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Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock

outcolder's review against another edition

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4.0

For, what, 5? books now, Elric has been moaning and groaning about his destiny: doom doom doom. Spoiler alert: he was right! It don't get doomier than this!

zainabsaba's review

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adventurous dark

4.25

lurpasskatt's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

sir_scott's review

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adventurous dark medium-paced

3.0

gmancam's review

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3.0

Satisfying conclusion to Elric's story. Packed with crazy battles, moments of triumph and despair. Mr. Moorcock really flexed his imagination here to deliver some really cool fantasy concepts and moments. While I embraced all the chaos(no pun intended), I wish at times some key moments were given more time to deliver a more lasting impact. At times the pacing felt too much in a rush, though I suppose that's an issue that plagues the entire series. Overall I'm happy with what I got and I consider this one my fav of the series!

P.S: We all need a bro like Moonglum

mikepalumbo's review

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

astalnar's review

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adventurous dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.75

lordenglishssbm's review

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adventurous dark reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

ostrava's review against another edition

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2.0

There's a shit ton of battles in this small novel. Things reached such a point of confusion to me that I literally had to google the plot because I simply lost track of what was happening! Who was who again, where did this character die again, why is this other guy still around...it could be spectacular. It could. If I cared about any of it. I understand this was written before any of the other novels, but I gave up on the storytelling long ago, and now you want me to care? There's something about a wife that needs to be rescued: why should that matter more than the Universe? I want to call that a plot device, but there's barely any plot here, so was that needed? Am I expected to care?

Here's the thing about Elric. There's an introductory novel that works quite well as a stand-alone story. You should stop reading there. Everything else is a disaster with no pay off. Except for maybe the last moments of the series where it almost feels like it remembered its true potential...at which point, it was too late. I'll give it 2 stars out of respect for its inventiveness and some appealing ideas that do show up every once in a while, but this was honestly awful.

funfamilyvideos's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75