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The Dancers at the End of Time (Eternal Champion #10)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,715 ratings  ·  76 reviews
An omnibus volume containing all three novels of the Dancers at the End of Time trilogy, a satire at its sharpest and most colourful by one of the genre's best-loved writers.
Paperback, SF Masterworks, 664 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 1977)
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Dan Schwent
Yet another Dangerous Dan book review I did for This is one of the more entertaining ones I wrote.

Sometimes, after you've just finished killing a man with a horse shoe because you were out of bullets for instance, you need to read something light and funny to make you forget about all the carnage you've wrought. Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time Trilogy certainly fits the bill. It's available as a collection or as individual books: An Alien Heat, The Hollow Land
A delightful romp through the past and the future. If you like some romance and humor with your fantasy, quirky aliens, and a civilization of decadent and self-indulgent immortals, you will enjoy this wonderful and unusual story.
Feb 18, 2014 Rob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
This is a trilogy collected in a single volume. The first book, An Alien Heat, is worth reading. The other two you can skip without missing much.

The premise is very enjoyably silly. Jherek Carnelian, a man living in an amoral, decadent society in the far future, falls in love with Amelia Underwood, a conventional, moralistic Englishwoman from the 19th century who has been transported to his age through an accident in time travel. She returns to her own time and he follows her. He has no understa
Though not generally regarded as Moorcock's best work, this series is my favorite. The prose is some of his most elegant and polished. The story itself shows Moorcock at his most spry, lovingly lampooning some of the themes of his other works, the romance genre, and English literary traditions in general. The settings and charicatures are also some of his most unique: a blend of scientific romance Victoriana and fin du siecle French symbolism and art nouveau, with a little Shakespearean flare ad ...more
Oscar Wilde Would Have Loved It!

Michael Moorcock is one of the most literate and witty fantasists of the twentieth century. His Elric Saga took the sword and sorcery epic far beyond standard tropes and created a literary tour de force.
The Dancers at the End of Time, which is a part of the Eternal Champions series, is full of the kind of wit and social satire that Oscar Wilde would have written.

Jherek Carnelian is one of the glittering, amoral denizens who inhabit the world At The End of Time.
Michael Moorcock is one of those authors that blew my mind as teenager (alongside H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, and Edgar Allen Poe), but what can you read by him as an adult? I am going to review three that fit this category. Nick below states it way better than me but this one of the most interesting and fun books in modern fantasy. A comedy, a satire, a love story, a retelling of Adam and Eve, and tribute to the fin de siecle of Wilde and Huysmans (and also Wells and Dunsany) An uptight Victori ...more
The first volume of the original trilogy, 'An Alien Heat', is an utter delight - witty, subversive, wildly imaginative and very well informed about the literature and culture of fin de siècle. In-jokes abound - the Amelia Underwood isn't the poor woman who married George Gissing, and can Lord Jagged of Canaria really be Oscar Wilde (or is he just Mick Jagger or Mr Jaggers from Great Expectations?). The later books diluted the original, as MM is always prone to write too much, too quickly. Nevert ...more
What a bizarre but wonderful novel. The whole premise is absolutely nuts, and the execution is just as insane. A woman from 1896 is flung millions of years into the future, where one of two naturally born people exist (the rest are creations or time travellers), falls in love with her and on it goes. Anything that can possibly be thought up exists, and people follow their whims, whether that involves having sex with one's parents, shooting an arrow through twenty palm trees and turning into a go ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 15, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moorcock fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I actually read the original hardcovers of the first three books of what was published by Granada in 1981 in its original omnibus edition, viz. An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands and The End of All Songs. Since then, like with Zelazny's Amber series, the End of Time has proceeded into additional volumes, both novels and short stories. I haven't read any of those and probably never shall.

The trilogy is comic like Oscar Wilde, a Victorian association maintained by the character of Underwood. The prim
John Herbert
When Jherek Carnelian makes love to his Mother, called Iron Orchid, on a beach of crushed bone, debating the meaning of the word 'virtuous', with the sea suddenly turning a deep pink, you know, you just KNOW that you're in for something truly different. With 600 pages still to come it screams at you "This saga's gonna take you where you've never been before!".

