The War Hound and the World's Pain

The War Hound and the World's Pain Michael Moorcock
  • Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780671604097
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • The War Hound and the World's Pain Michael Moorcock The War Hound and the World s Pain The basic premise is that Lucifer isn t an omniscient omnipotent arch fiend but merely a frustrated desperate exile God exiled him to earth with no instructions no further communication In his own
    The basic premise is that Lucifer isn t an omniscient, omnipotent arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile God exiled him to earth with no instructions no further communication In his own words, he tells how everything he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative He tried to prove he could build a world greater than the Creator s, revThe basic premise is that Lucifer isn t an omniscient, omnipotent arch fiend, but merely a frustrated, desperate exile God exiled him to earth with no instructions no further communication In his own words, he tells how everything he did since then was his own idea, done on his own initiative He tried to prove he could build a world greater than the Creator s, revealing that most world rulers clergy are really his However, by the 17th century, Europe is dying in unending warfare plague despite his efforts to make a better world Lucifer admits that his efforts have been a colossal failure he s no idea why Moreover, he just wants to reconcile with God go back home to his old position in heaven In desperation Lucifer sends an agent to find the Holy Grail Grasping at straws, he believes the legendary Grail will grant immediate union with God, as a result the Last Judgment an end to the World s Pain Unfortunately, he s no pure knights to seek it The closest thing he can find is Capt Ulrich von Bek Von Bek is far from innocent A mercenary, he s wilfully commited murder, torture, rape robbery as part of his craft Von Bek has a conscience, he d just gambled there was no God or Devil to answer to for his crimes Now Von Bek goes forth on this hopeless quest convinced that Lucifer, quite possibly God, are both out of their minds Oakshaman edited
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    About Michael Moorcock


    1. Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956, at the age of sixteen, and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction New Wave in the UK and indirectly in the United States His serialization of Norman Spinrad s Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Council s funding of the magazine.During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of James Colvin, a house pseudonym used by other critics on New Worlds A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds 197 January 1970 , written by William Barclay another Moorcock pseudonym Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials JC , and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his 1967 Nebula award winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time traveller who takes on the role of Christ They are also the initials of various Eternal Champion Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian In recent years, Moorcock has taken to using Warwick Colvin, Jr as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his Second Ether fiction.


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    1. Behold the Man Who else but Michael Moorcock, in all his devious craftiness, could employ Satan, Heaven Hell, souls, damnation, and a quest for the Holy Grail, as tools for a story whose central premise is a call for humanity to eschew religious belief and embrace scientific discovery and secular self determination I mean damn regardless of which side of the God debate you place yourself, Moorcock deserves some major kudos for having both the sack and the creativity to use plot elements complete [...]

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    2. Fascinating look at the 30 Days War before the Dawn of Reason The battle between Lucifer and God is played out across war scared Europe as The fallen One vies for a return to Grace enlisting the aid of doomed mortals in a deadly chess match I can t recall a book where both God and Satan are portrayed this way and it is amazing The Devil is not all bad and God is not all good Put that in your pipe and smoke it

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    3. We all have our strange little rituals Mine is, at the beginning of every year, to read nothing but authors with whose work I am unfamiliar Occasionally, I have sinned but mostly, I keep to this A few weeks ago, I read a laudatory review of Michael Moorcock in the Times Literary Supplement The only one of his books that caught my eye at the local library was The War Hound and the World s Pain, so I took it out not knowing quite what to expect.How to describe it Imagine something like Milton s Pa [...]

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    4. An early fantasy classic of war and of dealings with the forces of darkness though with Moorcock s usual ambiguity The violence of early modern central europe and the reality of knightly values pulls the fantasy fascism of Elric down to earth and sharpens the sense of what cruelty really is Certainly an early high point in Moorcock s fluctuating canon The first of the long Von Beck cycle which weakens with time.

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    5. I enjoy this book, even though Von Bek is an idiot It s amusing to watch him accept everything that Lucifer tells him as the truth without any questions at all The book is typical Moorcock fantasy, complete with the sardonic hero, the loyal sidekick, the dandy that may or may not be an ally, and a war between gods Still, the mostly real world setting makes it interesting to me than the made up settings of Elric, Corum, and other Eternal Champions.

