Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Elric of Melnibone

I've been wanting to reread the Elric books but I ended up misplacing this the first book in the series. It seems like the series has become much more involved since the days of the Berkley reprints and there just didn't seem to be a kindle edition of this particular book. The entire run of these reprints isn't much in page count. I know that some fantasy series have almost as much text in a single book as all six of these books contain together but Moorcock puts more into these short novels than other writers put into a 1,000 page tome of verbiage.

I find Moorcock to be an uncomfortable writer to read. His ideas are rich and his setting evocative and his stories well worth reading but to me they have seemed more tragic than uplifting and I need to be in the right mood for Moorcock's kind of story.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Winter Queen's Handmaiden

The Fox God has many terrible children, but his daughter, the Winter Queen, is perhaps the least unfriendly to mankind, She rules an icy realm near the roots of the Tree of Life and the spirits of the lost and tormented dwell there. Her Handmaidens protect that realm. The are creatures of great beauty but show the signs of death. Their eyes bleed tears and their hands end in nails that drip a deadly venom. They feast on the bodies of those who intrude on the Winter Queen's realm. The voice of a Handmaiden is a song that can charm man or woman, beast or monster and they will have a following of such charmed creatures about them always.