Avon Books. $24.00
Fabulous Harbors collects nine previously
published stories by Michael Moorcock. As usual for this author,
they are loosely tied to each other and everything else he has
ever written: tales of Elric, Jerry Cornelius, the various von
Beks, and the extensive and ubiquitous Begg family. The idea that
frames this collection is a weekend party, a comfortable
get-together of old friends, and these are the stories with which
they entertain each other.
Moorcock has a dry, detached tone often reminiscent of Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, or Lord Dunsany. This
narrative style sometimes drags in his longer works, but is
peculiarly suited to his short fiction, especially pieces set
earlier in this century. "The White Pirate" comes to mind, or a
pair of Sexton Begg's adventures á la Sherlock Holmes
("Crimson Eyes" and "The Affair of the Seven Virgins"). Which is
not to say that Moorcock limits himself to period pieces.
Fabulous Harbors also has a contemporary urban fantasy in
"The Birds of the Moon"; Elric of Melniboné blundering
along in typical, willful ignorance in "The Black Blade's
Summoning"; and something close to cyberpunk with "The Enigma
Fabulous Harbors is supposed to serve as a bridge
between Moorcock's novel Blood: A Southern Fantasy and the
forthcoming War Amongst the Angels.
Blood: A Southern Fantasy. William Morrow and Company,
Fabulous Harbors. Avon Books, 1997.
War Amongst the Angels. Avon Books, 1997
This review copyright 1998 by Wendy Morris.
Information last updated March 22, 1998
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