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Elric In the Dream Realms [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock

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Oct. 27 2009 Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melnibone (Book 5)
Kinslayer. Soul reaver. Sorcerer. Thief. And last emperor of a cruel, decadent race. Elric of Melniboné is all of these–and more. His life is sustained by drugs and magic–and energy sucked from the victims of his vampiric black sword, Stormbringer, a weapon feared by men and gods alike. Denied the oblivion he seeks, poised between a tragic past he cannot escape and a terrifying future he is doomed to bring about, Elric is a hero like no other.

Del Rey is proud to present the fifth installment in its definitive collection featuring the immortal creation of Michael Moorcock, named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Highlights include an epic novel of Elric’s early years, The Fortress of the Pearl; the script of the graphic novel Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer; a previously unpublished proposal for a new series; and Hugo Award—winning author Neil Gaiman’s moving fictional tribute to Elric, the short story “One Life, Furnished in Early Moorcock.”

Gorgeously illustrated by Michael Wm. Kaluta, Elric: In the Dream Realms is a dream come true for sword-and-sorcery fans.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345498666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345498663
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed.”—Encyclopedia of Fantasy

“If you are familiar with Elric, I trust you will enjoy revisiting him in this present form. If you are new to him, I hope you find him good, if rather dangerous, company.”—Michael Moorcock

About the Author

Michael John Moorcock (born 1939) is a prolific British writer primarily of science fiction and science fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. His most popular works by far have been the Elric novels. As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, Moorcock fostered the development of the New Wave in the UK and indirectly in the U.S. He won the Nebula Award for his novella Behold the Man,which tells the story of a time traveler who takes on the role of Christ. He has also won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, and many others, and in 2008 was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection of Elric Stories and Notes Aug. 28 2012
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While Michael Moorcock has written scores of novels over the years, only in the past decade has his work met with approval outside of fantasy and sci-fi circles. While this recognition is belated to say the least, it has to be admitted that Moorcock's talents have continued to blossom as time has gone by.

"Elric: In the Dream Realms" is the fifth volume of Del Ray's series focusing on Moorock's most popular character--the albino antihero Elric. There are two major works included here--"The Fortress of the Pearl" and the script for the "Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer" graphic novel.

While "The Fortress of the Pearl" is in the heroic fantasy genre, it seems, much like the Von Bek series, to be a transitional work as Moorcock drifted from fantasy and sci-fi to his current literary works. As such, the book contains an excellent plot revealed by some of Moorcock's best writing.

Unlike some of the other books in the Elric series, "The Fortress of the Pearl" is a full novel, not a collection of short stories thrown together as a book. This does not pose a problem for Moorcock who is able to balance the story while offering great depth to some of his usual archtypes (the Eternal Champion, the Companion, etc). The story takes place between the first and second books of the Elric saga and Moorcock still seems to find new facets of his flagship character to explore and reveal. It's also one of the funnier and more through provoking books in the Elric series and, unlike some of his earlier works, Moorcock provides an excellent supporting cast to his main character. Any Moorcock fan and most lovers of heroic fantasy will enjoy "The Fortress of the Pearl" though those readers who are familiar with the other Elric books may take more out of it than others.

"The Making of a Sorcerer" is not as strong but it is still a solid piece. It is a prologue to other works--Elric is not yet emperor when the story takes place. While Moorcock fleshes out the history of Elric's people and their magic, this does not rank as one of the better Elric stories.

The other works included here are superb. Neil Gaiman offers an interesting short story on how Michael Moorcock and his works influenced his childhood. The third part of Moorcock's seminal essay "Aspects of Fantasy" is republished here. There is also an excellent short story on Elric's experience with a sculptor that reveals the albino's character and notes from a series that Moorcock never launched that was to have taken place.

Readers of fantasy will enjoy this book and fans of Moorock--and Elric in particular--will find it indispensable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition Feb. 14 2013
By Extraordinarylr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Was purchased used and it came in very good condition. I don't know anything about the story line myself but the person it was purchased for was happy with it.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The novel above is half of Elric In the Dream Realms and it is one of his greatest early tales Oct. 31 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
"Fortress Of The Pearl". Lord Gho Fhaazi wants a position on the Council of Seven that rules over the city of Quarzhasaat, but he knows he needs help to overcome his rivals. He chooses Prince Elric of Melnibone as his tool to obtain the Pearl at the Heart of the World that will insure his spot on the council. To insure Elric cooperates, he poisons him using a slow acting agent in which he has the serum. Elric begins his escapades as the affluent class' minion the Sorcerer Adventurers try to prevent his success and eventually trap his mind inside that of a comatose teenage female, but with the Dreamthief to guide him through the Dream Realm, Elric continues his quest.

The novel above is half of Elric In the Dream Realms and it is one of his greatest early tales and makes the book worth reading. The short story "A Portrait in Ivory" is terrific also as the albino hero is confronted by his worst enemy, the mirror reminding him he should be known as Elric Kinslayer filled with remorse for Cymoril more so than Imrryr. The other entries like "Elric: The Making of a Graphic Novel", the essay "Aspects of Fantasy", and the background material of "Earl Aubec of Malodor", etc. target die hard fans of Michael Moorcock only. Overall the fifth Chronicles of the last Emperor of Melnibone is an engaging look at Elric In The Dream realms.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Fantasy Character Oct. 5 2010
By elric - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a Must Buy. I Love fantasy, Elric is by far my favorite. I cannot get enough of it!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont like at all Jan. 1 2014
By Janell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not like this book at all. It was tedious and boring and I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. My husband got all of the books and we didn't read any but a little of each. I was hoping it got better as it went along. It didn't. Nearly every story had a meticulous description of some mystical experience - sounded like the author was on drugs for those parts.

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