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Elric at the End of Time (The Elric Saga #7)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,171 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Cover Artist: Michael Whelan

Elric at the End of Time
The Last Enchantment
The Secret Life of Elric of Melnibone
Sojan the Swordsman
New Worlds -- Jerry Cornelius
In Lighter Vein
The Stone Thing
Paperback, DAW Books No. 627 (UE2040), 221 pages
Published May 7th 1985 by DAW (first published January 1st 1984)
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Sep 03, 2012 Forrest rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Michael Moorcock, but not a big fan of this book. Most of the pieces in here are immature, either in terms of when they were written in Moorcock's career, or in terms of tone. The title story is written as a mockery of the character Elric, and is interesting in terms of bringing together several of Moorcock's characters (Werther de Goethe, Duke of Queens, Una Persson, etc). This sort of cross-polination of characters works quite well in Moorcock's later works, but this one is si ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Phil rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoy Moorcock and his Elric stories a great deal, but despite the "Seventh Book of Elric of Melnibone" billing on the cover this particular collection is pretty random and weak. It includes the title story, the Last Enchantment, a pair of Elric-related essays, a pair of Jerry Cornelius essays, the Sojan the Swordsman stories, and a short short called The Stone Thing.

Elric at the End of Time is a crossover between Elric and Moorcock's Second Aether stories. The pseudo-Victorian Second Aether s
This is rather problematic anthology to review. There's a lot of variance in the quality and type of material included. The Elric stuff is wonderful, the Jerry Cornelius essays were informative but a little disappointing, as was the final short story, but the oddest piece is probably Sojan the Swordsman. This short novel was written very early in the author's career and it shows. Taking into account that thus is a teenaged writer who's just getting started and hasn't even established his own sty ...more
Greg Kerestan
Aug 24, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it liked it
This set of Elric stories expands the franchise from metaphysical fantasy into science fiction as well, blending elements of Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius and Dancers at the End of Time series into the Elric and Eternal Champion sagas. Though none of the stories are absolute essentials, few disappoint, and this volume marks a turning point in the development of the Elric saga.
Sep 10, 2012 Andy rated it it was ok
Even though I'm a big fan of any and all Elric stories the only one I really enjoyed was The Last Enchantment. At the End of Time didn't feel like the usual Elric story and I'm not sure that I liked it too much.
I did enjoy a couple of the essays though.
Keith Davis
Nov 29, 2009 Keith Davis rated it liked it
Moorcock mashes up two of his least compatible fictions, Elric the grim demon-haunted albino warrior with the sheer frivolous chaos of his End of Time series. It all goes quite swimmingly until Elric starts to suspect that the Lords of Chaos are having him on.
Jul 25, 2010 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was the weakest of the Elric works I've read. Enjoyable, but not as strong as some of the earlier stuff.
Sep 20, 2015 Chris rated it liked it
When I was a kid living in Manhattan, there used to be a great bookstore at the corner of 57th Street and Broadway called Coliseum Books. My recollection is that I picked up this book there on a trip back to Manhattan after having moved away. Based on the book's publication date, I must have been about fifteen or so, and, as I was perusing books about Conan the Barbarian, saw the Elric book and bought it, probably because of its intriguing cover art, which DAW paperbacks are somewhat known for. ...more
This volume consists of several Elric short stories. The first, eponymous one, took me completely by surprise. It was an all-out spoof of the fantasy genre in general, and of Elric in particular.

