The Bull and the Spear

The Bull and the Spear➹ [Download] ➵ The Bull and the Spear By Michael Moorcock ➼ – Fantastic Moorcock makes it work DAILY EXPRESSThe rich dark time of the Sword Rulers is over Prince Corum Jhaelen Irsei Prince of the Scarlet Robe sits alone mourning his mortal wife Rhalina Strange v Fantastic Moorcock makes and the Epub Ý it work DAILY EXPRESSThe rich dark time of the Sword Rulers is over Prince Corum Jhaelen Irsei Prince of the Scarlet Robe sits alone mourning his mortal wife Rhalina Strange voices haunt his dreams craving his help In The Bull ePUB ✓ answer to their prayers e travels the Planes to where Rhalina's descendants face annihilation by the awful gods of the Cold Folk led by the giant Kerenos and his savage phantom houndsOnly the Black Bull of Crinanass can overcome these icy demons Bull and the PDF/EPUB ä But Corum's uest must take him first to the enchanted isle of Hy Breasail to find the Spear called Bryionak For only with the Spear can Corum master the great Black BullDrawn straight from the natural well of fantasythe stuff of dreams GUARDIANLike TolkienMoorcock has the ability to create a wholly imaginative world landscaped with vivid and sometimes frightening realitya glittering story THE TIMESCover Illustration Rodney Matthews. This book was published in 1973 my copy dates from 1976 and I acuired it from a second hand book shop in 1979This is a slim book that makes my own relatively short debut seem positively bulky I estimate it at 50 60000 words and given that Moorcock could write 15000 words in a day I can well believe his claim to have written many of these eternal champion books in a couple of weeksThe Corum books along with Elric Hawkmoon are highlights of my early fantasy reading and I've avoided returning to them for 30 years partly because I was afraid they wouldn't live up to those early memoriesI failed to bring any of my current reads with me to this stay at the hospice and so I started this one again I picked it up last night and finished this morning It's the first book of the second trilogy with an 80 year gap and change of worlds between them so it's pretty much a new trilogy for all that it's called #4And so the verdict? It's a mixed bag Very obviously Moorcock can write It's clear in many of the lines that he has a great way with words He has focused prose with a poet's touches For example 'a grey wind' of course the wind wasn't grey but in context you know exactly what this means and it paints the picture with great economy I suspect my own style owes a lot to early readings of Moorcock's workThe Bull and The Spear trilogy echo a lot of celtic mythology and are written with a mythic feel to them that strengthens rapidly toward the end of the book For example spoiler the bull runs across the land and renews it with its blood where the blood falls the Fhoi Myore's winter is reversed Now this is the sort of thing that's written in Norse sagas or celtic legend If you think about the mechanics of how long it would take to run everywhere and how much blood it would take etc it all sounds a bit silly But the mythic style supports it though ramping up uncomfortably uickly The bull's activity contrasting to the start where there's considerable realism with Corum fighting competently but subject to all the limitations of a normal man and running out of steam uickly in any prolonged combatThe book is short and somewhat crowded especially toward the end where characters like Hew Argtec and Prince Gaynor are thrown very briefly into the mixThe relationships such as they are are fairly unconvincing and supported by minimal and fairly wooden dialogue Corum's affair with the king's daughter being the prime example However the imagination and feel and swiftness of the book all carry you through it and at the end it left me not regretting my decision to re read but with this icon of my youth very definitely shrunk to human dimensions I'll give this book 4 and one of those is for old time's sake Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes The second Corum trilogy begins with our aging one eyed one handed hero being summoned into a future world which looks a lot like ancient Ireland to battle seven powerful interlopers from another plane Echoes of old Gaelic mythology abound and—as usual—the writing is brisk the tone is brooding and the world view pessimistic and complex Loved everything about this story The continuation of Corum’s saga is well thought out consistent and fitting; Moorcock doing a wonderful job setting up our champion’s emotional state at the beginning of the tale the seamlessly inserting him into a new environment with shadowy villains who are even compelling than the Chaos Lords from the first trilogy Definitely the book is uite short yet it is powerful has its far share of philosophical interludes and is just damn entertaining This novel proving to still be one of the best sword and sorcery stories out there Much as I love Moorcock this does seem a little like the tale has been stretched rather thin A little transparent Good but of the same when the opportunity existed to develop the character further than this The Bull and the Spear is the fourth book in the Corum series and the first book in the second trilogy The news of a second trilogy came as a surprise to readers of the first three volumes because The King of the Swords the concluding book of the trilogy ended with This ends the third and final Book of Corum The second trilogy is a bit darker and feels a bit rushed in comparison with the first The plots are fairly similar in structure and theme and don't really cover any ground that the first ones didn't It's firmly grounded in familiar aspects of mythologies such as Norse and particularly Irish Corum Jhaelen Irsei the Prince in the Scarlet Robe is an integral aspect of The Eternal Champion in Moorcock's multiverse tapestry of conflict featuring the Balance and Law and Chaos The books are uite entertaining and fast fun reads for heroic fantasy fans but I wouldn't rank this second set as crucial parts of the puzzle I preferred the conclusion to The Rulers trilogy to the one reached here 610‘The Bull and the Spear’ continues with the second chronicles of Corum but his adventures yet again are only just beginninig as he will have to travel through a much changed world in a uest for the magical SpearThe story picks up a few decades after ‘The King of the Swords’ with Corum starting his new adventures but this time it didn’t hold me as much as the previous books in the series It felt a lot like Moorcock was telling the same and same things again only with a different enemy and it somewhat left