Review: The Weird of the White Wolf — Michael Moorcock

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Book List:
91. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate — Michael Moorcock
92. The Weird of the White Wolf — Michael Moorcock

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Imrryr, the dreaming city; Yyrkoon, the hated usurper; Cymoril, the beloved…all had fallen to the fury and unearthly power of the albino prince and his terrible sword. And Elric faced at last the fate that was to be his in this haunted era — that he must go forth, sword and man as one, and havoc and horror would be forever at his forefront until he found the Purpose that was yet obscured to him.

I’m so tired from reading books all day, so I’ll just give you the quick and dirty on The Weird of the White Wolf (which, by the way, is the weirdest title and does not correspond with the content of the book at all).

The Michael Moorcock books are getting steadily better — I actually just ploughed through this one. The three separate quests in the book were really interesting, and Elric has unwittingly become a tragic hero of sorts, which is giving the books a lot more depth. (He’s also become the fantasy version of James Bond, with the bar-hopping and promiscuity, but that’s a separate, less important part of the story.) And I started noticing this existentialist thread that’s been winding its way through the series: Elric is constantly seeking out answers to why he’s been put on this Earth (and being thwarted in his attempts to find out). I never thought much of fantasy stories trying to answer the big philosophical questions, but Moorcock’s does, and I like that.

Next book: whatever the next Moorcock book is.

– Kelsey

P.S.: I have more days left than books left!

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