Gretna, LA, USA | Member Since 2006
On this audiobook, I'll cut to the chase.
Moorcock, is, in a word, ORIGINAL.
His Elric novels take the typical swashbuckling fantasy story, and gives it an almost otherworldly texture, a different take, a unique perspective, if you will.
Moorcock's style is almost like Ernest Hemingway's. No word is wasted, each word counts and was intended. Descriptions are exactly enough, no more. Moorcock's prose makes for enjoyable reading and fantastic listening. You'll be swept away into fantastic worlds at his behalf, and be left wanting more.
As to the lead character, the line between Elric being a hero or villain is blurred - Listen to this audiobook, and talk to others who have read or listened to it, and you'll have heated discussion on the topic.
However you see Elric, good or bad, at the end of the day, this initial entry into the author's wonderful world of Melnibone' is a must read for anyone who considers themselves a fan of high fantasy.
Odds are, you'll wait with bated breath for the author's other audiobooks in the series.
Awesome listening, and well worth your valuable Audible credits.
If you follow my reviews, you know that I like to roll the dice, to randomly buy a series on a whim, on the luck of the draw. Sometimes, it's a bust.
This time, it's a definite win, but if you go by how the series was created, you'd probably run in the opposite direction.
Here's one for the books: Jim Butcher is well-known for his "Dresden Files" series, created a fantastic fantasy series on a BET. Yep, a bet. Read on.
To quote the Codex Alera Wiki site, "the inspiration for the series came from a bet Jim was challenged to by a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”.
It DOES sound lame.
Well, Butcher makes it work. To the nines.
I've finished this first novel, and I'm enjoying this unique story line of humans with Roman similarities binding with elemental furies. Add unique races, backstabbing, politics, military battles, duels and an interwoven story line that pulls it all together, and you get a fantastic story that's simply put, a VERY VERY good listen.
The whole concept of fighting alongside elemental familiars used here is wonderfully executed. It's deep, well-thought magic-based partnership of man and magical creature is a pleasure to experience.
So, what about the writing?
Again, if you follow my reviews, you know that I love ENGAGING fantasy or scifi writing. Anything less won't do. And this is definitely engaging. There's great characters that plot, backstab, challenge, fight for their beliefs, devour their enemies, and celebrate their victories. You're taken on a great romp of a story, and in the end, isn't that what we all want in a good listen?
I know I do, and I so enjoyed this first audiobook in the series, that I bought the entire series. Yep. And I'm not disappointed with the decision.
Who knew that Lost Roman Legions and Pokemon could knock it out of the park?
Home run, Jim. Home run.
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