Where should some one start and how should someone proceed with reading Michael Moorcock? Elric? Nowhere specific? A very specific order?

I am asking because there are stories with different characters in different times/universes.

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    I'm pretty sure Moorcock would disapprove of any idea of a 'proper' order to read his books. He seems to dislike anything that might imply order or sense in the universe. – DJClayworth May 5 '11 at 21:06
  • @DJClayworth - Are you saying Moorcock is Joker? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 31 '12 at 19:40
  • Elric is the only hero worth reading. The rest are shallow imitations. ;) – Nathan C. Tresch May 11 '12 at 15:06

Years ago as a teenager I managed to meet Mr Moorcock face to face at a book signing in Hollywood, CA. Naturally I showed up with all my Moorcock books for him to sign (around 30-40 total) which got a grin and a laugh out of him - very nice fellow. He asked that we only get a few books signed each time we got back in line, and that each time we approached he would answer a different question for we obviously hardcore fanboys. I happened to ask him almost this exact question amongst others: "Why do all your heroes seem to have the same name or a variation [and other overlapping aspects]?" MM: "I just wanted to link all the universes together into a kind of giant story." "Which hero comes first?" MM: "Thats the point - they all sort of exist simultaneously."

I am guessing this answers the question? Having personally read almost everything he ever penned, I think a good answer would be to follow the age of the Old Gods (i.e. Arioch) as they seemed "younger" in the Corum series than in Elric. But by Moorcock's own words, it really doesn't matter. To quote Dr Who, "its all that Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey...Stuff."

Hope that helps. Enjoy the books - they are legendary. My favorites were The Dancers At The End of Time (genius IMO), The Blood Red Game (a bit obscure), Rituals of Infinity (loved the concept), and the Corum Series. But they are all pretty excellent. Even Time of the Hawklords was good fun. :)

p.s. Dancers At The End of Time was one of the last things he wrote, and its a beautiful "End Note" to his whole universe, though admittedly not at all like his sword & sorcery stuff. Brilliantly conceived nonetheless.

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    When I asked this question, ages ago, while reading "Dancers at the end of time", I wished to get an answer in those lines. Author's feedback is the best source, worth waiting one year to read this. – Dimitrios Mistriotis May 11 '12 at 13:32

See A Moorcock Reading Order, by David Mosley, on the Moorcock's Miscellany:

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    Thanks for the copy and paste. My rationale when posting this is to ask as well for someone to provide some additional info such as... Can you start with "The End of Time" or not, Moorcocks work is set in parallel universes so... does it matter? – Dimitrios Mistriotis Jan 30 '11 at 1:55
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    Please not not use URL shorteners or lmgify on Stack Exchange. Also, it's not clear to me whether copying this content is permitted by its author (I'm giving you the benefit of doubt here); in any case, copying without attribution is both unethical and illegal unless the author has given explicit consent (has he?). – user56 Jan 30 '11 at 22:59
  • @Gilles: i did provide a link to the original content. in the future i will just link to it and not copy it all. – benstraw Jan 31 '11 at 1:00
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    @dimitris, this isn't a discussion site, and you shouldn't be asking questions in the hope of starting a discussion. If you have a specific question, such as "Can I start reading Moorcock with the Dancers at the End of Time series?", then you should be asking that question and not complaining when someone provides an answer to the question you asked. – Mike Scott Jan 31 '11 at 9:04
  • @Mike I did not want to start a discussion. My question was in the lines of "How can someone start reading Moorcock" is there one way or more? The question rises from the nature of his work, since we are in parallel time lines and universes. Reading my comment now seems like a complaint but it's not (actually I read all of it and liked it) – Dimitrios Mistriotis Jan 31 '11 at 11:18

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