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The Elric Saga: Part III by Michael Moorcock 
27th-Mar-2006 10:17 am
This has not been a good month for me and books, that's for sure...

Moorcock, Michael. The Elric Saga: Part III. SFBC, 2002.
-The Fortress of the Pearl- (1989)
Summary: While sojourning in the city of Quarzhasaat, Elric is coerced into recovering The Pearl at the Heart of the World. With the help of the dreamthief Oone, he both rescues the Holy Girl and recovers the pearl. Upon returning to Quarzhasaat, he takes revenge on the city for its attempt to manipulate him. Unbeknownst to him, Oone is carrying Elric's child at the end.
Comments: Just in case six books weren't enough, Moorcock has written heretofore untold Elric adventures that take place inbetween the events of the earlier novels. And, if the franchise continues to be bankable, he's even laid a foundation for "Elric: The Next Generation." This one takes place between events in the second novel, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate. All in all, I found both Elric and the prose of the novel itself to be far less frantic than before; I suppose that, by this time, Moorcock has eased into his success. Also, the female characters of this novel were all "brilliant and beautiful," in that order, as opposed to the opposite order in previous Elric books. While the dream world and its seven planes were not the most innovative thing I've ever read, the ambivalence about the origin of the pearl--that it was created both to protect the Holy Girl and to fulfill the legends and craving of the people of the city of Quarzhasaat was vaguely interesting, if contradictory.
-The Revenge of the Rose- (1991)
Summary: Elric is enjoined by the ghost of his father Sadric to recover his soul and ends up embroiled in the Rose's world-hopping quest for revenge against the immortal and damned Gaynor.
Comments: Set after Elric's destruction of Imrryr and the death of Cymoril, this book manifests is relative "youth" in Elric's uncharacteristic failure to brood for paragraphs at a time, not to mention the inclusion of the poet Weldrake, who constantly drops insider references to the worlds of Moorcock's other novels. All in all, though, this novel was unnecessarily complex and obscure, both due to Weldrake's references and the intricacy of the Rose's revenge and the people/items involved with it. Even after learning the truth of matters, I found myself unable to care in the least...and it put me to sleep at least a dozen times in the process. The most enjoyable bit of fantasy here was The Gypsy Nation, and that overlong bit wasn't even particularly relevant to the larger plot. (I've seen the cast of a novel brought together in less but still acceptably likely and less involved fashions.) This installment heralds the triumphant return of Arioch, prancing about in the nude and tossing out endearments even more campy than before, if possible.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive 2-in-1 BCE
Rating: 5, 4/10 - Unless you're a fan of The Eternal Champion, the first six books are more than enough. Trust me.
27th-Mar-2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
If I ever visit you, you must point out the Arioch segments for me to read^_^
28th-Mar-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
*laughs* Want me to transcribe a sample for you?
28th-Mar-2006 01:25 am (UTC)
28th-Mar-2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Okay, let's see...

Arioch quotes:
"Sweet slave, I love thee again! Sweet, sweet, obedient slave! Oh, how I love thee!"
"You are a brave little stoat, my darling, now that you are no longer in my kingdom. But this one shall soon be mine. All of it. Do not anger me, darling pale one. Soon the time will come when thou shalt serve mine every command!"

And what he looks like:
"...there appeared the naked, golden image of a handsome youth, a dream of fair Arcadia, whose goodness was sweeter than honey, whose beauty was richer than cream, and whose wicked eyes, delirious with cruelty, flashed the appalling lie for everything and unholy and perverse that it was. It giggled." (And then he urinates on his rival. Lovely, eh? ^^;;; )
28th-Mar-2006 01:43 am (UTC)
*dies laughing*
Oh my god... It's a good thing I'm not sitting on a chair else I'd topple and my heart would fail me! XD

So is the author British? or just fond of pretentious language?^_^
28th-Mar-2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Told ya it was campy. ^_~

So is the author British?

Yep. And somewhat aged. It's always interesting when you find male writers having visions of depraved but beautiful youths...
28th-Mar-2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Words can't describe how bad this is. How did you manage to read all those volumes?^^

It's always interesting when you find male writers having visions of depraved but beautiful youths...

Yes, there's some strong hints of homoerotica when they do.
28th-Mar-2006 01:59 am (UTC)
I wasn't kidding when I said it put me to sleep a dozen times! >_<

Yes, there's some strong hints of homoerotica when they do.

Heh. Well, it's quite arguable that Moorcock is either directly or indirectly responsible for all that dark fantasy in manga. ^_~
27th-Mar-2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
"Rating: 5, 4/10 - Unless you're not a fan of The Eternal Champion, the first six books are more than enough. Trust me."

Yes, I am in full agreement here.
28th-Mar-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
*typo alert* Thanks for pointing it out. >_<

(I'm glad to hear some agreement, though.)
1st-Apr-2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
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