Elric In the Dream Realms Paperback – Oct 27 2009
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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"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.
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.