The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (The Elric Saga #2)
4.0 stars. Aaaaaaaaahhhh!!!.....A wonderful and deeply satisfying dose of that lush, rich Moorcockian prose is delivered directly into the fanboy-center of the brain in this second injection of the Elric of Melnibone series. In this treatment we are introduced to the mythos of the “Eternal Champion” as Elric hooks up with 3 of the EC’s other primary avatars: Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Dorian Hawkmoon and Erekose. The four component badasses agree to undertake a mission to unleash a torrent of Grade A ...more
Magic is a conceptual space. It was created, inadvertently, as a representation of the inner reality of human thought, as opposed to the external reality of the phys ...more
It's not because it's a bad book - it's not. But it feels like it's sort of an aside to the main story, even though it covers the first real adventuring Elric does (that's worthy of being chronicled at least) once he's left Melnibone. I guess it's because in the grand scheme of things, nothing that happens in this book is immediately connectible to the main direction ...more
Elric decides he needs some self improvement, and that he should take a year out from being Emperor and travel the lesser kingdoms. I think his idea is that he could better understand the younger human races by living amongst them, but hatred of melniboneans is so rife that Elric has little luck, and instead ends up wandering despondently on some random lonely shoreline. When up rolls the mist and a mysterious boat! And this boat travels the seas between all ...more
Much better than the first book. Stormbringer's personality begins to show, as well as its power. However, much of the episodes dealing with his voyages across haunted seas were somewhat anticlimactic, but still, the imagery is amazing. Imagine what Guillermo de Toro could do with this story, or Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Upon this read-through, ...more
Michael Moorcock’s Sailor on the Seas of Fate continues the adventures of Elric the albino emperor of Melniboné. While his ambitious cousin Yyrkoon sits as regent, and his consort Cymoril doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive, Elric is in self-exile, exploring other lands so that he can better understand his subjects. He hopes to become a more worthy emperor and, perhaps, to discover why his own race has lost what he calls its “humanity.” For his ancestors ar ...more
Had to seek out British editions of the second Count Brass trilogy and in doing so earned the derisive laughter of the guys in Wahrenbrock's Books in downtown San Diego because I asked after matching editions. I explained why, and Yon shouted out, "Hey, Chuck! The kid wants his SPINES to be UNIFORM!" And then everyone in the ...more
As usual, Moorcock has a way of keeping the story short and sweet, typically by sparing us unnecessary dialogue. Normally this wouldn't be the perferred method of "showing, not telling" in a story, but Moorcock's narration is pleasing enough to read that you won't mind, and he always keeps the action moving along.
The first story is the worst of the three, picked up by some strange boat and whisked into strange dimensions to battle strange sorcerors.. All rather strange eh? This had some kind of Fate Has Decided plot, and Elric doesn't really decide anything, but just goes along ...more
"A Portrait in Ivory." More a vignette than a story, but a well-written one that does a great job of exploring the emotional repercussions of "The Dreaming City". Also a nice ...more
So here in book two, we come to understand Moorcock's Eternal Champion concept, and that Elric himself is indeed an incarnation thereof. Moody boy Elric takes it in stride, because to him OF COURSE he is doomed to forever wage war without respite. You know, I can appreciate it when a goth gets their comeuppance :)
Here, Elric begins his solitary quest to find answers to unknown questions. And he's still very much the brooding, melancholy, unlikely hero.
My review of the first book holds true for this one, as well: this is a "thinking" fantasy/adventure. There is action and magic, but it's not quite the hack-and-slash of a Conan epic. It makes for an interesting rea ...more
Presenciamos uma narrativa repleta de perigos e aventuras, mitos e lendas, magia e batalhas em que as disputas ...more
I am mostly focusing on the style of storytelling and a lot less on if it reads well or something sophisticated like that. For the same reason I tend to have lots of SPOILERS which means that if you read this text you will know THE OVERALL PLOT and how much I DIDN’T like ...more
Here, I'm not sure that the volume rebuts the presumption of crass marketing, as the first section unites the Elric story with several of Moorcock's other chara ...more
The second novel of the Elric series picks up where the first left off. (There is one major detail regarding Elric's betrothed, Cymoril, that seems to have shifted back in time, but Moorcock resolves it later; still, it seems to have been something of a gaffe.) Here we are introduced, for those who have never read any of Moorcock's other fantasy series, to the idea of the Eternal Champion, and that many of Moorcock's heroes and antihero ...more
This is an Elric story which means classic sword and sorcery. Elric has escaped the clutches of fate who seeks (as always) to destroy him. He finds himself on some unknown shore pondering his few possibilities. However, fate is never far away and soon a ship appears...
This ship is not your average ship and soon Elric of Melnibone finds himself sailing on the seas of fate, between the worlds. He has even encountered three of his kindred spirits who all make up the Eternal Champion; E ...more
Alright so wow this continues to be an education in pulp fantasy. I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more in 6th or 7th grade, as wow was shit basic. It’s hard to even call it a book, as there’s not really one plot that runs through the whole thing – it’s basically 3 sepa ...more
Following on from Elric of Melniboné, the second in the series The Sailor on the Seas of Fate continues the enjoyable read but expands the quota of imaginative intellectual nourishment, to give readers something to really chew on.
Episodic in structure, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate is constructed of three distinct stories that read like fully-contained short stories―each having a seafaring element upon which the title plays―also which provide an interesting shift in backdrop from the previous a
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, ...more