So here we are at the end of time, where anything is made possible; where landscapes, buildings and people themselves, can change immediat
Johnny Atomic
One thing Goodreads really does well, is separate fact from fiction. I have heard many times, that the "Dancers" series was not one of Moorcock's best. Yet, here I see that it rates almost universally above most, if not all of his other works. Real ratings from the reviewers that count; you and me.

And why does it rate so high?

Because it was freaking awesome! It was weird and disturbing and cool on a level that made me think someone broke into Michael's house, beat him with a shovel, wrote the no
The writing / plot quality frequently wavered, leaving me extremely interested in some chapters and equally bored in others (basically the only thing that kept me reading was my interest in time travel). Unfortunately I felt the conclusion of this saga really let it down resulting in a rather average two stars from me. As always, your millage may vary...
Mikael Onsjö
Extraordinary imagination - few authors I've read could take things this far without getting inconsistent or just plain silly.
H. Dean
Dancers at the End of Time is Moorcock’s best written novel. Written in a style that is more throw back than modern, he weaves the tale of Jherek Carnelian and Amelia Underwood – two people more different there could not be. Still, the pair falls deeply in love. But this is far from a standard romance. It is a tale of beginnings and endings, though not necessarily in that order.

From the very start it is clear that this is not going to be an ordinary read. Weird and utterly bizarre throughout, i
This is science fiction with the emphasis on the fiction. Strange, creative work that becomes a bit wordy. At least one third of the book can be cut without being noticeable. Time travel is involved here however more as a vehicle for the novel than as an innate interest. The story plods along with a menagerie of quite diverse, unique characters. Central is the pursuit of love by Jherek for Mrs. Amelia which occupies much of the substance of the novel. I suspect the author has some moral lesson h ...more
Daniel Taylor
If I couldn't read as fast as I can, I would have given up on this book long before it got enjoyable for me.

The plot is a love-story between a time-traveller and a woman from the 19th Century. The characters are so idiosyncratic as to be easily identifiable long before the plot and the themes become appealing.

When it becomes clear we're dealing with the idea of players going back and forth through time and acting out roles in parts of history, the book becomes a novel version of the approach to
David Sarkies
Jul 12, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like wierd fantasy
Recommended to David by: A friend gave me the book
Shelves: fantasy
The complexity of time
24 May 2013

Personally, I can't remember much about this book except that when I read it I felt that it was a little strange and could not really get into it all that much. Okay, there are probably people out there that will jump down my throat in writing a review of a book I can't remember (as well as reading 20 years agon) but my response to them is – BITE ME.

dog teeth

Anyway, as I said, what I can remember was that this book did not thrill me all that much, but maybe because the
The Dancers At The End Of Time is a trilogy that explores time travel and morality in the pseudo-sexual psychedelic way that only Moorcock can pull off. It's a fun read that is served up as a time-travelling love story. Yes, it is a-typical Moorcock. The trilogy consists of:
An Alien Heat
The Hollow Lands
The End of All Songs

Plot ***Spoilers***
An Alien Heat
An alien named Yusharisp comes to Earth to warn its remaining inhabitants that the universe is coming to an end; his own planet has already dis
La Reyne
At the moment having recently joined Goodreads I'm basically digging out of my home bookshelves and my brain the books I'd most recommend to anyone. This trilogy is close to the top of my list. It's a book that tells you a lot about me as a person.


It's not a book for everyone.

So many people I've recommended it to stop at the first chapter. Something happens there that turns a lot of people off.


You need to keep reading! It's a fabulous, wonderful, hilarious, life-enhancing experience. It ra
De tous les écrits de Moorcock, ces danseurs à la fin du temps sont sans doute la distraction SF la plus curieuse que j'ai lu.
En effet, il n'y a pas de combat (on ne compte pas sérieusement une bagarre de pub avec des bobbies comme un combat, si ?), pas non plus de Destin (vous savez, celui d'Ereckösé, Elric, Hawkmoon et les autres), et encore moins de désespoir ... mais reprenons du début.
A la fin des temps, la terre n'est plus peuplée que de quelques dizaines d'individus pour qui changer de se
Alan Smith
A world at the end of time, where energy is unlimited, every whim is instantly satisfied, and the only remaining challenge is staving off boredom until the universe reaches entropy and everything comes to an end. There's only one way you can take a plot like that and not have it mind-bendingly boring... and that's to have Michael Moorcock write it.

