Wolf at the Blog Gate

If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for some whining, puling excuses about why my Blog Gate post of the week is late. Only this time it’s actually early. (I was avoiding other work, naturally.) It’s just some incoherent thoughts about a fantasy epic which, in some ways, is too brilliant to cohere.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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8 Responses to Wolf at the Blog Gate

  1. scbutler says:

    I also encountered Elric in the Daw editions and, like you, was left somewhat baffled by the hue and cry. Genius alongside dreary dullness, the parts definitely greater than the whole.

    Chronologists always mess things up.

    • JE says:

      From now on I follow Edelman’s Law: read a series in publication order. Except I kind of like reading Conan in biographical, not publication, order. And some of the better Flandry novels are the “young Flandry” books Anderson wrote in the 60s to fill in the backstory. So maybe the rule is there is no rule… except that “Chronologists always mess things up.”

    • It must have been the DAW editions I tried, back in the day. I remember getting about ten pages into my one attempt at reading Moorcock, and for reasons I don’t now remember, I bounced off the surface of the story like a bird off a glass skyscraper. This, I said to myself, is not my book, and I am not its reader.

      Maybe it’s time to try again.

      • JE says:

        Well, the stories may not be for everyone. They’re pulp adventure written at very high speeds. (Moorcock at the time was reportedly able to knock off a 60K novel in a long weekend.) But I do think this is the best edition to read them in, without the excessive explanations and prologues and afterthoughts and crossovers in the DAW text.

  2. al_zorra says:

    I encountered Elric first in what I want to call Ace editions, from a used bookstore in Madison that was a front for porn (but I didn’t realize that until much later when somebody told me). I don’t know if they were Aces or not though, and I don’t have them any longer.

    You chose excellent details for illustration.

    So what is a wineglass woman?

    Love, C.

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