In Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock gave us an intricate world spun from the stories of Irish and English mythology Segundo libro de la serie Bosque Mitago. Mythago Wood is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock, published in the United Kingdom in It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in. Bosque Mitago by Robert Holdstock, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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This book really glued me to my seat. This piece of high fantasy tells the story of Tallis’ entry into the fantastical world beyond the woods, and her attempts to reach Lavondyss, where she thinks she’ll find her brother.
Did I mention there is a girl? Ryhope Wood magically repels outsiders by various means, including disorientation and physical defences such as thick, impenetrable scrubhuge lakes and raging rivers.
Dec 08, Andrew rated it liked it. But I think this time I finally managed to see through the bleakness to appreciate the power of this novel. It will expand your mind with the deep themes and plots. Did he ever find that city from the fist book? British Science Fiction Mktago Nominee: In addition, “Time Slows,” areas subjected to extraordinarily slow passage of time, are revealed in The Hollowing.
This is a profoundly creative book, and should not be lumped in with ninety-three volume series books about teenaged girls with Special Gifts and serious badass ‘tudes. Ryhope Wood in Hertfordshire, England is where myth comes alive. Instead of being a direct sequel to Mythago Wood we are told the story of Tallis Keeton, the half-sister of a secondary character from the first book Harry Keetonwho seems to have been marked in some way by the magical wood that swallowed the Huxley family years before.
I have to add a few points to it, though. I want to reiterate that this is truly a piece of literature first and a novel of fantasy second. In these “places” dwell or are created “archetypal” figures called Mythagos that have been represented throughout history by characters of legend from mankind’s collective myths.
And neither of her “loves” in sight. Tallis did not follow. This may well have been intentional, but I can’t say that it was always an enjoyable experience.
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They all know that the woman whom they are fixated on isn’t real–the author goes to great pains let us know through them that she is made of branches, leaves and soil. When reading this book, I did not ever think, “Oh I have read this before” or “this reminds me of [insert other book title: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction 1st ed. I remember reading it one time when I was going to Hong Kong. The mythopoetic roots of the story are clear, and the entire experience of reading the tale is one of immersion into a vivified version of The Hero’s Journey: Such a one was Steven Huxley’s father, George Huxley.
Roberrt feels utterly personal and becomes bracing in how far its willing to go, bosue give us a sensation reminiscent of a dream you keep having where its a place you know you’ve been to before, that you both recognize and can’t even remember visiting.
There were a few elements that seemed thrown in without purpose — myths that didn’t seem to fit, characters who Steven was told had to be “left behind” when he didn’t even know they were with him. Part of his research on the wood causes him to contact Wynne-Jones’s daughter, Anne Hayden.
These places are accessible only by certain gifted and sensitive individuals and time and distance are very fluid so you never know what might be just up ahead.
Instead Steven finds a neurotic brother obsessed with Ryhope Woods, a three mile square section of pristine old world forest that has never been properly explored since the last Ice Age. For rogert long as Steven remembers, his father, who recently died, had been so obsessed with the forest that it destroyed their family.
With the first part of the book taking place nearly entirely outside the forest, Holdstock ups his game with the prose which wasn’t half-bad to begin with adding on so hodstock layers of atmosphere as Tallis lingers at the very borders, occasionally wanting to venture in but never quite daring to go all the way, that for a long while you may wonder holdstofk the book is going to be so busy setting the mood that it’s going to forget that the plot eventually needs to hkldstock.
Christian is disturbed but intrigued by his encounters with one of the mythagos, while Stephen is confused and disbelieving when Christian explains the enigma of the wood.
Another is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The scenes just outside the mysterious forest were great, but inside it just felt like a giant forest that went on forever and had tribes of primitive people wandering across it randomly. Even after finishing the book, I believe I fully understood what I read, but on many levels I am sure I have missed certain elements of what the author was boxque to get across and it would probably be beneficial to read it again.
I am probably going to do a poor job describing the framework of the story but here goes. Her hair was brilliant auburn, and tumbled in unkempt, wind-swept masses about her shoulders. Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1st ed.
Totally original, immersive novel. He does not divulge everything we want to know when we want to know it. But there still remain a few forests which have been on earth for millennia.