London Bone Paperback – 8 May 2001
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affecting, way. Told often in very matter of fact styles, they contain an elegaic love for the best of the world and its people, while never ignoring the harsh realities of urban life. These are city stories by a confirmed urbanite. For a writer who started his career as a sort of souped-up Tolkien, this is refreshing, engaged and original in ways that are never flashy, always substantial and always full of the same affection for the marginalised and forgotten dwellers in the city's
sidestreets and quiet, unknown places where not only the old city survives -- but her old virtues. If you loved Mother London, as I did, and found King of the City a bit intense, you will be very glad to read and enjoy this book. It also contains a very informative essay at the end on all kinds of London writers who don't get mentioned by Peter Ackroyd in his biography -- which would make a splendid companion to this. Both Moorcock, Ackroyd and Sinclair celebrate the city which most people only get a hint of. Their habits of walking, talking and actually living in their city, observing its details, have some of the same application which made the romantic PreRaphaelites return to detailed reality. This is romantic, at root, but it has an underlying quality of common sense and common humanity which makes us fall in love with this generous, furious,
great-hearted English writer.
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This is the Michael Moorcock I have always preferred and which in my view deserves to be permanently on all the 'best of' lists. Read morePublished on 19 April 2003
Michael Moorcock really is an astonishing writer, capable of the subtleties of character shown here and of epics which somehow defy their expectations but remain epics, nonethless. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2003 by John Conquest
Like Anthony Burgess, Michael Moorcock is a generous Prometheus. A genius who can turn his hand not only to every form of fiction, but many forms of poetry and music. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2002
None of these stories are the kind of full fledged fantasy you normally identify with Mr Moorcock and while I still go back and read those old, wild adventure tales, these really... Read morePublished on 11 July 2002
This is a wonderful collection of stories, showing Moorcock's wide range as a writer and displaying, as much as Mother London, his remarkable humanity. Read morePublished on 30 May 2002
Apart from the very shortest, almost every story in this book contains the substance of someone else's novel. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2002
Moorcock's mastery of popular forms coupled with his first class intellect produce a set of stories like none others. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2001
Some of these stories did first appear in a small press US book called Lunching With The Antichrist but it's the first time UK readers have had a chance to read them and it is the... Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2001
Yes, these are all great stories. It's too bad, though, that whoever edited this book decided to include so many pieces that have already been reprinted (and recently, at that) in... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2001 by Armando Saldaña Salinas