The Hollowing Hardcover – 28 Jul 1994
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--The Spectator on "The Hollowing"
"Rob Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy."
--Guy Gavriel Kay
"One of Britain's best fantasists...a myth-maker of originality."
--"The Times" on "The Bone Forest"
"Holdstock is now the finest writer of metamorphic fantasy now working."
--"The Washington Post" on "Celtika"
Rob Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy.--Guy Gavriel Kay
Indescribably enchanting. "The Spectator on The Hollowing"
Rob Holdstock's is one of the voices at the very heart of modern fantasy. Guy Gavriel Kay
One of Britain's best fantasists...a myth-maker of originality. "The Times on The Bone Forest"
Holdstock is now the finest writer of metamorphic fantasy now working. "The Washington Post on Celtika"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Alex Bradley, a highly imaginative child left brain-damaged after a bizarre attack, vanishes one day from his home. Months later a body is found on the edge of Ryhope Wood wherein live the mythagos-phantoms generated over time by our dreams and nightmares.
Alex has in fact been absorbed by the wood, drawn through a ‘hollowing’ into its green heart. There his dreams will continue to populate the wood with his particular mythagos. But like Alex, they too are damaged: the great heroes he conjures are warped, incomplete and dangerous. Savage and lost, they are compelled to seek their creator.
The havoc they wreak threatens those who search for Alex, including his father, Richard. In the end, it will threaten the very existence of the wood itself and of its natural mythagos.
“Time stopping stuff from one of Britain’s best … a myth-maker of originality”
“'The Hollowing' is Holdstock’s richest and most skilful exercise in fiction to date”
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a present for my husband and it arrived on time. He is engrossed in this at the moment so I gather he is enjoying it.Published on 30 April 2012 by JB
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! Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2004