Hawkmoon: The Jewel in the Skull (The History of the Runestaff #1)
Moorcock's heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy. Among the Eternal Champions,Dorian...more
OVERALL FEELING: Evil Empire trying to take over an alternative European world; standard pulp swords and sorcery; easy read; somewhat good; few interesting points; some interesting characters; some are caricatures; flows well.
MARKETING APPEAL: This story came about in the 60s, I believe, when pulp sci fi magazines were a big thing; I doubt it made a lot of money at first but the Eternal Champion, most notably...more
Baron Meliadus, the right-hand man to the Granbretan king, pays a visit to talk alliance between...more
Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse, in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes, struggling over the fundamental rules of existence.
Moorcock's heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy. Among the Eternal Champions,Dorian Hawkmoon is one of the most loved. Inthe far future,Hawkmoonis pulled unwillingly into a war that will eventually pit him
It's set in a future Europe that has reverted to a medieval level of technology, with some remaining technology plus magic (they talk about sorcerer-scientists). Great Britain (Gra...more
The first of Moorcock's Runestaff series really sets the tone of his mature style. Like many of his fantasy novels, it fits in with his ideas about the Eternal Champion, which is a mechanism by which all his heroes are in fact more or less interchangeable aspects of one archetypal hero.
The atmosphere of the book is typical of Moorcock. It is set in a Europe far into the future, in a civilisation recovered after a nuclear holocaust. The Dark Empi...more
Still, I am greatly disappointed by “The jewel in the Skull” for many reasons.
Firsts of all there is the same problem with this book that exists in all the Eternal Champion novels. Moorcock has a fondness for iconic heroes. You know who I mean; Elric the albino prince, the one-eyed and one-handed Corum and in this case Hawkmoon the German duke with the black jewel...more
Here is an overview of "The Book". Feel free to use it for Corum, Erekose, Elric or what-have-you.
A juvenile, self absorbed, doomed, ant-hero archetype sets out to destroy the the "Freaked Out Evil Britain Analogy". Not because he wanted to, but because he had...more
Lo divertido de la historia es que más parece el relato de las aventuras de un PJ de un juego de rol, ya que el protagonista desconoce la sutileza: entre penetrar subrepticiamente a una fo...more
Michael Moorcock was well known for Elric of Melnibone', a manifestation of
the Eternal Champion. Dorian Hawkmoon, the Duke of Koln is another.
Fighting in an alternate Europe where the evil mages of the Empire of Grand
Britain are overrunning Europe, he faces men in beast masks, Orthnicopter
flying machines, and genetically engineered war beasts. The Jewel is
planted in Dorian's forehead in order to control him, but he breaks free,
and so begins the...more
The story contains fantastical beast, mechanical and humanoid creations both living and dead and cities and castles that never could have existed. I wish The au...more
Bad ass Warrior Hero Archetype, beautiful fair woman archetype, evil handsome villain... well it's all kind of archetype. You know what to expect and it happens. But it's still good.
It goes straight to the point, no idle distractions, Moorcock builds his world as the character discover it. No, most of the times unnecessary, side-stories and secondary characters. Characters are cool, although somewhat week (all kind of archetypes, you guess when someone is bad, or someone is a ba...more
It's good to get back to Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycles. This time around it's a new world for me, a post-apocalyptic world of the far future following The Tragic Millenium. The Dark Empire of Granbretan has spread across a version of Europe filled with both magic and clockwork technologies.
This first book felt a bit like a cross between an Elric book and an Erekosë book. Dorian Hawkmoon, our hero, has that typical Moorcock fatalism, but unlike Elric or Erekosë he doesn't really fi...more
Jewell in the skull provides the reader with a cliche story of an Evil Dark Empired ruled by immortal empoeror that aims to conquer the world. It all happens after...more
I stumbled on this book when I had very limited access to books. Someone else had "donated it to the cause" (I was in a situation where we all shared any book that came to anybody). I liked fantasy and...more
Dorian Hawkmoon, the last Duke of Koln, is another of Moorcock's instances of the Eternal Champion. Hawkmoon's tales are especially amusing, as the world on which Hawkmoon adventures is the nearest allegory to the world we know in Moorcock's sword-and-sorcery writing.
Count Brass, protector of the south-Provence country of Kamarg, is content to be left in peace in his castle as the Dark Empire sweeps down over Europe from the island nation of Gr...more
The sexism is even worse than the last Moorcock I read, as there is only one female character in the whole book, and all she gets to do is look decorative and be an object to be stolen or loved. She barely exists outside of her value to other characters. I can only hope that she gets more agency in later volumes, but I don't hold out much hope.
This first volume in the four volume History of the Runestaff series is deceptively short (160 pages or so) but dense. At the same time it's incredibly stupid. It's somewhere between Heart...more
Sword play and questing, with uninteresting characters, but I enjoyed the odd creature or two.
Not my type of story, I could barely muster interest.
It was, however, mercifully short.
Seriously, I LOVED this book! It was... amazing; great prose writing, a wonderfully easy-to-read and fast-paced book, brilliant world-building within a 224 pages book, c...more
τοποθετημένος χρονικά στην δικιά μας διάσταση, σε ένα μελλοντικό ευτελισμό του ανθρωπίνου είδους στην δύση της ιστορίας του...
Συμπαθητικότατος πρόμαχος, ακόμη δεν με έχει κερδίσει.
ο Moorcock παραμένει υπέροχος, με πολλές περιγραφές και αστείρευτη φαντασία.
Mi edicion parece ser de otro editor, Mayflower, pero no aparece listada, y esta parece la mas sililar, en portada y epoca.
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