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Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress

(Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Elric of Melniboné. Traitor. Savior. Lover. Thief. Last king of a fallen empire whose cruelty was surpassed only by its beauty. Sustained by drugs and the vampiric powers of his black sword, Stormbringer, haunted by visions of a tragic past and a doomed future, Elric wanders the world in quest of oblivion. But the great lords of Law and Chaos have other plans for this torm ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1971)
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Marina
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really liked all three essays at the end of the book, illustrations are gorgeous, the sleeping Sorceress story was great.
Mike
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone

Introduction:

Elric of Melniboné – The name and the character standout in my memory in ways that so many others do not. I’m quite certain that I read the Elric stories before any of Michael Moorcock’s other “Eternal Champion” tales. Originally in used paperbacks that bore the “Lancer” imprint. Later on, I’m sure I re-read them in the DAW issues. Because the two series of books have different issue order/numbering I was always a bit confused about the “correct sequencing” of the stories.

Even then,
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Joseph
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first encountered Elric back in high school -- borrowing a friend's paperbacks (DAW editions with the Michael Whelan covers), then later acquiring my own set (the Berkleys with the Robert Gould covers). At the time, he blew my mind, man, he blew! my! mind!

I revisited Elric and his other incarnations many times over the years -- I was very happy when White Wolf started publishing the "complete" Eternal Champion series in hardcover. And now I'm revisiting the Doomed Albino Prince through the 6-v
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Wanda
"Elric of Melniboné. Traitor. Savior. Lover. Thief. Last king of a fallen empire whose cruelty was surpassed only by its beauty. Sustained by drugs and the vampiric powers of his black sword, Stormbringer, haunted by visions of a tragic past and a doomed future, Elric wanders the world in quest of oblivion."

I know that a lot of folk adore Elric. I've read 4 or 5 of these novels now, and I am finding them rather repetitive. There is only so much moody brooding that I can handle from a main charac
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Ömer
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk kitaptan başlayarak seriye devam ederken zaten büyük bir merak içerisindeydim ve kitap bu merak'ımı hala korumamı sağlıyor.İlk kitapta Elric'in yaşadığı olayların neden yaşandığını "FırtınaYaratan'a" nasıl sahip olduğunu merak ediyordum ve öğrenmek beni mutlu etti.Yaşanacak olayları ilk kitapta görmüş olup geçmişte onu tekrar anlatması o ana kadar olan olayları sana tekrar anlatması seni sıkmıyor(daha doğrusu beni hiç sıkmadı). Çünkü o anı tekrar okurken ben sanki gelecek tekrar şekillenecek ...more
Prankster
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
At this point, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on Moorcock's Elric tales, and what I mostly feel is...frustration. As has been repeatedly quoted, Moorcock describes himself as "a bad writer with big ideas" and that really does summarize the Elric stories to date. I've read all the earlier stories--earlier in terms of publication date, I mean; the chronology of these books is highly confusing, as Moorcock wrote a whole series of stories in the 60s starting with "The Dreaming City" which t ...more
R.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
The Message of the Elric Saga, Presented in Three Lines

Elric: I have Great Expectations and with Stormbringer I shall Overcome All Obstacles!

Destiny: Fuck. You.

Stormbringer: Yeah. Fuck you.

curtain falls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCxL3-...
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
the uncommon valor

Elric and Moonglum struggle to stop the sorcerer before he destroys the Young Kingdoms. his love for a Queen who Elric left long ago has bereft him of sensibility and he calls on demons and Chaos to complete his plans. but the fates throw their own hats into the ring and Elric is not as alone as he thinks
Rachel
Aug 25, 2018 added it
I would not recommend this book.
Can
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tarihçelerin ilk ikisi hakkındaki görüşlerimle paralel bir devam olmuş. Yine de orijin hikayesi okumak keyifliydi.
Peter Carrier
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book contains two stories of note: "The Sleeping Sorceress" and "Elric of Melnibone". The former is a more conventional tale of Elric (if the term 'convention' can be used in reference to that haunted character), while the latter is a look at Elric before he became the bearer of the Black Sword, Stormbringer.

"The Sleeping Sorceress" has its share of poetic, dare I say 'enchanting' passages readers have come to expect in these narratives, such as: "At dawn the clouds had cleared and the sun’
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Simon Mcleish
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in March 2003.

Much of Moorcock's output consists of series, some written close together (the Runestaff, for example) others very stretched out (the John Daker / Erekose novels). The Elric series, his longest, are in both categories, most novels appearing in the early sixties, this novel in 1971 and The Revenge of the Rose twenty years later. The unusual aspect of the Elric chronology is that the internal order is sometimes different, with the two final novels
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Ray
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like sorcery and soul-eating swords.
I haven't read all of the Elric Omnibuses yet (waiting to finish this one prior to starting the last one), but so far, this one is the best, even beating the novel "Stormbringer". We see the adventure of the Three Who Are One, our good buddies the Elementals (meeting the Earth King, Grome), and we at last see the origins of Elric's doom. Best of all, we actually get to see Cymoril for a respectable length of time, and I'm certain that this is the only time that either Mournblade or the Ship That ...more
Ted Wolf
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
If you want to know about Elric, this is a good place to start.

In this volume you can find the beginning of the Elric chronology starting with the very short 2003 story "And so the Great Emperor Received his Education..." followed by Elric of Melnibone. As with the unfortunate way the Del Rey books are organized these stories start in the middle of the volume. The first half of this volume is what readers of the Daw books would remember as book four The Vanishing Tower.
James
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
My favorite part was this at the end, because I was on a plane feeling melancholy. He really is a great character for when you're feeling doomed and whiny.

"And now, Elric had told three lies. . . . And upon those three lies was Elric's destiny to be built, for it is only about things which concern us most profoundly that we lie clearly and with profound conviction."


Shannon Appelcline
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Does a better job than some of the earlier books in the series in actually reprinting Elric material, though the overall ordering is still quite suspect. Of the two novels collected, Elric of Melniboné is good and The Sleeping Sorceress so-so, thus the book averages out to 6/10 on the whole.
Colin
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I really liked this one. The tale of how Elric came to be who he is when first we see him in volume 1. Brilliant stuff, really. If you like classic sword-and-sorcery, you could do much worse than to pick up Moorcock's Elric books and start reading!
Derek
And still improving. I really enjoyed the drama and pathos of "The Sleeping Sorceress." Here the idea of Law and Chaos as opposed to Good and Evil are fleshed out better. Elric's self-titled origin story wasn't quite as compelling, but still very good.
Matthew
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Favorite one in the series so far. Dives deeper into stories from the first book, and makes up for the bad second one.
Arax Miltiadous
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
και κάπου ενώνεται με τους υπόλοιπους προμάχους και αφήνει υποψίες και ελπίδες οτι το Έπος συνεχίζεται
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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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Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné (6 books)
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“IT IS THE colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone, resting on each arm of a seat which has been carved from a single, massive ruby.” 2 likes
“Elric offered Moonglum a smile that had gratitude in it. “You are—a good friend—I wonder why . . .” 1 likes
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