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The Mythago Cycle Volume 1: A Ryhope Wood Omnibus: v. 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Robert Holdstock
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16 Aug 2007 GOLLANCZ S.F.

Ryhope Wood is three square miles of Herefordshire woodland which is, once inside, much, much more: a labyrinth which spreads over space and time, wherein live all the creatures and configurations - the mythagos - of ancient legend.

This great primal forest is fascinating and terrible, steeped in myth and mystery, and no one who passes into it comes out unchanged - if they come out at all. Ryhope Wood is quite unlike anything anyone could ever have foreseen, beyond reality, beyond imagination.

In MYTHAGO WOOD, Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to Ryhope Wood; he returns from war to find his brother Christian has followed the family obsession. LAVONDYSS finds young Tallis Keeton adventuiring into the very heart of the realm.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079717
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryhope Wood Volume One

About the Author

Robert Holdstock (1948 - 2009) Robert Paul Holdstock was born in a remote corner of Kent, sharing his childhood years between the bleak Romney Marsh and the dense woodlands of the Kentish heartlands. He received an MSc in medical zoology and spent several years in the early 1970s in medical research before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. His first published story appeared in the New Worlds magazine in 1968 and for the early part of his career he wrote science fiction. However, it is with fantasy that he is most closely associated. 1984 saw the publication of Mythago Wood, winner of the BSFA and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel, and widely regarded as one of the key texts of modern fantasy. It and the subsequent 'mythago' novels (including Lavondyss, which won the BSFA Award for Best Novel in 1988) cemented his reputation as the definitive portrayer of the wild wood. His interest in Celtic and Nordic mythology was a consistent theme throughout his fantasy and is most prominently reflected in the acclaimed Merlin Codex trilogy, consisting of Celtika, The Iron Grail and The Broken Kings, published between 2001 and 2007. Among many other works, Holdstock co-wrote Tour of the Universe with Malcolm Edwards, for which rights were sold for a space shuttle simulation ride at the CN Tower in Toronto, and The Emerald Forest, based on John Boorman's film of the same name. His story, 'The Ragthorn', written with friend and fellow author Garry Kilworth, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella and the BSFA Award for Short Fiction. Robert Holdstock died in November 2009, just four months after the publication of Avilion, the long-awaited, and sadly final, return to Ryhope Wood. www.robertholdstock.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two very different books in one volume. 2 Oct 2007
I loved Mythago Wood when I first read it, back in the 1980s, and I was overjoyed to see it back in print. It's still every bit as captivating as it ever was; a mixture of fantasy, heroic exploration novel and mystery, all combined with a real love for England's countryside and the magic it holds.

Oddly, though, I never got on with Lavondyss; much more challenging as a work and much more complex. I had thought that might have changed with the intervening time, but I still don't get it somehow. That might just be me - certainly it's the only one of Holdstock's books I didn't enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 14 Mar 2008
An awesome achievement. I truly love these books.

Mythago Wood itself is very much more in the adventure story mold, but Lavondyss is not really a true sequel. Lavondyss is, I think, by far and away the most imaginative book I've ever read. The journey it takes you on is human, humbling, fantastic and mortifying. You live a long journey through the course of the book, and... though you come out of the wood again with answers, I'm willing to bet you'll have more questions. An odyssey of epic human proportions.

The wood will twist your emotions and sensibilities around its periphery, until you are left - exhausted but amazed - at the end. The wood doesn't care for your expectations.

One more thing that I hope is worth sharing. Music can amplify my enjoyment of books. A soundtrack, if you like. For me, with this story it was 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie. When you consider what the wood is, that does seem somehow apt...

To the unknown regions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 26 Jun 2014
By james b
words simply don't do this justice, amazing, fantastic, haunting, wonderful, need I say more? Love it.
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