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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 Mračnog Carstva koje ovaj neumorno predvodi preko jedne buduće Ev
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Paperback, 514 pages
Published 2004 by Alnari (first published January 1st 1980)
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Nebojša Petković
Feb 05, 2016 Nebojša Petković rated it liked it
Бојим се да је и ово натегнута оцена. Дајем је на интересантну идеју и на динамику приповести што у основи роман чини занимљивим. Ипак, дело је далеко испод очекиваног што се епске фантастике тиче (онога што после савремених дела из тог жанра очекујемо). Проблем представља једна помало банална херојска прича са врло плитким ликовима и заплетом из кога настаје неколико повезаних прича које се увек крећу у клишеизираној матрици (херој - мисија - артефакт). Да је дело краће (мање мисија и артефакат ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Jun 26, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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David Webb
I wish to address some complaints at the alleged lack of moral ambiguity in the Hawkmoon stories. It is my impression that those complaining feel that the stories lack of moral ambiguity makes them inferior to Moorcock's stories about Elric or other chataters. There is the oft-heard complaint that Hawkmoon is lacking in shades of gray or that it is too "black-and-white." These stories are denegrated for being too "simplistic" in their representation of the conflict between good and evil.

I agree
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Bill Petersen
I think many fans of Moorcock's 'Elric' character tend to forget that Hawkmoon was one of Moorcock's first characters and the 'toe in the water' of creating a multiverse and predates the proper first 'Elric' by a few years. The 'Runestaff' series were written by a young Moorcock in the late 60's with his deliberate choice of a German-born character in a post-nuclear apocalypse Europe. If anything, Moorcock was creating Elric and Hawkmoon side-by-side in many respects.

This omnibus version has an
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Nyree
Oct 17, 2011 Nyree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG - this was awful. Note to self - read with caution book recommended by husband.
R
May 11, 2017 R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it, it's a pity I didn't read it when I was 12...
Nina
Jul 31, 2012 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nev Percy
Apr 10, 2012 Nev Percy rated it really liked it  ·  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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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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Tony Walker
Sep 11, 2016 Tony Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still love it. Hawkmoon is a bit less utterly heroic than Elric (who is also a bit dreary) or Corum, but I like the jewel in his skull. The first two books in the series - Jewel in the Skull and the Mad God's Amulet are written in a way that would have got Moorcock thrown out of his writing group these days - his use of adverbs, his stylised nodding, frowning and especially his flip flopping Point of View, now in one person's head, now in anothers. He's still doing it by the third book - Sword ...more
Simon Dobson
Sep 12, 2015 Simon Dobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Justice is not the Law; it is not Order, as human beings normally speak of it; it is Justice -- Equilibrium, the Correction of the Balance."

This is one of the classic "swords and sorcery" series, a model for many that followed. Full of irony and wonderfully drawn scenes that a reader can visualise despite their fundamental and well-crafted alien-ness. I first read this work over twenty years ago, and my older self still loves it.

The story follows the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon and companion
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R.M.F Brown
Oct 11, 2012 R.M.F Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Robert Hepple
Aug 28, 2014 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Brian Turner
Jan 26, 2014 Brian Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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Vuk
Nov 03, 2010 Vuk rated it it was ok
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
Bojan
Oct 21, 2014 Bojan rated it it was ok
Lepo i interesantno u određenim delovima, ali naivno i isklišeisano u drugim. Vidi se da je ovo delo Murkoku bilo među prvima, pa se nije baš najbolje snalazio sa raspletom. Likovi su plitki i površni, ne poseduju dubinu, pa mi je u nekoliko navrata Dorijan delovao kao najobičnija marioneta koja se vuče po svetu. Kompanjoni, zlikovci i propratni likovi su slične građe. Interesantna avantura, na nivou Konanovih hronika, ali površna i sa prevelikim brojem "deus ex machina" raspleta. Možda i najnei ...more
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
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!
Mark Hodder
Dec 20, 2013 Mark Hodder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Teemu
Aug 01, 2010 Teemu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viihteellistä Moorcockia parhaimmillaan. Suoraviivainen, maraton-kuntoinen, rasvaprosentti tasan nolla. Pelkkää asiaa: sankari, tehtävä, suoritus, tulos. Matkalla siistejä vihollisia ja parilla vedolla upeasti toteutettuja sivuhahmoja.
Mike Brewer
This is not a review, more a note to myself. I always want to like Moorcock, but I never really get on with him. I like the setting: it sort of reminded me of Arabian nights and steam punk. But I just didn't like the writing or characters. Oh well.
Stuart Young
Jun 29, 2009 Stuart Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Classic Moorcock with lots of swashbuckling, tragedy and mad fantasy ideas.
Bob Cairns
Dec 03, 2012 Bob Cairns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great fun and your standard fantasy setting either.
Iván
Apr 23, 2012 Iván rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
FranklinTV
Jul 16, 2016 FranklinTV rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another MM multiverse story which I read 20 years ago and completely forget!
Elli
Jan 03, 2015 Elli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiinnostavampi konsepti kuin Elricissä (ainakin sen ekan kirjan perusteella), mutta olihan tää silti aika kökköä.
Andrew Hunt
Apr 24, 2013 Andrew Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this much more than 'Von Bek' and 'The Eternal Champion' though slightly surprised by the rushed ending.
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Other Books in the Series

The History of the Runestaff (4 books)
  • The Jewel in the Skull (History of the Runestaff, #1)
  • The Mad God's Amulet (The History of the Runestaff, #2)
  • The Sword of the Dawn (History of the Runestaff, #3)
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