Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The War Hound and the World's Pain Hardcover – Sep 1 1982


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 15.59

Best Books of 2014
Unruly Places is our #1 pick for 2014. See all


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (Sept. 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450049124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450049125
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

By "dbass222" on April 26 2004
Format: Paperback
Simply an excellent tale. This story has stayed with me over the years, and I fully expect to reread it once again the next time I lay my hands upon it.
I dont much care for Elric. So whether you like that or not, dont let that stop you in this case. I also disliked Gloriana and a couple of his other books. But this one here I would recommend to just about everyone.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 16 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lucifer must be out of his mind! Oct. 30 2003
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As much as I enjoyed the subsequent two novels of the Von Bek trilogy (_City in the Autumn Stars_ and The Dream Thief's Daughter_) this first volume is still my favorite. It could easily have stood on it's own as a classic.
The basic premise is that Lucifer is not an all-knowing, all-powerful arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile. God exiled Lucifer to earth with no instructions and no further communication. In his own words, Lucifer tells how everything that he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative. First, he tried to prove that he could build a world that was greater than the Creator's (he reveals that most of the world's rulers and churchmen are really "his".) However, by the 17th century, Europe is clearly dieing in unending warfare and plague INSPITE of his efforts to make a better world. Lucifer admits that his efforts have been a colossal failure and that he has no idea why. Moreover, he just wants to reconcile with God and go back home to his old position in heaven.
In desperation Lucifer sends an agent to find the Holy Grail. Grasping at straws, he believes that the legendary Grail will grant immediate union with God, and as a result the Last Judgement and an end to the World's Pain. Unfortunately, the Devil has no pure knights to search for this Grail- the closest thing he can find is Capt. Ulrich Von Bek. Von Bek is far from innocent, since as a mercenary soldier he has wilfully commited murder, torture, rape, and robbery as "part of the soldier's craft." Von Bek does have a conscience, though- he just gambled that there was no God or Devil to answer to for his crimes.
Von Bek goes forth on this hopeless quest- quite convinced that Lucifer, and quite possibly God, are both out of their minds....
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thoroughly excellent... March 4 2003
By Swede - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Certainly one of Mr. Moorcock's best, blending his mastery of sword-and-sorcery fantasy with some gripping philo-theological issues which are likely familiar to anyone who has grown up in the Western world with the remnants of Christianity all around. This book truly transcends Mr. Moorcock's regular oeuvres, and will continue to resound in the mind of anyone who has found themselves gripped in the loss of faith or religion but not yet lost hope for humanity.
The Thirty Years' War was one of the singular most horrifying experiences in Europe's history (up there with WWI and WWII) and is a fitting backdrop. I will echo one of my non-fantasy-reading friend's gripes and say that the title figure equits himself much better than the devious, semi-evil character that his author first makes him out to be, and I would add that some of the more fantastical vignettes are maybe underwritten, and thus the work could have benefited from greater length in parts.
I care not much for Moorcock's heroes other than the two most 'human' and fallible ones, the man from Melnibone and von Bek. Definitely a must read for anyone interested in the best ever from the fantasy-genre, and still, a good read for those not familiar with fantasy but experienced in the pain and suffering of the real world. If you're a Moorcock fan and haven't read this yet then there is no excuse, buy ...immediately. Can't find it here try half.com
Recommended to me by the inimitable OS2 Boone during our time on the USS Chancellorsville in Japan, I didn't find it til much later but am very glad he told me about it. Certainly in my list of top ten books ever, alongside works that are much longer and traditionally thought to have much greater significance.....
Very Respectfully,
Pär L., USN
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent April 26 2004
By "dbass222" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simply an excellent tale. This story has stayed with me over the years, and I fully expect to reread it once again the next time I lay my hands upon it.
I dont much care for Elric. So whether you like that or not, dont let that stop you in this case. I also disliked Gloriana and a couple of his other books. But this one here I would recommend to just about everyone.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lucifer must be out of his mind.... April 27 2002
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As much as I enjoyed the subsequent two novels of the Von Bek trilogy (_City in the Autumn Stars_ and The Dream Thief's Daughter_) this first volume is still my favorite. It could easily have stood on it's own as a classic.

The basic premise is that Lucifer is not an all-knowing, all-powerful arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile. God exiled Lucifer to earth with no instructions and no further communication. In his own words, Lucifer tells how everything that he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative. First, he tried to prove that he could build a world that was greater than the Creator's (he reveals that most of the world's rulers and churchmen are really "his".) However, by the 17th century, Europe is clearly dieing in unending warfare and plague INSPITE of his efforts to make a better world. Lucifer admits that his efforts have been a colossal failure and that he has no idea why. Moreover, he just wants to reconcile with God and go back home to his old position in heaven.

In desperation Lucifer sends an agent to find the Holy Grail. Grasping at straws, he believes that the legendary Grail will grant immediate union with God, and as a result the Last Judgement and an end to the World's Pain. Unfortunately, the Devil has no pure knights to search for this Grail- the closest thing he can find is Capt. Ulrich Von Bek. Von Bek is far from innocent, since as a mercenary soldier he has wilfully commited murder, torture, rape, and robbery as "part of the soldier's craft." Von Bek does have a conscience, though- he just gambled that there was no God or Devil to answer to for his crimes.

Von Bek goes forth on this hopeless quest- quite convinced that Lucifer, and quite possibly God, are both out of their minds....
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moorcock's Best Sept. 21 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this long before I read Elric, Corum, et alia. Didn't realize this was the same author. Very different in style and context. Great plot. Really makes you think.
This book, plus Gloriana, are two great Moorcock books that had nothing to do with the Eternal Champion when they were written. Moorcock, a la Azimov, seems intent on tying all of his earlier works into one giant morass, thus harming some perfectly superb work.
This is a must read!

Look for similar items by category


Feedback