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Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock
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13 Jun 2002 FANTASY MASTERWORKS

Prince Corum is the last of the Vadhagh, his family and people brutally slain by the Mabden. Vowing to wreak vengeance on the killers, Corum sets out on his terrible quest only to fall in love with a beautiful Mabden woman, and to confront the fury of the Lords of Chaos. For they fear that he is the hero who could tip the balance in their cataclysmic war with the forces of Law and free his world from Chaos's vicious grip. His epic struggle against them and his ultimate victory is only bought at a considerable price.

Moorcock's evocation of a rich, dark world, a time of magic, phantasms, cities in the sky, oceans of light and wild flying beasts of bronze is one of the pinnacles of modern imaginative literature.



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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (13 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575073667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575073661
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dazzling and brilliant fantasy from one of the true giants of the genre

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Michael Moorcock (1939-) Michael Moorcock is one of the most important figures in British SF and Fantasy literature. The author of many literary novels and stories in practically every genre, his novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Whitbread and Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1999, he was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award; in 2001, he was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame; and in 2007, he was named a SFWA Grandmaster. Michael Moorcock is also a musician who has performed since the seventies with his own band, the Deep Fix; and, as a member of the prog rock band, Hawkwind, won a gold disc. His tenure as editor of New Worlds magazine in the sixties and seventies is seen as the high watermark of SF editorship in the UK, and was crucial in the development of the SF New Wave. Michael Moorcock's literary creations include Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, Jerry Cornelius and, of course, his most famous character, Elric. He has been compared to, among others, Balzac, Dumas, Dickens, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard. Although born in London, he now splits his time between homes in Texas and Paris.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best 6 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lyrical writing, beautiful world-building, engaging adventure. Moorcock never lets you down.
He's a marvellous antidote to the billions of cloned Tolkien books out there. His is Hammett to Tolkien's Chandler. Read him and read Tolkien, and you have read the two most influential writers in modern fantasy. But they are by no means the same in intention. Tolkien slots easily into the English Dream. Moorcock is constantly addressing what you might call the English Nightmare. Both are part of the Matter of Britain and both can make great claims to have continued to examine it.
This sense of myth and history is why critics like Peter Ackroyd single Moorcock out. That he was never as comforting as Tolkien is no doubt why his work is no longer understood as it seemed once to be understood and appreciated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Classic Moorcock 25 Jun 2002
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Apart from a last-minute title change to Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe, and a new cover painting, this Fantasy Masterworks offering is identical in every respect to the (still in print) version of the first three Corum books issued as Volume 4 in Moorcock's Tale of the Eternal Champion series, also published by Gollancz.
That said, if you're a fan of sword and sorcery and have never encountered this particular Moorcock hero then get hold of a copy now. While I have always been more of a fan of Elric, Hawkmoon and Jherek Carnalian, it was actually a pleasure to read these stories again. Indeed it's hard to believe that they are now over thirty years old. Each of the volumes contained in this omnibus fail to reach the two-hundred page mark, and they remain an abject example of prose which is economical yet bursting with ideas - a lesson which today's writers of fat fantasy tomes could do well to learn from. Reading some of the more breathlessly inspired passages, you can almost see Moorcock behind the typewriter, getting new ideas faster than he can set them down. This make-it-up-as-you-go-along style of writing does have its flaws, however, and things do become a little erratic in the third part, with guest appearances from both Elric and Erekose, the original Eternal Champion himself. Nevertheless this is a must-read volume and I presume the title change is because Gollancz intends to bring out the second trilogy of Corum adventures, The Prince with the Silver Hand, at some point in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Moorcock creations. 2 April 2009
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Corum is one of my favourite Moorcock characters, they are beautifully written and well realised, you truly get a sense of knowing the people and you begin to care what happened to them. To me this is the mark of a great writer and storyteller, as with all of his work this novel is based on the wars between Chaos and Law. The action again as with all of his work is hard and fast paced, often bloody and brutal. The Magical system is amazing, I particuly like how Corum can reach into another realm and summon the aid of fallen warriors and other dead beasts. All in all you don't get much better than Corum, if you're a fan of Fantasy give this a go, if you like it read all of Moorcocks work, you'll be in for a treat.

