It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk white From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody.He is Elric, Emperor of Melnibone, cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery the hero of Michael Moorcock s remarkable epic of conflict and advenIt is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk white From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody.He is Elric, Emperor of Melnibone, cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery the hero of Michael Moorcock s remarkable epic of conflict and adventure at the dawn of human historyIncluded is a dramatic introduction read by Michael Moorcock over 10 mins in length.
Elric of Melnibon It is the colour of a bleached skull his flesh and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk white From the tapering beautiful head stare two slanting eyes crimson and moody He is Elric
I have spent a long time searching for a modern fantastical epic which is worth reading It seems like there should be one, out there, somewhere I have so enjoyed the battlefields of Troy, the dank cavern of Grendel s dam, Dido s lament, Ovid s hundred wild spun tales, perfidious Odysseus, the madness of Orlando, Satan s twisted rhetoric, and Gilgamesh s sea voyage to the forgotten lands of death And so I seek some modern author to reinvent these tales with some sense of scholarship, poetry, char [...]
After reading and having my hair blown back by The Swords Trilogy The Knight of the Swords,The Queen of the Swords and The King of the Swords , I decided to dive into the adventures of Moorcock s most famous avatar of the Eternal Champion, Elric of Melnibone.This first installment serves as a nice introduction to the contemplative albino sorcerer, who rules the ancient, powerful land of Melnibone It was a nice surprise to learn that in the never ending, multi dimensional cosmic dust up between t [...]
I have always detested Michael Moorcock.As a fantasy reader whose passion for Tolkien s writing knows no boundaries, I have always had a hard time swallowing the venomous spite and blind arrogance with which he s been denouncing the champion of my fantasy dreams Generally speaking, I never felt anything against authors who attempted to step out of Tolkien s shadow These separatists, as I enjoy calling them, count shining stars like Mervyn Peake and China Mieville among their ranks, both men I re [...]
Elric of FREAKIN Melnibone.A supersized but colorless everlasting gobstopper of fantasy have at you.If he were a mongoose, he d be Elrici tiki tavi.If he were a professional wrestler pronounced RASTLER in Memphis he d be Elric Flair Wooooooooooooo If he were an amateur bowler in California and part time brother Shamus he d be El Ricerino and only if we were not into the whole brevity thing If he were anything other than Michael Moorcock s magnificent Man of Melnibone he d be a calorie deficient, [...]
This is some epic awesomeness.I m an absolute sucker for the grand sweeping personal quests to gain and yet magical power in the service of rescuing your one true love, casting aside morals, the greater good, your own health, and possibly your own sanity This tale holds up perfectly after all this time All the best aspects of modern fantasy are encapsulated and written with such spartan clarity and diamond sharpness within Moorcock s classic I only needed this one taste and I m now a lifelong [...]
It pleases me to return, after many years, to the saga of Elric VIII, Emperor of Melnibone, the doomed albino with the icy demeanor and imperious nature whose constant companion is Stormbringer, a bloodthirsty talking sword Elric is the sickly descendant of a haughty alien race, a long line of amoral conquerors and wielders of magic Many of his nobles including his cousin, the accomplished magician Yrkoon do not think the young emperor is fit for his high task He is soon challenged by a pirate f [...]
This is the tale of Elric before he was called Woman slayer, before the final collapse of Melnibone This is the tale of his rivalry with his cousin Yirkoon and his love for his cousin Cymoril, before that rivalry and that love brought Imrryr, the Dreaming City, crashing in flames, raped by the reavers from the Young Kingdoms This is the tale of the two black swords, Stormbringer and Mournblade, and how they were discovered and what part they played in the destiny of Elric and Melnibone a destiny [...]
This is THE classic sword and sorcery tale that came about in the early 1960s Note that I am referencing when Elric first appeared which was in Moorcock s novella, The Dreaming City Science Fantasy 47, June 1961 Wiki.Note that this is one of my early reviews so the format is different CONCEPT Very interesting This one was done in the 60s before there were a lot of Sci fi Fantasy writers Moorcock is definitely one of the older writers and his works range in quality though fortunately this one is [...]
