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"A major novelist of enormous ambition."
“The 17 stories in this collection demonstrate the breadth of scope and the excellence in storytelling of SF Grand Master and multigenre author Moorcock.... Moorcock crosses genres, bends boundaries, and breaks rules as only a master storyteller can.”
“...Moorcock is a throwback to such outsized 19th-century novelistic talents as Dickens and Tolstoy.”
“[Moorcock] introduced me to the ridiculously powerful things that happen when you put a sophisticated, contemporary literary vocabulary at the service of a blackly grim high-fantasy imagination. A giant of the genre in every possible sense.”
“It is all quintessential Moorcocka wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock’s talent very well, thank you.”
“...a handy, one-volume collection that serves as a superb introduction to the boundless imagination of this unique and fascinating author....”
“..something for everyone to love.... This collection illustrates the breadth of Moorcock’s talent. A long-overdue retrospective.”
Readers new to the work of Grand Master Moorcock may be a bit put off by this wandering collection of short stories, grouped neither chronologically nor by style and acknowledged in the introduction as an "almost random" selection. Those seeking links to the renowned fantasy saga of Elric will find only the enigmatic eight-page "A Portrait in Ivory," which, while evocative and well-written, will have much less impact for those who have not previously encountered the mercenary antihero. Similarly, only three of Moorcock's four Reminiscences of the Third World War stories are included, and the other selections range from hard science fiction to the brief and "wholly non-fantastical" tale "A Winter Admiral." Moorcock's writing is top-notch, but only completists will be able to fully appreciate its exemplars here. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
It is all quintessential Moorcock-a wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock's talent very well, thank you.
From a poignant, contemplative moment in the life of antihero Elric of Melniboné ("A Portrait in Ivory") to a previously unpublished new revision of the 1993 story "Lunching with the Antichrist," the 17 stories in this collection demonstrate the breadth of scope and the excellence in storytelling of sf Grandmaster and multigenre author Moorcock. VERDICT One of the progenitors of the sword-and-sorcery genre as well as the New Wave literary sf movement, Moorcock crosses genres, bends boundaries, and breaks rules as only a master storyteller can. This important contribution to the author's oeuvre contains variant versions and some previously uncollected stories; a must read for his most ardent fans.