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"A prime selection of Moorcock's articles, reviews and opinions selected by the man himself. Moorcock writes with fondness and verve about his home city, his life as a writer, and about literature and culture." —

"Whether he is describing the bleakness of 50s London ('all my girlfriends wore black and thought a lot about suicide') or the 'smugness' and conformity of modern London ('I like my classes mixed'), Moorcock writes with genuine love for the city." —Guardian (April 11, 2012)

“Moorcock's reviews and critical essays seem to me exemplary. They are never routine, never obligatory, never tired. They seem to me to be models of what a creative writer should do when producing critical prose. His writing here is always a conversation, never a monologue . . . we feel lucky to be listening in.”  —Alan Wall, author, The School of Night

"It's invaluable for the Moorcock enthusiast, but even a newcomer will find a lot to enjoy here. Like a map or a guidebook, it's filled with irresistible routes and destinations, from London to Melniboné to Mars and beyond. And you'll want to follow, whether you've traveled those paths before or are lucky enough to be visiting them for the first time." —

"It's a privilege to have such a collection of humanistic and touching articles between the covers of one book." —West End Extra (March 9, 2012)

"Moorcock's prose is as limpid and fluid as a mountain stream, carrying the reader along effortlessly, while still achieving poetic effects that a lesser writer would strain for with pyrotechnics. In all cases, his voice rings out with sincerity, forcefulness, authority and passion." —

"Moorcock's charming curmudgeonliness makes this collection a true pleasure, balancing scathing wit with flashes of nostalgia and melancholy." — (May 8, 2012)

"At a moment when so many of us have lost faith in our country and our ourselves, it's nice to have a science fiction writer from the UK remind us that a better world is still possible and ours to make." —

About the Author

Michael Moorcock is an award-winning author who has written more than 80 works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Cornelius Quartet, Doctor Who, and Elric: The Stealer of Souls. His nonfiction has appeared in Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Bastrop, Texas. Allan Kausch is the editor of more than 1,100 projects for Lucasfilm Ltd., and has also edited five volumes of Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, in addition to 80 other books. He lives in San Francisco. Iain Sinclair is the author of Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, and A Walk Around the M25.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press; First Edition edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781604864908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604864908
  • ASIN: 1604864907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London in 1939, Michael Moorcock now lives in Texas. A prolific and award-winning writer with more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction to his name, he is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat, amongst many other memorable characters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
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Michael Moorcock is probably best known as a fantasy novelist but some of his books--"Mother London" to be sure but also the Col. Pyatt series--are increasingly seen as literature. He is a writer with something to say and perhaps always has been.

In "London Peculiar," a different side of Moorcock is seen, that of an essayist. This book collects various autobiographical fragments, book reviews, introductions to works, eulogies and even music criticism. Moorcock is excellent as he offers insights into Victorian and Edwardian literature, the writing life, growing up in London during the Blitz and a host of other matters. He splashes some cold water on the later works of Phillip K. Dick and offers some insight into the decline and death of Elvis Presley.

Moorcock is a bit all over the place but there are some familiar targets--Tolkien, Heinlein, Thatcherism. Even when the reader disagrees with Moorcock on some matters, these essays will entertain and instruct. The wide array of topics helps drive this collection and Moorcock is just as solid on Edgar Rice Burroughs as he is the core audience of the Rolling Stones in the 60s and ugly architecture in London after the war. While some Moorcock fans will be puzzled that he is touching on topics outside of Elric and Jerry Cornelius, most readers will profit from reading this wonderful collection of essays.
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