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2014 Story 18

From TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 10: ESPRIT DE CORPS, edited by J.M and Randy Lofficier, from Black Coat Press

18. THE ICON CRACKDOWN by Michael Moorcock  I have to admit at the start that I've read precious little Moorcock, and most of that has been short stories in various anthologies. Still, I'm familiar with his time-traveling character Jerry Cornelius, and Cornelius is the focus of this story.  The story bounces across time-frames and reality and I suspect that one needs a stronger grounding in Moorcock's work than I have to really get all of the references and nuances. What I got out of the story is that in this alternate reality, France has somehow become inaccessible/off-the-grid, and Cornelius and his rag-tag team are trying to find it. There are references to a lot of the French pulp characters that usually appear in a SHADOWMEN anthology, as well. I can say that I appreciate the technical aspects of the way the story is told, but I didn't really connect with it otherwise. (Still, I really need to read some of Moorcock's novels one of these days.)

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