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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Book #3: The City in the Autumn Stars by Michael Moorcock

I am well behind with these since I'm on book #7, but here starts the catch-up. I have for some time been wanting to read more Michael Moorcock, so last year I read the first von Bek book, The Warhound and the World's Pain The second von Bek book therefore seemed the logical next step.

This story is set in the 1790s, and the main character is a descendent of the von Bek in the first book. It begins in Robespierre's Paris, and flight. Soon afterward we meet an enigmatic Duchess, and from there the book swiftly takes us on a journey of imagination where the boundaries between realitity, dream, and fantasy increasingly blur. We are taken to an archetypal city - the City in the Autumn Stars - as events propel us towards an alchemical conjugation.

However, all that I think is just a setting for the real story, the themes that constantly run through the writing: fallen idealism, deceit, love, friendship, and madness - especially madness. Moorcock's great strength is in wielding such an unharmonious tapestry into a complete whole. I definitely recommend it.

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