Jewel in the Skull

Jewel in the Skull Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes struggling over th

  • Title: Jewel in the Skull
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780879978419
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse, in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes, struggling over the fundamental rules of existence Moorcock s heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy Among the Eternal Champions, DoriFantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse, in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes, struggling over the fundamental rules of existence Moorcock s heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy Among the Eternal Champions, Dorian Hawkmoon is one of the most loved In the far future, Hawkmoon is pulled unwillingly into a war that will eventually pit him against the ruthless Baron Meliadus and the armies of the Dark Empire Antique cities, scientific sorcery, and crystalline machines serve as a backdrop to this high adventure.Dorian Hawkmoon, the last Duke of Koln, swore to destroy the Dark Empire of Granbretan But after his defeat and capture at the hands of the vast forces of the Empire Hawkmoon becomes a puppet co opted by his arch nemesis to infiltrate the last stronghold of rebellion against Granbretan, the small but powerful city of Kamarang He s been implanted with a black jewel, through whose power the Dark Empire can control his every decision But in the city of Kamarang, Hawkmoon discovers the power inside him to overcome any control, and his vengeance against the Dark Empire is filled with an unrelenting fury.

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    1. Maybe not quite as good as Elric, from a "coldly logical" point of view, but I have a real soft spot for the Hawkmoon novels. This is close to the edition I read first (same cover but I read it in '74). These novels (2 Hawkmoon series) could be called the culmination of the Eternal Champion Cycle.I stumbled on this book when I had very limited access to books. Someone else had "donated it to the cause" (I was in a situation where we all shared any book that came to anybody). I liked fantasy and [...]

    2. It's a 3 1/2 story but I gave it 4 stars as I felt some of the reviewers were too harsh.OVERALL FEELING: Evil Empire trying to take over an alternative European world; standard pulp swords and sorcery; easy read; somewhat good; few interesting points; some interesting characters; some are caricatures; flows wellRKETING APPEAL: This story came about in the 60s, I believe, when pulp sci fi magazines were a big thing; I doubt it made a lot of money at first but the Eternal Champion, most notably El [...]

    3. Moorcock only wrote one "Eternal Champion" book. He just gave it multiple titles and filled in the rest like an anti-hero "Mad Libs". Fortunately for me, I liked the book and can see it all as just variations of some desert I really enjoy.Here is an overview of "The Book". Feel free to use it for Corum, Erekose, Elric or what-have-you.A juvenile, self absorbed, doomed, ant-hero archetype sets out to destroy the the "Freaked Out Evil Britain Analogy". Not because he wanted to, but because he had [...]

    4. This book seemed to have a decent plot, but I found that the exposition was really poor. It felt more like I was reading through a long summary of the story rather than the story itself; each element was introduced and then resolved without much emotion in the writing at all. Characters' moods and opinions changed however the story needed them to with little realism or explanation. Problems tended to be resolved very simply and quickly, but rather than seeming to have "Mary Sue" characters, it f [...]

    5. 1960s pulp sword & sorcery by the guy who brought you Elric and Stormbringer (actually I gather Hawkmoon is part of Moorcock's Eternal Champion multiverse). It's about what you can expect from the genre and era, but Moorcock was an important early influence on 70s and 80s fantasy, as well as Dungeons & Dragons.It's set in a future Europe that has reverted to a medieval level of technology, with some remaining technology plus magic (they talk about sorcerer-scientists). Great Britain (Gra [...]

    6. panopticonitalia/2The jewel of death is the first volume in the saga of Rune Magic of Michael Moorcock, published on the British market in 1967 by Lancer Books under the title "The Jewel in the Skull"; while it is high in Italy only in 1978, thanks to the publisher Longanesi.This novel can be cataloged fantasy / sword and sorcery / fantasy science / clockpunk, though presents unique elements that make it difficult to harness it into a single genre. Some would not hesitate to call grimdark fantas [...]

