The swords of Corum.

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The swords of Corum.

Postby frito bugger » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:46 am

An antithesis to tolkien:Moorcock is wild and unexpected,descriptions are light and realism doesnt seem to be the order of the day in the way it is in Tolkien,indeed reality is constantly in flux in Corum.I like these books because they are not like Tolkien,not at all.On almost every level they differ,and in the world of fantasy literature,its very difficult to find anything original.Most fantasy literature is 'Tolkien influenced' or influenced by 'dungeons and dragons',itself almost wholly influenced by tolkien,and most of it isnt worth the time.
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Re: The swords of Corum.

Postby Denethor » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:50 am

I much prefer the second Corum trilogy. The problem with the original is that Moorcock wastes an otherwise interesting premise by bogging himself down in a mire of self-references. The latter two sword books have no investment in the setting, no real plot to speak of, and the deus ex machinas are gratuitous.

Moorcock incidentally is part of the sword-and-sorcery strain of fantasy literature, which has always existed alongside the epic Tolkienian strain: see Robert Howard, Fritz Leiber, and so on.
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