Containing "Elric of Melnibone", "The Fortress of the Pearl", "The Sailor on the Seas of Fate", "The Dreaming City", "While the Gods Laugh" and "The Singing Citadel" this is one of the Millennium Uniform Editions of Moorcock's work, omnibus volumes with revised texts and new introductions.
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Elric of Melniboné is a requisite title in the hard fantasy canon, a book no fantasy fan should leave unread. Author Michael Moorcock, already a major player in science fiction, cemented his position in the fantasy pantheon with the five-book Elric saga, of which Elric of Melniboné is the first installment. The book's namesake, the brooding albino emperor of the dying nation of Melniboné, is a sort of Superman for Goths, truly an archetype of the genre.
The youthful Elric is a cynical and melancholy king, heir to a nation whose 100,000-year rule of the world ended less than 500 years hence. More interested in brooding contemplation than holding the throne, Elric is a reluctant ruler, but he also realizes that no other worthy successor exists and the survival of his once-powerful, decadent nation depends on him alone. Elric's nefarious, brutish cousin Yrkoon has no patience for his physically weak kinsman, and he plots constantly to seize Elric's throne, usually over his dead body. Elric of Melniboné follows Yrkoon's scheming, reaching its climax in a battle between Elric and Yrkoon with the demonic runeblades Stormbringer and Mournblade. In this battle, Elric gains control of the soul-stealing Stormbringer, an event that proves pivotal to the Elric saga. --Paul HughesAbout the Author:
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, amon
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Book Description Sep 04, 1972. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Ex-library book, usual markings. 1972 first edition. Hardback with original dust cover. A bit of staining to the bottoms of most pages but no text affected. Well read copy with some spine wear, still very useable, colouring of page edges due to age. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # P05_2884_BD_01/15
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Book Description London; Hutchinson, 1972., 1972. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Octavo. 191 pp. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Original blue cloth with gilt titles in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket; map endpapers. Jacket lightly rubbed and spine-sunned with a few nicks & creases to edge, mainly to head of spine. A very clean copy with no annotation or inscriptions. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 2464