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Robert Holdstock (1948–2009)

Autor(a) de Mythago Wood

121+ Works 8,638 Membros 179 Críticas 32 Favorited

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Obras por Robert Holdstock

Mythago Wood (1984) 2,273 exemplares
Lavondyss (1988) 909 exemplares
The Hollowing (1994) 583 exemplares
Celtika (2001) 458 exemplares
Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn (1998) 348 exemplares
The Bone Forest (1976) 287 exemplares
The Iron Grail (2002) 264 exemplares
Where Time Winds Blow (1981) 237 exemplares
Unknown Regions (1991) 222 exemplares
Ancient Echoes (1996) 205 exemplares
Eye Among the Blind (1976) 199 exemplares
Merlin's Wood (1994) 161 exemplares
Earthwind (1977) 160 exemplares
Avilion (2009) 137 exemplares
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) 128 exemplares
Space Wars (1979) 122 exemplares
Swordsmistress of Chaos (1978) 114 exemplares
Realms of Fantasy (1631) 101 exemplares
A Time of Ghosts (1978) 84 exemplares
Other Edens (1987) — Editor — 83 exemplares
Alien Landscapes (1979) 79 exemplares
Necromancer (1978) 74 exemplares
The Frozen God (1978) 73 exemplares
Lords of the Shadows (1979) 64 exemplares
A Time of Dying (1979) 57 exemplares
In the Valley of the Statues (1982) 52 exemplares
Stars of Albion (1979) — Editor — 43 exemplares
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Editor — 39 exemplares
The Mythago Cycle - Voume 2 (1994) 39 exemplares
Merlin's Wood (2009) 39 exemplares
The Emerald Forest (1985) 37 exemplares
Night Hunter (Night Hunter, No 1) (1987) 36 exemplares
The Hexing (1984) 30 exemplares
The Ragthorn (1991) 30 exemplares
Other Edens: No. 3 (1989) — Editor — 29 exemplares
The Mythago Cycle - Voume 1 (2007) 26 exemplares
Ghost Dance (Nighthunter) (1983) 26 exemplares
The Professionals 2: LONG SHOT (1978) 25 exemplares
Where the Jungle Ends (1978) 24 exemplares
The Labyrinth (1987) 22 exemplares
Stake Out (1978) 22 exemplares
Hiding to Nothing (1980) 22 exemplares
Foxhole (1982) 21 exemplares
Hunter Hunted (1978) 20 exemplares
No Stone (1948) 20 exemplares
Operation Susie (1982) 20 exemplares
Dead Reckoning (1980) 20 exemplares
Cry Wolf (1981) 20 exemplares
Fall Girl (1979) 19 exemplares
THE PROFESSIONALS 5: BLIND RUN. (1979) 19 exemplares
Shadow of The Wolf (1977) 18 exemplares
Spy Probe (1981) 17 exemplares
The Shrine (Night Hunter, No 4) (1984) 16 exemplares
The Bull Chief (Berserker #2) (1977) 14 exemplares
The Untouchables (1982) 14 exemplares
Elite: The Dark Wheel (1984) 12 exemplares
The Horned Warrior (1979) 11 exemplares
Lavondyss, Part 1/2 (1990) 8 exemplares
THORN. (1986) 7 exemplares
Lavondyss, Part 2/2 (1990) 6 exemplares
Muertes en el laberinto (1993) 6 exemplares
Il ‰tempio verde (2006) 5 exemplares
Ultimo atto 5 exemplares
Bulman (1984) 4 exemplares
Codex Merlin : L'intégrale (2011) 3 exemplares
Magic Man [short story] (1976) 3 exemplares
Mythago Wood [novelette] (1981) 3 exemplares
Earth and stone (1980) 3 exemplares
Trois nouvelles merveilleuses (2007) 2 exemplares
Scarrowfell [novelette] (1987) 2 exemplares
The Merlin Codex (2017) 2 exemplares
Ashes [novelette] (1974) 1 exemplar
Ultramondes 1 exemplar
The Shapechanger [novelette] (1989) 1 exemplar
Travellers [novelette] (1976) 1 exemplar
A Small Event [novelette] (1977) 1 exemplar
The Silvering 1 exemplar
The Bone Forest [novella] (1991) 1 exemplar
Der Geisterbeschwörer (1985) 1 exemplar
Mithago Wood 1 exemplar
On the Inside [novelette] (1976) 1 exemplar
Thorn et autres récits (2003) 1 exemplar
The Fetch (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 200 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
Interfaces (1980) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
New Writings in SF-20 (1972) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
New Worlds 4 (1994) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Narrow Houses: Tales of Superstition, Suspense, and Fear (1992) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Andromeda No. 1 (1976) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
New Writings in SF-28 (1976) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Andromeda 2 (1977) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Dark Voices: The Best from the Pan Book of Horror Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Discoveries:First Focus Sci-Fi Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Book of Alien Monsters (1982) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Beyond Lands of Never: A Further Anthology of Modern Fantasy (1984) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Drabble Project (1988) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Moby Jack and Other Tall Tales (2006) — Introdução — 17 exemplares
Tales in Space (1998) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Dark Voices 5 (1993) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Kopernikus 5 (1982) — Autor — 9 exemplares
Secret City: Strange Tales of London (1997) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
New Writings in SF - Special 3 (1978) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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I read [b:Mythago Wood|126192|Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood, #1)|Robert Holdstock|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1308639607l/126192._SY75_.jpg|121534] back when it was first published, and I loved it. I have read it several times and have always wished it could be turned into a move. The Hollowing is a much better tale than the middle book, [b:Lavondyss|280716|Lavondyss (Mythago Wood, #2)|Robert Holdstock|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1389643000l/280716._SY75_.jpg|1839828], which I considered to be a vast disappointment.
But when all is said and done, I love the idea of Holdstock's myth-haunted Ryhope Wood more than I love his stories. The Hollowing is a bit of a hot mess, alternating jerkily between well-crafted scenes and jumbled Jung-influenced images flung at you with what almost feels like hostility. Perhaps a strong-handed editor or agent could have guided Holdstock to a stronger narrative. But we will never know.
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Treebeard_404 | 8 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Glancing at a few reviews before reading this I could see that this was one of those books that was polarizing - some people love it, many people don't. I had nibbled on this many years ago but never got going. Gave the book away after it sat on my shelf a long time. Always felt a little guilty about not tackling what I thought was a classic of '80s fantasy. It won the World Fantasy award in 1985. I saw a nice copy recently and picked it up. Started reading it and liked the premise, even if everything is more than a little murky. Large bits of this are incomprehensible mixed with stuff one can understand and be drawn into. Maybe one needs to be more knowledgeable of myths beyond Arthur and Robin Hood to have an appreciation for what is going on in the book. I like the idea of this small ancient forest that has survived since the last ice age but all the strange mental myth creation or whatever it is was just weird.

