The Eternal Champion Paperback – Apr 22 1971
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 2 2001 by Mr. Henry J. Saenz
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 morePublished on Aug. 2 1999
These stories aren't my favorites by Moorcock, and "The Sundered Worlds" and "To Rescue Tanelorn" are pretty mediocre. Read morePublished on June 29 1999
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 morePublished on June 27 1999
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 morePublished on Feb. 13 1999
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 morePublished on Feb. 10 1999
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 (email@example.com)