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  • Your Top 5 Moorcock books?

    I've had a looksee through the archive and bizarely I can't find a thread quite like this one. There's a few polls, but they're many years old now and are all genre specific and I suppose we all get asked a similar question on our profiles - but I thought it might be nice to have a dedicated thread.

    The question is simple: what are your five favourite books by Mike?

    I was going to be nasty and say no omnibuses, but frankly we've all come to Mike's work at different times with different editions available, so include anything you like, omnibuses, collections, non-fiction... it's all good. I thought a top five would make things more interesting than a top ten - hope no one minds! If you wan to explain your choices, that would be sweet. Your choices can be based on any criteria you like (sentiment, quality...) and of course there are no right or wrong answers.
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    The Pyat Quartet and then A Cure for Cancer.
    Mwana wa simba ni simba

    The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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    • #3
      Gloriana
      Mother London
      War Hound
      Dancers (yes, all three)
      Revenge of the Rose

      (I'd love to say Between the wars but in truth I'm a little crass... that's only sixth! And there's The Warlord to think of and...)

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      • #4
        Top Five Moorcock Books? Well, if I restrict myself only to those I've actually read, then it would probably be something very like:
        • The LSD Dossier - damn, this has got to win the Moorcock Chalice one year!
        • The English Assassin -a masterpiece
        • Into the Media Web - probably the most beautiful Moorcock book ever published
        • A Nomad of the Time Streams - the White Wolf edition (hardcover) for prefs
        • The Chinese Agent - well, you've gotta 'ave a funny, 'aven't yew?
        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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        • #5
          The first four Dancers novels and Behold The Man. But I haven't read that much Moorcock yet. 20 novels at the most.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Octo Seven View Post
            The first four Dancers novels and Behold The Man.
            My old high school english teacher, who encouraged my further pursuit of all things Moorcockian,would have in all likelihood made a selection identical to your own Octo,so Cheers!
            Mwana wa simba ni simba

            The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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            • #7
              After mucho deliberation...
              1. Byzantium Endures
              2. The Cornelius Quartet
              3. Dancers at the End of time
              4. Mother London
              5. Behold the Man


              I'd like to squeeze Stormbringer and Sojan in there, but in these times of austerity somethings have to be sacrificed...
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              • #8
                Has to be in no particular order....

                Mother London
                Gloriana
                Byzantine Endures
                Breakfast in the Ruins
                The Jewel in the Skull - it was my first.

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                • #9
                  Hmmm. I love lists like these. Bearing in mind that, like most people, I haven't read everything of Mike's, these are today's favourites - next week's list could be different:

                  Earl Aubec (for bringing together so much of Mike's short fiction in one volume)
                  Into The Media Web (ditto for Mike's non-fiction)
                  Death Is No Obstacle (for all the insights into Mike's writing)
                  The Cornelius Chronicles (Avon edition)
                  Gloriana (revised Warner edition)

                  and, oh, that's five already

                  It must be easier to choose your five favourite books by J. D. Salinger or Joseph Heller...
                  'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

                  Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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                  • #10
                    Mmmm......trickier than a bit of string in a trick factory this one..

                    OK..at a push..

                    1. Between the Wars quartet(obviously!)

                    2.Cornelius Quartet

                    3.Nomad of the Time Streams

                    4.LSD Dossier

                    5.King of the City

                    Just Bubbling under.....All the rest!!
                    Last edited by thingfish; 07-11-2012, 03:02 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Here's my current set of favorites, not presented in an order of preference because I like them all for different reasons:

                      * Into the Media Web + London Peculiar (a pair, I think)
                      * Letters from Hollywood
                      * The Cornelius Chronicles
                      * The Best of Michael Moorcock
                      * Silverheart

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                      • #12
                        Hmmm?

                        I'm noticing that a lot of the posts here are for more than the given limit of five tomes but that is just an observation...to complain would be be too pedantic,even for me.
                        Mwana wa simba ni simba

                        The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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                        • #13
                          Top 5 Moorcock books

                          It is difficult...

                          The weird of the white wolf,
                          Behold the man,
                          The fortress of the pearl,
                          The sleeping sorceress,
                          Sailor on the seas of fate.
                          Papi

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                          • #14
                            The Sailor on the Sea of Fate

                            The Warhound and The World's Pain

                            The Silver Warriors

                            Letters From Hollywood

                            Death is No Obstacle

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                            • #15
                              1. Rituals of Infinity

                              2. Dancers at the End of Time

                              3. Behold The Man

                              4. Oswald Bastable series

                              5. The War Hound and the World's Pain

                              And in reserve, in case I change my mind, are Letters from Hollywood, Elric of Melnibone and Mother London.
                              Last edited by Pietro_Mercurios; 07-12-2012, 11:11 PM.

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