The Bane Of The Black Sword

The Bane Of The Black Sword

Michael Moorcock / Feb 22, 2020
The Bane Of The Black Sword Elric returns to Yishana and finds peace at last Meanwhile at the world s rim dragging red horror in its wake a horde unimaginable moves on the fabled gentle impossible city Tanelorn
  • Title: The Bane Of The Black Sword
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780425065372
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Elric returns to Yishana, and finds peace at last Meanwhile, at the world s rim, dragging red horror in its wake, a horde unimaginable moves on the fabled, gentle, impossible city Tanelorn.
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        Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956, at the age of sixteen, and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction New Wave in the UK and indirectly in the United States His serialization of Norman Spinrad s Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Council s funding of the magazine.During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of James Colvin, a house pseudonym used by other critics on New Worlds A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds 197 January 1970 , written by William Barclay another Moorcock pseudonym Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials JC , and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his 1967 Nebula award winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time traveller who takes on the role of Christ They are also the initials of various Eternal Champion Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian In recent years, Moorcock has taken to using Warwick Colvin, Jr as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his Second Ether fiction.

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    1. 7 10 Michael Whelan is as usual amazing when it comes to cover art The Bane of the Black Swordis the fifth out of six original installments in the saga of Elric, the albino sorcerer who acts like an agent of Chaos and wields a terrible, soul eating magical sword Like it s predecessors, the book is actually a collection of novellas that are ordered chronologically in the continuing struggle of Elric against predestination and malevolent, indifferent deities As such, it makes sense for the reader [...]


    2. This slim fifth volume of the Elric saga contains four separate novellas, the first three starring our princely albino hero and the fourth featuring one of his old companions, Rachir the Red Archer, now Defender of Tanelorn.The three Elric tales are all fine adventures, and rather sunny by Elric standards which of course are than usually dark Stealer of Souls features Elric s final battle with the evil wizard Theleb Ka arna, in which Elric is assisted by a few Melniboneon dragons under the comm [...]


    3. There is an unusual tonal conflict central to almost all of the Elric series between the complex, metaphysical, magical world and the rather straightforward, formulaic characters Elric, himself shows some complexity and nuanced introspection in the very first story, but then the focus changes and we embark upon a sequence of adventures where a recognizable pattern emerges.Again and again we see Elric battling against difficult odds, his terrible sword at first ably defending him, but soon its st [...]


    4. The 5th and penultimate in the Elric series, like the previous books it s divided into 3 short stories In the first The stealer of souls, Elric has another run in with the sorceror Theleba K aarna, who is still insanely mad at Elric for making Yishana fall in love with him But of course it s not Elric s fault, he s just naturally good with the ladies, and he doesn t even want Yishana.Then Kings in Darkness, where Elric finds and falls in love with Zarozinia It must be love this time, as Elric de [...]


    5. Michael Moorcock, The Bane of the Black Sword DAW, 1977 The fifth of the six classic Elric novels picks up, as is usual with these books, where the fourth leaves off Moorcock sets the last pieces of the puzzle into place and here, we get a chance to see how everything that has come before is building to the climactic novel, Stormbringer , introducing us to Zarozinia, the love of Elric s life and most of his motivation for continuing on the path upon which he was set in The Vanishing Tower Much o [...]


    6. The fifth Elric book contains four interconnecting stories It starts right where the previous book left with a confrontation between the albino and his old enemy Elric finally gets to live a quiet life for a while No Eternal Champion ever enjoys his life for long The book is notable for its epilog It talks about yet another attack on Tanelorn The city of piece sure gets into trouble way too often What is unusual is that it is completely unrelated to Elric, or the rest of the series The albino on [...]


    7. Here we are Back to ass kicking Elric with Hellsword in hand The Eastern warriors spread out in a half circle as they rode down on the companions, yelling wild war shouts Elric reared his mount to a savage standstill and met the first rider with Stormbringer s point full in the man s throat There was a stink like brimstone as it pierced flesh and the warrior drew a ghastly choking breath as he died, his eyes staring out in full realization of his terrible fate that Stormbringer drank souls as we [...]