me with mixed feelings in the endAlso while I could put aside most of Moorcock’s flaws in the previous books in this book his writing has perhaps a bit silliness than the others and that was one of the things that bothered me even though the story passes uite uicklyOverall I wouldn’t say it was a bad book as the previous books had some stuff too but it is definitely my least favorite so far It's official I like Corum best of all the Eternal Champions It's fascinating how he's shed so many of the accoutrements of his identity as he's gone along I miss Jhary Whiskers though I read an interview with Michael Moorcock where he revealed the secrets of his art deciding that as he could write 15000 words a day it would be lazy not to he set that as a target and proceeded to knock out two new books a weekFor me this explains the prolific nature of Moorcock's fantasy output but also something of its tone the vague sense that the author is on some sort of autopilot perhaps in a creative trance would be a flattering way of putting it and the odd insubstantiality of most of the books All the Corums the Hawkmoons and so on start blurring together uite uickly the same even happens to some extent to the Elric stories the Erekose books and the Jerry Cornelius novelsI hasten to say that if Moorcock's fantasies are hackwork they are hackwork of the highest uality always well written occasionally thought provoking and filled with at least superficially distinctive imagery and twistsThe Bull and the Spear kicks off the second Corum trilogy; knowledge of the first is not really reuired and to some extent it stands on its own as a novel It's Celtic inflected than most of Michael Moorcock's work with various elements of Celtic mythology reworked to suit the story it turns out Corum is vaguely recalled as the God Crom Cruach the antagonists of the story are sea demons called the Fhoi Myore Fomor and so onIt's effortlessly readable with a strong atmosphere and an impressive sense of all pervading doom and to me was slightly engaging than the other Corum stories I've read But like most Michael Moorcock books from this period how you react to it may depend on your attitude to the man if you've already got half a dozen or Moorcock novels under your belt this will be another one to add to the tally standing up on its own merits but perhaps as importantly adding just a little to your knowledge of the Moorcockian multiverse If this is your first exposure on the other hand you could be forgiven for wondering exactly what all the fuss is about stripped of its wider context this is a very competent and slightly unusual old fashioned heroic fantasy nothing or less Corun has greatly out lived his human mate Rhalina He uses his powers as a god to travel though time to aid the descendants of Rhalina who are being persecuted by giant gods The Black Bull has the powers necessary has the powers to defeat monsters but a epic journey is reuired to harness those powers I was excited to get back into the Corum books after a brief but thoroughly enjoyable diversion to the Castle Brass trilogy Much of this is spoiler y than critiue so if you want surprises then don’t read any of what follows Being the first of three books in the second trilogy of Corum there’s seemingly little doubt about the titular Champion’s survival even soBook#4 commences 80 years after the end of Book#3 with Immortal Corum lamenting his dead mortal wife Rhalina Slowly going mad hearing voices dreaming strange dreams nightmares even the Prince sees nothing of value in his existence Then a visitor Ah Jhary is back For a time Corum is enlivened by Jhary’s tales of the Multiverse and the many iterations of the Eternal Champion some of which are Corum himself all of which are strange and fascinating and hardly believable And in their telling he learns his madness is nothing of the sort what he thought he heard were the voices of those calling him as a manifestation of the Eternal Champion to his destiny Which is to help the Mabden folk the race of his late wife Rhalina The Tuha na Cremm Croich fighting the Chaos people the Fhoi Myore they of in between planes Limbo Things take on a rather Celtic feel or maybe older Irish or even older Germanic tribes Pretty cool Druids Samhain the Bull of Crinanass and the Spear called Bryionak Stories are traded some myth some real some in between and Corum begins to see the Multiverse behind it allWe drift into part two where Corum readies for the battle at Caer Mahlod against the Fhoi Myore First come the Hounds of Kerenos He witnesses the skill of Medhbh warrior daughter of the King of the land Ally luckily A visit to the ruins of Castle Owyn for reflection and other things with Medhbh Huh Then Corum leaves to find the spear Bryionak to tame the bull CrinanassAside I thought this sounded familiar until I realized it’s the Táin Bó Cúailnge Epic no really it’s an epic poem from IrelandAs he traverses the moors he meets Ieveen the Seeress who speaks of great death then entranced keens of things akin to the Multiverse and Corum’s place in it He is told to fear three things his brother the harp and beauty More foreshadowing Through the Forest of Laahr hounds and the Ghoolegh to the Wizard Calatin and with him to his home then onward to Hy Breasail for the spear He is tasked by Calatin to bring back the spittle of a Sidhi Blacksmith Goffanon and is given a horn that can ward off the Hounds Deal made Goffanon is met and a sad trade is madeAs part three begins Corum returns to the Wizard and unwelcome trades are made Meanwhile the Fhoi Myore march the spear saves Corum and he meets the Tuha na Ana and the Ice Phantoms Finally at Caer Mahlod Corum must go with Medhbh to call the Bull and hopefully defeat those from the in between planes To save the Mabden again from a Chaos force led by none other than Prince Gaynor the Doomed This book short as it was took some time to accelerate into something interesting and fun Just a bit heavy on dialogue for me but a wondrous variety of characters made things move apace once the initial literary lethargy waned And the final OK “final” it is the Multiverse battle was gory and gruesome and lovely All in all a wonderful addition to the Corum books and now I have just the final twoThe Táin Bó Cúailnge is a powerful Irish epic known as the Irish Iliad Amazing how Moorcock utilizes that here another testament to his ability to graft fact myth and literature into his works

The Bull and the Spear PDF/EPUB ✓ and the  Epub
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  • 150 pages
  • The Bull and the Spear
  • Michael Moorcock
  • English
  • 27 January 2016
  • 9780583129848