Mr Moorcock is the British Balzac and Zola and you no more need to read all of his work that you need to read ever story in the Human Comedy. He can write with stiletto economy, as in his Cornelius stories or with discursive brilliance as in his Cornelius-for-the-21st-century King of the City, which echoes the Cornelius books, even in its title. I won't give away the full-cast, fifty orchestra, all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing ending of this, but you won't feel cheated when you get there. These books matured as the author matured and Angus Wilson's 'I had looked forward to the final volume but had not expected anything so good.' was echoed by me -- the books get better and better. And if your impression of Moorcock is of a sort of Thomas Wolfe turning out reams of waffle a day, think again. These stories are masterpieces of economy. The first hero for the post-modern world and an ikon of the cyberpunk movement, Jerry Cornelius is a seductive, bisexual, multiracial model for how to get most out of life in the 21st century. He isn't so much amoral as creating for himself a new morality, a new identity or series of identities malleable enough to meet the ever-changing realities of our age. His quest is even more relevant now than it was when the books were first written.