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Enraging misogynist heaving bullshit Won the World Fantasy Award in the 1980s Why am I not surprised The premise of this book is that archetype creatures, mythagos, arise in the wood plucked from human minds You will be staggered to learn that all of the humans in question are men, and all but two of the mythagos aremen Women are almost completely absent from what I regret to report is called the racial unconscious why yes, everyone in this book is white, since you ask except for t Enraging misogynist heaving bullshit Won the World Fantasy Award in the 1980s Why am I not surprised The premise of this book is that archetype creatures, mythagos, arise in the wood plucked from human minds You will be staggered to learn that all of the humans in question are men, and all but two of the mythagos aremen Women are almost completely absent from what I regret to report is called the racial unconscious why yes, everyone in this book is white, since you ask except for two One of these is a barely pubescent soothsayer We know about her state of puberty because the narrator makes a point of describing her naked body and especially the barely formed breasts The other is The Girl The girl has a name but who cares The girl is, we are explicitly told, born to suffer and inspire men to fight because of her suffering and sacrifice She is fought over and kidnapped She is allegedly a warrior princess not queen but she does absolutely nothing except be protected by men She is called a girl despite two of the main characters having sex with her, because woman is probably a scary word to authors with that much interest in 11 year olds tits There are multiple conversations where two men argue about which one of them she belongs to We can tell which one is the good guy because he on one occasion suggests she might have a choice, but there is no choice in the book because The Girl has no personality and no role that doesn t include being there for men to fight over who gets to fuck There is no other female archetype in a world populated with all shades of male ones In the entirely of British and North European mythos and folklore, the author couldn t think of a single female figure except sexy soothsayer and sexy princess object That s your lot Oh, and there is a third woman with a speaking part in this 300pp book a woman who is defined only by being a daughter and a wife, who is literally described as looking like a spinster because women only exist in relationship to men In the intro to this book Neil Gaiman relates a charming story about the author Apparently, when he was given the WF Award a bronze head sculpture it was presented by a woman, and he made a hilarious joke about how he was going to write in his diary that she gave him head Because why not use your award win to sexually humiliate a woman in public I should have stopped reading at that point, it really ought to have told me everything about the oblivious smug sexism that pervaded fantasy for so long.I would add something about the story and the magic forest and stuff but tbh I couldn t see the wood for the penises.Fuck this book, its author, everyone who gave it an award, and whoever thought it was worth republishing I want my money, time, and peace of mind back 6.0 stars This book is a MASTERPIECE and will likely be on my list of All Time Favorite novels before too long though I always try and wait a little while after reading the book to see how long it stays with me 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 6.0 stars This book is a MASTERPIECE and will likely be on my list of All Time Favorite novels before too long though I always try and wait a little while after reading the book to see how long it stays with me 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 to this book, the first thing I have to say is that it is ORIGINAL something that is very hard to say when it comes to Fantasy novels these days When reading this book, I did not ever think, Oh I have read this before or this reminds me of insert other book title The originality of the story itself deserves high praise, but it would be wasted if the story was not well written, with well drawn characters and memorable supporting players 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 HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Winner British Science Fiction Award for Best NovelWinner World Fantasy Award for Best NovelNominee Locus Award for Best Fantasy NovelNamed to the Locus All Time Best Fantasy Novel list I avoided this book for a long time, but I m not sure why now because overall I really enjoyed it The central magic of the forest is great and the way myth and magic play off each other is an endlessly generative idea I can see how this turned into a long series.There are some dated aspects, especially the blah gender politics Too many straight white post war British dudes being very serious and lusting after the one possibly underage mythical woman But I m probably making that sound wors I avoided this book for a long time, but I m not sure why now because overall I really enjoyed it The central magic of the forest is great and the way myth and magic play off each other is an endlessly generative idea I can see how this turned into a long series.There are some dated aspects, especially the blah gender politics Too many straight white post war British dudes being very serious and lusting after the one possibly underage mythical woman But I m probably making that sound worse than it really was It wasn t the worst, especially for that era of fantasy And she at least had a back story and sort of a motivation That s a general issue here There are unnecessary sections of lengthy exposition, and the characters themselves feellike flat myths than anything real possibly intentionally But that also lets the characters be twisted and changed