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Elric to Rescue Tanelorn (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melnibone #2) by Michael Moorcock
Elric to Rescue Tanelorn (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melnibone #2)

Dead Air, October 19, 2008

Something needs to be said immediately about the packaging of this compendium of Michael Moorcock stories: the byline Elric - Chronicles of the Last Emporer of Melnibone #2 is essentially not true.

Not quite a lie, but a stretch of the truth, as there are Elric stories contained in the volume, just not necessarily more than other Eternal Champion themed tales. Elric is the star of Moorcock's creations, and deservedly so. However, the first two stories "The Eternal Champion" and "To Rescue Tanelorn" feature entirely different protagonists and not even a mention of the melancholic albino prince.

Don't, however, let that stop you from reading this amazing collection of short fantastic ficiton. This is vintage Moorcock at his creative best. While claiming it is solely an Elric collection must have seemed as necessary to the publishers as the obligatory Tolkein name drops on the cover (which given how much Moorcock dislikes Tolkein's work is surely aggravating for the author!) in fact you get to travel the Multiverse with the likes of Erokse, Rakhir the Red Archer, and Count Renark von Bek. Moorcock's prose is engaging while being mystical simultaneously.

This is well worth owning and reading, just know ahead of time what you will be owning and reading!
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Brasyl by Ian McDonald

Dead Air, October 2, 2008

British Science Fiction Award winning and Hugo nominated Brasyl is a riveting read as Ian McDonald does for this South American nation in a near future vision what he did for India in River of Gods. At least it is in part a "near future" vision, there's also a contemporary timeline and an 19th century historical one. In fact it reads like three separate novels of three different Brazils until near the end of the book.

One warning, the ending is not only left very open, but is downright incomplete. It seems likely McDonald has a sequel in mind.
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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991

Dead Air, October 1, 2008

The author did an amazing job picking the bands to cover, and his research and interviews are extensive and well done. This is a major document of a time when underground rock musicians figured out how to create their own national and even global network without agreeing to take part in the larger mass media one. There is much to be learned from this experience.

I have a beef about some of the accuracy regarding some of the NW bands (the worst two being referring to Tacoma's legendary Girl Trouble as from Olympia, and claiming that Seattle's avant-garage punks the U-men were the first to mix punk with metal when the real U-men had not a trace of metal in their Sonics meets Birthday Party sound whatsoever!) Nonetheless, I know quite a bit more about this scene than most people do. It just indicates that books such as this one should be taken as a representation of things, not necessarily the absolute truth.
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The White Wolf's Son: The Albino Underground (Elric Saga) by Michael Moorcock
The White Wolf's Son: The Albino Underground (Elric Saga)

Dead Air, October 1, 2008

Moorcock claims this will be not only the last novel he writes in the Elric Saga, but it will be the last Eternal Champion novel period.

Of course David Bowie has been claiming he won't sing "Ziggy Stardust" anymore since the '70s as well...

In any case, it's a good novel, if definitely more of an EC story than specifically an Elric one. In fact, it reads on some levels a bit more like one of the Jerry Cornelius novels than an Elric one. But then how can you end an "eternal cylce" without writing from a post-modern perspective?

Despite that, there's also a major sub-plot with a child protagonist in the person of Oonagh von Bek traveling through the Moonbeam Roads in a decidedly Alicesque manner. Her companion, Reynard the talking fox is an absolutely wonderful character as well, who really comes into his own in this book.
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Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Un Lun Dun

Dead Air, October 1, 2008

China Mieville's first foray into young adult literature is one part Oz, one part Neverwhere, one part Monty Python's Holy Grail and one part Gulliver's Travels for the cell phone generation.

If you are expecting a kids' version of his Bas Lag novels, this is not even remotely similar to that. If you've read King Rat and some of his more horror tinged stories set in London, that's getting closer, but don't expect that level of edgy darkness. This is satire and often rather whimsical, though not without Mieville's decidedly leftist political agenda as an undercurrent. He takes a swipe at some of the mythical cliches of the very type of story he's telling too. The "chosen one" may not be the hero(iene) in the end when China's spinning the yarn.

Does this stand up as a read for adults as well? Certainly if you're willing to ride with China through a very different world from his other works.
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