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The Vanishing Tower by Michael Moorcock
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Jan 17, 12


Again, Moorcock writes three interconnected novellas, that connection being Elric's confrontations with the evil wizard Theleb K'aarna. In the first, Elric consorts with a Goddess of Order. In the next, he is captured in the City of Beggars (an intriguing and original location). And in the third, he meets up with a couple other incarnations of the Eternal Champion to get his hands on a deus ex machina to save his friends. While the Eternal Champion concept is an interesting one, I feel like its use leads to Moorcock's worst chapters. He has powerful flights of imagination, but sometimes gets his heroes out of jams "magically", and I don't mean that in a good sword & sorcery way. Still, good last moment on that last story despite the outrageous deus ex.
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