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Von Bek author Michael MoorcoTribute to the creators of the science fiction fantasy and horror genres as we know them todayContents T. This book is a actually a collection of two books The first is The War Hound and The World's Pain starring Count Ulrich Von Bek Second book is The City in the Autumn Stars starring Count Ulrichs descendant Manfred Von Bek The first book with Ulrich establishes a few things about him He is a gallant brave daring and courageous man who left his German home in Bek to fight as a mercenary across Europe For nearly any righteous cause that would need a man willing to fight with sword musket and strength of will he would pledge himself to defend the righteous causes of humanity This is all fine until you learn one key thing about Count Ulrichs character Ulrich is also a giant dick As you start the book he seems like a lost soldier looking for his next war to fight When he does find a cause at the behest of Lucifer that's where his true colors start to reveal themselves It's not just the murders sedition or rape that he perpetrates in the book that makes him a dick It's that he inspires others to do the same And when they pay the price for their crimes his reaction can be summed up in a simple phrase 'Oh Well' His reasoning being he's doing this for love so it's alrightManfred starts off in the same vein as Ulrich A brave soldier of fortune whose fought with the Americans in their rebellion against the British Only to now have run away from the French Revolution because of his objections to the methods of Robespierre When we find him he views his predecessors work in the name of Lucifer as only a folktale Only to be bewitched by a beautiful mysterious sensual all knowing Duchess In simpler terms he's pussy whipped Manfred is impressionable to a fault Give him some food wine a sword musket and a fight he's all good Have a pretty woman with a sweet pair of tits wink at him he's a love sick puppy ready to pledge his life and soul to the life and soul devouring maw if she tells him to do so That last part is only 95% true but it's a big part of this storyThe Von Beks have admirable ualities but those all just go away when Lucifer and the promise of a beautiful woman are involved Both involve the search for The Grail but this is far from a Arthurian tale They involve characters willing to sell their souls to authority and for authority The Von Beks both stand as spectators to the folly of those characters The madness that claims those characters is what stays with the Von Beks They themselves only view their involvement in the events as coincidental To the reader you'll see that they are far from innocent in what takes placeThe writing in the first book is fine If you've read the Elric books this is standard fair The writing in the second book borders on being a Monty Python skit set in 1770s era England There's a lot of 'good day sir''ah yes good morning sir' 'oh dash it all man send for my carriage' It's something that either keeps you in the story or takes you out of the story Reading about a love struck German in a zeppelin with a Scottish dandy as a pilot is enough Now throw in all the high brow Englishmen speak and you've got to plow through certain paragraphs where your not sure what just happened Overall I liked it but it's not for everyone Maybe watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail before reading the second book It might better prepare your mind for the second part of this book

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Von Bek author Michael Moorcock review ì eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ The founders of modern literary fancy deserve their own place in the light The Borealis Legends line is a tribute to the creators of the science fiction fantasy and horror genres as we know them todayContents The war hound and the world's pain The city in He war hound and the world's pain The city in the autumn stars The pleasure gardens of Felipe Sagittarius. Bonkers Easy read and enjoyable But bonkers

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The founders of modern literary fancy deserve their own place in the light The Borealis Legends line is a. There's an old story about about Michael Moorcock which I may have said before as a young writer he decided that he could routinely produce 15000 words a day without it causing him undue strain And so he did Even taking weekends off or possibly using them to edit New Worlds or hang out with Hawkwind that translates into three modestly sized novels every fortnightMoorcock's workrate when you put it like that is impressive enough but it's only when you look at the 'by the same author' list at the front of a recent edition of one of his books and see the immense number of works recorded there that it really strikes home that this man is a cottage industry as much as a literary figure We can disagree about the actual uality of much of his early work or indeed about whether some of his self consciously literary output isn't just pretentious bibble bobble The Condition of Muzak and Entropy Tango I'm looking at you but what's certain is that this is a huge body of work One