The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate❰Reading❯ ➶ The Sailor on the Seas of Fate Author Michael Moorcock – Heartforum.co.uk Leaving his cousin Yrkoon sitting as regent upon the Ruby Throne of Melnibone, leaving his cousin Cymoril weeping for him and despairing of his ever returning, Elric sailed from Imrryr, the Dreaming C Leaving his cousin Yrkoon sitting as on the PDF º regent upon the Ruby Throne of Melnibone, leaving his cousin Cymoril weeping for him and despairing of his ever returning, Elric sailed from Imrryr, the Dreaming City, and went to seek an unknown goal in the world of the Young Kingdoms where Melniboneans were at best, disliked.

Michael John Moorcock is an English on the PDF º writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in , at the age of sixteen, The Sailor PDF \ and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May until March and then again from to , Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction New Wave in the UK and indirectly in the United States His serialization of Norman Spinrad s Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Sailor on the eBook ✓ Council s funding of the magazineDuring this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of James Colvin, a house pseudonym used by other critics on New Worlds A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds January , written by William Barclay another Moorcock pseudonym Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials JC , and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his Nebula award winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time traveller who takes on the role of Christ They are also the initials of various Eternal Champion Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian Inrecent years, Moorcock has taken to using Warwick Colvin, Jr as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his Second Ether fiction.

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10 thoughts on “The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

  1. Mark Lawrence says:

    Holy crap I, Mark Lawrence, have read an entire book in 4 hours Admittedly I picked it up after discovering that it was only 24,000 words long, or 1 2oth of a George Martin epic EDIT over the long grind of this summer holiday I ve been writing a short story that I m being paid to write to inspire an Xbox game It s nearing the end and has just passed 40,000 words o Somebody stop me Still, the copy I have is a hardback, 40 years old, and at 169 pages, not an exceptionally slim novel Admitt Holy crap I, Mark Lawrence, have read an entire book in 4 hours Admittedly I picked it up after discovering that it was only 24,000 words long, or 1 2oth of a George Martin epic EDIT over the long grind of this summer holiday I ve been writing a short story that I m being paid to write to inspire an Xbox game It s nearing the end and has just passed 40,000 words o Somebody stop me Still, the copy I have is a hardback, 40 years old, and at 169 pages, not an exceptionally slim novel Admittedly the font is HUGE I gave this a 3 from memory and now I m revising it down to a 2 It s OK There are good things in it, and bad things.The 33 Moorcock books on my fantasy shelf speak to the love I had for his work 30 40 years ago I ve been having trouble recapturing it on recent reads though I have been avoiding my favourites so that might be it.http 3.bp.blogspot.com tMqSP3wcsL4Anyway, good and bad.Most of the good things are an irrepressible imagination and Stormbringer.The bad things are many It s not much longer than a short story and even so is divided in to THREE books The whole thing has a dreamy misty feel to it and is literally described in those terms It s full of people making vague doom laden statements and refusing to explain anything until the time is right Everything is pre ordained fated, and it s basically three short stories with no connection, all of which are really about fights and magic rather than having anything to say.In the first story four aspects of the eternal champion are brought together, Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, and Erekose This proves to be bad idea as it leads you to suspect that the eternal champion is a handy excuse for writing the same character over and over, with the suspicion being that Moorcock is just better at weird fantasy stuff than charactersMy son saw me picking the book up and said something along the lines of But that s old, why are you bothering To which I responded with exasperation, Fantasy doesn t have a sell by date What are the swords going to be old fashioned Will the enchantments be dated Will the demons be wearing period dress And he said, If you pick up any old book you ll find it s rubbish The writing style has changed They re too slow The characters don t feel real Nonsense I said wittily, and walked off with my 40 year old book.But the thing is He was right, a bit Every Moorcock book I ve tried in the past few years has seemed terribly dated The characters really don t feel real The conversations are always overly pompous grand or just turning the handle on the plot.The only thing that struck me as quite modern was the level of visceral violence on display I don t think today s books that are accused of grimdark have anyblood or guts splattering the page than Moorcock did in the 70s.The other two stories were OK but really didn t shine, and over all I was disappointed On the flip side, it s not a Moorcock book that I have fond memories of, so perhaps it was only ever OK and my fanboying was all from the individual Elric, Corum, and Hawkmoon tales Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.