Read some of the reviews if you are curious. I have a hard time trying to describe this but overall I am glad I read it, but couldn't quite enjoy the strangeness of it all.
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RBeffa | 59 outras críticas | Dec 20, 2023 |
Mixed feelings about this one. The first section is one of the most atmospheric dark fantasies I've had the pleasure of reading. The slow progression of horror, of being simultaneously engulfed by a malevolent wood and by the legacy of a parent, is genuinely haunting.

The rest of the novel was inventive, but exchanges much of the psychological horror for a more linear adventure narrative. There's an interesting character study embedded here - Stephen is Guiwenneth; she is his href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_and_animus" rel="nofollow" target="_top">anima. Likewise, the monsters that populate Ryhope Wood are aspects of a man whose childhood and war experience have left him deeply scarred. But Stephen never fully acknowledges the parallels between the wood's landscape and his internal landscape; till the end he views the mythagos as creatures to conquer or possess rather than externalized aspects of his psyche. If his lack of self-awareness was meant to be an indictment of the character, it was too subtle to register with this reader.

Nevertheless, Ryhope Wood was quite a setting. I don't think I've read another work that fully captured the experience of stumbling upon a ruin in the woods and feeling as if you've been transported into the past, or into a dream. The Celtic and pre-Celtic elements are robust, although the fixation with "folklore as historical record" felt dated, and the whole "racial memory" thing is cringeworthy, if on brand for a 1940s setting.

On the whole an imperfect novel, but certainly succeeds as a work of imagination.… (mais)
 
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raschneid | 59 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
An interesting premise and a powerfully written novel drawing on the author's theme of other realities used elsewhere in his 'Mythago Wood' series. Here, the treatment is dark and concerns a haunting of a strange kind. Michael is adopted by parents who seem rather self-absorbed and cannot relate to him as he grows, possibly due to traumatic events occurring around him in the first days after they take him home from the clinic which has made a somewhat dubious arrangement. Inexplicably, dirt is thrown at him whenever he is left alone, and this climaxes in the first section of the book in near disaster. After relocating to a friends' house, things settle for a few years but eventually the adults realise Michael can 'fetch' things, and they eventually understand that these things are taken from the distant past.

The gift turns out to be a kind of curse. Despite the fact that tragedy attends it - that the fetching is a violent wrenching and often includes body parts of humans and animals - the parents start to look on their adopted son as a goldmine. Meanwhile, they transfer their parental affection to their own natural born daughter. Michael is a lonely boy, bullied at school, whose only 'friend' is an alter ego, Chalk Boy, whom he believes to be essential to his ability to fetch valuable items from the past. Chalk Boy is a fetch of another kind - a Trickster character in effect, from the old meaning of trick. He often torments Michael by switching things at the last moment so that what he brings back are rotting animals etc.

As years pass, the boy develops an obsession with the Grail which he believes he can find and recover - perhaps to win back his father's affection which is soon lost when his gift becomes less certain as he approaches puberty, and his father turns to drink.

There is some good character development though I found the father's transformation from an unpleasant drunken sott who landed the family in debt to a dubious and violent group of characters, into an abruptly reawakened repentent man who wants to rebuild his fractured relationship with Michael, less than convincing. The psychic French character Francoise is also rather a plot device. But Michael and his little sister Carol are well realised. The only aspect that becomes a bit repetitious after a while are the graphic descriptions of the aftermath of violent dismemberment which attend Michael's forays into the past. Also, the explanation for what lies behind his psychic abilities and experience is a little 'pat' for me. Hence I'm rating this as 4 stars rather than 5.
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kitsune_reader | 3 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
121
Also by
29
Membros
8,638
Popularidade
#2,784
Avaliação
½ 3.6
Críticas
179
ISBN
314
Línguas
14
Marcado como favorito
32

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