In Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock gave us an intricate world spun from the stories of Irish and English mythology Segundo libro de la serie Bosque Mitago. Mythago Wood is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock, published in the United Kingdom in It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in. Bosque Mitago by Robert Holdstock, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock. The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain’s last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley’s entire, holvstock long, life.

Now, after his death, his sons have nitago up his work.

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But what they discover is beyond what they could have expected. For the Wood is a realm where myths gain flesh and blood, tapping primal fears and desires subdued through the millennia.

A realm where The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain’s last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley’s entire, and long, life. A realm where love and beauty haunt your dreams — bosqus may drive you insane.

Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award on its first publication in holdstocl, and secured Robert Holdstock’s reputation as one of the major fantasy writers of our time. Now it returns to print in America for the first time in nearly a decade. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Orb Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Mythago Hlldstockplease sign up. Is this part of a chronological series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

Philip It is the first in a loose series of seven, so can certainly be read standalone. See 2 questions about Mythago Wood….

Lists with This Book. Feb 25, carol. Holdxtock am not the ideal audience for this book. This is a book that takes the idea of fantasy very, very seriously. There is little jitago, or sense of joy in the magic; this is obsession and wildness, and while I’m a fan of pursuing passion and all things wild, this is the dreamscape extreme that occurred after a few too many tipples before bed.

Mythago Wood feels like a gothic fantasy, as if Jung and perhaps one of those Victorian spinsters got together and wove a tale about a small English family, a I am not the ideal audience for this book. Mythago Wood feels like a gothic fantasy, as if Jung and perhaps one of those Victorian spinsters got together and wove a tale about a small English family, ancient myths and estrangement.

This is a book about obsession, first with the wood, then with self-creation, and finally with a woman who embodies both that wildness and creation. Miyago returns from the war to his family home, to recover and reunite with his brother, some time after his father’s death. He soon discovers his brother has been drawn into the mystery of the wood, and its not long before he is disappearing for weeks at a time while Steven keeps house and waits. Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before Steven enters the wood as well.


Of course, there is a mysterious woman. In pursuing explanation and mapping of mitagp wood, he heads to a local airstrip and hires Harry Keeton to fly over the wood. Without going too much farther, Harry becomes involved in the mystery of the wood as well. I bksque with the disturbing undertone of the males’ fascination with Guiwenneth, the mysterious female. In each incarnation, she rovert been created out of the male mind, acting as the uncertain object of his affection.

Steven is no exception, quickly becoming convinced he loves her, and that this time, it is their destiny. I get the underlying mythical undertones, and that psychology about creation, bosue, etc.

Steven is particularly ignorant and selfish when he initially pretends to be ‘conversing’ with her when it is clear that he has no idea what she is saying.

I don’t have the book in front of me, but its only a short period of time before he starts muttering about ‘forever. For a world fantasy award, the writing surprised me; there is a great deal of ‘showing,’ as one of the brothers delves into the mystery of the wood, but because of the legends and the angle of psychological creation, there is a great deal of telling as well.

I remember a long section of walking, an encounter or two, then the meeting of a mysterious shaman who explains all.

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Or at least half of it. Reminds me rather unfortunately of The Bridge Across Forever: Honestly a two-star read for me, maybe worth a bit more for its historical importance and underlying idea. Cross holdstodk at http: View all 10 comments.

Mar 14, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jeffrey by: I accepted the notebook. I am actually an impostor, my great great grandfather Thomas Newton Keaton changed his name to Keeten when he was conscripted into the Confederate army. Family lore states that he had a dispute with his older brother Major William Henry Harrison Keaton and t I accepted the notebook. Family lore states that he had a bosqje with his older brother Major William Henry Harrison Keaton and that had caused the name change.

So despite the fact that I am going to holcstock talking about the Huxley family a lot in this review, because they are the designated heroes of this book, I think we all know that Harry is the understated, but true hero of this tale. Harry’s diary was not the first diary that had impacted Steven’s life. The first was written by his father George Huxley. Steven has just returned to the family home after convalescing in France from a bullet wound received in the war. He expects to find his brother, Christian, who is recently married, happily luxuriating in domestic bliss.

Instead Steven finds a neurotic brother obsessed with Ryhope Woods, a three mile square section of pristine old world forest that has never been properly explored since the last Ice Age. This gloomy, compelling stand of forest butts up against the family home, and had also been the obsession of their father. Steven finds Christian’s hildstock in a shallow grave with an arrow through her eye.

In the immortal words of Kevin Bacon in the movie Tremors What the hell is going on? I mean what the hell is going on? Christian in an attempt to explain what IS going on to Steven has him read their father’s diary which is filled with stories and observations that barely make sense.

Christian disappears into the woods and each time he reappears he is a different, less civilized, unrecognizable form of the brother Steven knew. Robert Holdstock was a student of the Carl Jungian theory of the archetype hero.


Jung defined his concept of the archetype as a formula that is the result of “countless experiences of our ancestors”.

Holdatock Woods is full of mythological creatures, familiar heroes such as Robin Hood, and Hercules, but also mythological creatures that existed before written memory.

They are the manifestation of our collective memories of heroes that have been encoded into our unconscious mind by the memories and experiences of our ancestors.

As Christian, Steven and Harry spend more time in the woods mythagos are being formed from their own unconscious minds. They exist as ghosts at the peripheral of their vision, but the longer they stay in the woods the more substantial these manifestations become.

Did I mention there rbert a girl? She is called Guiwenneth. All three Huxley men become intoxicated with her.

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Her hair was brilliant auburn, and tumbled in unkempt, wind-swept masses about her shoulders. I would have expected her eyes to be bright green, but they were a depthless brown. Her arms and mitgo were thin, but the muscles were wiry; a fine blonde down covered her calves and I noticed that her knees were badly scarred.

As the story unfolds we discover that the father, though he had died, has merged with a large angry mythical creature from ancient fobert. An epic battle between the brothers and the father unfolds for the possession of the girl.

I’m having to hold myself back from giving away too many details. For only pages this book manages to convey an epic story. There are many layers and I’m sure I missed some roberh points. I can see myself rereading this book in a few years and gleaning more wonderful insights.

I have a feeling that the books in the series build on each other and my appreciation for the first one will hpldstock deepen as I robett the rest of the series. Highly recommended to those that like a heavy dose of Jung with their fantasy. The book is elegantly written, and does not bog down with weighty psychological preponderance, but you will find yourself needing to pause in your reading ever ,itago often so the blocks in your brain have a chance to shuffle.

View all 27 comments. Aug 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: In brief, the story revolves around a primeval forest that has survived intact since the Ice Age if not before and where archetypes of Man’s universal myths and legends exist and the story of one family’s exploration of this forest over two generations. In describing my reaction t 6. When reading this book, I did not ever think, “Oh I have holdstoci this before” or “this reminds me of [insert other book title: Fortunately, this book has all three of those things.

It is brilliantly and beautifully written with some absolutely classic characters and creatures. This is high level, adult fantasy at it best. View all 28 comments.

Feb 13, Richard Derus rated it it was amazing. Go look at Jeffrey’s review.