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Author: Robert Holdstock
ISBN: 000224201X
Subcategory: Contemporary
Pages 400 pages
Publisher Collins (1993)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Robert Holdstock

Recklessly, George followed them inot the mysterious sylvan shadows that changed him forever.

The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. At the heart of the wildwood lies a place of mystery and legend, from which few return and none emerged unchanged: Lavondyss. the ultimate realm, the source of all myth. Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award and is among the most praised post-war novels of the fantastical. In this haunting sequel, Lavondyss, we are returned to the Wildwood and the mythos that Holdstock has made his own. Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1988. Recklessly, George followed them inot the mysterious sylvan shadows that changed him forever.

Robert Paul Holdstock (2 August 1948 – 29 November 2009) was an English novelist and author best known for his works of Celtic, Nordic, Gothic and Pictish fantasy literature.

Robert Paul Holdstock (2 August 1948 – 29 November 2009) was an English novelist and author best known for his works of Celtic, Nordic, Gothic and Pictish fantasy literature, predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction. Holdstock broke into print in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical, psychological, anthropological, spiritual and woodland themes. He received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantasy Award in the category of Best Novel of 1985.

At the heart of Ryhope Wood, Steven and the mythago Guiwenneth live in the ruins of a Roman villa close to a haunted fortress from the Iron Age, from which Guiwenneth's myth arose. She is comfortable here, almost tied to the place, and Steven has long since abandoned all thought of returning to his own world. Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award for best novel and is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the twentieth century Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and none remain unchanged.

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Robert Holdstock book. It goes without saying that Robert Holdstock's writings are highly effective because they touch genuine mythic roots which resonate with the deepest parts of our own minds. It helps that he also spins a good yarn around these myths, and that his writing style is just so damn fluid and readable that it's impossible to put his books down. Avilion' is the final book in his 'Mythago Wood' series, and is a direct sequel to the original title.

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Robert Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy. A place where time and space didn't follow the usual rules they must observe in our own universe?

Robert Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy. Guy Gavriel Kay. "One of the strangest, most beautiful and most compelling fantasies I have ever read. Mythago" is a contraction of "mythic imago" ("imago" meaning image). The narrator, Steve, has always lived near a magical woodland, but only when he returns from fighting in WWII does he discover just how weird the place actually is.

I had that sense of recognition. Christian followed my gaze, but he was not looking at the boat or the pond; he was lost, somewhere in his own thoughts

I had that sense of recognition. Christian followed my gaze, but he was not looking at the boat or the pond; he was lost, somewhere in his own thoughts. For a brief moment I experienced a jarring sadness at the sight of my brother so ruined in appearance and attitude. I wanted desperately to touch his arm, to hug him, and I could hardly bear the knowledge that I was afraid to do so.

After taking his last story into the roots of mythology about as far as he could comfortably go and still retain readers' abilities to follow exactly what he was trying to do, Holdstock pulls back slightly from that extreme and decides to go with a much more conventional story instead. Or at least conventional by his standards.

Set a couple years after Tallis, the young girl who was the star of the last book, vanishes into the woods, the book chooses to focus on a minor character who was one of her few friends, Alex Bradley. Or at least on his father. Having pretty much already set down the ground rules of the forest, Holdstock can more or less dispense the oddness now like a well oiled machine and the early chapters have so much of that off kilter eerieness that this series has done so well so far. Alex toys with Tallis' old masks, goes for dances, becomes fascinated with knights and the "Gawain and the Green Knight" story and doesn't really give us father much of a sign that things are about to go very wonky. And they don't, for a while . . . until someone who disappeared in the last novel makes an appearance, looking no older but very much damaged and proceeds to set the stage for another foray into the forest.

One thing that we haven't seen as much of and gets a lot of play here is just what the forest does to people. It's been established that it's a grim and fairly unforgiving place but most of the people who have gone inside are somewhat attuned to it and thus tend to respond in kind. This time we see the effect on someone who isn't at all prepared for it and it's a scary, almost depressing thing to witness someone become utterly shellshocked to the point of being almost entirely incapacitated. As cruel as this will probably sound, it's that willingness to really wreck his characters that tends to set this book apart from other fantasy novels of the same stripe . . . while other books may ruin people to further a plot point, Holdstock tends to do it because the forest really isn't a pleasant place under any circumstances.

After Alex decides to do the expected thing and vanish into the woods as well, his father Richard sees his life fall apart in the interim, until he comes across a group of people who are studying the forest and seemed to be making some scientific headway with it. The whole concept of the myth studying forest prying team of eccentric scientists could have been a bonkers idea that killed the book entirely but somehow he makes the idea work so well that you wonder why he didn't get to it earlier and often it feels like a natural extension of what we've seen before. After watching people who are close to the forest in slowly widening degrees get sucked into it and figuring it out haphazardly, now we see a handful of people attempting to apply the scientific method to it.

Unfortunately for them they seem no better at it than the thirteen year old girl was and the body count is apparently high before Richard Bradly even gets around to meeting them. But it changes the whole tenor of the book in a way that we don't automatically expect, as we have people who can at least take a stab at explaining the reason behind all the odd happenings inside the wood as opposed to trying to figure it out from context and books we've never read. Having a team of people wandering around a dark mysterious woods subtly pushes the novel into horror movie territory and Holdstock writes some effective scenes of terrible things happening (one exploration of a building goes memorably and horribly wrong very quickly) to people who are pretty sure they're prepared but actually aren't. Since the head scientist's theory is that Alex is somehow messing up the forest with his weird myth mojo and he'd like to stop that so the forest can get back to its usual incoherent weirdness, there's a sense of stalking and desperation that feels more conventional but is still an interesting change of pace from the last two books.

