Michael Moorcock is probably best known as a fantasy novelist but some of his books--"Mother London" to be sure but also the Col. Pyatt series--are increasingly seen as literature. He is a writer with something to say and perhaps always has been.
In "London Peculiar," a different side of Moorcock is seen, that of an essayist. This book collects various autobiographical fragments, book reviews, introductions to works, eulogies and even music criticism. Moorcock is excellent as he offers insights into Victorian and Edwardian literature, the writing life, growing up in London during the Blitz and a host of other matters. He splashes some cold water on the later works of Phillip K. Dick and offers some insight into the decline and death of Elvis Presley.
Moorcock is a bit all over the place but there are some familiar targets--Tolkien, Heinlein, Thatcherism. Even when the reader disagrees with Moorcock on some matters, these essays will entertain and instruct. The wide array of topics helps drive this collection and Moorcock is just as solid on Edgar Rice Burroughs as he is the core audience of the Rolling Stones in the 60s and ugly architecture in London after the war. While some Moorcock fans will be puzzled that he is touching on topics outside of Elric and Jerry Cornelius, most readers will profit from reading this wonderful collection of essays.