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    6. While it doesn t quite transcend expectations like some of Moorcock s books, this moody adventure that reads a little like Vance meets Bunyan has some interesting speculations on theology.Gruesome violence of the 17th century setting also helps keep this memorable Fans of Phillip Pullman s fantasies should search it out What was up with the giant cat I love his books for inexplicable weirdness like that.

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    7. Look at the beautiful figure on the cover Doesn t he look striking Angelic perhaps Would his words soothe your soul, comfort you Perhaps you should give his story a listen You won t be disappointed You might even discover the source and cure for the world s pain This story focuses on the fantastic adventure of a professional soldier named Ulrich Von Bek He has captured killed many enemy soldiers and proven so excellent at waging war that he he has earned some measure of fame and a nickname Krieg [...]

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    8. I have read very little Moorcock, but have recently decided to rectify this by reading through the Eternal Champion series This is the first novel in the first Omnibus Von Bek and what a great place to start it is A brilliant, multilayered tale of a man with no choice but to serve Lucifer, and his psychological musings on the nature of life as he travels across war ravaged Germany, and then an increasingly bizarre other world As an Atheist, I was particularly tickled by the ending, and it s impl [...]

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    9. The hot cover lured this prepubescent boy in What he found was his reflection, pained by rejection.

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    10. WAR HOUND opens in 1631, during the Thirty Year War A mercenary, committed neither to Protestant nor Catholic factions, von Bek led his soldiers in the looting and burning of the city of Magdeburg When some of his men contract the plague, von Bek abandons them.Von Bek finds himself in an ecologically impossible forest flourishing trees and plants, without insect or animal life He arrives at a beautiful castle clean, well provisioned, and empty Recognizing that he and his horse need to recover fr [...]

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    11. Originally published on my blog here in May 2001.The seventeenth century Thirty Years War was a forerunner of devastating twentieth century conflicts Disease and famine followed direct casualties and atrocities were carried out on a huge scale the sack of Magdeburg an example as bands of mercenaries rampaged out of control across the countryside The religious background to the war was not reflected in Christian virtues during it.Von Bek is a mercenary captain in the war He has lost what faith he [...]

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    12. 1st read in the 80s, just re read it.I think on re evaluation this is one of my favorite Moorcock books this and The Brothel in Rosenstrasse An Extravagant Tale, incidentaly another Von Bek book.Recently been reading a load of Arthurian texts and this is a grail quest too But unlike a load of the Arthurian stuff it actually has a conclusion and, for Moorcock, a happy ending.It has all the standard Moorcock stuff apart from the gender bending time traveling JC stuff Law vs Chaos nearly every page [...]

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    13. Moorcock is usually classed as a science fiction fantasy author This book might be classed as a theological fantasy as the major character is Lucifer As ever, I appreciate fresh takes on old symbols and I like historical novels.

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    14. A nice bridge book, lying between Moorcock s older swords sorcery and his newer, philosophical novels This provides some interesting orthagonal looks at his multiverse and also rather amusingly is a rejection of all things fantastic.

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    16. Captain Graf Ulrich von Bek is a scholarly German aristocrat of the 17th century whose military career has devolved into the role of mercenary in the Thirty Years War Disgusted by his participation in the massacre and torching of the city of Magdeburg in 1631, and detecting the early signs of plague among the remnant of his forces, he strikes off on his own He finds himself in a forest eeirly absent of all animal life On a mountain in the forest he discovers an immaculately maintained castle, an [...]

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    17. Da webalice michelestelDi Moorcock avevo gi parlato presentando le raccolte dei racconti del suo eroe pi famoso, Elric di Melnibon Da quella presentazione appare evidente che io non abbia mai apprezzato molto Moorcock, pur riconoscendogli una certa originalit nel mondo dell eroic fantasy, ed una qualit di scrittura che lo pone un gradino pi s dei suoi contemporanei e precedenti Perch allora questo ritorno ad un autore non tanto amato Perch sul blog Plutonia Experiment di Alessandro Girola, che l [...]

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    18. panopticonitalia 2The Hound of the war is a novel of sword and sorcery, belonging to Trilogy von Bek the others remained unpublished in Italy , written by Michael Moorcock and published in our country from the North in 1984.Unlike what happens in the saga of Elric of Melnibon , the English author chooses this time the historical setting, leading us in the middle of the Thirty Years War 1618 1648 , first religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants and then political between France and As [...]