This does lead to the strangeness being somewhat standardized, with the myths now being drawn from known sources and not just shadowy figures spun from mostly forgotten memories. While some people laud the appearance of the AARP eligible version of the Jason and his Argonauts, beyond Jason really not being very nice, it almost entirely lacks the delirious sense of oddness that kept the earlier volumes so off kilter. Even the presence of a girl who was apparently present at the fall of the Tower of Babel feels a little commonplace given everything we've witnessed before. Some of this is probably due to the scientists, who by quantifying everything can't help but add some degree of standardization to a place that more or less seemed to operate under its own rapidly changing terms of logic. The logic was probably always there, but having it so expertly pointed out does drain out some of the fun. But maybe Holdstock just wanted credit for all his hard work.

What does become clear is that if he had wanted to write a thriller all along he would have been able to churn out a cracklin' good one, as a father tries to rescue his child from a force that even the people with advanced degrees and ample points in their wilderness survival skill option can't even adequately explain? There are moments when you can feel the uneasy push-pull of the book as it clearly wants to delve into the funky mytho-weirdness of the last book and when it just wants to tell a more straightforward story with elements of myth . . . the inability to decide between the two gives it a strange tension that it can't quite resolve at times. And yet it makes it fascinating all the same, using our familiarity with both the myth and the series against us by adding an actual layer of mistrust and menace to the proceedings.

But all the familiarity can't make the mechanics of the ending any less impenetrable at times . . . you know who wins and what the ultimate stakes are, but it's not clear at times how they got there. But that's not a problem unique to this volume and when the journal is this fascinating, any ending that achieves at least what someone sets out to do is satisfying in its own way. He would go on to write other books based on Mythago Wood but it's hard to say where he could have gone from here, having pushed the mythological aspects as far as he could and then added science to the mix, the only real threat the forest could have now would be from the outside ("Coming Soon: Mythago Condos"). And while that might make for interesting reading, it would add a sense of realism that even the fantasy wouldn't be able to tolerate.
Alex Bradley is a lost boy, in Ryhope Wood. A primeval wood defending itself against incursions from the outside world.
Even when a body is found and buried as Alex, his father takes to the wood with the help of "experts" who are exploring and studing it's "mythago" effects.
But the wood is using Alex's imagined heros & tricksters and giving them a life of their own, who now defend Alex.
These myths and archetypes can be heroic or nightmarish but almost all are deadly.
Each step the explorers take alters the magical balance within the woods. Ryhope Wood doesn't like change.
As an exploration of the subconscious achtypes this is a clever and imaginative book.
Well written by Holdstock on a theme that he has mastered and used in other "Mythago" novels.
Robert Holdstock has come up with a remarkable literary creation with his Mythago Wood. A deceptively small wooded lot next to an English village turns out to be a vast haunted forest where the laws of time and space are twisted beyond comprehension. The wood is inhabited by figures from the mythologies of many different lands and eras, with scenes powered by the imaginations of the mortals that have found themselves enthralled by the forest. This is a great concept that Holdstock has explored in several books, but unfortunately in this one the concept doesn't come to full fruition. The book starts strongly as the protagonist Richard enters the wood to find the spirit of his son Alex, who is believed by everyone else to be dead, but whose haunted imagination has become one with the even more haunted forest, bringing out the worst of mythological horrors. But for some reason this book drastically loses focus in Part Three, where the chapters start to become detached explorations by Holdstock of various old myths with only tangential connections to the main storyline, including one ridiculously long chapter dwelling on a past-their-prime Jason and the Argonauts. More fundamentally, from beneath all this mythological doodling, Holdstock has not adequately explained either the true workings of Mythago Wood, nor Alex's spiritual connection to it. Holdstock's Mythago Wood premise is surely fascinating, but unfortunately this strangely schizophrenic installment fails to make full use of the concept's potential. [~doomsdayer520~]
The Hollowing tells the story of Richard Bradley, who lives with his wife Alice and son Alex near Shadoxhurst, on the edge of Rhyope Wood. On the road back from Alex's school play of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, they almost run over a man that looks strangely like Tallis's father James Keeton, who disappeared over a year ago.

Later that night, Keeton knocks on their door, in a dream-like state, clutching one of Tallis's masks. Brought to hospital, he slowly recovers until he has a vision where Tallis comes home, and dies. Alex takes this opportunity to grab the mask and try it on, but is suddenly victim of a violent attack, blown across the room by a strange invisible force.

The boy then lies in a catatonic state for a year, until the wood claims him... and when later the disfigured, unidentifiable body of a youth is found, his parents mournfully conclude it's Alex's. Richard moves to London, and slowly drifts away from his wife, and from his former life.

Six years later, back in Shadoxhurst for a break, he meets a woman named Helen, who tells him Alex is alive but lost in the wood. With much incredulity, he finally joins her gang of hippy scientific explorers, who studying the magic of Rhyope Wood, and goes in search of Alex.

Although the story was, generally speaking, more captivating than in Lavondyss, I thought The Hollowing really lacked the green, woody, mossy atmosphere that was the core of Mythago Wood and that I enjoyed so much. Now I have to admit I'm looking forward to finishing these series so I can move on to more fantastic settings.