By Michael Moorcock
The Ice Schooner is Moorcock's high-fantasy retelling of Moby Dick, yet with out the two-hundred-odd-page "how to kill, dermis, and devour a whale" interruption in Melville's bloated tome. really, it's no longer a lot a retelling (as was once, say, Jane Smiley's one thousand Acres a retelling of King Lear) because it is a retooling. rather than a massive whale, Konrad Arflane, the book's major personality, is on a quest to discover the traditional, mythical urban of recent York. (One wonders if Pierre Boulle learn this within the 12 months among its e-book and his writing of Planet of the Apes.) the hunt comes no longer from his obsession with town, yet with another's obsession. yet nonetheless, whilst it comes down to it, Arflane and Ahab are extra related than simply in identify. yes assisting characters also are recognizable (the similarities run deeper than identify, too, in Urquart and Queequeg, and dandyish Manfred has greater than a little bit Ishmael approximately him). The wide awake warping of Moby Dick on my own will be adequate to make this novel stand out with the litt-rat-chaw crowd, the place so much of Moorcock's stuff is so simply brushed aside by way of so much of them. yet it's additionally romance within the most interesting experience of the note, because the notice used to be used again within the days whilst Melville was once writing. Burly whalemen placing their lives at risk each time they harpoon a whale (and whales do get harpooned the following, although now not within the dwelling aspect rendered them through Melville), star-crossed fans, and Manfred in the course of all of it, satisfied to be adventuring, regardless of (or might be due to) the adventure's in all likelihood deadly nature.