The Warlord of the Air (A Nomad of the Time Streams Novel)
by Micheal Moorcock
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (January 15, 2013)
(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
It is 1973, and the stately airships of the Great Powers hold benign sway over a peaceful world. The balance of power is maintained by the British Empire – a most equitable and just Empire, ruled by the beloved King Edward VIII. A new world order, with peace and prosperity for all under the law. Yet, moved by the politics of envy and perverse utopianism, not all of the Empire’s citizens support the marvelous equilibrium.
Flung from the North East Frontier of 1902 into this world of the future, Captain Oswald Bastable is forced to question his most cherished ideals, discovering to his horror that he has become a nomad of the time streams, eternally doomed to travel the wayward currents of a chaotic multiverse.
The first in the Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy, The Warlord of the Air sees Bastable fall in with the anarchists of this imperial society and set in train a course of events more devastating than he could ever have imagined.
Moorcock takes me back to the days of my misspent youth. Summer days sitting in an old wing-backed chair, a book in my lap, and Tony Orlando bellowing Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. I enjoyed the Elric of Melniboné saga and almost anything from the pen of Michael Moorcock.Like a blast from the past Titan Books will re-print some classic Moorcock steampunk, The Warlord of the Air.
If you are familiar with Moorcock’s eternal champions, you should see some familiar Moorcock magic. I’ve always liked alternate time-line stories with a good dose of steampunkery so this book was right up my alley. It’s been decades since I’ve read this title so it was almost as if I were reading a new novel. In an odd way, it was a little more political than I remembered.
If you haven’t read The Warlord of the Air, I highly recommend it. It’s a must have for your steampunk “Home Library.” Pulpy steampunky goodness, I give it 4 stars out of 5.
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