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King of the City (Mother London / King of the City)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Michael Moorcock, returns with the story of the times and trials of Dennis Dover, former rock guitarist, photojournalist, paparazzo, and loyal denizen of Mother London, and his brilliant, beautiful, and socially conscious cousin, Rosie Beck. Since childhood they have been inseparable, delighting in the daily discoveries of a life with no limits. But now a powerful, unstopp ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published May 2nd 2000)
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Sep 21, 2008 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: london
Full of dense, wonderful prose - it took me a long time to read it, but I didn't care, enjoying it all so much and soaking it in.

Seamlessly moves between the fictional and non-fictional. The lead character has Lemmy come over for breakfast in one of the memorable set pieces and there is a wonderful passage on the death of Princess Dian. I want to visit Brookgage, The Mill and some of the other locations, but they don't actually exist. Moorcock has captured London in spirit wonderfully.

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Mar 15, 2010 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok
First thing that strikes you about this paperback is the print size. Its is tiny and tight sentances means that you have to be committed to plow your way through.

The story starts (and ends) brilliantly. Den is an ex band member (autobiographical?) and now a tabloid photographer. He has a scoop by getting pictures of an industrialist, and friend, in a clinch at a holiday destination.

Cue some strong and effective dialogue about post lady diana, state of the nation.

Then the problems start. the chap
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Apr 25, 2015 Ali Miremadi rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Perfect sequel to the entirely different 'Mother London'. Uplifting. Equally good on rereading.
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Jun 27, 2014 Derek Vice rated it did not like it
Shelves: literary, unfinished
Boring. Plot: 2/10 - where is this going? I can't be bothered to find out... Overall 2/10
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Oct 17, 2012 Tim Barrable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a while since I read any Moorcock. I used to be heavily into his myth & magic 'Elric' and 'JC' novels in my youth and then read Mother London in later years. This is a kaleidoscopic and at times pyschedelic journey through the London of the 60's and 70's which is historically detailed and inventive. It almost feels like you are reading the history of actual events as in some instances I'm sure you are. This guy is up there with Pinchon and Eco, a literary master.
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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