The elevator pitch writes itself: John Jakes, later the famed author of North and South and the Kent Family Chronicles but youthfully slumming it writing S&S for DAW, pens a parody chronicling how "the oceans drank Atlantis." Well... eh. A lot of the setup—the chaotic last days of Atlantis, rebellion in the streets, alien visitors—is … Continue reading DAW #25: Mention My Name in Atlantis by John Jakes
This is a few days late, but I saw on File 770 that March 2nd would have been the birthday of jan howard finder (stylized in all lowercase), aka the Wombat. The Wombat was a major presence in the SFF fan world. But I didn’t know that when I met him. It was at LunaCon … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Wombat!
The excellent new episode of the Rogues in the House podcast features a roundtable discussion on the current state of sword & sorcery with Scott Oden, Howard Andrew Jones, and Brian Murphy. In a larger discussion of the success of S&S in the gaming world, the guests mentioned D&D's Appendix N, Gygax's famously S&S-heavy list … Continue reading Appendix… E?
The Fortress of the Pearl Part 1, Chapters 1-2 And we're back! Next up in our reread of Michael Moorcock's Elric novels is The Fortress of the Pearl. The book slots in between Elric of Melniboné and The Sailor on the Seas of Fate but wasn't written until 1989, meaning it doesn't appear in my … Continue reading Rereading Elric 2.1: Drugs Are Bad
Aside from a copy of The Weird of the White Wolf so faded the spine looks white, this is the first DAW yellow spine book I bought. I wanted to read Nifft the Lean and this was what amazon.ca came up with. (I'm American, but even with shipping the book is a fraction of the … Continue reading DAW #508: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea
From 1972 to 1984, every book published by DAW Books bore a distinctive yellow spine and an order number. These ran from #1, Spell of the Witch World by Andre Norton, to (I think) #580, The Book of Ptath by A.E. van Vogt. (Wikipedia tells me DAW ended the yellow spines in June 1984, so … Continue reading DAW Yellow Spines
Elric of Melniboné Book 3, Chapters 1-5 & Epilogue Elric has chased Yyrkoon and laid waste to his capital. He's recovered Cymoril, but she's under a sleep spell that only Yyrkoon can lift. And Yyrkoon? He's gone through the Shade Gate into a chaos realm where the twin black swords Stormbringer and Mournblade are hidden. … Continue reading Rereading Elric 1.4: Symbolism!
Elric of Melniboné, Book 2, Chapters 4-8 At the start of this reread, I joked that I was trying to recapture the magic of my teenage years (specifically 9th grade) when I discovered Moorcock and Elric for the first time. I may not be the excitable young dweeb I was then (I remember reading a … Continue reading Rereading Elric 1.3: Simple Brain
Elric of Melniboné, Book 1, Chapters 5-6 and Book 2, Chapters 1-3 When we left off, Elric was torn between killing his cousin and torturing people for fun and (gasp) doing what books told him. What to do, what to do? I'm not sure I emphasized this enough in the previous post: I really enjoy … Continue reading Rereading Elric 1.2: Slippery When Wet
Elric of Melniboné, Book 1, Chapters 1-4 Here’s the thing: Elric is a nerd. I had forgotten this. There have been so damn many Elric books that the character has sort of diffused, echoing out into (somewhat) popular culture as the archetypal brooding doomed elfin antihero (sorry, Drizzt). But his origin story gets more specific. … Continue reading Rereading Elric 1.1: Big Balls