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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Here is a rant to prove it, complete with arguments with my imaginary opponents. Retrieved 15 February Monsieur Zenith the Albinoand Savoy People: Elric must seek and acquire powerful Chaos-made artifacts to help him combat Chaos.

Elric is as different as any character can be from Conan while still being a part of the sword and sorcery genre. Elric has had to take herbs because of the inherent frailty of his constitution due to his inherited albinism.

Elric: The Stealer of Souls by Michael Moorcock

No trivia or quizzes yet. After these initial Elric tales, Moorcock periodically published short tales throughout the s and early s, such as ‘s “The Singing Citadel” and ‘s “The Jade Man’s Eyes”. So Moonglum gives his soul to the blade and then Stormbringer takes Elric’s own life before going off on its own. The book is so poorly written as to almost be impossible to read. Volume 1 by Michael Moorcock. Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. As one might guess from looking at what followed them, while the Elric novels are as packed with action, spectacle, and grandly operatic drama as any other series of the type, their cosmological, mythological, and philosophical complexity make them a far cry from the “Merrie England” tales Moorcock famously derided three decades ago in his widely read essay ” Epic Pooh.

Dec 14, Jeremiah rated it really liked it. The relationship between Elric and his blade is tortured at best, the sword as frequently bringing tragedy as triumph into his life, but he can never resist turning to it in times of need.


Yes, he supposedly did it to save Cymoril and thwart his evil cousin’s attempt to take over the throne It is, objectively, not a good book. Preview — Elric by Michael Moorcock.

It’s not the hero’s journey you are following along, but really a villain’s schemes. The Elric stories were published in five volumes in and After this suls story, Elric has four more adventures that reinforce the futility of striving against the doom that seems to be his.

Indeed, his first instinct when he learns that Elric is in the same city as him is to leave, and it is only the refusal of Yishana to flee that stops him. The ongoing battle between Chaos and Law, one that Elric is not always sure which side he is on, is also developed.

Most importantly, Moorcock is now a mature and mesmerizing writer that can immerse into the reader into his weird alternate reality. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Phew, this took me forever to read. P Lovecraftand others, but the chronological inconsistencies were not specifically from rapid creation.

If you want to go back and find out where it all elrlc, you’ll have to go back to here. In my life, I have been haunted by a fear of failure, and I can identify with a character who does feel like he doesn’t measure up and sometimes feels like a screw-up, right or wrong. Lists with Tsealer Book.

He’s not big and muscled. I took a journey into the world of darkness, and I am surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. Having said that, I’m a bit conflicted about this edition, at least as an introduction for someone who hasn’t read Elric before. Retrieved 19 November I swear, give some guys an inch Oct 22, Emily A.

I also appreciated the way these stories are a little bit horror, tragic drama, and fantasy all combined together.

Elric: The Stealer of Souls (collection)

More subtly, the influence of the Elric stories even extends to Moorcock’s more “literary” writing, like the rightly celebrated Between the Wars cycle which centers on a recurring multiverse character, “Colonel” Pyatin which the struggle for balance between Chaos and Order has been an equally important theme. To view it, click here.


The DAW edition of Stormbringer restored some of the original structure and text compared to the release, but other revisions were performed and other material excised. 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.

Divining that Elric has called wind elementals, K’aarna summons fire elementals to counter-attack the Lasshaar.

Th This contains the earliest tales of Elric. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Moorcock was a young writer at the time and his writing style is immature and awkward.

The Stealer of Souls (story)

Beginning inDel Rey Books reprinted the Elric material as a series of six illustrated books: He thinks of things that his people do not understand. Nothing could match how inventive the character or the world that Moorcock created in prose form. This series arranged the stories in the sequence they were originally published, along with related fiction and nonfiction material. 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.

That is a minor part of the stories in this book. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art.

But they also hold deeper meaning. For when one is cut by Stormbringer, you do not merely die, your life-essence, your soul is sucked into the blade and in turn a portion is given to Elric. Adam Warlock”Who Would Win?

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