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Elric by Michael Moorcock
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Mar 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: moorcock-owned, moorcock-ec-omnibus-editions, read-owned-hardcover

This, combined with Elric: The Song of the Black Sword, is just one of many ways to read the core books of the Elric saga. These two omnibuses were published by White Wolf, Inc. in the 1990's. "White Wolf" is actually named after Elric himself, as it turns out, that being one of his many nicknames.

This particular volume includes these Elric books:

#4, The Sleeping Sorceress, aka The Vanishing Tower
#9, The Revenge of the Rose
#5, The Bane of the Black Sword
#6, Stormbringer.

Books #1-3 and #8 are found in the first omnibus.

Honestly, the core books to me are the first six in the regular paperback series. The seventh was a collection of odds and ends, while the 8th and 9th were strange returns to Melniboné that Moorcock wrote years later. The Revenge of the Rose is included here, and is worth reading. Unfortunately, due to being written some 30ish years later, the flow is thrown off when one wedges that between books 4 and 5. It seems to be reset then when one gets back into 5. Ideally, the best way to read the series might be by going the SFBC way of the four volume The Elric Saga which puts them out in a more linear order. The first two volumes of that would then be the core series.

That said, this was a very enjoyable read. Elric isn't pretty, and he isn't always nice. He's something of a bastard at times, mostly by necessity. And his sword, Stormbringer, is as wicked evil as a weapon gets. It's one feisty bitch and even when Elric tries to do the right thing, sometimes this sword has a way of changing the game.

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Reading Progress

March 15, 2009 – Shelved
March 15, 2009 – Shelved as: moorcock-owned
May 23, 2009 – Shelved as: moorcock-ec-omnibus-editions
August 20, 2010 – Started Reading
August 24, 2010 –
page 138
August 26, 2010 –
page 228
August 28, 2010 –
page 331
August 31, 2010 –
page 403
September 1, 2010 –
page 437
September 12, 2010 –
page 555
September 13, 2010 – Finished Reading
November 23, 2015 – Shelved as: read-owned-hardcover

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