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The Eternal Champion [Paperback]

Michael Moorcock
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April 22 1971 Mayflower science fantasy
John Daker dreams of other worlds, and a name: Erekosë. He finds the strength to answer the call, travelling to a strange land ruled by the aging King Rigenos of Necranal. Humanity is united in a desperate fight against the inhuman Eldren, and he must fight with them. But the actions of his brethren turns his loyalties, and as Erekosë he will take a terrible revenge.
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Born in London in 1939, Michael Moorcock now lives in Texas. A prolific and award-winning writer with more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction to his name, he is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat, amongst many other memorable characters. In 2008, The Times  named Moorcock in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You might want to ask questions about yourself Nov. 10 2001
Format:Paperback
This book might put you in a philosophical mood and make your question your value.
The story itself is great, but its presentation could be better. I've read the book without putting it down. Several realms are presented with a common line through all of them.
This is a big story with multiple storylines, and they all make sense in the later works by Michael.
I think you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good intro to the Eternal Champion series Aug. 28 2001
Format:Paperback
I have the Millenium edition of this book, which contains the three novels, The Eternal Champion, Phoenix in Obsidian and the Dragon in the Sword. It is a good intro to the Eternal Champion series because it is the simplest. John Daker, moaning that he has many lives, many forms, introduces the true nature of the champion. Yet for me, the Eternal Champion is one of the best switching-sides story. The hero is told by humans that they're the good guys and the Eldren are the bad guys, and so he fights for them. Then he realizes that the truth is the other way around, so he switches to the Eldren and beats the crap out of humans. It makes me wonder, is what we've been taught as right since childhood really right, or are we being deceived? There's some implied philosophy for you. The next two parts are about the other guises of the Eternal Champion. After this, Moorcock has placed the Eternal Champion in every possible speculative fiction setting: post-apocalyptic earth, steampunk, time travel, sword and sorcery, etc. It's a series any questioning hero would love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible concepts! May 23 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What isn't so obvious about The Sundered Worlds, which is admittedly a bit rough, is how many things it actually predicted which are now at the leading edge of scientific exploration. Moorcock predicted BLACK HOLES in this book, long before the scientists identified them. Rough and ready Quantum Mechanics! He predicted the physical idea of the MULTIVERSE, which is currently being examined and described in magazines like Scientific American and Nature and which has been used as a convenient plot device by sf writers, script writers and comix writers ever since! The Eternal Champion and The Sundered Worlds are almost the crude templates from which an enormous amount of imaginative fiction -- and scientific ideas -- have developed! These days, Moorcock is taken for granted, but anyone who writes fantasy or science fiction is likely to be using an idea which he first proposed. I'm an old academic technophile who years ago picked The Sundered Worlds up in a garish pulp format, thought the writing was a little crude, but was astonished at the intellect revealed. These ideas preceded most scientific speculation, let alone the scientific realities! It is maybe ironic that those 'New Wave' writers like Ellison, Ballard and Disch, for instance, have actually made far more accurate predictions than the vaunted technical sf writers like Clarke, Heinlein and Asimov. You need more than an engineering degree to get a real instinct for the world of tomorrow! Metaphysics, astrophysics and advanced physics move closer and closer together. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read only if you are a fan Dec 27 2000
Format:Paperback
While Phoenix in Obsidian is a nice stand-alone that has next to nothing to do with the rest of the book, it doesn't do enough to save the book from the large price tag.
The other three stories are important stories in the Eternal Champion series. The Eternal Champion is the first novel written when Moorcock was 18. Besides a nice plot twist, it's not much more than a standard Sword and Sorcery fantasy indistinguishable from hundreds of others. The Sundered Lands has a little more depth to it, but that only means that you can't give it the benefit of the doubt that you can give to The Eternal Champion. It has too many elements of other Moorcock books so you recognize every part from a better book.
And To Rescue Tanelorn is a slight story indeed, only there to introduce the reader to Tanelorn which shows up in many other Moorcock books.
All in all, this is a great book to familiarize yourself with teh concept of The Eternal Champion, Tanelorn and even the black blade, but it's definitely not the first Moorcock book you should buy. Unless you are already a fan, you will not be impressed. Read Elric or Corum or Hawkmoon if you want a good introductory Moorcock book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Ideas Written With Modest Skill Aug. 13 1999
By Elyon
Format:Paperback
This book is the first in a new and ongoing omnibus publication of Michael Moorcook's fantasy fiction, centering around his seminal presentation of the "Eternal Champion" and the alternating realities of the "Multiverse." These concepts have continued to influence fantasy writers to the present, including, most recently, Robert Jordan's adoption of a comparitive framework for his "Wheel of Time" series. A major figure in the 60's and 70's, especially in the UK, Moorcook is noted for his innovative exploration and incorporation of metaphysics as well as ideas more commonly associated with science fiction than fantasy.
The stories contained herein were all originally published between 1962 and 1970, and while some have since undergone revision, the quality of writing typifies much of the work produced during that period, both in fantasy and in science fiction. Conceptually pregnant, the narrative devotes much of its energy to the expression and exploration of ideas, or the description of imaginary landscapes and populations that could be accused as flights of fancy for invention's sake. The work is weak when in comes to characterization, sense of place, or providing background for the development of the narrative. The style of writing seems almost undeveloped and dated when compared to the narrative and descriptive powers present in some of the better contemporary work available. Or perhaps it is simply that Moorcock is more interested in the expression of the abstract than in the grounding of his notions in good storytelling.
I am somewhat unclear as to the inclusion of "The Sundered Worlds" in this volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites.... A good read.
Very well done. I have read many of the Moorcock compilation books and liked this one very much. While I liked the Elric saga, I think that Erekose is a more tragic hero. Read more
Published on March 2 2001 by Mr. Henry J. Saenz
5.0 out of 5 stars MOORCOCK ROCKS
While I feel his writing has improved much since he wrote this book, The Eternal Champion is a great introduction to the themes and concepts of Michael Moorcocks rich and... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sundered Worlds sucks
These stories aren't my favorites by Moorcock, and "The Sundered Worlds" and "To Rescue Tanelorn" are pretty mediocre. Read more
Published on June 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was great.
Ok heres the shocker, I have read 2 books besides this one(Jurassic Park and Eaters of the Dead). Those 2 books were good and took a long time to read. Read more
Published on June 27 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad prose, great story
At first I found "Eternal Champion" very hard to get into, because the writing style is often heavy-handed; Moorcock first wrote it when he was 17, and it shows. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding read.
This book is a must read for any true fantasy Fan. This is one of the best books I have read in years (and I read alot. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a tremendous surprise! I loved it!
Moorcock delves into some rather philosophic areas with this fantasy novel, as well as testing the realms of mental and scientific knowledge. This book was almost enlightening!
Published on June 19 1998 by Peter Young (whyspers@hotmail.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good except for SUndered Worlds
Eternal Champion is undoubtly, the most original fantasy series I have ever read next to LotR. Moorcock did a great job with the first-person perspective. Read more
Published on April 27 1998
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