as they interact with the myths So I guess that aspect was both bad and cool But overall I enjoyed this book and can feel its influence even on recent fantasy literature And again, I loved the mysteries of the magical forest and how the book plays with myths In particular, there are some ancient myths the idea of human migration after the ice age that made for thoughtful good images I accepted the notebook My life is full of diaries Steven Huxley had just been handed the diary of his sidekick companion Harry Keeton I am personally fond of Harry because our names are one letter away from being the same Keeton Keeten 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 My life is full of diaries Steven Huxley had just been handed the diary of his sidekick companion Harry Keeton I am personally fond of Harry because our names are one letter away from being the same Keeton Keeten 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 that had caused the name change So despite the fact that I am going to be 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 wife 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 Ryhope 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 spendtime 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 thesubstantial these manifestations become Did I mention there is a girl She is called Guiwenneth All three Huxley men become intoxicated with herHer face was quite startling, pale skinned, slightly freckled 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 legs were thin, but the muscles were wiry a fine blonde down covered her calves and I noticed that her knees were badly scarredNot exactly the typical girl next door that I had a crush on in high schoolGuiwenneth had a woodland, animal aroma that was startlingly unpleasant, yet strangely eroticShe does seem to exude a potent musk that the Huxley men were particularly susceptible to As the story unfolds we discover that the father, though he had died, has merged with a large angry mythical creature from ancient times 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 252 pages this book manages to convey an epic story There are many layers and I m sure I missed some key points I can see myself rereading this book in a few years and gleaningwonderful insights I have a feeling that the books in the series build on each other and my appreciation for the first one will only deepen as I read 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 so often so the blocks in your brain have a chance to shuffle As I getexperienced in fantasy genre I rarely have Well this is unlike anything I have read before moments Luckily I still get them and Mythago wood is one of those books Inspired by British and Celtic myths and legends with added just a tiny bit of late Gothic flavor this book builds it s story slowly and methodically Despite it s slow pace it was never a dull book because in those slow parts atmosphere is being created, characters developed and worldshaped out.I can t really f As I getexperienced in fantasy genre I rarely have Well this is unlike anything I have read before moments Luckily I still get them and Mythago wood is one of those books Inspired by British and Celtic myths and legends with added just a tiny bit of late Gothic flavor this book builds it s story slowly and methodically Despite it s slow pace it was never a dull book because in those slow parts atmosphere is being created, characters developed and worldshaped out.I can t really find a flaw in this book but something is lacking for 5 stars Also I can easily see this boring some people out of their minds even if they are fantasy fans Despite it it this book is easy to recommend It s low page count and the fact makes it fast read and if description above has piqued your interest than you have a potential gem on your hands Rating 5 thrilled stars of fiveThe Book Report Go look at Jeffrey s review I ll never be able to improve on that.My Review I have to add a few points to it, though.The mythopoetic roots of the story are clear, and the entire experience of reading the tale is one of immersion into a vivified version of Mythago Wood s strength was its intense atmosphere, and the author s use of language to build a forest in the reader s mind The setting is convincing, though there were distracting missteps and aggravations that had me rolling my eyes One example should suffice to make my point One of the characters receives an arrow in the shoulder A little while later, the first person narrator feels the need to explain that if this character decided to strap on his pack with the strap across that very sho Mythago Wood s strength was its intense atmosphere, and the author s use of language to build a forest in the reader s mind The setting is convincing, though there were distracting missteps and aggravations that had me rolling my eyes One example should suffice to make my point One of the characters receives an arrow in the shoulder A little while later, the first person narrator feels the need to explain that if this character decided to strap on his pack with the strap across that very shoulder, it would cause him great discomfort and possibly harm Really I never would have guessed To be fair, there are many enchanting set pieces, and a lot of action to keep the book from being too droll The author s priority is exploring his mythologies While fascinating in healthy doses, the indulgence in historicity creates a lack of character development Guiwen isn t a real character You could argue that mythagos are created out of the minds of men, but that also makes itdifficult to sympathize with them Steven and Christian s relationship plays out like a see saw, and the other characters are very one note, in my opinion Their decisions rarely extend beyond bestial desire or morbid fascination Acting irrationally and in an unmotivated manner is par for the course