The South… but not as we know it… On the threshold of infinity, a world awaits the inevitable moment of annihilation – fearing the terrible wild colors that bleed through the shredded fabric of reality. The river flows across the dimensions – lawless, unstable waterways that seep into chaos and violent uncertainty. Here, on riverboats and in doomed cafes teetering on oblivion's edge, jugador gamblers work their mystical trade – while others, less adept, seek purpose in a space opera mythology that determines all things. And the river flows, carrying the best of the best, jugador supreme Jack Karaquazian, ever closer to the beautiful Colinda Dovero – the walking vision to whom he once promised his eternal heart…then lost through pride and blind folly.
And the river flows, uniting Sam Oakenhurst, disciple of machinoix pain, with his mysterious beloved, the Rose. For somewhere different upriver, they each have a role to play in a continuing cosmic drama-and must risk the future on the famous luck of Jack Karaquazian in the apocalyptic Game of Time. Blood: Michael Moorcock's astonishing journey though volatile matter and corrupted time – a phantasmagoric excursion to the death of the old multiverse…and the birth of the new.
©1996 Michael Moorcock (P)2010 CrossRoad Press
"Moorcock offers a vision of an alternate South so convincing, however, it may leave readers questioning how well they know their history. Those who appreciated the philosophical dimension Moorcock brought to sword-and-sorcery fiction with his Elric saga will find similar pleasures here." (Publishers Weekly)
totally agree with the previous reviewer, the narration here is completely unsuited to the story and altho im a lifelong moorcock fan i had to stop listening to this after a few minutes, i just couldnt take it seriously
nothing against narrator chet williamson, he sounds like a pro but his voice and accent and style aren't what is needed here
I read a lot of Michael Moorcock a good few years ago. Returning now and seeing the same themes but developed to such a degree was a delight
The point at which you realise that, from an apparently straightforward story, a great deal more is involved.
What is the highest stake you would gamble
At least a little familiarity with Moorcock would greatly enhance the enjoyment of this book
"Better than expected"
I read the book when it originally came out and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it. If you want fantasy that is outside, magic, swords, and general SF/Fantasy cliché's then this book maybe for you. It is a grand epic full of human virtues played out by flawed characters where what is good and evil merely depends on your perspective.
Whilst some may not appreciate Chet Williamson's performance, I found his American accent ideal for this work being that it is set in the Southern States of an alternate America.
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