The story begins in the world a Corum, a small castle filled with family and a few servants. He sets out on a mission set by his father the King to travel to the North to seek out more of his lost race. When he arrives at the destination he discovers that he is to late, the castle of his kin is burnt to the ground and the dead are left to rot in the open fields. This sets Corum on the path of revenge were he we fight epic battles with man and Gods and travel the different realms and times to restore the order of Law were Chaos rains. Will he and the world he knows survive the coming struggle? Only the Gods will decide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Elric or Hawkmoon, try this... 26 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In classic Moorcock fashion, the Corum saga throws the reader into the most vivid imagery experience. Moorcock is not affraid to pit his heros against deities the size of titans, and demons as powerful as entire armies. This is true 'high fantasy' and a must for all Elric and Hawkmoon fans. Corum is a worthy incarnation of the eternal champion, and his adventures are a pure delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Classic Moorcock 20 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
Apart from a last-minute title change to Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe, and a new cover painting, this Fantasy Masterworks offering is identical in every respect to the (still in print) version of the first three Corum books issued as Volume 4 in Moorcock's Tale of the Eternal Champion series, also published by Gollancz.
That said, if you're a fan of sword and sorcery and have never encountered this particular Moorcock hero then get hold of a copy now. While I have always been more of a fan of Elric, Hawkmoon and Jherek Carnalian, it was actually a pleasure to read these stories again. Indeed it's hard to believe that they are now over thirty years old. Each of the volumes contained in this omnibus fail to reach the two-hundred page mark, and they remain an abject example of prose which is economical yet bursting with ideas - a lesson which today's writers of fat fantasy tomes could do well to learn from. Reading some of the more breathlessly inspired passages, you can almost see Moorcock behind the typewriter, getting new ideas faster than he can set them down. This make-it-up-as-you-go-along style of writing does have its flaws, however, and things do become a little erratic in the third part, with guest appearances from both Elric and Erekose, the original Eternal Champion himself. Nevertheless this is a must-read volume and I presume the title change is because Gollancz intends to bring out the second trilogy of Corum adventures, The Prince with the Silver Hand, at some point in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
In my opinion there is no finer writer of fantastic fiction than Michael Moorcock. Corum may or may not be his finest work depending on your own personal point of view, but for me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Markie
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome reissue in one volume
I read these first about 30 years ago. It's great to have them again in one volume, bringing together the first part of the story of Corum. Read more
Published 11 months ago by billg
5.0 out of 5 stars Moorcock Tales of the Eternal Champion
Great series, i remember these books as a teenager, nice to have each subject in one volume. Recommended. I will collect the whole series which is some 14 volumes.
Published on 4 Sep 2012 by K. W. Maeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality like this never dates or ages..........
I initially read Moorcock's Eternal Champion books in the 70's when I was a teenager. Now at the age of 50 I've come back to them and these books are a complete delight. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Rik P
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Published on 28 May 2010 by Niccolò Sensi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best
I'm quite a fan of Moorcock, from years ago when I read 'Behold the Man.' I've read and enjoyed a lot of his books, and whilst this was good, it wasn't one of the best. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2009 by A. Gaunt
3.0 out of 5 stars too stoned
This is a good series of science fantasy. But (and it's a big one) the man has done much better. I can't escape the feeling that this was a day job of a series. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2002 by Mr R Castley
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favourites
This book draws on a more direct Celtic mythology than most of Mr Moorcock's other books (apart from his second Corum trilogy) and
moves with a pace and on a level of... Read more
Published on 11 July 2002 by "connie2457"
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a hundred average fantasies
Moorcock packs more ideas, images and emotions into this relatively short series, which is thinner than many current first volumes in fat fantasy series, and still manages to give... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2001
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