The Hollowing

The Hollowing

by Robert Holdstock

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Ryhope Wood, Mythago Wood, is the great forest steeped in mystery, whose heart contains secrets that change all who come there.

Alex Bradley is a damaged and visionary child. Little does he know that the distorted creations of his mind are alive inside nearby Ryhope Wood. When the forest claims him, his father goes in pursuit, along with a scientific expedition looking for the secret of "mythago-genesis"...

But inside Ryhope, Alex has created a hundred forms of the Trickster-all of them seeking their maker, and all of them deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765311108
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Mythago Cycle Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

The author of Celtika and the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock lives in London.

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The Hollowing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
fiverivers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read the last book (Lavondyss) first, I suppose I came ill-prepared for The Hollowing. I was disappointed. My reason for this is purely personal, having to do with character motivation and justification, both of which I feel are lacking in the main protagonist. There is the makings of a heart-breaking novel here, but it failed, in my opinion.I realize I fly in the face of literary acclaim and public opinion. It's not the first time. In my defense all I can say is I'm a very critical reader. While the writing is lyrical, engaging, there is a lack of depth of character and emotion in the father of this story, Richard Bradley, who, despite the apparent discovery of his son who was thought dead and buried, ends up retreating in a state of apathy when his son needs him most, and this from a character who is allegedly a loving, dedicated father. Even when Richard returns to the mysterious and dangerous environs of Mythago Wood, he does little more than bumble about, without any apparent determination or will to rescue his son.It is further alleged that his son, Alex, is 'a damaged and visionary child'. The reader, however, is given no evidence of this in Alex's pre-Mythago Wood existence, other than a few cursory statements that in his last days, before his apparent death, Alex sank into a state of catatonia. A classic case of 'tell' instead of 'show'.I wanted very much to like this novel. I was left luke-warm. Which is a pity because Holdstock, despite the accolade of a World Fantasy Award, has all the elements and all the ability to have created a heart-rending, haunting, stunning work, with The Hollowing. Instead, in my opinion, the novel is forgettable.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Tallis Keaton's father stumbles out of Ryhope Wood months after disappearing to look for his lost daughter, it starts a chain of events that leads to the disappearance and supposed death of young Alex Bradley. "The Hollowing" follows Richard Bradley's attempts to find his son several years later, with the help of a group of scientists who are camped in the wood studying the mythagos. It was never clear to me exactly what was so warped and dangerous about Alex's mythagos, and I found the ending unsatisfactory. It seemed to fizzle out, as if the author couldn¿t be bothered to write the last couple of chapters or deal with the problem of Alex reappearing unchanged nearly a decade after his disappearance.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites of Holdstock's creepy, dense Mythago Wood sequence.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Overcome and unable to move following the death of his son Alexander, Richard Bradley feels he has no reason to live. However, just as his despair overwhelms him Richard meets scientists Alexander Lytton and Helen Silverlock, who believe that the lad still lives, but in some way foreign to human thought in the midst of the mankind¿s unconsciousness within the dark Ryahope Wood. They further explain that they have studied the wood that is under siege from the mind of its newest entry, Richard¿s son. Lytton and Silverlock hope that Richard can save their precious wood from his son whose fears are destroying it.......................... Unable to resist even the slightest hope, Richard follows scientist Arnauld Lacan into the wood where he begins to find a weird world with different natural laws as all myths breath here. However, he fails to find Alexander, whose lament continues to erode the wood. As he penetrates myths and legends with no gain to his quest, Richard loses his last sliver of hope until he encounters Sarin the Tall Grass Lady from biblical times, who if she chooses can help him complete his quest though he does not know if she would and if she does what the outcome would be......... This is a terrific deep fantasy that like its predecessors (see MYTHAGO WOOD and LAVONDYSS) is extremely complex and rich so it will take several days to read to taste the vast flavors. Readers will wander along with Richard savoring various mythos like Jason (some are worth re-reading because one time is not enough) as the multifaceted story line contains so much to grasp. Robert Holdstock is at his mythological best with this Mythago Cycle entry..................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Holdstock does it again. While the typical sequal is filled with less than wonderful drival to bring the fan back, RH takes the time to reinvent, reshape, and renew the woods into yet another masterpiece of story telling and imagination. I can not stress the beauty and importance of these books enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am shocked and amazed that there are not hundreds of reviews for this book! I own two copies ( I wore the first one out). It is one of my alltime favorite books. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you're missing.