Later stories by Moorcock marked Elric as a facet of the Eternal Champion. Moorcock's doomed albino antihero is one of the better known in fantasy literature, having crossed over into a wide variety of media, such as role-playing games , comics, music, and film. The stories have been continuously in print since the s. It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone. Physically weak and frail, the anemic Elric must use drugs special herbs to maintain his health and vitality.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Elric by Michael Moorcock. Phil Hale Illustrator. This 11th volume of The Eternal Champion Series is dedicated to the most popular incarnation of the Champion: the doomed emperor Elric of Melnibone.
In order to achieve his destiny and begin a new age after the Armageddon that threatens to destroy the world, Elric must risk his very soul. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Eternal Champion Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Elric , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The first thing you need to do when writing a Michael Moorcock sword and sorcery novella is divide your 60, words into four sections, 15, words apiece. Then divide each section into six chapters. Allow a major event to happen, something astonishing, every four pages. How about a plot? How about we have only six days to save the Multiverse? Now draw a map of your world so you know where you are at any given time.
Now begin Sounds easy, right? Well, maybe for Moorcock. Seriously the major The first thing you need to do when writing a Michael Moorcock sword and sorcery novella is divide your 60, words into four sections, 15, words apiece. Seriously the major weakness with some of Moorcock is seeing through the planogram writing style. It still doesn't mean it isn't fun but Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, Von Bek taken in too large doses will kill the intended effect.
The best bit in here is The Revenge of the Rose. The other two long pieces, The Sleeping Sorceress and Stormbringer , are not nearly as good or memorable.
The former is too much of the "make it up as you go" style and the latter, while nicely tying up the entire Elric saga, drags on a little too long but has a nice denouement. The short pieces in the middle gain from the tighter plotting inherent in a short story versus a novella.
This is volume 11 in the US Eternal Champion series. I think Elric: Song of the Black Sword volume 5 was a little stronger than this one but between the two you pretty much get all of Moorcock's Elric, at least as it stood at the end of the century.
Bizarre creepy cover and interior art that seems to have little to do with Elric but looks cool nonetheless. View 1 comment. This, combined with Elric: The Song of the Black Sword , is just one of many ways to read the core books of the Elric saga. These two omnibuses were published by White Wolf, Inc. Books and 8 are fo This, combined with Elric: The Song of the Black Sword , is just one of many ways to read the core books of the Elric saga. Books and 8 are found in the first omnibus.
Honestly, the core books to me are the first six in the regular paperback series. The Revenge of the Rose is included here, and is worth reading. Unfortunately, due to being written some 30ish years later, the flow is thrown off when one wedges that between books 4 and 5. It seems to be reset then when one gets back into 5. Ideally, the best way to read the series might be by going the SFBC way of the four volume The Elric Saga which puts them out in a more linear order.
The first two volumes of that would then be the core series. That said, this was a very enjoyable read. Elric isn't pretty, and he isn't always nice. He's something of a bastard at times, mostly by necessity.
And his sword, Stormbringer, is as wicked evil as a weapon gets. It's one feisty bitch and even when Elric tries to do the right thing, sometimes this sword has a way of changing the game.
Jun 09, Charles rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. Parts of this book actually appeared in the volume entitled "The Weird of the White Wolf. May 27, Jamie Connolly rated it it was amazing Shelves: books.
Obviously 5 stars. It's elric. The best pul fantasy hero around. While they don't really have to be ready in order, the first book is the best place to start. After that it really doesn't matter. This particular anthology is the continuation and conclusion of the cycle as begun in Elric: Song of the Black Sword aka volumes 5 and 11 of the American version of the Tale of the Eternal Champion series.
This volume features Elric dealing with the aftermath of his act of anger and vengeance at the heart of the previous volume see first comment for what that act was if you don't mind a spoiler from the previous book.
Elric is an interesting, if rather unpleasant, character. He is the last sorcerer-emperor of a cruel, amoral race dedicated to chaos and the "dukes of hell. Conspiring against his better side are his continued reliance on black magic and his sickly albinism which leaves him dependent on drugs or his evil soul-sucking sword to keep up his strength. In his adventures, he is driven by vengeance and hatred as often as by nobler motivations.
The stories themselves are dark, trippy swords-and-sorcery fare with some sci-fi-like traveling to various alternate planes in "the multiverse. May 10, Gordon rated it it was ok. Mostly re-read this because it was a freebie ebook. As I recollected, but it reinforced, many of the tragic-anti-hero aspects of the stories and their anarchist bent remained but what I had thought was merely average writing seemed much poorer here.
There is little feeling of suspense, there i Mostly re-read this because it was a freebie ebook. There is a always the chance some great literary subtlety is occurring that I am completely missing of course. Somehow, however, these are still fine to read, and are pulp fantasy with an obsessive cult anti-hero and a soul-sucking demon for a sword. If you read fantasy then somewhere along the line, you should at least read the stereotypes, and it might be quite fun the Hawkmoon saga is the better of the Moorcock 's IMHO.
Sep 29, Paco Paco rated it did not like it. I obtained this book for free on my Amazon Kindle. The format was slightly confusing on the Kindle, as the book was interspersed with history from the publishing of the original Elric saga in the Fantasy zines back in the 60's. As a story, I see it as a sark and harsh version of the reluctant universal hero who must sacrifice himself for the good of all. It is hard to truly identify with the hero, or any of the characters, it reads more like a heroic saga with names and places and little emotion.
I can see where Moorcock may have been one of the progressive fantasy writers that have influenced other writers. Nov 22, Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. The first of four volumes republishing the stories of Elric in the order of their publication rather than a chronilogical order - which I think is what was attempted in the novelizations from the '70s that I read the first time starting with Elric of Melnibone and ending with Stormbringer.
Most interesting, I thought, about this edition is the additional materials that were included. Two of them are explanitory letters written at the same time as the stories, roughly. Seeing them in the publish The first of four volumes republishing the stories of Elric in the order of their publication rather than a chronilogical order - which I think is what was attempted in the novelizations from the '70s that I read the first time starting with Elric of Melnibone and ending with Stormbringer.
Elric: The Stealer of Souls
It is only when the barbarian refuses to leave that our hero draws his sword, attacking with such swiftness and ferocity that the would-be rapist is cleaved in two. Who said chivalry is dead? Those unfamiliar with Elric may, at first, find his journeys incomparably strange. And oy, does Elric ever agonize. What is stranger still is that the world Elric was born into did not necessarily need him.
Elric of Melniboné
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Elric of Melnibone, written by Michael Moorcock, is arguably one of the most recognizable characters in 20th century fantasty literature. These two forces are always at war, and neither must ever win out completely. If the world is tipped toof far towards Law, the result is stagnation. If the world is tipped too far towards Chaos, the result is madness.