  2. Bill Kerwin says:

    In this second volume of the series, Emperor Elric of Melnibone takes leave of his kingdom to discover the nature of the upstart human world that lies beyond his ancient Dragon Isle But instead the Lords of Chaos offer him a less common odyssey a journey upon the seas of fate that border other planes, other times and wash up on the shores of his own particular destiny.Elric has three distinct adventures 1 Sailing to the Future, in which together with three other incarnations of the Etern In this second volume of the series, Emperor Elric of Melnibone takes leave of his kingdom to discover the nature of the upstart human world that lies beyond his ancient Dragon Isle But instead the Lords of Chaos offer him a less common odyssey a journey upon the seas of fate that border other planes, other times and wash up on the shores of his own particular destiny.Elric has three distinct adventures 1 Sailing to the Future, in which together with three other incarnations of the Eternal Champion battles a pair of brother and sister sorcerers bent on destroying the worlds, 2 Sailing to the Present, in which he and his companion Count Smiorgan Baldhead find themselves entangled in the obsession of Saxif D an, a legendary Melnibonean sorcerer compelled to reenact his tale of ancient passion on a small imaginary isle, and 3 Sailing into the Past, in which he travels with the amiable explorer Duke Avan Astran to the ruined city of R lin K ren A a fabled origin of the Melbonean race to retrieve the jewels known as the Jade Man s Eyes This is a superb series of adventures Sure, they are obviously three novellas each different in tone and mood repackaged in a new form, but the structure works for me The magical sea upon which Elric sails offers experiences disjointed from plane and time arbitrarily, when it chooses This jagged sort of journey is a fitting fate for a man who accepts the Lord of Chaos as his guides.I also like the wide variety of moods presented here Future is metaphysical, mythic and nebulous Present is as fiercely romantic as a pre Raphaelite ballad and almost for Moorcock at least warm hearted and Past the best of the lot begins on the sea like a boy s adventure, travels up a river as grim as Heart of Darkness, and ends in bloodlust and betrayal.In these three adventures, both Elric and the reader learnabout his fierce sword Stormbringer and begin to guess a little about his fate As such they are not only enjoyable in themselves, but good preparation for the later adventures

  3. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.Why the Elric Saga is one of the most underrated Classic sword and sorcery series in the history of Most Underrated Classic Sword and Sorcery Series MUSaSS It features a complex as fish, unconventional as shrimp, trope defying albino MC Yum Said MC wields Stormbringer, a Slightly Very Evil Sorta Sentient Kinda Cantankerous Sword with a Soul Drinking Habit SVESSKCSwaSDH Yay This series offers a gloriously diverse collection of assorted scums, villains, ruffia Actual rating 4.5 stars.Why the Elric Saga is one of the most underrated Classic sword and sorcery series in the history of Most Underrated Classic Sword and Sorcery Series MUSaSS It features a complex as fish, unconventional as shrimp, trope defying albino MC Yum Said MC wields Stormbringer, a Slightly Very Evil Sorta Sentient Kinda Cantankerous Sword with a Soul Drinking Habit SVESSKCSwaSDH Yay This series offers a gloriously diverse collection of assorted scums, villains, ruffians, wolfish cutthroats And bloody shrimping pirates Woohoo I most gleefully say Such a vast array of lovely beasts and chummy creatures seldom before has been encountered Quite proud of Mr Moorcock Robert E Howard must be cheerfully waves at the super welcoming hissing reptilian savages in this instalment Blood and violence and gore and spilled guts and severed heads, oh my As my good friend Smiorgan Baldhead aka the Black Bearded Hottie once said,Yoi But this is worthwhile slaughterThe Sardonic Fest chants Sardonic giggles, sardonic smiles, sardonic smirks and sardonic sighs Joy to the world and all that fish The decadent universe the series is set in super extra original, extremely very fascinating and vastly quite beautifully multi layered.I ve only read three books in the saga so far, but have already been on fun filled field trips to four different planes And have time travelled extensively Eat your heart out, HG Wells Moorcock writes action scenes as well as he does Evocative and Poetic as Fish Stuff EaPaFS Because I said so and stuff Ah, Spockie Dear, what would I do without your unfailing support, I wonder Thus ends this most scientifically demonstrated scientific demonstration You are quite welcome and stuff Nefarious Last Words NLW I think the world needs an Elric Meets Conan story The Broody as Fish Albino Emperor and my Barbarian Paramour would meet, it would be lurve at first sight, they would get married, and then live slaughter happily ever after and stuff Much instant classic potential there, methinks To be continued and stuff Book 1 Elric of Melnibon Book 2 The Fortress of the Pearl Book 3 The Sailor on the Seas of Fate Book 4 The Weird of the White Wolf Book 5 The Vanishing Tower aka The Sleeping Sorceress to be read Book 6 The Revenge of the Black Rose to be read Book 7 The Bane of the Black Sword to be read Book 8 Stormbringer to be read Book 9 Elric at the End of Time to be read Book 10 Daughter of Dreams to be read Book 11 Destiny s Brother to be read Book 12 Son of the Wolf to be read Following the Tor reading order Pre review nonsense Wondrously creative universe atmospheric as fish stuff evocative as shrimp stuff delicious slaughter sardonic everything titillating villains galore murderous pets aplenty let s dance and stuff.Review to come and stuff