In Moorcock's hands, this idea - which could almost have been deliberately selected as an example of a premise with no promise, becomes an exquisitel
What starts off, in this strange little trilogy, as an interesting exercise in the question of what morality is, how much is too much and how much is too little, etc. very slowly turns off into a pretty predictable romance, only with a whole hell of a lot of bouts of silliness.

We follow a group of people at the end of time, when technology is so advanced, that the humans who live are immortal, without morals, and have nothing to do but stage elaborate parties. We learn very quickly that the prot
• I have to admit, because of the last few books I’ve read by Moorcock, I didn’t have very high expectations for this book. I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the things in this book were a little ridiculous, but I expected that. What really made this story interesting was the simplicity of the main character, Jherek Carnilian. He lives in the society at the end of time, and has no concept of any negative emotion other than boredom. He is the only one who wants a greater understanding of virtue ...more
This was originally published in three volumes, each longer than than the previous one.

The first part, An Alien Heat, is reasonably good. It's a satire not only of fantasy and SF clichés, but also of many of Moorcock's popular fantasies (themselves subtly satirical).

However, as the story continues, through The Hollow Lands, and then The End of All Songs, it becomes more and more repetitive, recycling jokes and essentially spoiling the effect of the early chapters.

I rated this 3 stars because I e
At first, I thought the book was just weird: stupid, bad, didn't make sense.... but then I realized that was the point, and now I laugh at Jherek's naiveté and I care about him and his quest to find Mrs Underwood. The story takes some getting used to, but so far, it's worth it.

AHHHHAHAHA! Having finished reading it just today, I am delighted to say that I loved loved LOVED it! I don't know how he did it, but I was so in tune with every single one of the characters, important or not, and laughed
Randolph Carter
Poor hedonist Jherek Carnelian, forced to travel back and forth in time to woo his beloved and prim Mrs. Underwood. All this as a backdrop to allow Michael Moorcock's characters to philosophize about everything from architecture to parenting. I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. An Alien Heat and The Hollow Lands were marvelous, great characters, nice paradox. But then the End of All Songs was about 100 pages too long. Once the sexual tension between Amelia and Jherek was ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Edition uniting An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands, and The End of All Songs. A bit of a one-joke book, this: hero from sexually liberated culture falls in love with woman from a much more repressed culture; this basic plot is the making of many stirring love stories, but here it is played for laughs, the repressed culture being late nineteenth-century London. The anarchic, pansexual, abundant society at the End of Time perhaps inspired Iain M. ...more
Joe Stamber
I'm not going to give a summary of the plot because it's well nigh impossible. MM has created an amazing cast of characters who can more or less do whatever they want in this surreal place where they live. Nothing really happens as such, there are just bizarre goings on. Oops, I suppose that's a summary of sorts. I used to read MM a lot and this is probably the book (it's actually a collection of 3 books) I look back on most fondly. MM is a fully paid up member of a small group of writers who wr ...more
This remains one of my favourite ever series of books, it's a huge, sprawling epic that never fails to please. I was a little put off by the opening, but quickly got drawn in to the fantastical world where anything you imagine happens immediately, where fashions for periods of history come and go in the blink of an eye and where people have taken to keeping stray time-travellers in themed zoos to keep themselves from bring bored. Into this weird future comes the fabulously stoic Victorian lady, ...more
Alexandra Jones
Well, this book is insane. I enjoyed it though! Something rather different to what I usually read, and ended up reading it twice as there was rather a lot to take in.
It's not my first Moorcock book but I suppose I was used to the Sword and Sorcery stuff of his earlier Eternal Champions books. This one is set far into the future and so has a very different style and sense.
Nearly every page will have you grinning at its absurdity; Moorcock sure has a beautiful imagination. For all the amusing fr
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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.
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