    7. In the first of the four volume ‘Runestaff’ series, Moorcock introduces us to Dorian Hawkmoon, another incarnation of the Eternal Champion. Hawkmoon hails from Köln, in a Germany of the far future. The Dark Empire of Granbretan has begun its invasion of Europe and in the way stands the Kamarg, a land of marshes, giant flamingos, white bulls and horned horses. There, in Castle Brass lives Count Brass, scientist and soldier.Hawkmoon is captured by Baron Meliadus and, having had a sentient and [...]

    8. Originally published on my blog here in March 1999.The first of Moorcock's Runestaff series really sets the tone of his mature style. Like many of his fantasy novels, it fits in with his ideas about the Eternal Champion, which is a mechanism by which all his heroes are in fact more or less interchangeable aspects of one archetypal hero.The atmosphere of the book is typical of Moorcock. It is set in a Europe far into the future, in a civilisation recovered after a nuclear holocaust. The Dark Empi [...]

    9. I read the earlier un-revised version of this book, and I can see why he decided to go back and revise it later. In some ways it was very typical male authored fantasty, male characters doing important things, with very few female characters (though I did like the Princess in the blue plate mail!) There were a little too many fights and battles for my taste and the characters were fairly one dimensional. That said there were quite a lot of things I did like. I really liked the post-apocalyptic f [...]

    10. A good book in the Moorcock catalog. I think it is one of the first in his eternal champion multiverse. It was recently re-released and this is that version. The battling in the middle got a little boring, but that's just me, but there were a lot of great ideas in the book. It was also little weird, having read the Count Brass series, which features many of the same characters and some references to the events in this series. So my interpretation of the characters were probably influenced by tha [...]

    11. This was pretty good for an introductory story for the Runestaff series. I really like Michael Moorcock's books, Jewel In the Skull was a decent story but it didn't really grab me like The Eternal Champion or Elric of Melnibone did.

    12. Another beginning saga for another Eternal Champion incarnation from Moorcock. Of course as usual the Eternal Champion is a long suffering tragic hero. I am sure that Moorcock has some Greek in him somewhere. Good read and story. Very recommended.

    13. One of the first of Moorcock's early "thin" books I read. A great adventure yarn and a great example of lean and exciting storytelling.

    14. Very, very average book, but I guess that's what you get when you read groundbreaking dark fantasy 43 years lateh

    15. I can see why Moorcock is considered the father of modern fantasy. This short book was a prelude to the Runestaff series in which Dorian Hawkmoon plays a primary role as the displaced ruler of Koln. Hawkmoon is captured and tortured by the evil Meladius of Granbretan and then sent to the country of Kamarg where he is to spy on Count Brass and then kidnap his beautiful daughter, Yisselda.I enjoyed the elements of magic and technology and the references to the "Tragic Millennium". This was a chall [...]

    16. 3,5/5J'ai bien aimé ce premier tome d'epic fantasy. Les intrigues s'enchaînent vite, rendant le lecture agréable, surtout quand on n'a pas le temps d'entrer dans un univers. Les choses commencent très vite, et l'on ne comprend pas forcément très bien le contexte, mais j'imagine que les prochains tomes vont éclairer. J'aurais aimé plus de description et notamment plus de sentiments/profondeur des personnages. Mais Dorian Hawkmoon est un personnage sympa.

    17. Employers use sorcerous surveillance to control their minions, and the surveillance technology is itself a deadly weapon. The copy I read (edition pictured) had an ex-libris stamp from a Viennese who wrote on the first page that he finished it in 1968. Nearly fifty years later, fantasy with clearly defined baddies is refreshing in a world where so many people seem to think that all sides are somehow equivalent. This book would have improved with more scenes of swordsmen riding giant flamingos.

    18. un superbe livre de moorcock qui pose un personnage emblématique ici: Hawkmoon. ceux qui ont aimé Elric adoreront également cet avatar du héros éternel. un récit assez classique mais bien mené et le tout dans un univers original.

    19. Re-read as part of a bind up. Very concise book, which is great since I need it for catching up on my reading challenge.