  4. Stephen says:

    4.0 stars Aaaaaaaaahhhh..A wonderful and deeply satisfying dose of that lush, rich Moorcockian prose is delivered directly into the fanboy center of the brain in this second injection of the Elric of Melnibone series In this treatment we are introduced to the mythos of the Eternal Champion as Elric hooks up with 3 of the EC s other primary avatars Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Dorian Hawkmoon and Erekose The four component badasses agree to undertake a mission to unleash a torrent of Grad 4.0 stars Aaaaaaaaahhhh..A wonderful and deeply satisfying dose of that lush, rich Moorcockian prose is delivered directly into the fanboy center of the brain in this second injection of the Elric of Melnibone series In this treatment we are introduced to the mythos of the Eternal Champion as Elric hooks up with 3 of the EC s other primary avatars Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Dorian Hawkmoon and Erekose The four component badasses agree to undertake a mission to unleash a torrent of Grade A beat down on a pair of god like siblings bent on unlife ing the universe As good as the prelims are, the warm, juicy highlight of the story is when the four avatars physically unite to become The Champion akaHe with Whom Fucking is strongly DiscouragedIt is a truly memorable moment in the Eternal Champion mythos and is sure to cure any sword and sorcery jones In addition to the above, this installment also provides some fascinating details on the early history of Elric s people, the Melniboneans, and provides insight into the complex and evolving relationship dependence animosity i.euhreladependosity between Elric and his semi sentient sword Stormbringer Finally, we are also introduced to Smiorgan Baldhead, a great supporting character with a truly, TRULY unfortunate name The real joyness in this story is the mythos of the Eternal Champion and the descriptive, evocative writing of Moorcock He imbues his central character with a perfect melancholy that borders on, but never quite becomes, morose I really like the internal conflict that Moorcock introduces between Elric and Stormbringer, as Elric finds himself in need of the strength and power the sword provides but is exceedingly uncomfortable with both the method by which it provides such power as well as the sword s tendency to act of its own volition Add to that exotic locals, some truly exceptional battle scenes and a fast paced interesting plot and you have classic, pulpy excellence from one of the masters HIGHLY RECOMMENDED P.S For those who are fans of audiobooks, I listened to an amazing version that has a great introduction by the author and was read by Jeff West and had a very high production value

