Mythago Wood

Mythago Wood

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by Robert Holdstock
     
 

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Myth and Terror in the Forest Deeps

The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley's entire long life. Now, after his death, his sons have taken up his work. But what they discover is numinous and perilous beyond all expectation.

For the Wood, larger inside than out, is a labyrinth full of myths come to

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Myth and Terror in the Forest Deeps

The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley's entire long life. Now, after his death, his sons have taken up his work. But what they discover is numinous and perilous beyond all expectation.

For the Wood, larger inside than out, is a labyrinth full of myths come to life, "mythagos" that can change you forever. A labyrinth where love and beauty haunt your dreams. . .and may drive you insane.

"Utterly enthralling."
--Times Literary Supplement

"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. A marvel of a book." --Keith Roberts

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Holdstock's fantasy of a surviving primeval forest where legends and tribes of different ages coexist draws power from the myths, archetypes and literary conventions it embodies. The long, Wellsian introduction to the Huxley family and their fascination with Ryhope Wood slowly moves toward a civilized British confrontation with the wilderness and savagery. Unaware of the consequences, Steve Huxley falls in love with the latest incarnation of beautiful Guiwenneth of the greenwoodas his father and brother had before him. When she is kidnapped, his attempt to find her becomes a quest leading to the heart of the mysterious wood. Although it takes its time getting started, and occasionally reminds us that it was expanded from a short story, this is a winning novel with a fine feeling for the interface between airy dreams and sweaty reality. Science Fiction Book Club main selection. Foreign rights: Ellen Levine. November 20
Publishers Weekly
Fans of literate horror will welcome the trade paper edition of Caitlin Kiernan's Low Red Moon, published in limited hardcover by Subterranean (Forecasts, July 21). PW called it "a memorable expansion of the author's unique fictional universe." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380762767
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1991
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Robert Holdstock's novels include Mythago Wood, which won the World Fantasy Award; Lavondyss; and Gate of Ivory. He lives in London.

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Mythago Wood 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This is not a story for those without imagination, or the faint of heart. If you prefer the original versions of the stories the brothers Grimm collected to the bland sugary visions of Disney, then this is for you. A patch of old growth forest, unnoticed by most, hides deep, dark secrets, marking and gripping those who venture within. Like a TARDIS, it is far larger inside than out, and even time is warped, more and more, the deeper you go. Strange people and creatures, many deadly dangerous, populate these woods - the mythagos.
tolkienistheonlytrilogy More than 1 year ago
I'd hoped to be intrigued, inspired and amazed.  Instead I was just plain bored.  I considered putting the book aside at page 100, but plowed on hoping for better. I considered putting the book down at page 200....but stoically I read on.  I considered putting the book down around page 350....and did.  I was glad to leave this book behind.
ASageCalledQ More than 1 year ago
Just finished this novel and found it to be amazing. It has a slow start but once it gets going it keeps you in its grip. I have to agree with a previous poster in that the book draws you in so that you feel that you're on the adventure the characters take as well. One of my favorite parts Mythago Wood were the legends that were told about the various characters our protagonist meets on his journey. Overall I found the book to be very enjoyable and worth checking out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt one of the most origional and enjoyable novels I have ever read. It's a truely addicting novel that just instantly takes you inside its wings on an amazing journey. I felt like I was seriously in the story with them. The first time around, many things got complicated, but when i reread it, I found I just loved it all the more, and there were soo many hidden things I never realized before. A true classic in my eyes, and definetly one of the best and most origional books out there!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely genius. It is funny, adventerous and at times frightening. It is also a love story told with amazing skill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was more than just fantasy. It was a story of a dysfunctional family and brothers battling for once the same thing, now different. I felt drawn into Steven's quest to find Guin. His love was so powerful. Keeton looking for his own answers and the many details of his travels. I was lost in some of of mr Holdstucks discriptions to long but it created the visual in my mind to see the story unfold. Truly enjoyed and looking forward to his other writtings.