    8. Arc I Elric seeks the help of a few remaining fellow Melniboneans led by his old friend and cousin Dyvim Tvar Despite Elric s successful attempt at destroying the Dreaming City a few years back, Melniboneans agree to help their former emperor it s interesting that even though Elric says that it is in the Melnibonean nature to pursue self interest and give no regard to petty human feelings such as grudge when it is in the way of some form of profit or pleasure, Dyvim Tvar acts in a way that refut [...]


    9. 1 Elric abandons friends and or lovers, due to his lame cultural background, seeking trouble.2 Elric slaughters everyone return to number one If not 3 Elric calls upon an angry god to resolve the problem return to number one If not 4 Elric is rendered unconscious but will wake up with sword neglectfully placed by the enemy very nearby return to number oneI have decided to read only the first six books, as opposed to the cagillion out there This whole Elric saga is starting to take its toll In on [...]


    10. I enjoyed some of the language in this installment, especially descriptions of sound Elric is trying a bit harder to break his addiction to Stormbringer and this makes for some great moments when he relapses and experiences an awful ecstasy There s a new girlfriend, too, and he does the whole addict I m bad news, baby warning thing except it comes out something like this My destiny is no destiny at all It is doom I guess it is all the gloom and doom that really attracts me to these Generally the [...]


    11. La maledizione dei salami in testa Dispersivo sotto molti aspetti, worldbuiding in particolare raffazzonatissimi i personaggi coinvolti nei tre racconti di cui consta il volumetto.Moorcock tremendamente invecchiato e il solo interesse lo si pu ricavare nelle influenze sulle opere successive nonch il simbolismo di alcune idee che mantengono intatte il loro fascino.



    12. While reading Bane Of The Black Sword and looking at the cover of this edition, I m reminded of how much Moorcock has influenced and been involved in music This cover was used by Cirith Ungol for their second album, King Of The Dead, while the cover of Sailor On The Seas Of Fate was used for their third album, One Foot In Hell and the cover of Stormbringer was used on their first album, Frost And Fire There are two Diamond Head LPs with Elric themed art, though not by Michael Whelan Not to menti [...]


    13. Finally, a book that lives up to the promise of the first book of the Elric series.This one starts out in the familiar way broken up into a series of short stories The first one shows us ELric dealing with the leftover troubles from the last book this time our good friend the Sorcerer Theleb finally gets the death he richly deserves This particular story was one of my favorites, where Elric teams up with his old friend the Dragon Keeper from Melnibone and his band of surviving warriors together [...]


    14. Book Five Every time I finish one of the books in this series I think, I ll read something else before the next onebut end up slavering for another one of these cookies instead Though the writing in these books lacks polish a red pen in the hands of an editor these days might leave it looking like one of the gory slaughterfests the author so graphically describes I m not that concerned.Elric is the ultimate tortured soul Not a good man, he is steeped in ten thousand years of sorcerous ancestry a [...]


    15. Enjoyed this one I do think it s probably best not to binge with these books since the structure is fairly similar throughout each individual novel and even in the novellas that make up the novels Still, this was good We ve found a sense of possible redemption or salvation for Elric, or at least a way to move past his endless tragedy Curious to get to the last volume, though I don t have a copy yet But I like the current trajectory of the story, though I imagine it s all gloom and doom from here [...]


    16. This one managed to encapsulate part of what makes Elric and all his people different than humans AND revealed a deeper truth about fair Tanelorn Well done by the author.


    17. Varios relatos en que Elric ya no es Rey ni bobadas, es un mercenario al que se le pide ayuda Y ahora l har lo que le venga en gana.


    18. Notice I have made a review for every book of this series and they need to be read in order since they are supposed to feel like an on going impression So if you read the second without reading the first will feel rather off I am mostly focusing on the style of storytelling and a lot less on if it reads well or something sophisticated like that For the same reason I tend to have lots of SPOILERS which means that if you read this text you will know THE OVERALL PLOT and how much I DIDN T like it S [...]


