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Very good, if your into steampunk, which i very much am It was so neat to read some that was written in the 70 s and compare it with the steampunk genre today This is the first book in a 3 novel volume i m reading about Oscar Bastable called The Nomad of Time, if you have arecently published copy, it is now called The Nomad of the Time Streams Moorcock s story, if it wasn t for the fantastical aspects, very much reminded me of George Orwell actually, in the way it covered British coloni Very good, if your into steampunk, which i very much am It was so neat to read some that was written in the 70 s and compare it with the steampunk genre today This is the first book in a 3 novel volume i m reading about Oscar Bastable called The Nomad of Time, if you have arecently published copy, it is now called The Nomad of the Time Streams Moorcock s story, if it wasn t for the fantastical aspects, very much reminded me of George Orwell actually, in the way it covered British colonization, imperialism in general and war Set in an alternative history where life is similar to ours but some inventions have been created earlier and some not at all Some cameos from people whoare suposed to represent Mick Jagger, Lenin and Ronald Reagan as a childish, tempermental Boy Scout Troup leader This was my first Moorcock book and i will be readingit is extremely well written in my opinion Great book air ships, time travel, and he s good at describing the mundane and making it great. Oswald Bastable IS steampunk There may have been earlier examples of the genre, and perhaps there are later examples thatsolidly explore the ideas behind steampunk, but the Nomad of the Timestreams trilogy is the definition of steampunk to me.While a dimension hopping, time traveling Oswald Bastable might seem to be a hard pill to swallow, it is written with such an honest face that not only could I suspend my disbelief, I could almost turn full circle and believe that I was reading a his Oswald Bastable IS steampunk There may have been earlier examples of the genre, and perhaps there are later examples thatsolidly explore the ideas behind steampunk, but the Nomad of the Timestreams trilogy is the definition of steampunk to me.While a dimension hopping, time traveling Oswald Bastable might seem to be a hard pill to swallow, it is written with such an honest face that not only could I suspend my disbelief, I could almost turn full circle and believe that I was reading a historical text Moorcock used the conceit that the novel was copied down by his true grandfather and that even adds to the illusion Perhaps the political subtext is laid on a little thick in the way that Moorcock represents certain historical figures, but even these touches add to the purported reality of alternate dimensions.If you have any interest in steampunk, I couldn t advise a better trilogy than the Nomad of the Timestreams to introduce the genre This is a must read This book is certainly well written and interesting It starts rather slow, with Moorcock explaining how he found a manuscript left by his grandfather, with the grandfather explaining how he met the main protagonist who dictated said manuscript, and then the main protagonist, Oswald Bastable, describing how he managed to get from a punitive expedition in the 1902 Himalaya to the 1973 British Empire build on giant airships But the speed of the action increases, and Bastable goes through what app This book is certainly well written and interesting It starts rather slow, with Moorcock explaining how he found a manuscript left by his grandfather, with the grandfather explaining how he met the main protagonist who dictated said manuscript, and then the main protagonist, Oswald Bastable, describing how he managed to get from a punitive expedition in the 1902 Himalaya to the 1973 British Empire build on giant airships But the speed of the action increases, and Bastable goes through what appears to be a fairly conventional adventure stories, with air pirates, rowdy Americans, and everything But underlying this is a strong critique of imperialism and colonialism, subverting not just Bastables morals as an upstanding British officer, but also some of the readers preconceptions about politics and adventure literature.On the downside While easy enough to read, and, after a slow start, well paced, the books writing does show its 1971 vintage If I remember correctly, there are only two women in the book and for one we primarily hear about her ankles The other is a physicist and anarchist and, IIRC, takes a bigger role in other instances of Moorcocks multiverse, but remains rather anaemic here.Recommended as a good yarn with some unexpected depth, and a very early example of steampunk This first Oswald Bastable novel was steampunk before there was a name for such a thing before there was anything punk, come to dwell on it It s an alternate history political novel very much in the tradition of Wells, told with the found manuscript framing made so popular by Burroughs Set in a 1973 world in which World War II never happened, it shares some common themes and characters with other multiverse tapestry pieces, but isn t an integral part It sslowly paced than his sword This first Oswald Bastable novel was steampunk before there was a name for such a thing before there was anything punk, come to dwell on it It s an alternate history political novel very much in the tradition of Wells, told with the found manuscript framing made so popular by Burroughs Set in a 1973 world in which World War II never happened, it shares some common themes and characters with other multiverse tapestry pieces, but isn t an integral part It sslowly paced than his sword adventure books, but less serious Reagan and Jagger have walk ons than much of his later,consciously