The Hollowing

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A NOVEL IN THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD-WINNING MYTHAGO CYCLE

Ryhope Wood, Mythago Wood, is the great forest steeped in mystery, whose heart contains secrets that change all who come there.

Alex Bradley is a damaged and visionary child. Little does he know that the distorted creations of his mind are alive inside nearby Ryhope Wood. When the forest claims him, his father goes in pursuit, along with a scientific ...

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Overview

A NOVEL IN THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD-WINNING MYTHAGO CYCLE

Ryhope Wood, Mythago Wood, is the great forest steeped in mystery, whose heart contains secrets that change all who come there.

Alex Bradley is a damaged and visionary child. Little does he know that the distorted creations of his mind are alive inside nearby Ryhope Wood. When the forest claims him, his father goes in pursuit, along with a scientific expedition looking for the secret of "mythago-genesis"...

But inside Ryhope, Alex has created a hundred forms of the Trickster-all of them seeking their maker, and all of them deadly.

A highly imaginative child vanishes into a forest which shields strange phantoms and mythagos--those shades generated over time by our dreams and nightmares. Thus begins a personal and epic quest by the boy's father, who must travel into his son's dreams to save him. This is the third book in the Mythago series. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Indescribably enchanting."

—The Spectator on The Hollowing

"Rob Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy."

—Guy Gavriel Kay

"One of Britain's best fantasists...a myth-maker of originality."

The Times on The Bone Forest

"Holdstock is now the finest writer of metamorphic fantasy now working."

The Washington Post on Celtika

The Spectator
"Indescribably enchanting."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Playing with archetype, myth and the nature of reality, Holdstock returns to the landscape of his World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood , a primeval woodland in modern England that has defended itself through the eons with mythagos, embodiments of the human need for heroes and heroic acts. Devastated by the death of his young son, Alexander, Richard Bradley meets Alexander Lytton and Helen Silverlock, who indicate that the boy is still alive in a mysterious way in nearby Ryhope Wood. As the distraught father follows researcher Arnauld Lacan into the wood, he is gradually introduced to its properties and inhabitants, which range through the deeply embedded myths of all times. Meanwhile, Lytton wants Bradley to find Alexander because the fearful boy's vivid fantasies are changing the very nature of the wood that Lytton and his crew have been studying for years. Bradley's search proves unsuccessful, however, and it's only after the father gains the aid of Sarin, the Tall Grass Lady from the time of the Tower of Babel, that his quest reaches its climax. Holdstock weaves a dense and, at times, impenetrable tale, but a careful reading brings to light a variety of treasures, including a telling portrayal of Jason and the Argonauts in old age. July
Library Journal
The dark mysteries of Ryhope Wood draw Richard Bradley into its depths in search of his son Alex, whose fearful imaginings threaten to erode the old forest's delicate magical balance. Like Mythago Wood Avon, 1991 and The Bone Forest Avon, 1992, Holdstock's latest novel unravels the mythic landscape of the unconscious mind, revealing a world where dreams and legends become uncomfortably real. Powerful storytelling and strong characters make this a good choice for fantasy collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765311108
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 898,145
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of Celtika and the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock lives in London.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific deep fantasy

    Overcome and unable to move following the death of his son Alexander, Richard Bradley feels he has no reason to live. However, just as his despair overwhelms him Richard meets scientists Alexander Lytton and Helen Silverlock, who believe that the lad still lives, but in some way foreign to human thought in the midst of the mankind¿s unconsciousness within the dark Ryahope Wood. They further explain that they have studied the wood that is under siege from the mind of its newest entry, Richard¿s son. Lytton and Silverlock hope that Richard can save their precious wood from his son whose fears are destroying it.......................... Unable to resist even the slightest hope, Richard follows scientist Arnauld Lacan into the wood where he begins to find a weird world with different natural laws as all myths breath here. However, he fails to find Alexander, whose lament continues to erode the wood. As he penetrates myths and legends with no gain to his quest, Richard loses his last sliver of hope until he encounters Sarin the Tall Grass Lady from biblical times, who if she chooses can help him complete his quest though he does not know if she would and if she does what the outcome would be......... This is a terrific deep fantasy that like its predecessors (see MYTHAGO WOOD and LAVONDYSS) is extremely complex and rich so it will take several days to read to taste the vast flavors. Readers will wander along with Richard savoring various mythos like Jason (some are worth re-reading because one time is not enough) as the multifaceted story line contains so much to grasp. Robert Holdstock is at his mythological best with this Mythago Cycle entry..................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Simply Magic

    Holdstock does it again. While the typical sequal is filled with less than wonderful drival to bring the fan back, RH takes the time to reinvent, reshape, and renew the woods into yet another masterpiece of story telling and imagination. I can not stress the beauty and importance of these books enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Amazed!!!!

    I am shocked and amazed that there are not hundreds of reviews for this book! I own two copies ( I wore the first one out). It is one of my alltime favorite books. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you're missing.

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