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Got up to the point in Moorcock's The Oak and the Ram where I was so rudely interrupted by thieves last year at Socialist Summer Camp.
Down with the Fhoi Myore!
For workers revolution to smash that punk in upstate in NY who stole my stuff!
Down with private ownership!
I've been on an uneventful 12-hour night shift in a place where I can't have electronics. I've been working my way through the Planet Stories line and so far I've finished Gygax's Infernal Sorceress, Henry Kuttner's Elak of Atlantis and The Dark World, and Moorcock's Masters of the Pit. Working on City of Spiders right now.
Of these, Gygax was an unexpected delight. He went full 1E with a myriad of polearm names and castle terminology, although the in-universe terms for various forms of magic were a bit distracting.
Elak wasn't very good. It read like Cliff Notes of a REH novel. The plot just progressed too fast with too little exposition. The Dark World was much better; lots of interesting villains and a big, clever twist on the ordinary guy transported to a magical world trope.
Even when he is consciously pastiching ERB, Moorcock is, of course, Moorcock, and his Mars books deliver.