Book Review: The Elric Saga Part One

 The Elric Saga, Part I by Michael Moorcock

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars

After finishing the first tale of this book (Elric of Melninbone’), which is my first exposure to Elric, I decided to put it down. It is possible that I’ll go back and read the other two stories at some point, but right now, all I can say is, for some reason I’m just not into immersing myself in the story of a character who just keeps falling into a more and more hopeless mess, losing more and more of the things he cares about, etc.

The Elric Saga, Part I (Omnibus)I concede, the writing is rich and wonderful and the tone is compelling overall. And I’m glad to now be able to say I’ve read some Elric and upped my geek cred a bit.

But with other more appealing tales sitting in waiting, I’m going to set this aside for the time being. I think the best way to phrase it is this:

I like my stories to FEEL hopeless, but I’m not all that into the notion of stories actually BEING hopeless. And I believe Elric is the latter.

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6 Comments

  1. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

  2. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

  3. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

  4. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

  5. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

  6. Actually I am 3 quarters of the way through this same book, having started it sometime last week, and I find the writing dry, dull, and uncompelling, but the authors IDEAS are actually very compelling. I want to finish reading it, not because I really care about Elric, or anything he cares about, but about the ways in which the world works, the magic and demon calling, etc. work. Everything except the fine art of story-telling itself.

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