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Michael Moorcock
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The Dreaming City

(The Eternal Champion Sequence #5.4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  7 reviews
He was all in black: the massive breast-plate, the padded jerkin, the long greaves, the mail gauntlets. At his side was a five-foot broadsword that was said to have belonged to the human hero. Aubec. Resting on the deck was the great round war-board, his shield, bearing the sign of the swooping dragon. A black helm crowned him, with a dragon's head on the peak and dragon's ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 189 pages
Published 1972 by Lance Books Inc
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Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The very hard to find original novella that tells the early days of Elric of Melnibone. I am lucky to own it!
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Compared to most of the other books I've read recently, Moorcock exhibits an excellent understanding of pace. A lot happens in this short novel, and you never feel like you're forcing yourself to read on.

Moreover, Moorcock has an impressive imagination. I recognize many of the fantastical ideas in this novel from later books, games, and movies that clearly drew inspiration from this universe. Unfortunately, an indirect consequence of this cultural influence is that the ideas feel stale, already
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it a lot. This is the first of the Elric books that I have read; the reading order for these things is very confusing! Apparently this book was also published as "Elric of Melnibone" in 1972?

The only other Moorcock books I have read are the Castle Brass trilogy, and while I enjoyed the worldbuilding in those they felt like a bit of a slog to actually get through. This book was much more reader-friendly and the story clipped along nicely.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Невеликий твір про пригоди імператора Елріка, який очолив напад на своє рідне місто, бажаючи помститись узурпатору Йіркуну. У приступі неконтрольованого гніву, під впливом свого зловісного меча Буревісника, Елрік убив свою кохану Сіморіл.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first time I read this was about thirty years ago. I didn't even remember I had read it until the climactic final confrontation in the novel.
Didn't make much of an impression then; didn't make much of one this time 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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The Eternal Champion Sequence (1 - 10 of 57 books)
  • The Blood Red Game
  • The Silver Warriors (Erekosë, #2)
  • Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, #2)
  • The War Hound and the World's Pain (Von Bek, #1)
  • The City in the Autumn Stars: Being a Continuation of the Story of the Von Bek Family and Its Association with Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, and the Cure for the World's Pain
  • The Dragon in the Sword (Erekosë, #3)
  • The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius
  • 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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