  5. J.G. Keely says:

    Too few fantasy authors ask what magic means, which is a problem, since, with a few notable exceptions, magic is what makes fantasy fantastical When reading Moorcock, it becomes clear you have found an author who is very interested in exploring what magic is, and who has made very deliberate decisions about what his magic means.Magic is a conceptual space It was created, inadvertently, as a representation of the inner reality of human thought, as opposed to the external reality of the phys Too few fantasy authors ask what magic means, which is a problem, since, with a few notable exceptions, magic is what makes fantasy fantastical When reading Moorcock, it becomes clear you have found an author who is very interested in exploring what magic is, and who has made very deliberate decisions about what his magic means.Magic is a conceptual space It was created, inadvertently, as a representation of the inner reality of human thought, as opposed to the external reality of the physical world Human beings saw the physical world around them and, in attempting to understand it, created a matching symbolic world in their heads.They looked at a river, which moves and changes, floods, and pulls people under, and they imagined a River Spirit for it They would have a string of bad luck, remember a person who had spoken ill of them, and imagined they were cursed Magic mostly exists as a way for people to take inexplicable things and imagine how they might be controlled or personified, hence making themhuman So magic is largely symbolic, because it is made up of ideas, of the meanings that we create to make sense of the world around us.Thus, anyone who has studied the history of magic, from epic poems, myths, theology, and early sciences like astrology and alchemy can see that magic shifts and changes with time to match the changes in how people think As a conceptual, metaphysical space, magic is made to fit our changing ideas and philosophies.Because of this, magic is fundamentally different in different cultures and at different time periods, because of what the people in those places and times are capable of imagining If you go back to the myths of the Ancient Greeks, you will not find teleportation, alternate realities, or time travel, because these ideas are based on modern knowledge and theories When the gods move swiftly from one place to another, they must still pass the intervening space however quickly because dematerialization does not have a place in the ancient Greek worldview We may get visions of the afterlife and spirits who take the form of men, but they not the concept of an alternate world which is like ours, and which contains an alternate you.In plotting my own fantastical stories, I have often struggled in deciding whether or not to include such modern concepts in my magic, fearing that my story would end up like so many others with characters, politics, and magic feeling so thoroughly contemporary that barely anything fantastical remains When an author makes magic a simple replacement for technology, a tool for resolving plot conflicts so the characters don t have to, structuring it with points and levels and schools like a videogame, it ceases to feel magical.What makes it magical is when it is unpredictable, unusual, and when, instead of solving all the characters problems, it makes new problems But until reading Moorcock, I had not considered that since magic is built from the geography of the human mind, it could be used to look forward as well as back through time.A fantasy author who seeks to capture the feel of the past must research, and must make sure the psychology of his characters and his magic give the reader insight into a different place and time Likewise, a fantasy author can take a cue from authors of Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction and show us a vision of the future of human thought, even if it is dressed in the trappings of an ancient myth Apparently, the problem with dull genre fantasy authors is not that they are too modern in their thinking, but that they are not modern enough.As I mentioned in my review of the first volume in the Elric series, Moorcock draws on many unusual concepts in crafting his world, so that his magic is equal parts quantum mechanics and myth The result is something wholly unique a mythology of modern scientific concepts which are just as strange, unpredictable, and awe inspiring as any ancient god.In the second volume of the series, he allows his imagination to fly away with the concept, abandoning for the moment the introspective political intrigue that marked the first plot arc, and diving headfirst into something muchunusual Instead of slowly building to a climax, we are immediately thrust through time, across dimensions, into dream and myth and symbol, where ships of fate ferry a handful of different faces of the same man to a rendezvous with the end of the world, where selves must be combined, Shiva like, to save a universe already lost from what may be a robot and his sister.It is jarring to say the least for Moorcock to leave us with a certain expectation after the previous book and then to abscond on this daring vision of half dreams Though the structure is sometimes less than flowing, and the prose rises to moments of greater beauty than the first volume, what carries it all over is the pure, unbridled imagination.It is a vision that has proven very influential over the past half century of fantasy though it is an influence which often goes unrecognized From the man doomed to live to the soul stealing sword to the battle between the forces of law and chaos over an entire multiverse of realities, one is bound to find echoes of him in most modern fantasy, though sadly, very few of authors have done as much with the concepts and Moorcock did, and most have just reused them thoughtlessly, failing to recognize what made them interesting in the first place.Eventually, Moorcock gets us back on track toward the central plot, but each smaller story is its own unique arc, reminiscent of the technique used by Howard and Leiber of creating many brief stories which suggest a larger,complex world in the gaps between them, though since Moorcock s stories have fewer gaps, there is not quite the same sense of scale.I would have appreciatedstory and less explanation, andcharacter and psychology, allowing the vastness of the many worlds to loom mysteriously Moorcock is not foolish enough to make his world truly small by over explanation, but I enjoy a storywhen the setting serves the characters and the plot, and not vice versa, and Moorcock sometimes crosses that line.But throughout he is surprising, as the ideas drive the story along at a clip It sometimes feels as if Moorcock is worried that his story might not be different enough, that he needs to establish the incomprehensibly vast strangeness of his world quickly and fully, but that s the thing about the incomprehensibly vast it can t really afford to be rushed.There is little risk of Moorcock being like other writers because he has a thoughtful, well considered direction for his world He has asked himself what magic means, what purpose it serves, and what sort of tool it is for him, as an author, and he has a good answer If magic represents the inner workings of human thought, then why should it have any limits other than what we are capable of thinking My List of Suggested Fantasy Books

