Almost anyone who has read or written science fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.
Moorcock's first independent novel in nine years is a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.
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The start of this book follows a slightly modified autobiography of Michael Moorcock. This aspect is very entertaining, however once he delves into his fantasy sanctuary hidden in London the moves between his wife and fictional lover go back and forward filled with repetitive anguish about who he should love. I don't think he can do good kitchen sink drama. When he gets back to the swashbuckling adventure he is on much safer ground. Good book but should have been edited down quite a bit in my opinion.
"Disappointing, rambling, frustrating, tedious"
If the story had a meaningful plot. The entire story is pointless and frustrating. Wholly unsatisfying.
Had a satisfying reason to risk his so-called real life in an imaginary world.
The narrator did a fine job.
"Terrible, extremely disappointing"
It contains little to no plot, it simply rambles on and on...
Provide a plot. He goes on and on without saying anything
I am outraged this horrible book was an editor's pick. I question if the editor really listened to the story? Even a month later I'm still outraged I trusted the editor and wasted a credit on this terrible, boring story.
I bought this because the review said this author was a master of the fantasy genre. I wasted my time ... there was no true imagination. It could be the performance of the reader, but I will wait to get it from the library.
"Not my thing"
It's like Mary Sue fanfic with a male protagonist. Sigh. If you know you like Moorcock, you might be fine, but as a first time listener/reader, it wasn't what I expected.
"Still not sure what to think"
The first 70% of the book was pretty much a stale biography. It started to get really interesting later on, but then it ended.
I started listening to this book a few months ago but could not get into it so stopped. I started again a couple of days ago but can only conclude the problem is the book not me. I am on chapter 30 of 55 but I doubt I'll carry on. It is mainly an autobiography with occasional visits to a fictional place / world, whatever, in London. I think even if the autobiographical content was removed it would still be dull.
The only intrigue for me was Alsatia, was it really a fictional place or the authors description of what was going on in his head while an inpatient at a mental health facility!
The worst book I ever tried to read. Don't waist your time like I did. I forced myself to chapter 11.
"Confusing but facinating"
As the book started out I found it quite confusing and considered stopping. I am very glad I persisted in listening to this novel. It was facinating by the half way point and could not have stopped if I had wanted to. I am looking forward to the next one in the series. Thank You!!
"Simply not a novel"
This book purports to be a story of magic and a secret London. What it actually is is a very un-cleverly disguised auto-biography of a man who seems to really be yearning to get back in some sort of spotlight that he very decidedly does not deserve, at least not for this book. I tried to hang in there and let the story develop but I'm well into chapter 4 and it still reads like an introduction to a book that just won't quit so the story can start. I've never read any other Moorcock books but I can say I don't have any interest in trying after suffering through this debacle.
"Incredibly boring - I'm very disappointed"
This book is listed as fiction, but reads like a biography. I don’t get biographies for a reason. I’m into it 11 chapters and 4 hours of my time I can’t get back and still there’s not really a plot. Just goes over Michael’s life, which is not very interesting at all. I’m returning this one (only the second book I've returned in 3 years). I continued to listen after the first 2 hours only because the narrator was enjoyable to listen too, but not worth another 12 hours.
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