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    19. For about 15 years now I ve been a huge fan of Moorcock s Elric series I ve read the original series several times, and I d recently thought about reading the new Elric books hey, 89 and 91 are new compared to the 60s and 70s But for some reason I decided to give one of his other series a shot, and I m really glad I did.War Hound is the first book in a series centered on the Von Bek family Unlike most fantasy I read, this was set in Europe during the 30 Years War, so I didn t expect much magic B [...]

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    20. Premetto che non avevo mai letto Michael Moorcock, anche se, curiosamente, qualche giorno prima che un affezionato lettore della mia libreria mi prestasse Il mastino della guerra , ero riuscito a trovare una copia della saga di Elric, che a questo punto legger molto molto presto per i tempi della mia classica pila di babele sul comodino Se il set la guerra dei 30 anni, senza dubbio uno dei momenti pi tragici e terrificanti della storia dell umanit , la genialit di Moorcock sta nel rompere gli sc [...]

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    21. Unlike the Blues Brothers, Ulrich von Bek was on a mission from Lucifer.Michael Moorcock s fantasies have always tended to have a philosophical and, sometimes, theological bent to them, but this is evident than ever in The War Hound and the World s Pain, a tale of Lucifer attempting to achieve his own redemption with the aid of a 17th Century mercenary captain the war hound of the title The story begins against a backdrop of the brutality of the Thirty Years War in Germany but soon veers into o [...]

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    22. Seg n nuestro compa ero de p gina Ferran Canetenc, para seleccionar un libro de entre varios acumulados en la pila de lecturas, ni sinopsis, ni portada, ni autor de renombre no hay nada mejor que leer el primer p rrafo del libro en cuesti n, y a continuaci n, el ltimo Si hacemos este experimento con El perro de la guerra y el dolor del mundo, el resultado es esta bomba de relojer a haciendo tic tac.Inicio Fue el mismo a o en que la ola de crueldad exig a no solo la crucifixi n de los j venes cam [...]

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    23. Michael Moorcock echoes the form and picareque adventures of medieval romances in this short and fast moving novel It opens in the mode of historical fiction, set in German lands during the upheavals of the Thirty Years War but the novel soon steps into the realms of the fantastic I would hesitate to label it fantasy It is a medieval style romance set at the end of the age of superstition and heralds the beginning of the Age of Reason True to the form of such romance, many threads are left untie [...]

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    24. 17th century Europe and Hell as settings What s not to like This first confession of a member if the Von Beck family is briskly paced, and contains a great deal philosophy than sword sorcery I m rather surprised it hasn t been adapted into a film.

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    25. Came late to this writer bur sure glad I was led there I was fully taken by the originality of thought and character development style was fresh too, but took some getting used to Love the use of thee and thou and wholly rocked by the use of capitals Am going on to 2d chronicle.

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    26. Every page is awe inspiring as Moorcock weaves a fantastic tapestry of words and symbols I ve read a lot from this author but never expected this Get it where you can.

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    27. I ve used a spoiler to preserve the plot, although to be honest it s no than the summary on the back would tell you view spoiler Ulrich von Bek is a professional mercenary during the Thirty Years War Sickened by the slaughter both sides have inflicted on each other in the name of religion, he deserts his men when he sees that some have contracted plague He rides away through a countryside that is ravaged by death, starkly portrayed Even the ravens of the battlegrounds had fallen dead upon the r [...]

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    28. Interesting take on religion and Lucifer the fallen angle.

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    29. Avec un titre superbe et myst rieux, ce roman se pr sentait sous les meilleurs auspices Belle criture, contexte int ressant, personnages classiques Un mercenaire duqu et instruit est amen conclure un pacte avec Lucifer Ce dernier souhaite retrouver sa place au Paradis et demande au h ros de trouver le Graal, afin d radiquer la douleur du monde Notre mercenaire, qui souhaite galement r cup rer son me au passage, entame donc une qu te improbable Et c est l que les choses changent Ce que je d teste [...]

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    30. Michael Moorcock has never written what people would call standard fantasy , although his Corum books would be as close as he gets This book, written in 1981, is set in Europe during the 30 Years War of the early 17th century and takes the reader on a journey posing some interesting philosophical and metaphysical questions This is part of Moorcock s Eternal Champion series, and it does have some of the basic structure that many other books in the series have There is discussion online that this [...]

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