  6. Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    and leaving his cousin Yirkoon sitting as Regent upon the Ruby Throne of Melnibone, leaving his cousing Cymoril weeping for him and despairing of his ever returning, Elric sailed from Imrryr, the Dreaming city, and went to seek an unknown goal in the worlds of the Young Kingdoms where Melniboneans were, at best, disliked Elric has it all a rich island kingdom to rule, a beautiful woman s love, friends and enemies to make life interesting, plus a huge library to peruse Yet he is unsettledand leaving his cousin Yirkoon sitting as Regent upon the Ruby Throne of Melnibone, leaving his cousing Cymoril weeping for him and despairing of his ever returning, Elric sailed from Imrryr, the Dreaming city, and went to seek an unknown goal in the worlds of the Young Kingdoms where Melniboneans were, at best, disliked Elric has it all a rich island kingdom to rule, a beautiful woman s love, friends and enemies to make life interesting, plus a huge library to peruse Yet he is unsettled, restless, tormented by questions he cannot answer So he leaves it all behind and goes out in the world alone, unlike any other fantasy hero I know, not in search of fame or adventure, but for esoteric, metaphysical reasons that pit Order against Chaos in a conflict as old as the universe In this universe imagined by Moorcock, an infinity of parallel worlds exist and the journeyman can cross from one to the other, can go back and forth in time, can be reincarnated in a different body The only thing that he takes along is the magic sword he gained in the first book, a weapom with a mind of its own that cuts through the outside layers of reality to get a a deeper, secret meaning A meaning that will probably be revealed in the end to have been resting inside Elric s soul from the very beginning Moorcock calls his shape shifting, time and space travelling swordsman The Eternal Champion In the opening novel of the series there were just some subtle hints and intimations of the bigger picture, but with the opening salvo novella of the second one, we are plunged right in the middle of this dialectic multiverse Sailing into the Future has Elric on the run from his first attempt at being a simple sellsword, chased by his would be employers to a desolate shore, with only his soul stealing broadsword and his gigantic melancholy for companionshipAnd now, as he stood beside a bleak sea feeling trapped and already defeated, he knew himself to be alone in a malevolent universe, bereft of friends and purpose, a useless, sickly anachronism, a fool brought low by his own insufficiencies of character, by his profound inability to believe wholly in the rightness or wrongness of anything at all He lacked faith in his race, in his birthright, in gods or men and above all he lacked faith in himself.A bundle of joy, our albino friend not Fate intervenes, literally, by picking Elric up in a ghost ship led by a blind Captain, sailing to an unknown shore Elric finds on board a group of fellow mercenaries, each with a different background and coming from a different reality He begins to realize that his island kingdom of Melnibone is just a tiny grain of sand on the big ocean he is forced to sail uponthen the world is considerably larger than I imagined. Three of the mercenaries in particular appear to carry as heavy a baggage of memories and yearnings as our protagonist four tall, doom haunted swordsmen, each of a strikingly different cast of features, yet all bearing a certain stamp which marked them as being of a like kind The Champion Eternal in four of his incarnations Erekos, Elric, Corum and Hawkmoon I am as yet unfamiliar with the greater reach and inter connectivity of Michael Moorcock s several fantasy epics, but I know each of these names has his own spin off adventure The current quest though has no need for detailed background information on the four Their simple presence is enough, and the mission they are required to undertake is at the same time a typical sword sorcery attack on a wizard s lair a pair of evil creatures planning to annihilate the whole universe , and a meditation on good and evil, action inaction, chaos order, destiny and free willAll this is doubtless pre ordained Our destinies have been linked from the first Such philosophy can lead to unhealthy fatalism Elric accepts the challenge, and sets up to besiege yet another of those contorted, multicolored, psychedelic constructions that are organic Freudian in inspiration An often repeated observation by Elric about the dreamlike nature of his experiences, here and in the subsequent two novellas, reinforces the psychoanalysis approach taken by the author, where Elric is actually doing batle with himself, with his own anxieties and repressed memories Luckily for the reader expecting some actual battle scenes and not only instrospection, The Eteranl Champion delivers the goods in a spectacular fashion, battling lizardmen and giant snakes and bubbling pools of foul smelling liquidsIn later years he would recall most of these experiences as dreams and, indeed, they seemed dreamlike even as they occurred The Eternal Champion is just one of the basic concepts in the Moorcock s multiverse Another recurring symbol, mentioned briefly in the opening novel and indetails now, is the magical city of Tanelorn Each of the four Champions mentions a quest to find this secret city, this incarnation of the Holy Grail and Shangri La, this place that promises answers to the fundamental questions and rest at the end of a weary journey For Tanelorn exists in many forms, each depending upon the wishes of those who most desire to find her A peek at the titles of the later novels in the series promises greater development of the Tanelorn myth For now, it remains an ambigious and unreachable destination, something to strive for, a promise of a higher purpose in life than simple survival in an eternal war Sailing to the Present continues with the nautical theme of the novel, dropping Elric off at an uncharted island, still inside a parallel universe, with the promise of a potential portal back to his own reality a Red Gate somewhere in the middle of the sea Being still faithfull to the sword sorcery conventions, even as he strives by all means available to subvert them, Moorcock pits Elric against a bunch of bloody pirates With his Stormbringer singing weirdly as it drinks in the souls of its victims, Elric prevails and even gains a companion Lord Smiorgan is another exile from Elric s own universe, a human merchant whose ship was attacked and sunk by the now deceased pirates Further developments in the novella bring in a powerful undead Melnibonean wizards who chases a damzell in distress, seeing in her the re incarnation of a love from his youth This second novella lacks the higher implications and the universal appeal of the earlier tale, being mostly a regular adventure romp made me think of one of the scripts by Roy Thomas for The Savage Sword of Conan , with occassional remarks by Elric about his bad moods and unanswerable questionsI fight, I think, because I relish the comradeship of battle That, in itself, is a melancholy condition in which to find oneself, is it not In conversations with his new friend Smiorgan, Elric often touches on his favorite theme, free will and predestinationI fled the duties of an Empire because I sought freedom And freedom I must have There is no such thing Not yet Not for us We must go through muchbefore we can even begin to guess what freedom is The price for knowledge alone is probably higher than you would care to pay at this stage of your life Indeed, life itself id often the price In the third novella Sailing to the Past , Elric finally finds the portal back to his own universe and timeline, but his wandering days are far from over Beautiful Cymoril will have to sigh someand hope for better luck in one of the next installments Elric is engaged in yet another quest, looking for ruinsthan ten thousands years old on a distant continent The place he seeks may be both the original home of the Melnibonean nation, and a magical node where a pact between the forces of Chaos and Order temporary settled their dispute for control of the multiverse Still assisted by the merchant lord Smiorgan, Elric has onceto battle savage lizardmen, giant snakes and undead ancestors, with oneacid trip through a polichrome portal In the greater scheme of things, I believe this last novella sets up a precedent for the troubled symbiosis between Elric and his cursed broadsword Stormbringer, who may have a different agenda than her nominal master In conclusion, a decent addition to the epic quest of the Eternal Champion, but not quite as original and effective as the debut The balance between metaphysics and adventure favours the sword sorcery side of the tale, a bonus for many young readers and for long term fans of the genre like me, but maybe not for a general audience I will continue with the rest of the books in the Elric saga while the details are still fresh in my memory, hoping for better stuff in the third book The ingredients for a memorable trip are hereElric kew that everything that existed had its opposite In danger he might find peace And yet, of course, in peace there was danger Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished In a perfect world there would be no place for them In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions

