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Mythago Wood (The Mythago Cycle) Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Thus the protagonist begins his journey into the heartwood of a mythic primeval forest and beyond - a journey to find his beloved celtic princess and the Umscrumug - the First Myth - the Myth Before all Others. A myth so ancient, the author says, is now fading even in Mythago Wood as Humanity's Collective Unconcious slowly forgets its past. Mythago Wood, a forest where legends and myths from every people of every time and every land are formed, live and breath. A WW1 soldier inhabits the same land as shamanic tribesmen. A celtic princess from the days of Roman Britain walks the woods from legends out of a much later Robin Hood era. And while it is clear that these beings are not "real" in the same sense that the protagonist is they are still capable of feeling joy, love, pain and sorrow. And are equally capable of killing and being killed.
The characters are human, with both flaws and redeeming qualities and hints of why myths and legends still hold our imagination are part of the entertaining story (If Mythago Wood were real I'm sure Jedi Knights, Klingons and Paul Atreides would now be walking there too).
This book won awards for good reason. If you enjoy stories of myths and legends don't fail to pick it up.
Okay, I know! I read this book while I was on a trip in France with my mom and sister. Now we didn't bring our clothes washer with us, so we had to find a laundry mat. (This does get somewhere!) Well, I followed my mom and sister as they weaved their way deeper and deeper into the town-while I was busy reading Mythago Wood, following blindly behind. After finding a laundry mat, and getting everything set up, they decided to leave so I could pick up the clothes when they finished washing.
Eventually the clothes finished, and I came to a fair stopping point in Mythago Wood. (It's too captivating to have a good stopping point.) I got the clothes together, stepped out of the laundry mat, and realized with chagrin I'd been so intent on Mythago Wood I had no idea where I was!
Luckily I was only lost for a little while, only took one wrong turn, but that's what this book can do to you. It will pull you further and further into its shady depths, almost making you wonder what will everything be like when . . . if . . . you ever emerge. After this book, images, ghosts, fairies . . . mythagos . . . will always dance at the edge of your vision, slipping around the periphery.
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I really liked the idea of this book. What I was able to learn about the Mythago Wood in the first 25% was really interesting. However, the story wasn't really well told. Read morePublished 5 days ago by BookWyrm
"Unlike Tolkien and Martin, Holdstock anchors his story in the real world and masterfully integrates it into another dimension where ancient myths and legends come alive and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by OEK
Mythago wood is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it over and over and it always keeps my attention. You will not regret giving this book a read!Published 23 days ago by Robert L Johnson
I was really excited about this book because of my book club's raves, but I was so disappointed. I even bought Lavondyss because I was so sure I was going to like it, but I did... Read morePublished 29 days ago by toastedpeanut
My favorite book of all times. The best writter of adventure using our collective unconsciousness as the source of imagery and impetuous in modern fantasy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gregory corrado
I think the enthusiastic reviews for Mythago are far more interesting than the novel itself. Has there ever been a duller protagonist in Fantasy? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Strafford11