You know, I kept seeing Moorcock s Elric stories referred to by authors I enjoyed greatly as being totally inspirational and important to the beginnings of New Weird fiction which is what people who write Urban Fantasy but want to be taken seriously call their work So I m going on vacation and I think to myself This ll be the perfect thing to read on the beach or in transit fun, surprisingly good, etc etc etc As it turns out I m just not seeing it I know that issue may be that I m reading the fi [...]
This is the first book of a classic fantasy series with an iconic anti hero From what I understand the author tried to create something different from The Lord of the Rings at the time this book was published the majority of fantasy genre consisted of The Lord of the Rings clones Considering that the series now has a status of genre classics, the author succeeded The main hero Elric is an albino who happened to be the Emperor of Melnibon and who must use potions to maintain his strength He is cu [...]
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Elric, emperor of Melnibon , is not your typical fantasy hero He s an albino with white skin, long white hair, and slanting red eyes He s weak and has to take drugs every few hours just to maintain the strength of a normal man He s a brooding and contemplative scholar, which makes him dull at parties.Some people think Elric is a demon he sure looks like one and many of his subjects would prefer to have the throne of Melnibon occupied by Elric s charismatic [...]
I read this edition years ago I loved it I have also reviewed the omnibus volumes that came out recently While I like some Elric stories better than others I believe he this character, you know Elric holds a special place in the annals of fantasy characters Or maybe I should say tragic fantasy characters I just noted this review and thought I d add this to my earlier comments There was a time when back in the 70s and 80s when the Eternal Champion books were a must read among fantasy readers fans [...]
This book and I disagreed I tend to dislike fantasy books whose language is flowery, whose characters are coarse and papery, and whose plots are obviously constructions of the authors to be used with appropriately puppet like characters But my friend liked this story, so I said I d read it I don t understand how this stuff got popular Not at all I read some of it out loud to a discerning friend of mine, sometimes in disbelief and unable to stop from laughing, and to this day we make fun of some [...]
I have this feeling that my luck is none too good This sword here at my side don t act the way it should Keeps calling me it s master, but I feel like it s slave.Hauling me faster and faster to an early, early grave.And it howls It howls like hell Black Blade by Blue yster Cult, lyrics by Michael MoorcockHow many authors do you know who gets to write lyrics for a song based on his book to be record by a legendary metal band Elric has to be just about the coolest most bad ass mofo in the history [...]
A sickly emperor with a demon possessed sword14 April 2011 This was one of the earlier fantasy books that does not fall into what I consider the fantasy genre I term as Lord of the Rings wannabe s Elric is not a hero nor is he on a quest to save the world In fact, while not going out of his way to destroy the world, the character of Elric would be at home as a villain than as the central character of a fantasy series But this is what Elric is, and these stories, originally published as short st [...]
Fantasy Review BarnIn the style of an oral storyteller, bringing to mind the Greek classics in its deeds, I admit I was quite surprised by how good Elric of Melnibon was It is not a question of an old book holding up in this case, rather Elric is obviously a pace setter that countless that follow can only hope to keep up with If anything I have proven to myself that some of the classics of the genre are considered so for a reason I will drop a minor heresy in that given a choice I would reread t [...]
e happiness cannot last unless we know completely what we are There are two kinds of good books One is that book which will make one feel warm and hopeful There is other type which will make one gloomy and depressive And Elric of Melnibone belongs to the other kind.Wow I really am impressed from the work of so called Anti Tolkien writer Most of the people agree that J.R.R Tolkien was the father of epic fantasy and many of the novels e.g Eragon, since many of my good friends on have re read read [...]
This was a very charming book in its own morbid way Elric is the singularly badass Emperor of Melnibon a debauched, weird island nation that used to be a sprawling, powerful empire Apparently it s considered completely uncool to be anything but self possessed, icy and callous on Melnibon but Elric seems to be of a different stock than most of his pale kin a bit introspective and even moralistic This alone presents him with several problems, and compounding things is his cousin Yyrkoon, who is a [...]