  7. Bradley says:

    Absolutely amazing.No amount of words can explain just how great these two books are for either the world of Fantasy or of even regular Literature This is the template of which all other fantasies are but mere illusions or drawn out caricatures Heavy words, no Seriously Let me explain This is drawn in the traditional sword and sorcery style, yes, but that is just a platform on which to leap out and explore wild imaginings and deep world building, all of which is done so smoothly that it put Absolutely amazing.No amount of words can explain just how great these two books are for either the world of Fantasy or of even regular Literature This is the template of which all other fantasies are but mere illusions or drawn out caricatures Heavy words, no Seriously Let me explain This is drawn in the traditional sword and sorcery style, yes, but that is just a platform on which to leap out and explore wild imaginings and deep world building, all of which is done so smoothly that it puts most SF F to shame How else can such a tiny tome as either of these books convey a vast multiverse, planes walking as we DD lovers like to call it, full of destiny, time travel, reincarnation, grand multiverse scapes of conflict between Order and Chaos, cities with jewels, or boats with blind captains filled with alternate reality versions of your own badass self And it s not only effortlessly pulled off, it s a grand adventure that actually places me fully in the mindset of AWE I am in AWE No one should ever sail by these without tasting of its waters Your life will be enriched and you will have a true yardstick by which to judge everything else you might read, because you will have tasted brilliance It doesn t even matter if you re reading it for the sake of metaphor or psychology or grand adventure or soul drinking chaotic evil swords or the grand Demon of Chaos himself.If you read this, you read it bringing whatever you have inside to the table and you will always come away enriched I m certain I ll be revisiting these books many times over the years, and I m certain that I ll always be pleased to do so Simply Awe some

