Von Bek Omnubus

Von Bek Omnubus

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Overview

This volume of Moorcock's dark fantasy contains The Warhound and the World's Pain, The City in the Autumn Stars, The Pleasure Gardens of Felippe Sagittarious, and The Dragon in the Sword. In order to reclaim his lost soul, Captain Graf Ulrich von Beck must obtain for Lucifer the Holy Grail, the Cure for the World's Pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565041929
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/1996
Series: Von Bek Series , #2
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.53(d)

About 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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aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Do You the Devil's Work." I must admit, Moorcock is a master of his craft. I've probably said this about a million times before. Nevertheless, he is.When I started reading Von Bek (the White Wolf omnibus containing several stories about the family Von Bek, both originally and rewritten), I expected fantasy (for the most part). One hundred pages passes into one of the stories before anything remotely fantastic happens. But, I wasn't complaining. Each page leading up to there was full of an amazing story that I would have gladly read until the end, even if it wasn't fantastical. Moorcock made history INTERESTING to me!The general premise of Von Bek, or at least, the Von Bek family, is that the Graf Ulrich Von Bek (not to be confused with any later Ulrich Von Beks) has made a deal with the devil, and as such, has charge of one of the most sought-out relics of Christendom: the Holy Grail. The family motto becomes "Do you the devil's work," and each subsequent Von Bek seems to struggle with this family code.I would recommend Von Bek, at least the first two stories, to any fan of historical fantasy. Likewise, the third novel contained in this volume, would be ideal if you've read the first two Eternal Champion (Erekose) books. The final piece in this volume is a short story that has been recasted at least twice since it's original inscription, once for to make the protagonist a Von Bek, and once to make his Sexton Blake. Not surprisingly, this volume contains the Von Bek recasting.If you enjoy well written, engrossing prose, then you'll definitely enjoy Von Bek.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After "Kane of Old Mars" von Bek was my next favorite read of the Eternal Champion Omnibuses. Following the von Bek line and the dealings with Satan and the chasing and guarding of the Holy Grail in it's miriad forms. Klosterhiem is a rather interesting villian, one you can almost feel sorry for and then not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A climatic walk through Man's perfidy, and the search for redemption. A stunning tapestry of Christianity, Paganism, and the Metaphysical woven together in such a way as to reach out to anyone regardless of their belief system. Classic Moorcock - it will make you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Mr. Moorcock's and I have enjoyed his many novels about the various incarnation's of his character; the Eternal Champion. All his novels are indeed some of the most imaginative writings ever written. Each book in the Eternal Champion series is as good as the next except for this one (Von Bek). The problem w/ this book is that it becomes tedious and has an air of pseudo-Christian fanaticism, either intentional or unintentional, I don't know. But don't get me wrong Moorcock is probably my favorite author of all time, it is just that this book left me greatly dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moorcock's novel explores, on a mythical level, the very human search for understanding. Although the novel utilises imagery, characters and symbolism from the Christian religion, Moorcock nonetheless manages to combine reality (historical), religion (Christian and pagan), and science-fiction/fantasy in order to structure a world in which our realm seems to play a small, but important role in a war between Hell and Heaven, knowledge and ignorance, compassion and cruelty, love and hate, faith and betrayal. Every character in THE WARHOUND AND THE WORLD'S PAIN seems to be on a personal 'Grail Search' for self-actualisation. Moorcock's novel is quite revolutionary in that he undermines many stereotypical notions about the devil, the search for the Holy Grail, conceptualisations of heroism and relations between human beings. Von Bek is not Lancelot - he is a common soldier who has suppressed any finer feelings of morality and compassion in his mindless pursuit of war. Sabrina is not Guinevere - she is highly educated for her time, and has sold her soul in return for life as the devil's seductress. Lucifer is not the devil we have become used to seeing portrayed in films like THE EXORCIST. He is evil, but also has good qualities within his nature, such as compassion, mercy, courage and a desire to be redeemed. He is a strangely 'human' Devil, or humans are 'devilish'/'fallen angelic' creatures. In any case, the boundaries between human/devil/angel and spiritual/physical are blurred throughout the novel. Moorcock's is the best kind of originality - the kind that combines familiar elements (the Holy Grail, the search for self-knowledge, love, war, religion, friendship, betrayal, rebellion, etc.) and creates a new slant on belief, human nature, spirituality, reality and history. I hope that there are other readers out there who would be willing to share their own interpretations and ideas about Michael Moorcock's 'Von Bek' novels.