And to them I won’t need to explain why a long-overdue reissue, titled Elric: The Stealer of Souls. Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné. Publishing History (US). Trade Paperback, Del Rey, pp., ISBN: , 19 Feb , Cover by John Picacio. etsos_delrjpg. The Stealer of Souls, a short story by Michael Moorcock, featuring Elric, the albino prince of Melniboné and his companion, Moonglum of.

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Enjoyable read and recommended to those who enjoy the genre. I could imagine how vivid some of those scenes would elgic on a movie screen. Deities in the Elric series. This horn lies in a different world akin to ours where the great Roland once used it under the name Olifant. The main sequence, according to the saga’s internal chronology, comprises the following books. One other very much appreciated element is the multiculturalism of his stories.

It is followed by “While the Gods Laugh,” “The Stealer of Souls,” “Kings in Darkness,” and “The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams,” which detail his battle against the sorcerer Theleb K’aarna, his earliest adventures with his diminutive sidekick Moonglum, who proves to be erlic most faithful companion, and his romance with the human princess Zarozinia, the great love of his life.

Eternal Champion Michael Moorcock characters Novels by Michael Moorcock Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse Fantasy books by series Fictional characters with albinism Souos emperors and empresses Fictional swordsmen Fictional mercenaries Fictional characters who use sou,s Characters in fantasy literature Dark fantasy Fictional characters introduced in Characters in American novels of the 20th century. But Elric is under a doom that he cannot evade. Moorcock mingled some familiar elements of fantasy with things he could have only dreamed up in his mind.

The writing is painfully awful. Okay, part of me was repulsed at the drug-dependence part. I found these stories to be very imaginative, and often brutal and dark.

The Stealer of Souls (story)

There are characters of various types and races, and they are not described in a way that is bigoted and demeaning, which is common with some of the older pulp fiction even Mr. And if you have childhood memories of them – oh, expect all the bittersweet memories. Image here Archived 27 September at the Wayback Machine. But the forces that he faces are stronger and darker than he has imagined and the battle goes poorly.


Some of his journeys in this book are motivated by self-interest, and some out of the stealfr good. It enjoys being used to kill, whether the victim is good or bad. Moorcock describes her as: Being me, I tend to embark on new adventures in an atypical fashion.

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If you catch some of it, by all means. Lovers of Genre-breaking Excellence. When Elric would say the words of dark spells that were passed down from his sorcerous, maleficent ancestors, my eyes were glued sgealer the page. I’m glad I read the story all the same. And what is that horrible illness of his anyway? Something like being an undead evil necromancer who must feed on souls to survive, maybe?

Books by Michael Moorcock. Elric is the Eternal Champion destined to stop elrric Lords of Chaos from taking over the world?

The Sleeping SorceressElric: Oct 22, Emily A. So, Michael Moorcock, thanks for your insightful essays–the bonus material in this edition–some of which claim that Elric is really a well-meaning guy who just happens to go through bouts of existential angst.

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Moorcock himself has said that Cornelius, the only other character to have attained comparable dlric culture status, is his s-era reinvention of Elric. The first of these is “The Dreaming City,” which opens with Elric already a self-exiled emperor, plotting with a fleet of sea raiders to exact a shocking vengeance on his usurping cousin Yyrkoon.

But this book also includes the four novelettes that make up Stormbringerthe first fully realized Elric steaelr.

I seek no excuses, for I know what I am and I know what I have done. The sword confers upon Elric strength, health, and fighting prowess, allowing him to do away with his dependence on drugs, but it must be fed by the souls of intelligent beings. It is an understatement that this edition has helped to clarify the chronological issues that I recall from so long ago. That is a minor part of the stories in this book.

Elric: The Stealer of Souls

You see, Stormbringer is evil. Elrric, I have not read any of the rest of the Elric books and can understand why many people are upset about the timeline contradicting itself. This is particularly the case for readers interested in not just these novels but also Moorcock’s broader body of work, most obviously the wtealer Eternal Champion series, from the historical fantasy of the Von Beks The War Hound and the World’s Pain to the steampunk-themed alternate histories of Oswald Bastable The Warlord of dlric Air and the loopy, experimental adventures of secret agent Jerry Cornelius The Final Programme.


Nov 15, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: The Stealer of Souls view spoiler [ This volume consists mostly of the first collection 5 stories originally published as The Stealer of Souls. The elements of dark sorcery were chilling, yet enthralling.

And he has to fight for his life and that of his friends. During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of “James Colvin,” a “house pseudonym” used by other critics on New Worlds. Genel olarak beni biraz yorsa da sevdim. Retrieved 19 November However,Moorcock was extremely young and they read very much as someone who is extremely young pretending and even believing he is old and wise.

Stealer of Souls brings together five early Elric novellas previously published as three of the parts of The Bane of the Black Sword and two parts of The Weird of the White Wolf and the novel Stormbringer the first Elric tale conceived as a full-length book.

Retrieved 18 November A few years ago, I had heard about Elric, and I was intrigued when I read that he was considered the burned-out rock star of heroic fantasy, with his dependence on drugs. Bold roman numerals indicate the six-book sequence of the DAW paperbacks. Don’t expect them to be consistent. Leaving the palace, Elric elrc attacked by Nikorn who accuses him of breaking their agreement, and although Elric is reluctant to fight him, Stormbringer sudden pulls itself free of his grip and strikes Nikorn fatally.

It wasn’t getting any better and felt more like a homework assignment to read it.

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