As fantasy goes, Holdstock delivers on enough levels to satisfy most peoples tastes However, I am not in agreement with the blurbs that make use of the terms genius and masterpiece Selfish love, the possession of the love object, the damsel in distress are the disappointing propulsive factors Pagan freedom versus Christian Western societal and historical constraints is the prevailing theme By cavorting with nymphs the narrator begins to transgress, blaspheme and in the weakness of human nature, sins and enters into a complicated existence, fraught with danger that reaches beyond his ken Allegorical but not the most original The seduction of the woods is the seduction of myths Our ancestors wereconnected to the primeval wilds than are we, and we are called to explore that past Mythago Wood posits a fascinating scenario revolving around the creation of popular myths, their incarnations, change, and reincarnations throughout history, and uses alluring mysteries to tempt the reader forward It is full of enticing shadows, and reminiscent of the dream like aura we fondly remember in childhood confrontations in the face of incomprehensible Nature It is the urge to return to the Idyllic past.The romance was tedious, but central to the plot and pacing I found it trite The author is trying to express a form of forbidden love, I thought, But the logistics of the relationship were silly, and were utilized deceptively in service to advancing the plotless exploration Thankfully, the book is saved by exquisite trees, vines, roots, creatures, crumbling towers, and a virulent whirlpool of intoxicating imagery What a great read Holdstock managed to come up with something completely new and incredibly old at the same time with his Mythago Wood series By mining the rich vein of British myth and tying it to both the Jungian subconscious and the magical influence of an acient living forest he managed to create a fantasy work that was both epic in scope and personal in its resonance It s a work that truly stands the test of time In the first volume, Mythago Wood, we follow the story of Stephen Huxley What a great read Holdstock managed to come up with something completely new and incredibly old at the same time with his Mythago Wood series By mining the rich vein of British myth and tying it to both the Jungian subconscious and the magical influence of an acient living forest he managed to create a fantasy work that was both epic in scope and personal in its resonance It s a work that truly stands the test of time In the first volume, Mythago Wood, we follow the story of Stephen Huxley who returns home from the war to his ancient family home in the countryside of Britain to find his brother, Christopher, a changed and haunted man The family estate borders the enigmatic Ryhope Wood, a forest whose mysteries had obsessed their father, and now threaten to consume Christopher as well As the story progresses we begin to discover some of the mysteries uncovered by the elder Huxley and see that the wood is muchthan a simple forestit is somehow a nexus for the mythical imagery of humanity and, when people come into close contact with it, can generate mythagos , or living embodiments of their mythic figures In addition we soon discover, through the journeys of the brothers, that the forest distorts both time and space, becoming larger as you go inside and taking you further back into mankind s prehistory The story itself becomes a complex family conflict as first the Oedipal battle between Christopher and his father is acted out and then, inevitably, that of Christopher vs his brother Stephen All of these battles are undertaken in the name of Gwyneth, an alluring mythago whose charms manage to enamour all of the Huxley men In addition the desire to uncover the ultimate meaning behind the forest s mysterious power push the Huxley s to overcome the obstacles and traps that the forest constantly puts in their way The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain s last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley s entire, and long, life Now, after his death, his sons have taken up his work 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 love and beauty haunt your dreams and may drive you insane Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award on its first publication in , 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 This book is, simply put wonderful I heard of it sometime in the early 2000s I had wanted to read it but for one reason or another it would just remain on the reading list, waiting.If only I had known how wonderful it is I would have read it a long time ago.The idea of crating a world in the misty areas where imagination, myth and dreams overlap and the resulting story kept me mesmerized from the first to the last page.The narration is wonderful, it is so stylistically polished that it deser This book is, simply put wonderful I heard of it sometime in the early 2000s I had wanted to read it but for one reason or another it would just remain on the reading list, waiting.If only I had known how wonderful it is I would have read it a long time ago.The idea of crating a world in the misty areas where imagination, myth and dreams overlap and the resulting story kept me mesmerized from the first to the last page.The narration is wonderful, it is so stylistically polished that it deserves to be foregrounded as an example of lyrical fantasy yes, there should be such a genre.I love how Holdstock managed to make the story of so little action and so much description actually work it never gets too slow, never boring.And it delves deep into the areas of subconsciousness and I believe that it manages to do that even if the reader is not much into Celtic mythology it talks directly from the unconsciousness to the unconsciousness No, correction It does not talk it sings the most wonderful melody of imagination