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  • Were Did You Get Your Michael Moorcock Books?

    Most of my Michael Moorcock books I got at used book stores. I was wondering if anyone else got them at used book stores, or if you found some alternative means?

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    Originally I got hold of Mike's books in the early '80s through the UK Public Library system, then as I had money I bought paperbacks (mostly omnibus editions) in high street book shops, like Hammicks and Forbidden Planet. From there it was a case of hitting the second-hand book trade, frequenting the Charing Cross Road as well as charity shops looking for less common books (like My Experiences in the Third World War and The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle). Forbidden Planet also used to have a remaindered books section as well at the time, where I got things like Letters from Hollywood.

    In the '90s, I acquired most of my Orion (mass-market) paperback omnibuses through remaindered books shops, and then with the advent of the Internet, eBay become the greatest source for Moorcockiana that had hitherto eluded me like issues of New Worlds and Science Fantasy. Second-hand bookshops still remain a source for me but that's mostly restricted to my annual visits to Hay-on-Wye each summer.
    _"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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    • #3
      I just bought them as they came out. Yes, I am that old!
      Arioch, aid me! Blood and souls for Arioch!

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      • #4
        I've got a few of the Orion Omnibus collections (Elric of Melnibone, Hawkmoon, The Eternal Champion, and Von Bek) and the Fantasy Masterworks edition of Gloriana. They all came from high street shops, but the rest of my collection, which are mostly the later Elric books, (with the exception of Byzantium Endures and The Dreamthief's Daughter trilogy) are second hand. There are some second hand shops in Edinburgh and Aberdeen that are particularly good for Moorcock books.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by silverhand
          I just bought them as they came out. Yes, I am that old!
          I bought some of them as they came out, so I'm obviously not quite as old as you

          Picked up a few obscure things and US imports from Dark They Were and Golden Eyed off Wardour Street in London (used to be a fantastic place; anybody else remember it?), but I bought the bulk of my collection in High Street book shops.

          Hard as it may be to believe for the young 'uns out there, there was a time when Mike's books were in nearly every book shop in the land!

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          • #6
            Thanks for the info Hawksun, but I'm Canadian. I'll check it out when I get the time.
            For any North Americans I would like to know how hard it is to find a Moorcock novel. In my experience, if you go to a used bookstore you can usually get a whole whack of them. I got the entire Elric Saga and Corum Series via used book stores (the only exception being the Dreamthief's Daughter, the Skraeling Tree and the White Wolf's Sun, which I got at a usual chain store). Is there any reason why I can't find classic Moorcock in a Chapters or Barnes and Noble. Not that I am, I prefer looking for it in used bookstores. I just want to know if there's any praticular reason?

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            • #7
              Used bookstores,bargain tables and Amazon. I don't buy paperbacks.

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              • #8
                Oh, most of mine are paperbacks. Is that bad?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Mythanian
                  Oh, most of mine are paperbacks. Is that bad?
                  I always reckon it's the content that's important not the binding.

                  I used to primarily collect paperbacks - either Mass-market or Trade - particularly when I was in my teens, but in the last couple of years I've started getting select copies of Mike's books in hardback - the Albino Trilogy, the Pyat Quartet, the von Bek novels (War Hound, Brothel & Autumn Stars), the Hawkmoon quartet, etc. I anticipate that my future purchases of Mike's new books will be in hardback as they're published unless like the Del ray Elrics they're only available in paperback.
                  _"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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                  • #10
                    Bookshops, Internet and friends.


                    BTW, my birthday is on december 27th, pals.
                    Free the West Memphis Three

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                    • #11
                      Okay, just checking. I mainly choose paperbacks because of my low budget.

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                      • #12
                        I started this way as well. No matter the bottle as long as the whine is good.
                        Free the West Memphis Three

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by David Mosley
                          I always reckon it's the content that's important not the binding.
                          Couldn't agree more!

                          Originally posted by johneffay
                          Hard as it may be to believe for the young 'uns out there, there was a time when Mike's books were in nearly every book shop in the land!
                          They are still pretty easy to find, but the only books on the high street seem to be either ones I've already got or the Between the Wars series. I have noticed that it's a lot harder to get a wide range of Mike's books outside of second-hand shops.

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                          • #14
                            The full Elric, Corum, Erekose, Hawkmoon, Count Brass and some of Oswald Bastable series were available at Coles up until around 15 years ago. I got my copy of The Skrayling Tree at Ch...ers, but there were only 2 issues on the shelf (in stock).
                            I guess it relates back to supply and demand. If the bulk of the population wants to read H..ry P...er because they have never heard of MM or experienced his work, then those are the books that are going to line the shelves. What sector are you in Mythanian?

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                            • #15
                              One point I forgot to mention earlier is that the only place I could find the DD trilogy was in a specialist SF/fantasy shop in Edinburgh....

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