Elric of Melnibone, by Michael Moorcock

Two pages in I though, “Hey, bet this was written in the ’70s.” Flip to the copyright: 1972. It is that simple and obvious sort of fantasy writing that is very easy to date. I know writing styles come and go, but this style is not one of my favorites. Some elements of the book were interesting and I can see why it is listed as an “inspiration” for some modern fantasy efforts, but overall I did not enjoy the stock characters, the overarching “save the female” storyline or the writing. If it weren’t for the shortness of the book, I probably would have set it aside unfinished (and I am not the sort of person that leaves books unfinished).

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