on 22 January 2005
Robert Holdstock has managed to create a new universe in which he draws his readers for the journey of their life. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing or frightening but always keeping the reader wanting to read on. This book makes a great read for all those that have the imagination to fill in the blanks left by the author. Holdstock's unique setting is based on the fact that in some places undisturbed forest exist that have kept their magic and are places endless in size. Once a human manages to enter this absolutely strange land he or she will start to generate beings "mythago's" that are in fact parts of his memory. Let me leave it at that and for you to find out. This is no run-of-the-mill "knights, princesses and quests fantasy" our bookstores now seem filled with but an absolutely pure, new and unique storyline that keeps you reading.
The Hollowing is the fourth book in a series of books starting with the book that named the series "Mythago Wood". A full list can be found at: [...] . If you would like to understand more about mythago's and how Holdstock's forests work it is handy to read at least "Mythago Wood" before starting this one. If you are a die-hard high fantasy fan, this book offers enough clues to figure out how things work in the world Holdstock has created.
Also recommended The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake, "The first, second and last chronicles of Thomas Covenant" by Stephen R. Donaldson.
on 14 August 2009
Only 4 reviews?! Shocking, as this book is great. Of course it ties in with all the other Mythago books and if I remember correctly its the direct sequel to Lavondyss and has connections with Celtica. Its a few years since I read it but I think Jason from the argonauts features in it. I just think that everything Robert Holdstock does is truly amazing and different from anything thing else. Maybe thats why we have to wait so long for him to bring books out. Its always worth the wait though. And all of the mythago books are really easy to get hold of now so theres no excuses!!!
on 7 March 2004
The twists from reality to fantasy require concentration, you can't read this book whilst watching tv! But with a quiet room and a comfy chair you can be totally absorbed by these worlds of myth and time. Robert Holdstock is a genius and his books should be far more easy to find than they are.
Note to publisher: Please issue all the Mythago series, with dates so I know what order to read them in! I can't find a new publication of the Emerald Forest for love nor money.
on 7 March 2004
This is not a book to be taken lightly. The twists from reality to fantasy require concentration, you can't read this book whilst watching tv! But with a quiet room and a comfy chair you can be totally absorbed by these worlds of myth and time. Robert Holdstock is a genius and his books should be far more easy to find than they are. All the Mythago series are recommended, if you can find them, but try to read them in order to ease the brain.
on 19 March 2002
I had this book for a year before i picked it up. When I started to read the book, it was confusing but as I got further through the book it started to make a little more sense. I found the celtic charcters fascinating. It felt like being pulled into the book and experiencing the adventure yourself, a good book to get your teeth into it. if you havent read any of Holdstocks books before I would certainly recommend that you try it.