    20. This one, even more so than last year’s re-reading of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and Grey Mouser series, was a real trip down Memory Lane for me. I think I must have been about 13-14 years old when I read my first work by Michael Moorcock (an Elric novella in an anthology edited by Lin Carter). I suppose I must have been very susceptible for tragic anti-heroes as a teenager because I was very enthusiastic about the story and immediately began to get and read (it’s hard to imagine for me today, [...]

    21. Hablar de Moorcock es hablar del multiverso del campeón eterno, de la eterna lucha entre el Caos y la Ley y de trágicos héroes.Moorcock creó una serie de sagas en donde todos los personajes al final son el mismo en diferentes aspectos. Son el campeón eterno, peones en la eterna lucha entre Caos y Ley, entre lo estático y el cambio, entre la civilización y la locura.Tanto la Ley como el Caos tratan de imponer sus paradigmas. En el caso de la Ley hablamos de orden, razón, estabilidad. Pero [...]

    22. Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse, in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes, struggling over the fundamental rules of existence. Moorcock's heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy. Among the Eternal Champions, Dorian Hawkmoon is one of the most loved. In the far future, Hawkmoon is pulled unwillingly into a war that will eventually p [...]

    23. The back cover copy, in that late-sixties flair, marks this series “destined to rank with the Conan series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.” It’s a bold but obvious reader-bait claim, stuck betwixt Howard’s vibrant, brawny storytelling and Tolkien’s expansive worlds and languages. Moorcock brings a different angle to speculative fiction, a rebuke to archetypal heroes: cruelly attractive protagonists shrouded in potential evil, and the concept of champions forced to return again and a [...]

    24. Currently reading it. Interesting setting that could become a masterpiece, but the novel happens to be a potboiler. The prose is weak, the characters are flat and the structures is awkward. The Novel begins with Lord Brass, but the protagonist happens to be Hawkmoon who is introduced at page 30 or 40 /i can't remember the exact page/. Jewell in the skull provides the reader with a cliche story of an Evil Dark Empired ruled by immortal empoeror that aims to conquer the world. It all happens after [...]

    25. First of a series, this fantasy story is about Count Brass, a man who runs the small kingdom of Kamarg, in what we know as southern France. He wants to spend his remaining years in peace and serenity, so he has no interest in allying with anyone, against anyone. Kamarg is also the last holdout against the forces of Granbretan, the Dark Empire, who have been uniting the many warring factions in Europe.Baron Meliadus, the right-hand man to the Granbretan king, pays a visit to talk alliance between [...]

    26. Michael Moorcock, The Jewel in the Skull (DAW, 1967)Dorian Hawkmoon, the last Duke of Koln, is another of Moorcock's instances of the Eternal Champion. Hawkmoon's tales are especially amusing, as the world on which Hawkmoon adventures is the nearest allegory to the world we know in Moorcock's sword-and-sorcery writing.Count Brass, protector of the south-Provence country of Kamarg, is content to be left in peace in his castle as the Dark Empire sweeps down over Europe from the island nation of Gr [...]

    27. 3.5 stars:It's good to get back to Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycles. This time around it's a new world for me, a post-apocalyptic world of the far future following The Tragic Millenium. The Dark Empire of Granbretan has spread across a version of Europe filled with both magic and clockwork technologies.This first book felt a bit like a cross between an Elric book and an Erekosë book. Dorian Hawkmoon, our hero, has that typical Moorcock fatalism, but unlike Elric or Erekosë he doesn't really [...]

    28. This is me finally getting off of my but and investigating arguably one the great fantasy concepts of the latter half of the 20th century. Moorcock's Eternal Champion mythos. Along with Julius Schwartz (as editor) and Gardner Fox (as writer) I cannot think of any other writer who has done so much to establish the concept of the multliverse as firmly in the fantasy/science fiction genre as Moorcock.But, where to start? I mean it does seem to be an imposing amount of reading. I elected to begin wi [...]

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