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The End of All Songs (Dancers at the End of Time #3)

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For the hedonistic immortals who dwell at the End of Time, the return of Jherek Carnelian with Mrs. Amelia Underwood - a reluctant time-traveler from Victorian England - is cause for jubilant celebration. Led by Jherek's mother, the Iron Orchid, the immortals set off on a mad spree of spectacular festivities. And in no time at all, Amelia, with her radiant beauty and quain ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Daniel Roy
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, sf-masterworks
The third and last entry in the Dancers at the End of Time is a different beast from the first two books, An Alien Heat and The Hollow Lands. Gone is the lightness of the first two novels, for the most part; the End of Time, it seems, is growing up, insofar as there is a lot more darkness and torment on display here.

I understand what Mr. Moorcock was trying to accomplish, taking his lighthearted characters, especially Jherek himself, and trying to see them change and mature under the strain of e
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Dan Schwent
Mar 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: moorcock
End of All Songs tied up the loose ends of the Dancers at the End of Time trilogy nicely. I liked it but it wasn't as funny as the first two.
William Cardini
This is a review of the entire Dancers at the End of Time trilogy.

The setting is Earth at the end of time, and humanity has achieved immortality, seemingly inexhaustible energy sources, and highly advanced technology that you can use to create anything imaginable by manipulating power rings. But because the human race has been around for millions and millions of years, concepts that are so integral to our lives like work, religion, philosophy, art, and morality have lost all meaning. So instead
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Jim McDonnell
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
My favourite 1970s science fiction book, bar none, and in many ways (IMHO), one of the best. Moorcock claims he wrote this as a riposte and critical response to the popularity of fantasy fiction like 'The Lord of the Rings', (which he called "epic Winnie-the-Pooh").

The trilogy is a joy from start to finish - a bit like Steampunk written by New Romantics, the Earth is populated at the end of time by carefree dandies with god-like powers. I'd certainly like to live there. Droll, funny, inventive,
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Simon Mcleish
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

The conclusion of The Dancers at the End of Time trilogy opens at almost the opposite point in the earth's history, with Jherek Carnelian and Amelia Underwood marooned in the distant past, in the Devonian period with a broken time machine. They are eventually rescued, and return to the end of time, depicted more sombrely than before, to witness the end of the universe that had been predicted by aliens, seeking to warn pleasure loving earth dw
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mid-century-sf
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Robby
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a hard series to explain. It begins humorously enough, as a riff on the madness of a world without cause and effect. It continues along in its dark comedy through the three books, but the final novel hit home with me on a specifically terrifying level. The last half of the book seems to be a meditation on the nature of infinity, which is a concept I have wrestled with my entire life. For me, it was very difficult to read, late at night, wanting to shut down for the day. It forced me into ...more
Andrew Lasher
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since this is the third review that I have written for this series (one for each book), you probably already have an idea how I feel about the series.

Basically it boils down to this. If you have read the first two books in this trilogy, I have no idea why you are reading this review. Get out there and finish the book! If you haven't read the previous novels, take a look there first. As I said in my review of an Alien Heat, if you like time travel and/or love stories, this is the book for you.

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Mel
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end of the trilogy and this book had some very glorious moments. I was a little disappointed there was not more time travel, but the end of the universe was pretty spectacular. I loved that in the last day Jherek was very happy. I enjoyed the development of Mrs. Underwood. I think the end of time lost some of its magic when it went from being doomed to an eternally secure heaven. I loved the decedance in the face of destruction more than decedance in the face of eternal boredom. Still this w ...more
Elric0791
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The End of All Songs by Michael Moorcock is a story I have read many times. Moorcock excels himself with this amusing story of life at the end of time, and indeed many other times. The characters at the end of time are like Oscar Wilde on speed and equally as absorbing with their decadent and confronting behaviour, a real mirror on society and its norms. I love the way history is twisted by misinformation due to the tyranny of time and the way that all the beings are merely actors in life. Somet ...more
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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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Dancers at the End of Time (6 books)
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  • The Hollow Lands (Dancers at the End of Time, #2)
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“She had always been beautiful in his eyes, and admirable, too. He had worshipped her, in some ways, for her courage in adversity, for her resistance to the ways of his own world. But that had been bravery under siege and now, it seemed, she single-handedly gave siege to the same society which, a few months before, had threatened to engulf and destroy her identity. There was a determination in her bearing, a lightness, an air of confidence, that proclaimed to everyone what he had always sensed in her - and he was proud that his world should see her as the woman he knew, in full command of herself and her situation. Yet there was, as well, a private knowledge, an intimate understanding between them, of the resources of character on which she drew to achieve that command. For the first time he became conscious of the depth of his love for her and, although he had always known that she had loved him, he became confident that her emotion was as strong as his own. Like her, he required no declaration; her bearing was declaration enough.
Together, they ascended.”
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“There was certainly much to be said for being at the mercy of the primeval elements, to be swept along by circumstances one could not in any way control, but it was good to return, to feel one's identity expand again, unchecked.” 3 likes
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