literary work It s good stuff In 1971, Michael Moorcock receives from his father a box of his grandfather s, and namesake s, papers In the box is a typewritten manuscript prepared by the first Michael Moorcock in the year 1903 It is the transcript of a narrative related to the elder Moorcock by Oswald Bastable, an opium addicted stowaway he encounters while taking a kind of rest cure on Rowe Island in the Indian Ocean Rowe Island is Moorcock s our Moorcock s invention Bastable was a British officer serving in the In 1971, Michael Moorcock receives from his father a box of his grandfather s, and namesake s, papers In the box is a typewritten manuscript prepared by the first Michael Moorcock in the year 1903 It is the transcript of a narrative related to the elder Moorcock by Oswald Bastable, an opium addicted stowaway he encounters while taking a kind of rest cure on Rowe Island in the Indian Ocean Rowe Island is Moorcock s our Moorcock s invention Bastable was a British officer serving in the Raj in 1902 He had been sent on dangerous expedition into Nepal to put down a potential rebellion by one Sharan Kang, a sorcerer leader based in the remote fortress of Teku Benga Bastable is a shattered man, and over the next three days Moorcock records his remarkable tale In Teku Benga, Bastable and his men are drugged, lost in the labyrinthine maze of the temples at Teku Benga, and victims of what appears to be an earthquake When Bastable regains consciousness, his clothes are in tatters, the city is destroyed, and a chasm now separates him from any hope of return But he is rescued by a vast air ship The year is 1973 Warlord of the Air is Moorcock writing in a Wellesian mode and the first of his Nomads of Time trilogy The story brings together three time sequences Moorcock the writer in 1971 is reading his grandfather s 1903 transcription of adventures that Bastable claim took place in 1973 The reader can write off Bastable story as opium induced ravings, since what he has to say about 1973 is so far off the mark of what we, and Moorcock, Jr., know But Moorcock s grandfather is inclined to believe the young man, and we should be as well Just because Bastable has travelled into the future, it doesn t mean that it is our future In the same sense, Bastable suspects that the present he has returned to is not exactly the present he left that year before in Teku Benga Bastable is awestruck and delighted with the future world his discovers It is a colonialist utopia All those benign powers he knew from the turn of the twentieth century control their colonies with a firm but just hand, although there remain a few warlords in China and no right thinking Englishman could really approve of how things are handled in Russians and Japanese territories But there has been no serious war for seventy years and as his rescuer, Major Howell, assures him things are going along swimmingly At that moment a bomb explodes nearby Major Howell s face was suddenly grim and white and his dark eyes blazed with anger, What was that Bomb Here Anarchists, Madmen, European troublemakers, almost certainlyGermans Russians Jews, they ve all got an interest in the disruption of order Damn those malcontents Bastable instinctively does not approve of them The rest of Moorcock s short novel will be Bastable s education in the ways of this new world, the flaws in this utopia, and an account of his hero s difficult transition from faithful soldier of the Raj to one aligned with the revolutionary movements of the day.As an exercise in literary style, this is the most entertaining of any Moorcock book I have read He is writing in the 1970 s what purports to be a transcript taken in 1903 The future he describes, as comically off the mark as it may be, is true to the vision we can imagine concocted by an early twentieth century novelist He peoples it with stock characters including evil Oriental geniuses, London dandies, aristocratic anarchists, and socialist visionaries, all aided by a technology the we know never developed in the way his characters experience it At the end of the story, with Bastable once again disappeared into the time stream, Moorcock s grandfather reviews the manuscript in his hand I glanced through my notes Giant airships monorailways electric bicycles wireless telephones flying machines all the marvels They could not have been invented by the mind of one young man, Moorcock is describing the novel he himself has just completed Very much an entertainment, to coin Greene s use of the term Steampunk with a wide net of allusion from Conrad, Lenin and TE Lawrence to the fumbling bigot Reagan, I enjoyed this, I m not sure it engendered a great deal of thought There in that silence, that pause, remains the other books in the series I m not adept at finishing cycles. 3.5 StarsIntentionally written in the style of H.G Wells as well as the pulp science fiction of the early 20th Century seePhilip Francis Nowlan , but with modern late sixties and early seventies sensibilities Having been a fan of this type of science fiction since my childhood I found The Warlord of the Air to be great fun Mr Moorcock combines Victorian and mid twentieth century attitudes and throws the story at us with a wink since the inside joke is that we the readers already know 3.5 StarsIntentionally written in the style of H.G Wells as well as the pulp science fiction of the early 20th Century seePhilip Francis Nowlan , but with modern late sixties and early seventies sensibilities Having been a fan of this type of science fiction since my childhood I found The Warlord of the Air to be great fun Mr Moorcock combines Victorian and mid twentieth century attitudes and throws the story at us with a wink since the inside joke is that we the readers already know that it s an alternative history story Typical of this type