  8. Lyn says:

    I am not a reader who actively looks for series or sequels But there are many talented writers who extend their vision out beyond the end of one book and contribute entertaining and engrossing novels after establishing a world building or a charismatic protagonist These later novels, while not always as strong as the original, deserve notice and frequently praise.Some writers establish the foundation of a series and then, as is too often the case, merely dole out a carbon copy, with each succe I am not a reader who actively looks for series or sequels But there are many talented writers who extend their vision out beyond the end of one book and contribute entertaining and engrossing novels after establishing a world building or a charismatic protagonist These later novels, while not always as strong as the original, deserve notice and frequently praise.Some writers establish the foundation of a series and then, as is too often the case, merely dole out a carbon copy, with each succeeding sequel the copy gets weaker and less original, growing stale and unappealing, even perhaps diminishing the quality of the start by going too many times back to the well.Others intrepid, creative and innovative go in a different direction and try to outdo themselves, attempt and succeed at making a greater contribution and building a stronger storyline than was achieved in the setting These are rare gems and deserve commendation.Such is the case with Michael Moorcock s brilliant, dark and foreboding, second Elric novel Sailor on the Seas of Fate Not just building on his earlier Elric of Melnibon , but also gathering up the best of his earlier works, and tying all to his mythic and thought provoking The Eternal Champion theme Eschewing a rehashing of the Sword and Sorcery fantasy cookie cutter template, Moorcock delivered in this novel a broader vision of fantasy mythos that draws in not only his own work, but harkens back and alludes to earlier works of Burroughs, Lovecraft and Conrad Sailor on the Seas of Fate is a quest for an atavistic commencement, Moorcock is seeking a Fisher King connection, he is excavating deep roots This novel, like his Eternal Champion works, is a pursuit for the archetypal hero from our shadowy past The Melnibonean theology of Law versus Chaos only serves to heighten the author s story.Certainly not for everyone, but for fans of high fantasy, this should be on a shelf, either TBR or to be revisited

  9. Malum says:

    Elric is a bitmature and worldly in book 2 as he sails around getting into various scraps with sorcerers and gods Some people might find Elric stories a bit slow, but I like how it stops to ponder things such as morality, law, and chaos from time to time Also, Stormbringer is starting to exercise a bitcontrol over Elric, although the pivotal moment in his life has yet to happen maybe in volume 3 The last time I read these was 20 years ago and it was a combined edition.

  10. Evgeny says:

    Elric, the last Emperor of Melnibone, left his island empire to learnabout the world outside with a hope of finding a way to reverse the decline of his people s civilization During his travels he was accused of being a spy his race is not much trusted by outsiders but was able to flee from his imprisonment Being closely pursued he had no choice but to board a mysterious ship bound for an unknown destination unknown to everybody on board except for evenmysterious captain When Elric, the last Emperor of Melnibone, left his island empire to learnabout the world outside with a hope of finding a way to reverse the decline of his people s civilization During his travels he was accused of being a spy his race is not much trusted by outsiders but was able to flee from his imprisonment Being closely pursued he had no choice but to board a mysterious ship bound for an unknown destination unknown to everybody on board except for evenmysterious captain When I read this book I realized how it is refreshingly different from the majority of modern fantasy with its grittiness and minimal or even non existing magic If fact, some of the modern fantasy works can be considered historical fiction after some trivial changes, like renaming of the places, cities, nations, etc This book is as far from historical fiction as you can get Do you want grand sorcery with spectacular results You got it Do you want magical creatures unlike anything you have seen in the real life You got it Do you want to witness first hand the struggle of gods and see how it affects humans and how humans can sometimes affect the outcome in turn You got it Do you want an interesting hero alien enough yet still retaining enough humanity for you to be able to connect to him You got it again I love the series It is also interesting that each book is less than 200 pages in the modern fantasy I consider a book having about 350 pages to be very short I rate this book with 4 very solid stars, and I think about upgrading to 5 stars after I will finish the whole series

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