interesting backstory, conflicted demeanor and instant conversation starter in the giant black soul-sucking sword he's one of Moorcock's most memorable characters. Any story with him generally guarantees a good, if slightly tormented, time. In recent years most of what I've read of Moorcock has been less concerned with writing weird fantasy than tackling more serious concerns.
Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat have been the leads of choice with interesting sidetrips to novels like "Gloriana" or "Mother London. As it stands we get Elric versus Nazis and yet its not as crazy as you'd expect. In a hearkening back to the good old days, Moorcock decided to write this one of those combo Eternal Champion novels, where multiple incarnations come together to tackle a villain that threatens to unravel the Multiverse, never the most ordered place to begin with. So while Elric is mentioned in the description the tale is subtitled, "A Tale of the Albino" and apparently the idea is that while one albino is good, three are even better.
Thus, we dispense with the idea that the novel is going to take us to the beach unless its a grey, moody beach and get ready for worlds to collide. That said, enter Ulric Von Bek and a horde of everyone's favorite historical villains, past or present. Longtime readers will remember the Von Bek as keepers of the Holy Grail sadly, no one gets to say, "You have choosen.
Fortunately for Von Bek, he's not evil. Unfortunately for him, his great black sword has attracted Nazi attention and they'd love to have it for reasons that seem to rhyme with "destroying everything. And there is a good story to be told of what it was like to watch all the old monarchies and social structures completely crumbling to dust in what was left of Europe after the First World War. That was honestly the part that interested me the most, even if Ulric is so passive as a narrator you start to wonder if he's even in his own story. But then Elric shows up and everything goes sideways.
He's such a strong character that the story immediately picks up when he arrives and the story lurches into fantasy territory. Elric's got his own problems facing a version of one of Von Bek's cousins who wants Stormbringer and spends a good portion of his early scenes a victim of sorcerous trickery before the two of them aided by the third albino, Oona, and the title character decide to tackle the problem head on.
Longtime readers will probably enjoy the callbacks and references to past stories I did enjoy Oswald Bastable's brief appearance, personally and once the fantasy scenes arrive Moorcock's imagination moves into full swing, giving us not only his version of Fantasy Anytown, Tanelorn but a number of other interesting areas. There's dragons and demons and strange magic and of course, plenty of shouting for blood and souls for his boy Arioch.
The problem is that longtime readers are going to find a lot of this as going over old ground, right down to Elric's tortured guise and the combining of the Champions to face a threat to the Multiverse. But even then Moorcock goes with idea of Nazis being obsessed with sorcery and old artifacts and while at times he seems to be trying to show them as banal buffoons and not seeming to convey the menace in people who might have been otherwise an ordinary brand of awful somehow managing to stumble into the perfect storm of circumstances that allowed them their great capacities for getting lots of innocent people killed.
While its silly to some extent watching them go nuts over a soul sucking sword, it wasn't like they needed the extra help in real life.
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The other problem is that if we're just having another average day in the life of Elric, new readers may find it a poor introduction. The original Elric stories were reasonably short and thus had a sort of feverish intensity to them. It feels at times like two different stories that Moorcock couldn't develop uneasily wielded together for the sake of the setpieces and as such never really develops a real momentum. It doesn't have the feel of a breakneck race against time nor do we really have a good opportunity for an extended exploration of the Multiverse and the constant struggle between order and chaos.
The one new element is Oona, indeed the daughter of a dreamthief but beyond plotting with Elric and seeming to act as a guide and a convenient way to dispense exposition at times there's not much else she does. There's not even much dream stealing going on, although I imagine stealing Elric's dreams would be like bottling screams. He still gets some good scenes out of it.
I think the most memorable is Arioch's appearance but others may enjoy the dragons and their somewhat over the top role in things. But the Arioch scene to me has what much of the book is lacking. Too much else feels rote, everyone plodding through escapes from Nazis and monstrous henchmen while alliances and counteralliances swirl around depending on how the plot needs to shift.
Maybe a trim would have tightened it up better, maybe Moorcock doesn't have quite the feel for the material he used to have. And while its nice to see Elric again, he can't disguise the novel's feel as a band's reunion tour, running onto stage and performing all the expected hits for the cheering crowd. Even if the songs are well played and the band's trying its hard to shake the sense that its one of those exercises that makes both the listeners and the band feel like they're young again, allowing them for one night to ignore that its been done before and that professionalism is sometimes no excuse for a certain fire in the belly.
At least this time we can snag a T-shirt. Feb 02, Paula rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There is nothing lacking.
