Brian over at FantasyBookSpot turned me on to this not exactly a meme series going on where every Friday a bunch of different bloggers highlight a book that has been overlooked, forgotten, or otherwise not seen the recent attention that it deserves. I can’t commit to every Friday, but this sounds like my kind of thing, so for my first Forgotten Friday, I bring you Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock.
Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award in 1985, so it clearly has garnered some attention in the past. However, as with many award-winning novels, as time has passed, the book has fallen a bit under the radar.
Mythago Wood represents a departure from the traditional epic fantasy of its day with elements of science fiction and historical fiction while imbuing an atmosphere all its own. Defying easy categorization, it explores the mythos of humanity in a setting eerily recognizable and reminiscent of something more primal in origin.
This book hooked me right from the beginning and kept me mesmerized to the end. It’s a timeless tale and one that I hope you won’t overlook.The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley's entire long life. Now, after his death, his sons have taken up his work. But what they discover is numinous and perilous beyond all expectation.
For the Wood, larger inside than out, is a labyrinth full of myths come to life, "mythagos" that can change you forever. A labyrinth where love and beauty haunt your dreams. . .and may drive you insane.
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