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Product Details

  • Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391865
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers new to the work of Grand Master Moorcock may be a bit put off by this wandering collection of short stories, grouped neither chronologically nor by style and acknowledged in the introduction as an almost random selection. Those seeking links to the renowned fantasy saga of Elric will find only the enigmatic eight-page A Portrait in Ivory, which, while evocative and well-written, will have much less impact for those who have not previously encountered the mercenary antihero. Similarly, only three of Moorcock's four Reminiscences of the Third World War stories are included, and the other selections range from hard science fiction to the brief and wholly non-fantastical tale A Winter Admiral. Moorcock's writing is top-notch, but only completists will be able to fully appreciate its exemplars here. (June)
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"A major novelist of enormous ambition."
Washington Post

“The 17 stories in this collection demonstrate the breadth of scope and the excellence in storytelling of SF Grand Master and multigenre author Moorcock.... Moorcock crosses genres, bends boundaries, and breaks rules as only a master storyteller can.”
Library Journal

“...Moorcock is a throwback to such outsized 19th-century novelistic talents as Dickens and Tolstoy.”
Locus

“[Moorcock] introduced me to the ridiculously powerful things that happen when you put a sophisticated, contemporary literary vocabulary at the service of a blackly grim high-fantasy imagination. A giant of the genre in every possible sense.”
TIME Magazine

“It is all quintessential Moorcock—a wild, fascinating batch of stories fairly balancing the fantastic and the nearly ordinary, and showcasing Moorcock’s talent very well, thank you.”
Booklist

“...a handy, one-volume collection that serves as a superb introduction to the boundless imagination of this unique and fascinating author....”
Bookgasm

“..something for everyone to love.... This collection illustrates the breadth of Moorcock’s talent. A long-overdue retrospective.”
The Guardian

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stefan VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Best of Michael Moorcock is a collection of the legendary author's best short fiction, containing several of his classic stories, as well as one previously unreleased story.

The collection, lovingly edited by John Davey with Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, is nothing short of excellent. There are really no bad stories here, and some that are simply stunning. As someone who has read many of Michael Moorcock's novels but barely any of his shorter work, I was amazed at how well the author's skill -- so much better known for the long, sweeping epic -- translates into the much more concentrated short form.

Also amazing is the ease with which Moorcock switches tones and styles, from the light-hearted to the overwhelmingly deep, from fantasy to SF to non-genre fiction, from the joking staccato prose of "London Bone" to the lyrical sadness of the Elric story "A Portrait In Ivory." It's easy to see why this man is a legend.

One of my favorite aspects of this book are the subtle typographical touches added to each story's title -- e.g. the words "Behold the Man" are placed in the shape of a cross, and "London Bone" looks like a tube sign. Every one is different and somehow relevant to the story, and they give the book an old-fashioned -- in a good way! -- and playful air.

SF and fantasy fans have been lucky recently, with two excellent best-of short story collections: Tor released a brilliant Gene Wolfe collection and then there's this Tachyon Publications Michael Moorcock collection. If, like me, you weren't very familiar with these authors' short works yet, getting these books is practically a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Robin Cooke on January 17, 2014
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Michael Moorcock is a very good author, and while some of his work is merely 'good', much of it is some of the best literature I have ever read from any author.

This books collects some of that best literature!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2013
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I been reading Moorcocks book for years now and it nice that I can get some of his early works all in one book.
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