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Fabulous Harbors (Second Ether Series #2)
     

Fabulous Harbors (Second Ether Series #2)

by Michael Moorcock
 

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The second of a three-book set, FABULOUS HARBORS is a bridge between the novels BLOOD and THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS. Comprised of eleven interlocking tales, it guides the reader through Michael Moorcock's spectacular expanding multi-universe--a luminously realized, richly layered work of fantastic invention and lovingly drawn characters. 240 pp.

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The second of a three-book set, FABULOUS HARBORS is a bridge between the novels BLOOD and THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS. Comprised of eleven interlocking tales, it guides the reader through Michael Moorcock's spectacular expanding multi-universe--a luminously realized, richly layered work of fantastic invention and lovingly drawn characters. 240 pp.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An innovative and prolific fantasy writer, Moorcock (Mother London, etc.) connects eight of his recent short stories with brief narrative scenes to create the second book in the series that began with last year's Blood and that will conclude later this year with War Amongst the Angels. Although each story can stand alone, and in fact they did when originally published in various anthologies and other sources, here they form a mosaic of Moorcock's intricate and ever-expanding "multiverse" and offer clear proof of his skill as a stylist. "The Black Blade's Summoning" finds wily Captain Horace Quelch teamed with Elric of Melnibone in an attempt to save Xanardwys, the land of eternal summer. "The Affair of the Seven Virgins" is a wry send-up of Conan Doyle, with the urbane, Holmes-like Sexton Begg called on to assist a mysterious albino lord. "The Girl Who Killed Sylvia Blade" is a noir crime story Mickey Spillane would admire, while "No Ordinary Christian" employs a Saharan setting to tell a tale of love and vengeance. Readers unfamiliar with Moorcock's ambitious multiverse characters may come away with some justifiable confusion, but his many fans will be amused as well as entertained by having all these stories together in one place. (Feb.) FYI: In his nearly four decades of writing, Moorcock has won a World Fantasy Award, a Nebula Award and a John W. Campbell Award.
Library Journal
Moorcock compiles nine previously published fantasy stories from 1966 and 1993-95 with the same characters and concerns that appear in Blood: A Southern Fantasy (AvoNova: Morrow, 1995) and uses this collection as a transition to his upcoming War Amongst the Angels. In this "multiverse," Rose von Bek, Sam Oakenhurst, Elric the albino prince, and the Beggs family continue their adventures. For readers already familiar with these characters; buy on demand.
Kirkus Reviews
Eleven loosely interconnected tales, 196695—nine reprints and two originals, all featuring more-or-less familiar Moorcock characters—that form a bridge between Blood (1995) and a projected third volume. In this particular aspect of Moorcock's "multiverse," "jugador" Jack Karaquazian retires from the Game of Time to run a casino, while the White Pirate, Captain Horace Quelch, pursues the enigmatic Count Manfred; in a rather elaborate joke, Manfred reveals that he's actually the Wandering Gentile—the so-called Wandering Jew stayed home and took it easy. Elsewhere, the albino prince of ruins, Elric, with his soul-eating sword, enters a country where demons rain from the sky. The Reverend Edwin Begg explains how, for preaching universal love, he was denounced as the Antichrist. Detective Sexton Begg investigates an ugly case of sadomasochism, vice, and corruption. In the desert, Albert Begg stumbles across lost temples and Egyptian gods. Jerry Cornelius pops up as a computer download. And at Glastonbury, Tommy Begg discovers the Holy Grail.

Spellbinding, maybe, or rootless and irrelevant, depending on whether you buy Moorcock's anything-goes, game-playing scenario.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380795437
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Second Ether Series , #2
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Born in London in 1939, Michael Moorcock is a prolific and award-winning writer with more than 80 works of fiction and non-fiction to his name. He is best known for his novels about the character Elric of Melniboné, a seminal influence on the fantasy genre in the 1960s and ’70s. In 2008, the London Times named Moorcock in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."

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