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What Moorcock Should I Read Next?

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  • Dead-Air
    Eternal Champion
    • Jun 2004
    • 2737

    What Moorcock Should I Read Next?

    I just finished the Bastable books, and have no Elric to read until The White Wolf's Son comes out. I've got a few things on hand that I've been meaning to get to, so where do I start?
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  • Groakes
    badseed
    • Jan 2005
    • 2512

    #2
    The Jherek Carnelian series is my bet - It's a hoot and 2 x V. Funny!!!!

    Mind you Gloriana is terrific too - it's a terrific atmosphere piece and a great story (for some bizarre reason it reminds me a lot of Second Ether in its levels of sumptuous description).

    And "Mother London" (which sets you up nicely for King of the City) is simply outstanding...

    And the "Cornelius Chronicles" are chronicles of our times....

    Glad I helped narrow it down..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    If you haven't read Pyat - find it and buy it NOW!!!!!
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    • Krimson
      Eternal Companion
      • Nov 2004
      • 624

      #3
      I voted for Gloriana, though the Cornelius Chronicles III does have the very cool Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century.
      Yuki says, "Krimson used to be known as Kommando, but he rarely uses that name anymore. Sometimes he appears as Krimson Gray as well. Do not be confused, he still loves cats and bagels."

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      • mordenkainen
        Eternal Companion
        • Dec 2004
        • 829

        #4
        Jerry cornelius is my favourite EC so...
        But then, Mother London is amazing.

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        • Dead-Air
          Eternal Champion
          • Jun 2004
          • 2737

          #5
          Well, I get the impression the III doesn't have a lot of Jerry, but I think I've read most of the rest of the original Moorcock stories.
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          • A_Non_Ymous
            • Jul 2004
            • 2659

            #6
            Mother London might well be his best book, which is why I think it works better later, after you've read most of the earlier books.

            LSN

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            • L'Etranger
              Veteran Moorcockista
              • Dec 2003
              • 4772

              #7
              The Jherek Carnelian series, but attention: No swords!

              (It wouldn't hurt having read some Saki to realize how incredible Moorcock is at satire, too! Especially when Mrs Underwood shows up and confronts the End of Time dwellers with her standards of the late Victorian age.)

              Pyat and Mother London are next stages.
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              • DiGiMac
                Denizen of Leyq Ga'ahrdà
                • Dec 2003
                • 217

                #8
                Yup, Carnelian for some light reading.
                Then on to the glorious Gloriana followed by Mother London.

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                • Dead-Air
                  Eternal Champion
                  • Jun 2004
                  • 2737

                  #9
                  Really, I don't have a particular preference for swords at all! It looks like Jherek is winning this one by a landslide.
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                  • Pietro_Mercurios
                    Only Slightly Unbalanced
                    • Oct 2004
                    • 5899

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Dead-Air
                    Really, I don't have a particular preference for swords at all! It looks like Jherek is winning this one by a landslide.
                    Yeah! The Dancers series is good stuff. Light, (almost)fluffy and ever so slightly subversive.
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                    A 'glorious piece of cosmic goonery'
                    And you can't say fairer than that! :lol:

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                    • Doc
                      Doc
                      Eternal Champion
                      • Jan 2004
                      • 3630

                      #11
                      Well, you certainly can't go wrong with either of the choices, but I'll dissent and cast a vote for Mother London. MM rewards you if you're patient with the first 80 pages or so. And Josef Kiss is one of my favorite literary characters.

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                      • A_Non_Ymous
                        • Jul 2004
                        • 2659

                        #12
                        The question comes down to whether you want to start at the peak and work your way down, or start at a somewhat lower elevation and make your way to the top.

                        LSN

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                        • DeeCrowSeer
                          Eternal Champion
                          • Feb 2004
                          • 2214

                          #13
                          To be honest, I haven't read the first two books listed in the poll ( :oops: ), but I suspect that I'd still vote for Dancers regardless. I read it just after the Bastable books, and it worked rather well as far as the cameos go...
                          "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                          • Doc
                            Doc
                            Eternal Champion
                            • Jan 2004
                            • 3630

                            #14
                            Originally posted by L_Stearns_Newburg
                            The question comes down to whether you want to start at the peak and work your way down, or start at a somewhat lower elevation and make your way to the top.

                            LSN
                            I agree with that. Mother London is a literary and creative peak, certainly. Not that the others are second-rate, of course...

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                            • Krimson
                              Eternal Companion
                              • Nov 2004
                              • 624

                              #15
                              The Jherek Carnelian stories refer to the "Dancers at the End of Time" trilogy, or trilogy+1 if you could Elric at the End of Time (which doesn't include Jherek). I read those fairly early so far as Moorcock reading goes (after reading the 6 Elric books - FOTP hadn't come out yet). Really interesting take of the far far future.
                              Yuki says, "Krimson used to be known as Kommando, but he rarely uses that name anymore. Sometimes he appears as Krimson Gray as well. Do not be confused, he still loves cats and bagels."

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