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Of Its Time, & Still a Classic,
This review is from: The Dancers At The End of Time (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Fully deserving of its place in the masterworks series and in numerous "100 best" lists of SF, this collection of three volumes published in the mid-seventies shows Michael Moorcock in a lighter, if no less creative, mood, than in the Elric & Corum books for which he became justifiably famous.
At the end of time there is no such thing as death (or if there is, it's speedily followed by resurrection), and onyx cathedrals and ebony citadels can be created at the stroke of a power ring. Moorcock's version of his eternal champion figure in this instance is Jherek Carnelian, whose pursuit of Amelia Underwood, plucked from her life in Victorian Bromley, forms the framework around which the many sub-plots are constructed. The first two parts are the best, culminating in an hilarious laugh-out-loud climax at London's Café Royal at the end of the 1800s. The third part 'The End of All Songs', does outstay its welcome a bit, and perhaps could have benefited from a bit of judicious editing. Nevertheless, it's a triumph in a genre which, Terry Pratchett & Douglas Adams aside, is not known for its comic potential. Fans of this book are suggested to go immediately to the tale 'Elric At the End of Time' in the volume 'Legends from the End of Time', also from Gollancz