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The pacing is perfect, with the exception that I had a hard time getting into the book the first couple of chapters for one main reason. This was the first eternal champion novel I had read, and this is the tenth in the saga, so I was a bit lost. It picked up quickly though and never slowed down to where it got boring. Which leads me to Moorcock's usage of words. He's just so poetic, Even in parts of t Official Rating: He's just so poetic, Even in parts of the story where things seem to slow down, I was never bored but always consumed with the worlds he created, because of how he wrote.
This was done so subtly and through the characters themselves that I had to reread many parts, then stop and pause, awestruck with the beauty and intelligence of the author. Finally, there is a such author with enough great intelligence that it subtly reverberates through a story. Next, the storyline was amazing.
This book follows the perspective of Ulric and Elric at various points throughout the book and even dares to follow both of their minds at once. The characters are lovable and I was truly rooting for them. Rather than just being along for the ride, I was held captive by this story and invited into the minds and souls of the characters and of the setting itself.
Sep 17, John rated it really liked it. Moorcock starts with a really good historical fiction, telling the story from the viewpoint of a German nobleman who was born at the beginning of the twentieth century. The novel follows the man's experiences in World War I, his quiet life of reading and swordsmanship, and his horror at the rising tide of Nazism. Moorcock makes a number of insightful comments about what could be called the influence of decrepit, rigid law in a society.
His best observation is that the health of a nation can be de Moorcock starts with a really good historical fiction, telling the story from the viewpoint of a German nobleman who was born at the beginning of the twentieth century. His best observation is that the health of a nation can be determined by looking at its sentimentality for its past, implying that a nation obsessed with a glorious past certainly is headed for ruin. Although his topic is Germany, his comments aptly apply to the U. In a way, I felt that the fantastical parts of the book ruined the story.
I was a fan of the Elric stories as a teenager, but I wanted something subtler out of this story. Even so, the novel is a good parable for the destructiveness that overcomes a society when its citizenry vote away their rights out of fear. Jan 25, Anna rated it it was amazing. Just had a discussion about this book over dinner and realised I hadn't rated it yet. I read it when it was fresh out, hesitantly so because I could never have imagined that it would work.
As a die hard Elric fan I couldn't see how the saga could be transported to s Nazi Germany. It hurts to admit it but it is actually better crafted than the original series. View all 3 comments. Jan 24, Soraiku rated it it was amazing. Micheal Moorcock writes fantasy, but it's so beyond most others in the genre, it's incredibly refreshing.
Elric is a great anti-hero, and it was interesting to see him compared with the more human Ulric. Very well written, I couldn't put it down!
Jul 14, Ray rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: That aspect has been missing from the recent books The albino's back in full force. Jul 08, Steve marked it as to-read Shelves: Wonderful example of what fantasy can be. Set in an alternative Europe during the 2nd World War, we're treated to a gritty, semi-realistic kind of historical fantasy. The world is almost but not quite recognizable as our own interlaced with sorcery and mythical beasts and strange cities and lands that still manage to feel real and with characters that seem alive and real, drawing emotion from the reader and persuading us to care about them.
I picked this up from a charity shop as an accidental f Wonderful example of what fantasy can be. I picked this up from a charity shop as an accidental find but vaguely remember reading some of the Von Bek novels when I was younger. I've picked up the first Von Bek now in kindle format and hope for good things from it if it's anything like as good as this. Very enjoyable alternate historical fantasy.
Es el libro que menos me ha gustado pero no por ello he dejado de lado el Multiverso. Dec 27, S. Ellis rated it it was amazing. I was surprised when I stumbled upon this as I thought Michael Moorcock was finished writing Elric stories. I bought it, fully expecting another good but not great typical Elric adventure. There are scenes in this novel that had my eyes popped open like saucers and my heart pounding.
It was like heavy metal music--put onto paper. I don't want to give too much away. The older novels will alwa I was surprised when I stumbled upon this as I thought Michael Moorcock was finished writing Elric stories. The older novels will always have a place in my heart, but this is what I consider to be the best that Michael Moorcock has ever written. Jun 28, Julie Capell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anyone picking up this novel hoping for a mindless fantasy romp featuring their beloved Elric should be forwarned: Elric is the featured hero in less than half of the book.
The true protagonist is Count Ulric von Bek, who becomes embroiled in a chase across several planes in the multiverse in his attempt to thwart the destruction of his beloved Germany by Adolf Hitler and his minions. In this, his latest novel, Michael Moorcock continues to examine many of the same themes that have concerned him Anyone picking up this novel hoping for a mindless fantasy romp featuring their beloved Elric should be forwarned: In this, his latest novel, Michael Moorcock continues to examine many of the same themes that have concerned him in previous novels.