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Elric Of Melnibone: "The Stealer of Souls" AND "Stormbringer" (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock
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10 May 2001 FANTASY MASTERWORKS
Elric of Melniboné is the haunted, treacherous and doomed albino sorcerer-prince. An introspective weakling in thrall to his black-bladed, soul-eating sword, Stormbringer, he is yet a hero whose bloody adventures and wanderings through brooding, desolate lands leads inexorably to his decisive intervention in the war between the forces of Law and Chaos. This volume brings together The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, the first two published books of Elric¿s adventures, and confirms Michael Moorcock¿s place as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (10 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857987438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857987430
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elric, Moorcock's damned albino swordsman, is one of the most striking creations of heroic fantasy. Living in a world doomed to be forgotten, last emperor of the decaying empire he betrays, he is a striking figure of teenage angst who becomes something rather more. He is the central figure of a world conceived largely for its gloomy decorativeness--Moorcock's fantasy landscapes derive as much from the author's favourite Romantic and Mannerist pictures as they do from the traditions of a genre for which he had mixed feelings early in his career. Elric is doomed to sacrifice friends and lovers, as well as those enemies he wishes to spare, to the great black sword from which he derives not merely prowess but the capacity to be other than a neurasthenic invalid in these early stories. He also finds his wife Zarozinia and his friend Moonglum only to lose them, and fails heroically to save the world from the melting encroachments of the lords of Chaos. There is a dark power to these stories which belies their occasional absurdities and haunts the reader's dreams and nightmares.--Roz Kaveney

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Elric of Melniboné is one of the truly great creations of modern fantasy.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL NEW READERS SHOULD START WITH THIS 2 Oct 2002
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This collection captures the REAL Elric - it reprints the 5 original stories and Stormbringer - exactly the way a new reader should be introduced to Elric. Reading the stories in the order they were first published is a MUCH better way to get a real feel for the character and his world. This collection captures the real "core" of the character - kudos to the publisher for eschewing a larger collection and returning to the basics. Too bad it doesnt come in hardcover.
Forget the larger collections - the writing of those later stories is very uneven. IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT ELRIC, BUY THIS BOOK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important fantasy 16 Aug 2010
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A long time ago, someone put me off reading Michael Moorcock - someone who had a pretty negative view of him as a writer. Bizarrely, I have absolutely no recollection who this was. Because of this person, I spent the first 37 years of my life not having read any Michael Moorcock. And I'm now thinking that was a mistake.

The four short stories that form the first half of this volume are the first Elric stories, dating back to 1961 and 1962, which puts them pretty early in terms of modern fantasy - six or seven years after Lord of the Rings. They are very different to LotR, but curiously quite similar to other parts of Tolkien's work that at that time were unpublished - notably the stories of Turin. Apparently both Moorcock and Tolkien's stories were influenced by the same tale from Finnish mythology, as indeed was Poul Anderson, but more on him in another review. A genuine coincidence it would seem.

Of course I knew about Elric before reading the books - If you've been exposed to as much fantasy role-playing as I have, he's hard to avoid. In a Games Workshop Q&A session at an RPG convention in the 80s, I once asked why GW seemed to be so obsessed with the concept of 'chaos' and the panel replied simply because they were all Michael Moorcock fans. Anyway, Elric - angst-ridden albino anti-hero with demonic super-sword. But for some reason I had it in my head that Moorcock wrote pulpy rubbish.

I was completely wrong. Even in these early books, I would say he stands above most fantasy authors in terms of his writing style. These stories are thrilling and exciting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master 9 April 2003
Written in Moorcock's early twenties, these stories are full of fire and colour and show why he has been such a huge influence on almost all other fantasy fiction since he began. A great introduction to his fantasy work. You can always go on to the omnibus volumes (Elric of Melnibone and Stormbringer) which in turn will take you to The Dreamthief's Daughter and The Skrayling Tree. All the Elric novels are good, some more mature than others, but if you read no others, read these and
read a writer in his first flush of glorious inspiration. There remains no better fantasy novel, in my opinion, than Stormbringer which J.G.Ballard recommends with such glowing
woreds of praise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last he's about to hit the big screen 5 Mar 2003
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News that Elric is soon to be filmed has produced a flurry of excitement amongst his fans and I must say it's time we saw the old albino brought to the big screen. He has all the right elements to be a huge hit -- the epic qualities of Lord of the Rings combined with a personality which makes him a role model for every teenage boy and a heart-throb for every romantic female. And this particular book, which contains only the very first Elric stories, written between 1961 and 1963, when Moorcock himself was scarcely out of short pants, is the one to read if you want the pure essence of the doom-haunted, self-questioning, soul-feeding weakling who gets his strength from
those he kills and yet somehow remains attractive and likeable.
These are all the marks of a top class Byronic hero and my guess is that Elric is going to run and run, especially now that the movie is in the offing. I can't wait. Meanwhile, this is the volume to get first. If you like it, there are the two omnibuses also available, plus his mature and excellent The Dreamthief's Daughter and The Skrayling Tree which develop the series in ways that are both relevant to the original stories and remain exciting, original fantasies in their own right.
Elric Rules!
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a master work 25 Mar 2014
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Moorcocks best character, brought together in this masterworks special. My only complaint is that it's not available on Kindle... Yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a revisit 11 Sep 2013
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Havent got around to the book yet but I read Stormbringer many yrs ago when at school. It stuck in my mind as a great book. This is second hand, cheap and very good condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure to read 17 Feb 2013
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Read Michael Moorcock books many moons ago and wanted to revisit author. Book delivered as promised and is now part of a selection of new books to read at leisure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. 29 Mar 2009
A brilliant piece if Fantasy Fiction by Moorcock. Elric is by far one of the best characters ever written in any genre, his dark broody presence fills each page and with his Chaos filled sword Stormbringer brings countless mayhem to all he meets. All of Moorcock's novels follow a similar line, a war against Chaos and light, good and evil, sometimes this can be monotonous but with Elric it really works. His writing style is great, you can really get a scene not only for each different character but for each backdrop, whether is be the ancient woods or the city of Karlaak. For me this is how you can tell the difference between a good author and a great one and Moorcock is definitely the latter.

Erlic has hired mercenary war bands to raid his old city and to gain revenge on his cousin for taking the Ruby Throne and putting the women he loves into an endless sleep. After the battle is won and his home city is burning and blood running down it's streets Erlic heads back into the world in search of knowledge and plunder. He meets friends and from there they go from one place to another causing death and mayhem, but Elric senses doom coming over the horizon. Will he and his friends survive? Only the cursed sword Stormbringer can decide.

If you're a lover of Fantasy then this and Moorcock's work are a must, they truly are a classic worth reading.
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