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Match 4: The Dancers at the End of Time vs Stormbringer

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  • Match 4: The Dancers at the End of Time vs Stormbringer

    The Dancers at the End of Time vs Stormbringer
    The Dancers at the End of Time

    The poll is expired.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  • #2
    'Dancers' was my intro to Mike's books and IMO the best of the EC series.


    • #3
      Tough call.
      I'll take Jherek's trilogy over Elric's swansong.
      "Self-discipline and self-knowledge are the key. An individual becomes a unique universe, able to move at will through all the scales of the multiverse - potentially able to control the immediate reality of every scale, every encountered environment."
      --Contessa Rose von Bek, Blood part 4, chapter 12


      • #4
        Dancers as a whole is a more satisfying read than Stormbringer, small and perfect as it might be.
        _"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."


        • #5
          As grand a finale as Stormbringer is, the Dancers trilogy is just sublime.
          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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          • #6
            'Dancers' is so very relevant to today's culture, with our 21st century Edwardian type nostaligia in the form of the weary 'indie' culture of the elites, the huge gap between the haves and the have nots, the foreign imperialism... far more relevant today than when it was written in the 70's!


            • #7
              Dancers is in a different league for me.
              "I hate to advocate drugs,alcohol,violence or insanity to anyone,but they've always worked for me"

              Hunter S Thompson


              • #8
                have come to the conclussion that I am a fantasy mike man not so much a sci-fi/satire mike man so stormbringer for me .
                come to the dark side we have cookies


                • #9
                  Stormbringer for me, by a narrow margin, but if it had been up against the End Of All Songs on it's own I would have voted the other way.


                  • #10
                    I love Stormbringer but remembering when I first read Dancers -- ah, but it brought me out of quite the slump of depression so many years ago. So, Dancers it is.
                    Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

                    ~Henry David Thoreau