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Hawkmoon: The History of the Runestaff (Moorcocks Multiverse) Paperback – 11 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057510869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575108691
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"The greatest writer of post-Tolkien British fantasy." --Michael Chabon, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Yiddish Policemen's Union""If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction, you must read Michael Moorcock. He changed the field single-handedly: he's a giant. He has kept me entertained, shocked, and fascinated for as long as I have been reading."--Tad Williams, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Otherland series

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Moorcock's Multiverse presents for the first time, definitive editions of Michael Moorcock's most influential work, fully revised and updated by the author.

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Michael Moorcock is swiftly becoming one of my favourite fantasy writers and this collection of novels (novellas really) about the aspect of the Eternal Champion known as Hawkmoon. All four books follow a similar pattern which is a quest for a shiny magical object culminating in an epic and seemingly hopeless battle. That said, it's a good formula and works really well.

The books concern Duke Hawkmoon who is caught up in a battle to defeat the Dark Empire of Granbretan who are rapidly conquering Europe. They're populated with beautifully described cities and landscapes, hilariously creative weapons, and some of the nastiest villains in literature. The characters are, for the most part, written well and are believable even within such an outrageously bizarre story.

Moorcock has stated that he wrote the books in three days and they're very short. This has both positive and negative consequences for the books. They're undeniably action packed and fast paced. There's never a dull moment as the hero and his companions battle their way from one danger to the next. It doesn't drag at any point which makes reading them a thoroughly enjoyable experience. However, Moorcock seems to have frequently written himself into traps that he doesn't feel he has the word count to deal with properly. The result is a series of miraculous escapes by previously unknown or unmentioned means, be it the arrival of a new ally or the sudden revelation of power or tool that one of the characters had all along. It doesn't ruin the books but does smell ever so slightly of lazy writing. Sadly, the grand finale of the whole series is barely three pages long and just seems to abruptly resolve with a very weak ending. This was slightly disappointing having enjoyed the series so much.
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Of all the incarnations of the Eternal Champion, Hawkmoon is the least complicated. Unlike his peers, he is not prone to bouts of self analysis or introspection.

Cleverly reversing the traditional jingoism of 'good' Brits against 'bad' Germans, Moorcock gives us a no-nonsense fantasy thriller, with a no nonsense protagonist. Not for Hawkmoon meta-physical debates or philosophical discourse. Hawkmoon is clear in purpose and action.

As much as I enjoy the Eternal Champion series, there are times when I wish Moorcock could have laid off the philosophy. Arguably, it's this philosophy that drives the series and raises it above the works of others. But there are times when you're not in the mood for prime steak, and a cheeseburger will suffice. With Hawkmoon, Moorcock does this, letting the characters and the action roar along at a terrific pace.

Easily one of my favourites in the series.
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I first read the Hawkmoon books way back in the 1970's,along with the other Eternal Champion books.
I was NOT disappointed with this much larger edition/collection of Hawkmoons fight against the dark empire
along with friends he makes on his travels.

Afine read that will never pass away,
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