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Michael Moorcock's Multiverse Paperback – November 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895166
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,008 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "academon" on May 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a classic Moorcock irony, to bury much of the core material of his multiverse theories in a graphic novel. Where another might have written a philosophical text, or at very least a novel, Moorcock decided that the place to set out the fundamentals of his multiverse theories was in a monthly comic book (collected here without the letters and features, which is a pity). The final sequences are faultlessly coherent as they move towards the central redemption, showing how, why and where the Cosmic Balance is at last restored. And there's some wonderfully off-beat humor -- the vast battles which involve different types of music (rock and roll versus Andrew Lloyd Webber) -- the London trams on which the aliens arrive for the Final Game -- the introduction of Moorcock himself (and Walter Simonson -- here with his best work to date -- though his current Orion work is also superb -- maybe even better) into the stories as the game within a game within a game is played out. This is RPG for keeps! Great, stuff. Moorcock will hide the key to a theme in a rock and roll song, a comic book or a throw-away newspaper piece but sooner or later, if you read for long enough, you'll come across it -- or it won't matter, because sometimes you didn't even know there WERE answers to those questions. Or that the questions were there to be asked! Check out the WW2 Lancaster bomber crewed entirely by existentialist philosophers (including Wrongway Heidegger); check out the rhyming couplets frequently found in the dialogue. Read in conjunction with The War Amongst the Angels and the books in that sequence, this is the work of a brilliantly original mind as able to draw characters as he is able to come up with stunning scientific notions! Brain candy, maybe. Addictive, maybe. A bizarre stimulant, maybe. But nourishing, through and through. A metaphysical meal at Mr Moorcock's Terminal Cafe always leaves the customers satisfied!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on November 16, 2003
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To call this an ambitious project would be an understatement. That is because this is an attempt to express the totality of Moorcock's conception of the multiverse in graphic novel form. In other words, it describes not only our somewhat familiar universe, but also all possible universes. Not only that, but it describes them all, over the entire range of time, because as the author points out, all of time exists simultaneously. It is only human consciousness that organizes it in a linear or cyclic fashion. In fact, that is what the main protagonists of the story, the Chaos Engineers, do- they range the entire multiverse, upscale and downscale, in their living organic vessels. They do this in the service of complexity and diversity. They do this in opposition to their sworn eternal enemies the lords of sterile, dead, and static Order.
Now, operating on the margins of this great eternal conflict between Chaos and Order are the Jugadors, who are the Great Players who play the multiverse as a game- or is it as an instrument? They maintain the great dynamic equilibrium between Order and Chaos. This is because one must never be allowed to totally triumph over the other- that would spell the end of the whole. It is the Balance, the perfect equilibrium, which is the ideal. Most of the sentient and nonsentient universe is rooted in this struggle. This includes a majority of Moorcock's major characters, from Elric to the Rose, to Begg, Von Bek, Keraquazian, Cornelius, Bastable, etc.
This is not an easy story to follow. The logic is complex, but it is consistent. You almost have to be a metatemporal detective like Sir Seaton Beggs to follow it. Indeed, the principle artist makes an appearance in the story proclaiming that he doesn't understand the rules!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By calmly on December 26, 2005
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The outstanding art is enough reason to venture into this multiverse.

The art's so special that it distracted me from the text. When I realized that, I made a complete pass thru the book just looking at the graphics. It's dazzling: artists Simonson, Reeve, and Ridgway and colorist Wood each contribute to a dazzling show.

Presumably Moorcock as writer guides the artists but the text itself seems to me to contribute less than I would have expected from Moorcock (I've read and relished 8 of his books). Well, it's a different genre and maybe the text is meant to take a back seat to the individual art and to the structure the writer provides for that art.

Multiverse, chaos engineers, they may mean something but this book seemed largely a visual trip and a splendid one at that. After you've gone thru it many times, perhaps the graphics will become familiar enough that you can attend well to the text. Ultimately, graphics and text should work together, but so far for me the graphics keep grabbing my attention. Not the worse fate.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jhary-a-Conel on January 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you want to sample some of the artwork before you buy, please visit my website, where I have a few scanned in images of the comic. But I'm not making it easy on you; you'll have to hunt them out on the official Michael Moorcock website.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mysty in Stars on January 9, 2007
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I ordered just for beauty of pictures.

Now I am back to be young / it was long way to go /and I enjoy book.....

I will keep for my grandchildren... now they can only borow it under my supervision.......
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