|The initial Elric stories have never really appealed to me. They're just about the only Moorcock that doesn't, actually. But starting with Elric at the End of Time I really dig'em. Revenge of the Rose, the recent The Dreamthief's Daughter trilogy, his appearances in the Blood trilogy, all have an Elric I enjoy... and I realized, it wasn't the Elric character I didn't like, but the set pieces. The technical frame used by Moorcock to parody, satire, or detourne sword and sorcery tropes simply put me off.|
And you don't actually need to know anything about him, coming in blind, to enjoy any of those later books (later published, anyway, as Elric at the End of Time was writ contemporous to the original set). Weird, incestuous, albino asshole who never has enough drugs, laments better times gone which he also lamented when they were there, who likes and loathes smacking people with a big black magicky sword for all the wrong reasons. Moorcock usually sums that up as soon as he introduces him, in each work.