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Getting back on form
on 10 August 2009
I loved Mythago Wood when it was first released and adored the follow-up, Lavondyss, even more. Unfortunately, all subsequent books based on Ryhope Wood have been something of a disappointment. They weren't 'bad' as such, but they weren't a patch on the first two.
With 'Avilion' Holdstock appears to be getting back on form - it's not as good as Mythago Wood and not a patch on the superb Lavondyss, but it's still a good read which shows a great deal of imagination.
My main problem was with the characters - I didn't really feel any great sense of connection or empathy for them, something which certainly didn't apply to the characters in Mythago Wood and Lavondyss.
Still, Avilion is a good read - I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars but as you can't give half stars I've gone for four out of five.
Come on Robert, next book let's have something as utterly superb, complex, mesmerising, deep and atmospheric as Lavondyss with characters you can really love. Please?