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Duke Elric (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné #4)

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“Michael Moorcock’s work as a critic, as an editor and as a writer has made it easier for me and a whole generation of us to roam the ‘moonbeam roads’ of the literary multiverse.”—from the Foreword by Michael Chabon

Has there ever been a hero–or anti-hero–to match Elric of Melniboné, last emperor of an ancient civilization sunk into decadence and inhuman cruelty? Elric the
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2009)
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Joseph
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
More blood and souls for my lord Arioch!

This is the fourth (of six) installment in Del Rey's reissue of the Elric tales in more-or-less order of publication. The first half of this book comprises The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, the second chronologically but last-written volume of the original classic six-volume Elric series that, as mentioned, I first read back in high school. Sailor itself is a bit of a fix-up -- a series of three linked novellas. The first novella is the second of the great E
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Greg Kerestan
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
As Elric compilations go, this one is just as enjoyable as the others... but. And this is a big "but." This is the first Elric volume of the six to include a major quantity of material we've read before (in slightly different form), as "The Jade God's Eyes" recurs here in its incarnation as a volume in "Sailor on the Seas of Fate." Otherwise, another fascinating Multiverse adventure, with the expected mind-expanding cast of characters.
Peter Carrier
It was interesting to read a novelized version of a graphic novel; certainly a first for this reader. "Duke Elric", the story for which this collection assumedly takes its name, was originally intended to be a much more visually recounted tale. One whereby Elric existed in the Middle Ages of Europe and, as all crusaders are wont to do, travels the length and breadth of this strange land. Without giving away too much, where this graphic novel to short story translation takes the reader is... not ...more
Derek
The main work of this collection is "Sailor on the Seas of Fate," where Moorcock explicitly ties Elric into his Eternal Champion concept and the multiverse. Nicely done. The section "Jade God's Eyes" is a bit of a letdown in light of Moorcock's later decision to "retcon" out this origin of Melnibone.
James
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought these Elric books would taper off for some reason, but nope, still going strong. I'm really starting to enjoy Moorcock's multiverse and his concept of the Eternal Champion. The fight in the echo of Tanelorn was just fascinating. I really love surreal fantasy.

Fight for the Balance, but be careful who you call on for aid.
Jeffrey Doten

Klytus I'm bored.... I love the stories when I love them. But not all of them. The best thing about Sailor on the Sea of Fate is the wonderful Whelan painting from the 70's.
Dave
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Classic Moorcock, what more can I say.
Shannon Appelcline
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The two core elements of this anthology--The Seas of Fate and Duke Elric--are definitely strong, but everything else is quite a mishmash.
Tristan
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2010
Sailor On the Seas of Fate was very compelling for an Elric book. The rest was blah...
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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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