Elric Of Melnibone (The Elric Saga #1)
It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody....
He is Elric, Emperor of Melnibone, cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery -- the hero of Michael Moorcock's remarkable epic of conflict and adven...more
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This first installment serves as a nice introduction to the contemplative albino sorcerer, who rules the ancient, powerful land of Melnibone. It was a nice surprise to learn that in the never ending, multi-dimensional cosmic dust up between ...more
Note that this is one of my early reviews so the format is different.
CONCEPT: Very interesting. This one was done in the 60s before there were a lot of Sci fi/Fantasy writers. Moorcock is definitely one of the older writers and his works range in quality though fortunately ...more
This is the tale of Elric before he was called Woman-slayer, before the final collapse of Melnibone. This is the tale of his rivalry with his cousin Yirkoon and his love for his cousin Cymoril, before that rivalry and that love brought Imrryr, the Dreaming City, crashing in flames, raped by the reavers from the Young Kingdoms. This is the tale of the two black swords, Stormbringer and Mournblade, and how they were discovered and what part they played in the destiny of Elric and Melnibone - a de ...more
With Moorcock however, I learned not to be too haste in judging the man behind the work. Though I found his Epic Po ...more
I just noted this review and thought I'd add this to my earlier comments. There was a time when (back in the '70s and '80s) when the Eternal Champion books were a "must read" among fa ...more
The main hero Elric is an albino who happened to be the Emperor of Melniboné and who must use potions to maintain his strength. He ...more
Elric, emperor of Melniboné, is not your typical fantasy hero. He’s an albino with white skin, long white hair, and slanting red eyes. He’s weak and has to take drugs every few hours just to maintain the strength of a normal man. He’s a brooding and contemplative scholar, which makes him dull at parties.
Some people think Elric is a demon — he sure looks like one — and many of his subjects would prefer to have the throne of Melniboné occupied by Elric’s cha ...more
As it turns out I'm just not seeing it. I know that issue may be that I'm read ...more
14 April 2011
This was one of the earlier fantasy books that does not fall into what I consider the fantasy genre I term as 'Lord of the Rings wannabe's'. Elric is not a hero nor is he on a quest to save the world. In fact, while not going out of his way to destroy the world, the character of Elric would be more at home as a villain than as the central character of a fantasy series. But this is what Elric is, and these stories, originally published as ...more
In the style of an oral storyteller, bringing to mind the Greek classics in its deeds, I admit I was quite surprised by how good Elric of Melniboné was. It is not a question of an old book holding up in this case, rather Elric is obviously a pace setter that countless that follow can only hope to keep up with. If anything I have proven to myself that some of the classics of the genre are considered so for a reason; I will drop a minor heresy in that given a choice I would rer ...more
I have this feeling that my luck is none too good. This sword here at my side don’t act the way it should. Keeps calling me it’s master, but I feel like it’s slave.
Hauling me faster and faster to an early, early grave.
And it howls! It howls like hell!
"Black Blade" by Blue Öyster Cult, lyrics by Michael Moorcock
How many authors do you know who gets to write lyrics for a song based on his book to be record by a legendary metal band? Elric has to be just about the coolest most bad ass mofo in th ...more
Quite a fast paced story, rather short and not overly detailed, it takes us into the decadent and violent land of Melniboné, where sorcerers live side by side with dragons and demons of higher and lower planes. Melnibonéans drown their days in cruel rituals a ...more
Anyway, at the party, Denyse mentioned that she'd read Elric and found something in the books that she never got out of "The Lord of the ...more
This short book serves as a sort of "intro" to the entire Elric saga and we get a look at much of the character Mr. Moorcock was building for Elric (and I'd forgotten how annoying Elric could be).
This (these actually as it applies to the Elric series) is a book I'd recommend for anyone who likes ...more
Overwrought and amateurish, and yet still a classic of fantastic literature: wonderfully dry (you can almost picture him writing these books with one eyebrow continuously cocked at his typewriter), compelling, a quick read, and full of the g ...more
Unlike Peake's classic though, this is essentially an adventure story and so is short and punchy in the way of swords and sorcery yarns. Moorcock's hero, tho ...more
Este libro me lo recomendó mi pareja, mayormente porque había oído hablar de la saga y quería verlo. Finalicé la primera saga de Brent Weeks y me puse con este libro. Es cortito, la verdad.
Pero me ha parecido muy malo. Pero tanto en trama, como en la forma escrita, en cómo se resuelven los conflictos y en el desarrollo de los personajes. Me parece que está escrito - y espero que no sea por la traducción - como si fuera un libro para niños pequeños, resolvien ...more
The whole "Elric" series is well written, a fast read, and full of twists and changes.
The protagonist has the repuation of being an anti-hero, and he lives up to it, as "his desire was not to reform Melnibone but to re ...more
Here, the brooding wizard prince of the ancient and powerful kingdom fights his male cousin, Yrkoon, for a seat on the Ruby Throne, and the love of his female cousin, Cymoril.
As a physically frail, well educated, wizard Elric is the opposite of the traditional warrior hero. This book stands the test of time and remains a exc ...more
I read an article in the New Yorker recently that described Michael Moorcock as the anti-Tolkien. The article asserts that Tolkien supported "a conservative vision of the status quo", whereas Moorcock's Elric stories are "about law and chaos, and how, sometimes, choosing one over the other is no more or less just." You could also make a case that Moorcock's writing style is the antithesis of Tolkien's too.
Elric of Melnibone was published in 1972 (though its roots go back to the 1960s), ...more
Anyways, this is a great start to what ended up being an awesome series. It was easy to fall right into the decadence and politics of Melnibone and to feel right at home in this world. Almost like I was a mem ...more
The Melniboneans are an Ancient race of humans, characterised by their self importance, hedonistic ways, and distinct lack of compassion for others. Very similar to the traditional fantasy dark elves, although of course their appearance is human.
Elric is the last in a long line of Melnibonean kings, he's a sickly albino that has managed to sustain his health and keep up appearances by the heavy use of dr ...more
Moorcock brings a darkness to his fantasy that we don't really see as much anymore. It's scary, it's heroic, it's tragic and it's good.
Note: This is the first of the original Elric Saga and it's a complete novel. I say that because subsequent books are more akin to collections of short stories and novellas. The notable exception being Stormbringer, the final novel in the original s ...more
Moorcock incentra l'opera principalmente su due fattori: il protagonista e l'ambientazione.
Fin dalle prime battute si evince che l'intreccio narrativo segua delle linee guida parecchio semplici; inoltre gli stessi personaggi che ruotano attorno al protagonista sono poco più che macchiette.
A parziale discolpa dell'opera bisogna specificare che il romanzo si avvale di poco più di 100 pagine, ...more
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