    19. Okay, what This book is perhaps the least tonally consistent in the Elric series or at least, in the series so far In this book Elric teams up with view spoiler the people of Melnibone hide spoiler once again, and together they take on view spoiler Theleb K aarna and actually defeat him this time hide spoiler And this is a fine enough story, it s great to see this happen, but then afterwards they battle a foe who is in many ways similar and it s resolved really in a pretty similar way.It s hard [...]


    20. This book in The Elric Saga, as usual, brings three stories of the White Wolf This volume, in an unusual fashion, have also an extra story of Rackhir the Red Archer who we already know from previous participations in Elric s quests.Quite frankly the first 2 stories made me feel as rating the book as 3 it s okay stars There are good writing in then, but I don t enjoy overconfidence and stupidity I like my heroes with at least 16 points in intelligence score thank you very much, unless it is a sid [...]


    21. Encore une fois trois courts histoires de l albinos maudit.Certains aspects chronologiques sont apparemment peu respect s, mais a n est pas tr s grave L essentiel tant videment de voir Elric livrer combat contre son gr pour des causes qui lui sont indiff rentes, et tenter toujours de fuir l influence de Stormbringer qui toujours le rattrape.Je sais pas vous, mais moi, ces histoires courtes, intenses et passionn es me d tendent terriblement les gentils sont gentils, les m chants sont m chants, El [...]


    22. Why have these not been made into movies Fassbender would make a great elric or corum, and the kid from new star trek a great hawkmoon The Vanishing Tower Elric, 4 by Michael MoorcockU 50x66Jackvanc3gmail.Com s reviewSep 11, 2016 editit was amazingRead in January, 1988beware voilodion ghagnasdiak you have stuumbled upon one of the great works of written artsome of best stuff ever written in fighting fantasywould be 10movie series and best box office if made into film without social justice bs ad [...]


    23. A collection of short stories Elric and Moonglum come up against Theleb Kaarna again.Elric finds a degree of peace after he gets married, but has to take up Stormbringer once again.Finishes with a Rackhir the Red Archer story as Tanelorn comes under threat from Chaos.The stories are well written and move along at a good pace Elric seems less tortured than usual, so there s less of the philosophical discussions.


    24. Me ha gustado bastante este libro.Esta vez Elric es un poco distinto al Elric del libro anterior, mucho mas agresivo, mucho mas de mi agrado Se hecha en falta Arioch, aunque si ayuda a Elric no se materializa propiamente en el mismo plano.


    25. Staggeringly good.This is some of best scifi ever.Corum and Hawkmoon also good.Not sure what happened after, because silver warriors was bad Ghost writer in old age



    26. Este comentario abarca tres libros que le en una compilaci n en franc s, Elric le n cromancien, y que en ingl s abarca al menos los libros The Weird of the White Wolf, The Bane of the Black Sword y Stormbringer As , este comentario se repite en los citados libros Qu se puede decir de la saga de Elric que no se haya dicho ya La llaman fantas a pica oscura , es una gran tragedia, una cosmogon a que narra hechos ocurridos, supuestamente, mucho antes de los registros geol gicos de la Tierra Elric es [...]


    27. Four Elric stories These stories are really the model for collectible card games one player summons some undeads the other counters with air elementals the first pulls out a quaolnargn card then the other ripostes with a kyrenee or dragonriders, next plays his floating ships of Xerlerenes or fire things and so on, until someone is deadmeats.First story puts paid to the antagonist from volume IV Only item of interest therein is that Elric gets to the antagonist because a merchant group hires him [...]


    28. Is this a way cool sword or what10 May 2013 I wonder whether one can consider Elric s sword Stormbringer to actually be a character in itself Okay, the sword doesn t speak, but it does seem to have a will of its own, which is probably why I had the sword turn on Elric in the short story that I wrote for year 12 English Well, I think to suggest that the sword is a character is a little misleading since it is not actually the sword that is the character but rather the demon that has been imprisone [...]


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