In which Elric fights off his cousin s usurpation, first strikes a deal with Arioch and other higher powers, meets Rackhir the Red Archer, acquires the sword Stormbringer, and makes a lot of terrible choices in the name of defying Fate and the Powers That Be.Overwrought and amateurish, and yet still a classic of fantastic literature wonderfully dry you can almost picture him writing these books with one eyebrow continuously cocked at his typewriter , compelling, a quick read, and full of the gre [...]
Dying empire presented with two means of resuscitation irredentist aggression or contemplative isolationism, each represented, somewhat reductively, by the principal antagonist and protagonist Their agon includes a series of coups and counter coups, and results in a bizarre duel with sentient nuclear swords on the wrong side of the last sphincter in hell s colon The protagonist has the repuation of being an anti hero, and he lives up to it, as his desire was not to reform Melnibone but to reform [...]
I realy wanted to like this book SPOILERS I was hearing the usual things that everyone hears about Elric it s supposed to be the birth of dark fantasy, its hero is complex and morally ambiguous, there are adult themes, and so on, and so forth And I found almost nothing to like about this book.The characters were worse than two dimensional the fragile princess that gets to be rescued, the evil moustache twirling cousin, the noble right hand man, and Elric himself, a brooding, relentlessly emo her [...]
I picked this for my reading challenge and I was not disappointed, but rather pissed at myself that I was putting it away for so long I was surprised how fresh it felt, considering that Elric was born somewhere between years 1960 and 1970 Quite a fast paced story, rather short and not overly detailed, it takes us into the decadent and violent land of Melnibon , where sorcerers live side by side with dragons and demons of higher and lower planes Melnibon ans drown their days in cruel rituals and [...]
I ll never forget the first time I heard about Elric It was at the high school graduation party of my friend, Denyse Byrd Denyse was an intriguing figure to me I never had the courage to ask her out While she did not look like Morticia Addams, she had a certain dark allure about her, like Morticia If she ever reads this, I hope she takes this in a good way.Anyway, at the party, Denyse mentioned that she d read Elric and found something in the books that she never got out of The Lord of the Rings [...]
I read this one years ago When I ran across this audio version I picked it up Having not read any of the Eternal Champion volumes for a long time it sort of reminded me how much I liked many of them.This short book serves as a sort of intro to the entire Elric saga and we get a look at much of the character Mr Moorcock was building for Elric and I d forgotten how annoying Elric could be.This these actually as it applies to the Elric series is a book I d recommend for anyone who likes high fantas [...]
Peccati eburnei Una scrittura efficace, dai tratti quasi lisergici, fa da cornice ad Elric di Melnibon , tra i massimi personaggi di cui il genere fantasy pu fregiarsi.Il protagonista acquisisce sfaccettature non banali con l incedere dei racconti meno efficace la miriade di personaggi che orbitano attorno all antieroe, dipinti alla stregua di macchiette.L abuso di deus ex machina spesso con la sgradevole controindicazione di stritolare il libero arbitrio non vanno ad intaccare, almeno per il mo [...]
Michael Moorcock created a new kind of hero in Elric of Melnibone Elric first appeared in several novelettes in the early 1960 s later collected as sequels to this volume.Here, the brooding wizard prince of the ancient and powerful kingdom fights his male cousin, Yrkoon, for a seat on the Ruby Throne, and the love of his female cousin, Cymoril.As a physically frail, well educated, wizard Elric is the opposite of the traditional warrior hero This book stands the test of time and remains a excelle [...]
this is how great fantasy should be done
Couldn t put this one down The prose is gorgeous, the pace is swift, and Elric is fascinating as a sort of anti Conan protagonist Can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.
One of the classics of the genre It has aged well Odd circumstances and fanciful worlds, as with other Moorcock works It would pair well with some Pink Floyd or Blue yster Cult playing in the background Readers of Moorcock would not be surprised to learn that he wrote lyrics for a few B C songs.
Video reviewFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2017As elegant and pleasurable as a Melnibonean banquet, thanks both to its subtle delicacies and to all the crazy shit going on Easily one of the best fantasy novel I ve ever read.