of fiction character development is minimal and the plot relies on improbable events taking place to move it forward There are other reviewers who have taken issue with this, but if you are familiar with the older science fiction novelists then you won t have any trouble with The Warlord of the Air This is my first Michael Moorcock novel and I think I ll try another one *Download Book ✙ O Senhor da Guerra dos Céus ↿ Esta a vida fabulosa e inacredit vel do capit o Oswald Bastable Militar ingl s do in cio do s culo XX, Bastable v se atirado para um futuro em que os dirig veis das Grandes Pot ncias dominam um mundo pacificado pelo Imp rio Brit nico e governado pelo rei Eduardo VIIINo entanto, nem todos os cidad os do Imp rio apoiam a nova ordem mundial de paz e prosperidade Amea 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questionar os seus ideais para poder defender a Pax BrittanicaMas viajar para um futuro estranho e desconhecido n o a sua nica surpresa Bastable descobre Gallery Bundu: A Story about an African Past para seu horror Links to the Diasporic Homeland que se tornou um n mada das correntes do tempo Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money eternamente condenado a viajar pelos caminhos sem nome do ca tico multiverso Guiado pela crononauta Una Persson Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London o capit o Bastable ter que confrontar uma mir ade de futuros alternativos antes de aceitar The Birth of Industrial Britain: 1750-1850 por fim The Ra Expeditions o seu destino I have read Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock once before, many years ago I saw it in a used book store on one of my visits a few years back and decided it would be worth trying again So there you go, a bit of back history before my review.The book was originally published in 1971 It purport to be a story written by Michael Moorcock s grandfather, from events he recorded back in 1903 It s a neat tale, told to Moorcock Senior by Oswald Bastable, a Victorian Captain who is thrust into the I have read Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock once before, many years ago I saw it in a used book store on one of my visits a few years back and decided it would be worth trying again So there you go, a bit of back history before my review.The book was originally published in 1971 It purport to be a story written by Michael Moorcock s grandfather, from events he recorded back in 1903 It s a neat tale, told to Moorcock Senior by Oswald Bastable, a Victorian Captain who is thrust into the future Sound confusing Well, it is only somewhat but the story is rich and interesting.Moorcock Senior has moved to Rowe Island, a small island near Indonesia to recover from a nervous disability While there, he encounters Bastable, who has disembarked from a tramp steamer, his clothes worn and shredded and also appearing to suffer from a heroin addiction Moorcock takes him under his wing, feeds and bathes him and tries to stop him from using heroin While with Moorcock, Bastable tells his fascinating tale.While in the British army in India, Bastable takes a troop of Sepoys and Gurkhas to a remote Himalayan country, Teku Benga to stop the warlord magician from continuing to threaten border outposts Bastable and a few of his men go to the capital city and are drugged An earthquake strikes and while trying to escape, Bastable is lost in the passage ways of the palace He has been warned that there are doorways to unknown places below the palace.Waking up, Bastable finds himself in rubble of the destroyed city and is unable to get off the mountain due to the destruction He is very surprised to find himself rescued by an airship of the Royal Indian Air Force Thus begins Bastable s adventure It turns out that he has moved from 1902 to 1973, in a different, modern world The world is at peace, airships are the norm, the world is divided into major empires the British, the American, the Russian, the Japanese, etc Bastable finds himself in this new, seemingly peaceful world After exams he trains for a job on one of the commercial airships as an Security Air Policeman And from this point the adventure builds and moves into a time of less peace.It s a fascinating fantasy adventure Reading this again in 2019, trying to picture both the Victorian era from which Bastable starts to the 1970 s, which is different from that we ve experienced and comparing with some of the actual events that occurred in our world s history makes for a surprisingly rich layer of textures It s a simple story in many ways but also quite complex Meeting some historical characters and events that take place in Bastable s future add to the story I m glad I read it again I think I appreciate it4 stars I understand why this is considered a steampunk classic Although, I will admit that it started a bit slow for me, it did pick up and get me sucked in, which is good because there are twobooks in the series The best thing about this book is that Moorcock wrote it in a way that was reminiscent of writers from the early 1900 s, keeping the feel of it realistic The airships and inventions are great but don t have the intricate details of the newer steampunk genre Remember, Moorcock and Jet I understand why this is considered a steampunk classic Although, I will admit that it started a bit slow for me, it did pick up and get me sucked in, which is good because there are twobooks in the series The best thing about this book is that Moorcock wrote it in a way that was reminiscent of writers from the early 1900 s, keeping the feel of it realistic The airships and inventions are great but don t have the intricate details of the newer steampunk genre Remember, Moorcock and Jeter practically invented steampunk This was the beginning of it Overall, a fantastic book Look forward to the next one