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  • A nice stack of MM

    Hey everyone. Grabbed all of these for 22 Canadian dollars in some gem of a bookstore in downtown Toronto today. Any suggestions on what order to read them in? Only story I've read is The Lives and Times which is collected in JC Chronicles vol 2.


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    Very nice finds Octo! My choice of reading order would be:

    The Black Corridor
    The Chinese Agent
    The Final Programme
    The English Assassin
    The Cornelius Chronicles Vol. 2
    "He found a coin in his pocket, flipped it. She called: 'Incubus!'
    'Succubus,' he said. 'Lucky old me.'" - Michael Moorcock The Final Programme

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    • #3
      Thanks for the advice! I instinctively started with the Black Corridor, about half way through, it's mesmerizing and terrifying.

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      • #4
        The Black Corridor and The Chinese Agent are standalone novels while the author's note in the Cornelius Quartet says the books (TFP, ACFC, TEA & TCOM) can be ready in any order. The Entropy Tango (in CC2) is another standalone (JC) novel. FWIW I'd say The Chinese Agent and The English Assassin are two of Mike's best novels so congrats for picking them up.
        _"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
          Now I'm really excited to read them all :D

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          • #6
            The Black Corridor was very bleak, even for Mike, but a great read which was hard to put down.

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            • #7
              T'was a bit of dual-writing that chap: both Mike and his then-wife Hilary Bailey. And a great one for an endless chat on the possibilities for "what was really happening?"

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                What was your take on the events of the story?


                It also reminded me of Finnegan's Wake. I questioned at times whether the family unit was real or if they each represented an aspect of Ryan's cracked personality. For such a short novel, it had a lot of incredible symbolism and allegory that could be discussed for weeks on end.

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                • #9
                  Most of the scenes on Earth were written by Hilary.
                  You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                  "I am an observer of life, a non-participant who takes no sides. I am in the regimented society, but not of it." Moondog, 1964

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                  • #10
                    Good to know. It worked well as a collaboration. I like how two different story ideas merged so well into one.

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                    • #11
                      Interesting info. I did not know that 'Black Corridor' was a collab!
                      As I have an aversion to anything involving swords visually or textually, these books form a main galley in my Moorcock experience and I'd say that chance has delivered you a great angle into the Moorcockian twentieth century.
                      Enjoy!

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                      • #12
                        I just finished The Chinese Agent. Hilarious read, I laughed out loud so many times. Some of the descriptive passages of Jerry's crazy family were delightfully disgusting. The Portobello Road chase scene was absolutely brilliant.

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                        • #13
                          Uncle Edmond is one of my all-time favourite characters.
                          You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                          Image Hive :-: Wikiverse :-: Media Hive

                          :-: Onsite Offerings :-:


                          "I am an observer of life, a non-participant who takes no sides. I am in the regimented society, but not of it." Moondog, 1964

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                          • #14
                            Me too!

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                            • #15
                              Getting through A Cure For Cancer. Amazing how it is the exact same story as Stormbringer lol

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