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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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryhope Wood Volume One

About the Author

Robert Holdstock gave up his career in medical zoological research to be a full-time writer. His first novel of Ryhope Wood, MYTHAGO WOOD, won the World Fantasy Award. He died in 2009.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two very different books in one volume. 2 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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 Mythago Wood and Lavondyss 2 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Mythago Wood was fresh and engaging, I loved it. I recognised most of the myths and legends referred to and those I didn't I've had fun checking out.

I read on other reviews that Lavondyss was not so good but I thought it was actually better, a more well rounded story.

The connections between these two books are thought provoking and I can't wait to start on the next one - The Hollowing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, annoying sequel 28 Oct 2007
By Grev VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have to agree with Sable Unadorned's revue - Mythago Wood is one of the most inventive, magical books I have ever read and is head and shoulders above most other fantasy novels. How it was allowed to remain out of print for so long when it was only published in the mid eighties (and won a world fantasy award to boot) is beyond me.

Lavondyss, on the other hand, I just could not get into. I've tried several times but never managed more than a third of the way in without giving up in exasperation. It's as if in attempting to expand upon his original idea the author has misplaced the magical spark that ignited Mythago Wood - something that he was more often than not guilty of in the majority of subsequent novels in the Mythago Cycle.

So 5 stars for Mythago Wood, 2 for Lavondyss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books 11 May 2008
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I have read mythago wood and Lavondyss as well as the mythago cycle volume two and they are brilliant. But can anyone tell me what book 5 and 6 are please.
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