doesn't so much read Moorcock's books as travel through his worldAnd every now and then you find yourself unexpected and disconcerting Which brings me to the collected edition of Von Bek which I had the pleasure of reading just recently The edition I picked up contained two novels and a short story and was billed as the first volume in the Eternal Champion seuence this despite the fact that the novels involved are mid to late period Moorcock and the title of the Champion is never used in the body of the texts The first novel The War Hound and the World's Pain is recognisably a Moorcock fantasy in the archetypal vein the protagonist is a lone warrior cynical dangerous on an ominous but still noble uest accompanied by a loyal subordinate In this instance he is von Bek a German mercenary late of the Thirty Year War who finds himself retained by Lucifer to find the Holy Grail and make possible the creation of a better world His first name is 'Ulrich' which in itself is enough to make Moorcock savvy readers go 'Ahh' and nod sagelyMoorcock's uest fantasies are ultimately all so samey that it's easy to see why the great man goes to such lengths to give each series its own twist and distinct flavour In this case it's mainly through the use of a historical real world setting not that this is much gone into and the framing of the central conflict in explicit terms of Heaven and Hell You could certainly argue that this is a good deal less imaginative and interesting than one would expect from Moorcock but it gives the story a certain resonance It all boils down to a finely judged mixture of sex violence and theology with a harder edge to it than in some other iterations von Bek and his companion don't demur at a little cold blooded murder and rape along the way It's less colourful and bizarre than say one of the Hawkmoon books but also arguably mature if a little earnestThe sense of a writer changing gears is only increased by The City in the Autumn Stars the novel which comprises most of this volume This is very much not a case of of the same as a uest narrative is notably absent Set in the 1790s this is the tale of another von Bek a descendent of the original narrator who finds himself fleeing the French Reign of Terror and winding up in Mirenberg a fictitious central European city seemingly modelled on Prague For nearly all of the first half of the book there are only hints of a fantastical element shades of The Brothel in Rosenstrasse a the Doctor Who fan in me rushes to the surface 'pure historical' von Bek novel apparently not a part of the Champion seuence and so not collected here but then the main characters travel by balloon into another world where they discover the fantastical counterpart to the 'real' Mirenberg It seems that a rare metaphysical convergence is at hand which will set the course of the world for many years to come Everyone has their own idea as to how this should be exploited except von Bek himself who is letting himself be led around by his male member for a lot of the book but doing so will reuire possession of the Holy Grail so it's fortunate that the von Beks have a genetic affinity for the thingOn one level this reads like a freewheeling historical pastiche with very atypical fantasy elements the fantasy is actually really subdued and uite dark now I consider it However there's clearly than this going on but attempting to make sense of it is challenging Much of the plot revolves around alchemical terms and concepts and it seemed to me that in some ways this is intended to be read allegorically Moorcock wears his erudition both historical and esoteric very lightly but this is a hard book to categorise even by his standardsNevertheless it is in many ways uintessential Moorcock not least in the way it connects with the rest of his work on many levels Mirenberg a city existing simultaneously in many worlds is also known as Amalorm the obvious implication is that Mirenberg and Tanelorn both idealised multidimensional cities the latter from the Elric stories amongst others are actually one and the same The climax revolves around an attempt to alchemically create a perfect hermaphroditic being in short pretty much what actually happens in the climax of The Final Programme the first Jerry Cornelius novel Do all these concepts and themes add up to anything than a collection of Easter Eggs for constant readers of the bearded titan It would take a braver man than me to give a definite noThe collection is rounded off with The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius a piece of avant garde hipster weirdness from the Sixties retro written to tie into the other stories in the loosest possible sense the main character is another von Bek and the Grail is mentioned Set in a devastated Berlin where Einstein Weill and Hitler drink in the same bar one detects the injudicious use of shock but it's short enough not to be wearisome by the same coin it's not enough of a reason to buy this edition even if you like Sixties hipster weirdness it's the strange historical pastiche of City in the Autumn Stars that's central to this collection As a whole not my favourite selection of Michael Moorcock but very representative of his extraordinary range