Saturday, February 05, 2011

When Hari Kunzru met Michael Moorcock - Hari Kunzru

"The plot of The Coming of the Terraphiles finds the Doctor "abroad in the multiverse", and concerns "an object which will save it, putting Law and Chaos back into synch. I've tried to write much of it in a sub-Wodehousian style and with a musical comedy sub-plot involving a game that's a mixture of cricket and archery." In its skewed, carnivalesque Englishness, this sounds like vintage Moorcock. I note that the book includes a pirate called Cornelius. "Yes, and incidentally one of the 'decent chaps' is called Hari Agincourt. He's not a prince but he ends up an earl. Damn. It's all supposed to be embargoed. Now they'll probably have to kill us both.""

4 out of 5