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Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock
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Mar 01, 12

This is very good. The first time I read it I didn't appreciate it. It seemed too simplistic. The characterisation seemed too stark. He was going for the easy options, I thought. The big themes. Hyperbole. Hyperdrama.

Then I read a whole lot of fantasy and science fiction novels.

In the meantime Michael Moorcock's prose has improved. His insights have deepened. His characterisation has become more subtle. His descriptive powers have been strengthened and his tastes have become more refined.

When I got to the end this time I wanted to start again from the beginning.

I didn't, of course, because I have shelfloads of books to review. Erotica to write. A blog to maintain.

I can see how this has influenced other writers. Perhaps it will influence me.

It probably already has.

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