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Vitez Sudbine (The History of the Runestaff #1-4)

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MUL­TI­VER­ZUM - bez­broj sve­mi­ra u ko­ji­ma vla­da­ju al­ter­na­tiv­ni za­ko­ni vre­me­na i pro­sto­ra, a Red i Ha­os vo­de več­nu bor­bu da bi pro­me­ni­li osnov­na pra­vi­la ži­vo­ta.

BE­SMRT­NI RAT­NIK - pro­klet da kroz hi­lja­de in­kar­na­ci­ja več­no ži­vi. Ključ­ni igrač Igre vre­me­na, Do­ri­jan Hok­mun su­prot­sta­vljen je ba­ro­nu Me­li­ja­du i voj­ska­ma Mrač­
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Paperback, 514 pages
Published 2004 by Alnari (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jeremy Preacher
Hawkmoon was much more straightforward, and thus somewhat less interesting but also less annoying, than Von Bek or The Eternal Champion. It's a four-part novel, and very much a straight lone-hero-against-evil-empire adventure. One of the problems I have with Moorcock in general (at least in this multiverse) is that because the villain is always Chaos, it has zero subtlety - the villains rape and torture and perform hideous experiments because they're the villains, not out of any sort of serious ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
To say anymore than that it's great and I loved it would require another spoiler warning, so I won't I suppose. I'll just say that some will think that again the writing is a little weaker than in the Elric stories, but I don't think so. It's a bit more abrupt, a bit more plot driven, but it's one of my favorites. It's also still a somewhat "light" page turner (at least in some ways. There is depth, but it doesn't jump out at you)as are most of the Eternal Champion Cycle.

The 5 star here is agai
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Pavlo Tverdokhlib
So far the most primitive book in the "Eternal Champion". Primitive, in the sense of "this is straight up heroic fantasy" that almost reads like a Saturday morning cartoon. The plot is incredibly straightforward "good v. evil". The titular "bad guys" are called "the Dark Empire".

So yes. Hawkmoon Good, Dark Empire Bad. Doesn't really get more complex than that. Also, the "everything is pre-ordained" trope is used way too much.

The flow is a bit choppy. The same trope is encountered again and aga
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Hepster
This is an omnibus edition of of the first four Runestaff novels. I read these in their individual Mayflower editions more than thirty years ago, and was keen to see if, in re-reading them now, I would still enjoy them as much. The novels themselves are simple, swashbuckling fantasy novels deriving much of their style from the pulp fiction of the 1930s, but with a surrealism which is pure 1960s. The result is a style unique to Michael Moorcock, particularly as it forms a further aspect of the Ch ...more
Nyree
OMG - this was awful. Note to self - read with caution book recommended by husband.
Nev Percy
May 09, 2012 Nev Percy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy RPGers
Recommended to Nev by: Simon Jones, Gary Pennington...
Shelves: fantasy
This isn't 'review' writing as such, but I just wanted to say this here... Moorcock paints a vivid scene, engages the action and resolves it -- achieving his effect with remarkable economy of words, and therefore allowing rich events to proceed at a cracking pace.

Hawkmoon is strongly reminiscent of Elric and Corum, which is a bit too recognisably formulaic (nobles of lost cultures, possessed of special power, but which is not strictly under their control and comes at a price) and invoking the E
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Swan
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Brian Turner
Future-fantasy comprising the four books making up the Runestaff series, where the evil Granbretan (Great Britain) slowly takes over Europe before trying for the rest of the world.

Into this mix is thrown Dorian Hawkmoon, Count of Koln, to try and thwart them.

Part of Moorcock's Eternal Champion series; as with the others, the Champion has companions to aid him, magical artifacts and lots of encounters both physical and supernatural.

Very similar to his Elric series in places, with the hero's part
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R.M.F Brown
An Epic Epic.

Of all the incarnations of the Eternal Champion, Hawkmoon is the least complicated. Unlike his peers, he is not prone to bouts of self analysis or introspection.

Cleverly reversing the traditional jingoism of 'good' Brits against 'bad' Germans, Moorcock gives us a no-nonsense fantasy thriller, with a no nonsense protagonist. Not for Hawkmoon meta-physical debates or philosophical discourse. Hawkmoon is clear in purpose and action.

As much as I enjoy the Eternal Champion series, ther
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Nicholas Whyte
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/runestaff.htm[return][return]This is a collection of Moorcock's series of four mid-1960s novels, The Jewel in the Skull, The Mad God's Amulet, The Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff, originally collected in 1992 as Hawkmoon and now repackaged as part of Gollancz' Fantasy Masterworks series. It comes with a foreword to the 1992 edition by the author which aims to lower the reader's expectations: he modestly dismisses any idea that there is a "sophisticate ...more
Carlos Serrano Nouaille
Mucho mejor en su inicio y en su tramo final. Moorcock dispone las piezas de una forma magistral en el primer volumen (La Joya en la Frente) y la batalla final transcurre de un modo apasionante e hipnótico en el último (segundo y tercer libro de El Bastón Rúnico). Entre medias, la historia flojea y se vuelve algo más aburrida, pero el ciclo conserva en su totalidad el sabor de una gran novela de aventuras. El placer del pulp contado con una capacidad de síntesis y de invención nunca igualada. Qu ...more
Vuk
The serbian edition of Hawkmoon, translated as "The Knight of Destiny", ,sporting a barbarian wielding a flail by Frazzeta on the cover, probably in order to attract more buyers. I think the fact that Moorcock wrote the adventures of Hawkmoon in three days explains everything about the book: the superficial characters, the random deus-ex-machina driven plot, the mediocre villains. Still Moorcock succeeds in creating an interesting steampunk atmposhere in this post-apocalyptic fantasy setting, fl ...more
Mark Hodder
In some respects, you could say that this is Moorcock on autopilot. He knew exactly how to do what he wanted to do, and he did it at extreme speed. Yet what comes out of this is a saga that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Not only that, but over the years I must have revisited this story at least four times. Hawkmoon is like the essence of Moorcock. Moorcock distilled. An opulent, fast-moving, highly inventive tale of heroes versus villains. I love it.
Ben Jones
really great fantasy book, i've only just started with Moorcocks work but i loved this. very rushed and crammed with ideas but still great- similar to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in that it's like a game of spot-the-reference (took ages to get that Narleen is New Orleans) and there's loads in here that i haven't figured out yet. i would recommend this to fans of Alan Moore and probably fans of Hawkwind too... very good, on to the next now!
Teemu
Viihteellistä Moorcockia parhaimmillaan. Suoraviivainen, maraton-kuntoinen, rasvaprosentti tasan nolla. Pelkkää asiaa: sankari, tehtävä, suoritus, tulos. Matkalla siistejä vihollisia ja parilla vedolla upeasti toteutettuja sivuhahmoja.
Iván
No es exactamente esta edición la que tengo, creo que es una bastante más antigua que incluye todos los libros, aunque parece que esta también los incluye.
Alexander Case
Very well done post-apocalyptic Fantasy novel. Hawkmoon is a much better, and much more likable protagonist then Elric of Melnibone is.
Jeff
Entertaining but pulpy fantasy romp, filled with constant captures, unlikely escapes, and a slew of deus ex machinas.
Andrew Hunt
Enjoyed this much more than 'Von Bek' and 'The Eternal Champion' though slightly surprised by the rushed ending.
Stuart Young
Classic Moorcock with lots of swashbuckling, tragedy and mad fantasy ideas.
Bob Cairns
Great fun and your standard fantasy setting either.
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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.
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,
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