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So I've been keen to get into this series for a while now, but after reading up about how the stories were written, I'm utterly confused on where to start. There seems to be two ways to attack this: (i) chronological order or (ii) in publishing order.
Have any boarders read this series and can give advice? Jharek, I'm looking at you in particular. :cool:
PS, sorry to take so long to respond. Seriously crazed shifts that stretched on for 12-14 hours each day for the last few weeks much of the time have been eating up all my energy.
To try to answer your question, given how Moorcock writes applying the logic of a strict chronological order can be awkward. Especially as his works take place in a shared multiverse where the same character can pop up in two different novels but behave in some what differing ways or appear to contradict their own continuity.
The most standard order for the Elric novels is as follows:-
(I) Elric of Melniboné
The Fortress of the Pearl
(II) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
Book One: Sailing To the Future
Book Two: Sailing To the Present
Book Three: Sailing To the Past
(III) The Weird of the White Wolf
Prologue: The Dream of Earl Aubec
Book One: The Dreaming City
Book Two: While the Gods Laugh
Book Three: The Singing Citadel
(IV) The Vanishing Tower (The Sleeping Sorceress)
Book One: The Torment of the Last Lord
Book Two: To Snare the Pale Prince
Book Three: Three heroes With a Single Aim
The Revenge of the Rose
(V) The Bane of the Black Sword
Book One: The Stealer of Souls
Book Two: Kings in Darkness
Book Three: The Flame Bringers (aka The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams)
Epilogue: To Rescue Tanelorn
Book One: Dead God's Homecoming
Book Two: Black Sword's Brothers
Book Three: Sad Giant's Shield
Book Four: Doomed Lord's Passing
However Elric HAS also popped up in some unexpected places, Marvel comics used him in Conan for example early on in the run of Conan the Barbarian when they had the rights to the latter character. One of our fellow forum members GKC knows Roy Thomas who with Moorcock helped write those issues of Conan. Elric has also popped up in other odd places even within Moorcock's universe. My user name comes from another incarantion of the 'Eternal Champion' set in a decadent and dying Earth which is sufficiently scientific for the science to appear magical as per Clarke's famous line about that. Elric who is time travelling pops up for a time in that. He is well out of place and assumes he is been tormented by the Lords of Chaos as this world is beyond his understanding. It's also implied the father of the character my user name is derived from may be Duke Arioch of Chaoes whom Elric serves at times.
Chronology in the standard sense is as I say an awfully akward subject with regards' to Moorcock's works.