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review 2020-01-21 12:52
Avilion, Robert Holdstock
Avilion - Robert Holdstock

I'm not sure if this was Holdstock's last book, but it was certainly his last book about Ryhope Wood, the first being the justly famous Mythago Wood. It's interesting to compare first to last. Mythago Wood starts off as science fiction, or at the very least with a character who is trying to understand mysterious phenomena in the ancient woodland next to his home scientifically. Before Avilion is over it seems like nothing but magic can explain all the bizarre goings on. Mythago Wood is very much about mythic archetypes. Avilion is very much about specific characters from myth/legend. There's a big difference between a warrior who unites a kingdom and Arthur who dies fighting Mordred; the latter is a specific instance of the former. Mythago Wood is about a family that breaks apart self-destructively. Avilion is about a family that despite separation, remains a strong, healthy unit. Mythago Wood is about outsiders entering an alien realm. Avilion is about people who have an inside perspective of the same realm.


When I think back over the several Holdstock works I've read, I notice a common theme of writing about broken families - families that have become physically or emotionally separated (or both), families where internal abuse of power occurs. Families that either struggle to repair themselves or dissolve into anger and hate or get their members hopelessly lost to each other in space or time or emotional distance. Interesting then, that this final Mythago book lays heavy emphasis on hope for the family that have been central to the entire saga. Unfortunate that it does so too heavy-handedly, at the end. Also unfortunate that the plot sags before the denouement, taking too much time to move the chess-pieces (aka characters) to their correct spots.

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text 2020-01-19 11:19
Reading progress update: I've read 273 out of 342 pages.
Avilion - Robert Holdstock

Running out of time for the inevitable but mysterious crisis when everybody finally congregates in one place...

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text 2019-12-19 22:01
24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas: Task 1
The Oxford Companion to the Book - Michael F. Suarez,H.R. Woudhuysen
The Henry Irving Shakespeare (8 Volume Set) - Henry Irving,Frank A. Marshall,William Shakespeare
Prefaces to Shakespeare - Harley Granville Barker
The Complete Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage, Life of Greece, Caesar and Christ, Age of Faith, Renaissance, Age of Reason Begins, Age of Louis ... and Revolution, Age of Napoleon, Reformation - Will Durant
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels - Patrick O'Brian
Die Kultur Der Renaissance In Italien - Jacob Burckhardt
Norton Anthology of Literature by Women (Boxed set, Volumes 1 and 2) - Sandra M. Gilbert,Susan Gubar,Various Authors


Dear Saint Nick, it would be really nice if one of these years I'd find some of these under my Christmas tree:


* The Oxford Companion to the Book

* The Henry Irving Shakespeare editions (all 8 volumes)

* Granville Barker's Prefaces to Shakespeare (the complete set)

* Will and Ariel Durant's History of Civilization (all 11 volumes)

* Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey / Maturin novels (all 20 volumes completed by O'Brian -- I can do without the unfinished 21st one)

* Jacob Burckhardt's Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

* ... and last but not least, the two-volume Norton Anthology of Literature by Women


(Task: Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing.  (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?))


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url 2019-02-06 13:01
Literary Hoaxes and the Ethics of Authorship

"Literary hoaxes appeal to critics and theorists because they expose the fragility of the norms of reading."


This article is a great read, and I'll have to pick up the book it references.

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url 2019-01-15 03:44
This one looks interesting
The Red Address Book - Sofia Lundberg

Yes, my TBR pile is a mile high (at least), but I can never resist looking through reviews for future reads. This one looks like it might be a great read. Any opinions?

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