Tongue planted oh-so-firmly in cheek, Moorcock spends almost 70 pages skewering his own melancholic albino prince. How can any true Elric fan resist lines like these: [To Elric] "You are very welcome here," said Werther. "I cannot tell you how glad I am to meet one as essentially morbid and self-pitying
Siskoid Albert
Jul 25, 2014 Siskoid Albert rated it liked it
A couple years ago, I read the 6 volumes of Michael Moorcock's Elric, but there was a 7th that, not really being part of the core narrative, I kept on the shelf for a rainy day. Elric at the End of Time is a collection of shorter pieces, some related to Elric, some not, written between 1957 and 1984. Odds and ends, if you will, bu generally entertaining. The eponymous story has Elric meet time travelers and highly-advanced hedonists from the far future(?) who may be the basis for the Lords of Ch ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Kc added it
Many people had negative reviews of this book. Overall, I liked it. To be fair, though, I couldn't get through 'Sojan the Swordsman' or 'The Stone Thing'. In my opinion, they just weren't written as well as Moorcock's other work. Maybe they were earlier stories, I don't know. The main story, 'Elric at the End of Time', seemed to bother other people because it was too different from the other books. That is the very reason I enjoyed it. The first six books are dark and depressing, as you would ex ...more
William Cardini
Jan 09, 2015 William Cardini rated it really liked it
I only read the title story. Since I heard about this novella in Karin Kross's re-read on, I've been eager to read it, as a fan of both Elric and Jherek Carnelian. The dialogue between really Elric and Werther cracked me up, especially when they compared the magnitude of their "doom-laden" destinies. I also recently re-read Stormbringer and Elric's repetitive angst got a little on my nerves, so this tongue-in-cheek portrayal of it was a nice aperitif.
Satya Perry
Jan 08, 2015 Satya Perry rated it did not like it
The Elric story of the book's title is passable in terms of Moorcock's overall output, but the bulk of this collection is a piece of juvenilia which is so laughable it simply shouldn't have seen print. The saving graces - and the reason any part of the book is worth reading at all - are the several non-fiction pieces about Moorcock's career and the development of his writing. These are genuinely interesting glances at the world of SF publishing in the late 60s and early 70s, but for the nerds on ...more
East Bay J
May 20, 2015 East Bay J rated it it was ok
Elric At The End Of Time contains the absolutely least essential two Elric stories in the entire series, "Elric At The End Of Time" and "The Last Enchantment." The remaining 150 plus pages are essays, very early Moorcock stories and more essays. Released long before The Fortress Of The Pearl and Revenge Of The Rose, this book smells like a cash in. Definitely for die hard fans only. For what it's worth, "Elric At The End Of Time" seems to take place before Weird Of The White Wolf while "The Last ...more
May 29, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: multiverse
A decent anthology with a nice mix of stories. Some new ( to me at least) and some from various corners of the Moorcock-verse.
I liked how Moorcock slowly created his literary universe and had various characters crossing paths. You see that kind of stuff in comic books all the time, but it can be real hit or miss in book series.
J’aime le cycle d’Elric, mais celui-ci est vraiment le tome de trop. Il s’agit en fait d’un recueil de nouvelles qui n’ont pas toutes un rapport avec Elric. Soyons honnêtes : c’est assez mauvais et c’est une arnaque marketing puisque le nom d’Elric a été greffé artificiellement par-dessus. Ne l’achetez pas, la saga d’Elric se finit avec Stormbringer.
Brian Turner
Feb 17, 2015 Brian Turner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A collection of essays from Moorcock's time on various magazines, as well as the titular Elric short story.
This is so-so at best.
There are a set of stories about Sojan Shieldbreaker (kind of a Conan/John Carter hybrid) and finally an odd one-off, which is possibly trying to be ironic or humorous, but fails at either.

Audrey Buchman
May 23, 2012 Audrey Buchman rated it liked it

This book was pretty good. The Elric at the End of Time story was fun and I enjoyed the Sojan story, but I loved the last short story, A Tale of Strange Parts. It was hilarious! Only Moorcock could spoof himself!
Cecilia Wacholder
Feb 17, 2013 Cecilia Wacholder rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The good parts of the book are the title story and Mike's non fiction articles.
I find Sojan utterly unreadable, but that might be just me.
The stone thing, I read somewhere else so I didn't bother with it.
Not the best Moorcock book, but I'm a completist.
Dec 12, 2012 Rangies3 rated it it was ok
It didn't feel as strong as the earliest books. I lost interest as I read this last one. Like many series, ending it can feel rushed and contrived. My "willing suspension" died.

Just saw that an 8th came out in 1989/1990. I never got to that one.
Philip Wickstrand
Dec 17, 2015 Philip Wickstrand rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Really, this is for completists only - The bulk of the book isn't even Elric, but Sojan stories loosely fit together, which Moorcock wrote at an early age before refining his craft. The rest is comprised of essays, two Elric stories and a short parody of Elric and Corum.
Feb 28, 2009 Brian added it
Shelves: fantasy
I am not going to rate it because I read it a long time ago, I think it was middle school. I am also not sure if I finished it.
Mark Lacy
Nov 18, 2013 Mark Lacy rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Most of this book is not about Elric and written very poorly. What few Elric stories there are are poor also.
May 13, 2016 Jose rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Kind of a disappointment. The stories are regular and some weak, some concepts are pretty good and Elric is always great, but it doesn't work here.
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