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Old 11-11-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone bought the Elric ebooks?

Hi,

I was wondering about the quality and features of the eBook versions of the Elric books (by M. Moorcock) that are being published, I mean:

Elric: The Stealer of Souls
Elric: To Rescue Tanelorn
(and more volumes to come, I expect)

Has anyone bought any of them? Are they worth getting? I'm asking more about the formatting, illustrations, etc. than about the literary quality.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #3
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From the description they are "enhanced" editions, containing a lot more than just the original text. Such editions can be worth paying extra for, if one is a "fan" of the author.
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From the description they are "enhanced" editions, containing a lot more than just the original text. Such editions can be worth paying extra for, if one is a "fan" of the author.
But the descriptions seem to be just the same (as is the price) as for the paper editions, so I'm a bit suspicious...
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Now they released the Jerry Cornelius tetrology, I might pony up....
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I was wondering about the quality and features of the eBook versions of the Elric books (by M. Moorcock) that are being published, I mean:
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Has anyone bought any of them? Are they worth getting? I'm asking more about the formatting, illustrations, etc. than about the literary quality.
I downloaded the "free sample" of both these books to my Kindle (from Amazon, not from the site you mentioned). The formatting looks good. Italics, accented letters, e's with two dots over them .... true quotation marks.... The second book you mentioned only gave me the introductory bits in the sample. The first went a wee bit into chapters 1 and 2 (i think). Was just looking at formatting; not actually reading it.

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They're nicely formatted, and I'm sure the illustrations are nice, but they're tiny on my iLiad. In fact, I can see them better on my Palm Z22, because at least there I can blow them up and scroll them round. I guess they're optimised for a smaller screen than the iLiad.

In terms of content, Moorcock fans (like me) will find them fascinating, because the stories are interspersed with other articles and stories Moorcock was writing at the same time, which illuminate what he was doing in the Elric stories themselves. They're also the original stories, with the intros from the magazines they were published in, rather than the rewrites he did later to make the stories more coherent. The first volume has a long and interesting introduction by the author, in which, among other things, he admits that the rude things he's said about Lord of the Rings in the past may not have been entirely justifed :-) If you're just interested in good stories, without their literary roots, these are probably not for you, though since they're the only Elric volumes available as ebooks, you may want to get them anyway, and skip the connecting material.
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