Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Nomad of the Time Streams

It took a while, but I finally finished this collection of Michael Moorcock's three Bastable novels. I grew up reading Moorcock novels, but his books still take a bit of adjusting to as none of them exist in a vacuum. At this point, nearly every word he has ever written is linked to his Eternal Champion saga in some way or other.

In Bastable's case, this is through a great many references to the Multiverse and the occasional appearance of the ever cryptic Una Persson. However, unlike many of his other novels, this series thrives on its own. Bastable is a simple soldier who is forced to reassess his principals when he is forced into various alternate versions of the World Wars.

Over the course of the three books, (The Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan, the Steel Tsar) Bastable fights across 4 continents, over land, sea and air, and gets to experience the bombing of Hiroshima twice. The stories move rapidly and are far quicker reads than my own lack of posts to this blog would attest to. I also found them far more engaging than most alternate histories (which I usually tend to avoid). Well worth the read.

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