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Robert Holdstock (1948–2009)

Forfatter af Mythago Wood

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Værker af Robert Holdstock

Mythago Wood (1984) 2,294 eksemplarer, 60 anmeldelser
Lavondyss (1988) 914 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
The Hollowing (1994) 587 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
Celtika (2001) 459 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn (1998) 352 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Bone Forest (1976) 290 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Iron Grail (2002) 267 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Where Time Winds Blow (1981) 239 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Unknown Regions (1991) 223 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Ancient Echoes (1996) 207 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Eye Among the Blind (1976) 202 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Merlin's Wood (1994) 163 eksemplarer
Earthwind (1977) 162 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Avilion (2009) 138 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1978) 132 eksemplarer
Space Wars (1979) 125 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Swordsmistress of Chaos (1978) 116 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Realms of Fantasy (1983) 104 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Broken Kings: Book Three of The Merlin Codex (2006) 95 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Other Edens (1987) — Redaktør — 86 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Time of Ghosts (1978) 84 eksemplarer
Alien Landscapes (1979) 79 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Necromancer (1978) 77 eksemplarer
The Frozen God (1978) 74 eksemplarer
Lords of the Shadows (1979) 65 eksemplarer
A Time of Dying (1979) 59 eksemplarer
In the Valley of the Statues (1982) 51 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Alien World: The Complete Illustrated Guide (1701) 45 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Stars of Albion (1979) — Redaktør — 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Redaktør — 40 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Merlin's Wood (2009) 40 eksemplarer
The Mythago Cycle - Voume 2 (1994) 39 eksemplarer
Night Hunter (Night Hunter, No 1) (1987) 38 eksemplarer
The Emerald Forest (1985) 37 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Hexing (1984) 31 eksemplarer
The Ragthorn (1991) 30 eksemplarer
Other Edens: No. 3 (1989) — Redaktør — 29 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Ghost Dance (Nighthunter) (1983) 28 eksemplarer
The Mythago Cycle - Voume 1 (2007) 25 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Professionals 2: LONG SHOT (1978) 25 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Where the Jungle Ends (1978) 24 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Labyrinth (1987) 23 eksemplarer
Stake Out (1978) 22 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Hiding to Nothing (1980) 22 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Foxhole (1982) 21 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Operation Susie (1982) 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Cry Wolf (1981) 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Dead Reckoning (1980) 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
No Stone (1948) 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Hunter Hunted (1978) 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
THE PROFESSIONALS 5: BLIND RUN. (1979) 19 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Fall Girl (1979) 19 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Shrine (Night Hunter, No 4) (1984) 18 eksemplarer
Shadow of The Wolf (1977) 18 eksemplarer
Spy Probe (1981) 17 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Untouchables (1982) 14 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Bull Chief (Berserker #2) (1977) 14 eksemplarer
Elite: The Dark Wheel (1984) 12 eksemplarer
The Horned Warrior (1979) 11 eksemplarer
Lavondyss, Part 1/2 (1990) 8 eksemplarer
THORN. (1986) 7 eksemplarer
Lavondyss, Part 2/2 (1990) 6 eksemplarer
Muertes en el laberinto (1993) 6 eksemplarer
Il ‰tempio verde (2006) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Ultimo atto 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Bulman (1984) 4 eksemplarer
Codex Merlin : L'intégrale (2011) 3 eksemplarer
Earth and stone (1980) 3 eksemplarer
Mythago Wood [novelette] (1981) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Magic Man [short story] (1976) 3 eksemplarer
Trois nouvelles merveilleuses (2007) 2 eksemplarer
Scarrowfell [novelette] (1987) 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Ragthorn [short story] 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Merlin Codex (2017) 2 eksemplarer
Lavondyss utazás az ismeretlenbe (2015) 2 eksemplarer
The Silvering 1 eksemplar
Mithago Wood 1 eksemplar
On the Inside [novelette] (1976) 1 eksemplar
Ashes [novelette] (1974) 1 eksemplar
Time of the Tree [short story] (1989) 1 eksemplar
The Shapechanger [novelette] (1989) 1 eksemplar
Thorn et autres récits (2003) 1 eksemplar
Merlin's wood [short fiction] 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
The Fetch (2013) 1 eksemplar
Travellers [novelette] (1976) 1 eksemplar
Der Geisterbeschwörer (1985) 1 eksemplar
Ultramondes 1 eksemplar
The Bone Forest [novella] (1991) 1 eksemplar
A Small Event [novelette] (1977) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Bidragyder — 257 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Bidragyder — 203 eksemplarer
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Bidragyder — 202 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 191 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Interfaces (1980) — Bidragyder — 155 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007) — Bidragyder — 121 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer
The Best Fantasy Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (1985) — Bidragyder — 71 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
New Writings in SF-20 (1972) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
New Worlds 4 (1994) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
Narrow Houses: Tales of Superstition, Suspense, and Fear (1992) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Andromeda No. 1 (1976) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
New Writings in SF-28 (1976) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Andromeda 2 (1977) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Dark Voices: The Best from the Pan Book of Horror Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Book of Alien Monsters (1982) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Discoveries:First Focus Sci-Fi Anthology (1995) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Beyond Lands of Never: A Further Anthology of Modern Fantasy (1984) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Drabble Project (1988) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Moby Jack and Other Tall Tales (2006) — Introduktion — 17 eksemplarer
Tales in Space (1998) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Dark Voices 5 (1993) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Kopernikus 5 (1982) — Forfatter — 9 eksemplarer
Secret City: Strange Tales of London (1997) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
New Writings in SF - Special 3 (1978) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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.… (mere)
raschneid | 59 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |



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