A review by sexton_blake
Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories by Michael Moorcock


My journey through Moorcock—revisiting old favourites for the first time in many years while also discovering new material—now arrives at Elric. Despite being the author's most acclaimed fantasy creation, Elric was never my favourite. I always preferred Corum and Hawkmoon. It's not that I don't like Elric, but I always felt that, after the early stories, which ended with Elric killed, Moorcock saw that he'd murdered a money spinner, so resurrected him in a sequence of tales that, in my view, don't possess the same degree of audacity. However, here the saga begins, with a mixed bag of stories hung about the original debut tale. The central story is as great as it ever was. The rest are nice to have collected together but fail to make the grade.