More than 10,000 books and stories rated and reviewed! - About this site

Writers: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
reviews of books and stories by author names and pen names

SF&F Timeline! 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000-Now
retrospective look at sf&f year-by-year
Best SF&F Lists! Recommended Reading
by genre, topic and length category
The Ultimate Guide to New SF&F Writers (from 1990 till now)


->

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

Y

Z

Year

Best!
















































->

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

Y

Z

Year

Best!

Robert Holdstock




Artwork courtesy Geoff Taylor

Pen-names: Robert Faulcon
-----------------------------

"The Bone Forest"
(Mythago Wood series)
© Interzone, Mar 1991
The Bone Forest, 1991
--fiction : 1992 Interzone Poll /6 (tie)
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"The Bone Forest" (coll)
© 1991, Grafton Books
--collection : 1992 World Fantasy
--collection : 1992 Locus /9

--/ third place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Boy Who Jumped the Rapids"
© Beyond Lands of Never, ed. M. Jakubowski, 1984
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ cool f story

----------------------------------------------

"The Graveyard Cross"
© Supernova # 1, 1976
In the Valley of the Statues and Others, 1982
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


With the title like that you would expect a "straight horror" story. But with Holdstock, who is a master of "dripping dark forest fantasy", it becomes something different... a glorious fungus growth of a story. ("The roots go deep, my lord...") It rather works on a reader like a mass of branching threadlike mushroom roots (a mycelium), which propagates the plot, ideas, emotions... You might not remember the details later, but rest assured, it'll keep you enthralled and amazed. Writing reviews to Holdstock's stories is akin to figuring out branch patterns in a dense rainforest: there is no obvious sense, but it does not really matter in the overall humid and cool effect.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1991)



----------------------------------------------

"High Pressure"
© Pulsar # 2, ed. G. Hay, 1979
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


----------------------------------------------



"Magic Man"
© Frighteners # 2, 1976
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ cool f story

Pre-historic tale about a boy who secretly paints grotesque and gigantic beasts on a sacred wall. The beasts come alive on the plain, to the amazement and delight of his fellow hunters.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1991)

----------------------------------------------

"Scarrowfell"
© Other Edens, ed. C. Evans, 1987
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Shapechanger"
© GM Magazine, 1989
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


----------------------------------------------



"Thorn"
© Birmingham SF Group, 1984
also in - F&SF, Oct 1986
The Bone Forest, 1991
--short story : 1987 Locus /8
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


Holdstock's blend of a wondrous walk in the forest with the wild fantasy soars to a new high in this enchanting novelette. When you think he can not possibly be more visual and fantastically intense, he does it again. His stuff is highly recommended, but it's not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for the modern fantasy equivalent of Tolkien's Fangorn Forest, then you picked the right book. Just be aware that it is an upgraded monster edition, with much darker and more psychologically disturbing elements.
review: 21-Oct-06 (read in 2003)

----------------------------------------------



"The Time Beyond Age"
© Supernova # 1, 1976
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ cool sf story

"A chilling story of the dehumanising potential of science, and of the obsession of a scientist who has lost his way." This is science fiction, not fantasy, but with the same tangled (complex) and wet-haired (spontaneous) feel to it.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1991)

----------------------------------------------

"Time of the Tree"
© Gaslight & Ghosts, ed. S. Jones, 1988
The Bone Forest, 1991
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


----------------------------------------------

Click to go to "Dark Roasted Blend" site

COMMENTS:

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home

LATEST POSTS:

Collecting Pulp Magazines

Ephemera Interview with Avi Abrams

Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

"Then world behind and home ahead..."

Exceptional British Scifi Artwork from the 1950s

Space Pulp Art by Ron Turner and other British artists

Pulp Pleasures: Eando Binder

Great space adventure fiction from the 1930s
"Where Eternity Ends" and other rare gems

Also read recent posts:
Author's Pen Names - Most Complete List Ever
The Wonder Timeline: SF&F Restrospective
Space Adventure Article


SEE OUR MAIN PAGE FOR MORE!


EXPLANATION OF THE RATING SYSTEM:

"SF&F Reading Experience" is part of "Dark Roasted Blend / Thrilling Wonder" family of sites. We try to highlight the most entertaining and rewarding science fiction and fantasy, with emphasis on memorable reader experience, not necessarily general acceptance by the critics. Have fun, and delve into our extensive ratings and reviews!

Most reviews are written by Avi Abrams, unless otherwise noted. Reviews also appear on our unique historical retrospective page Wonder Timeline of Science Fiction. Feel free to submit your own review, if a particular story is not listed here.


All major OFFICIAL AWARDS are highlighted in BLUE
("winner" has a letter "W" by it, otherwise it is a runner-up only)

Our PERSONAL AWARDS (ratings) are highlighted in RED and PURPLE:
--/ first place :
--/ second place :
--/ third place :

--/ fourth place :

--/ cool : (equal to fifth place)
ALL "BEST OF" LISTS ARE LOCATED HERE

These awards are given in the following categories:
- novel :
- series :
- novella :
- story :
- collection :

Also, there are our personal STYLE / GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS. These reflect the story's content and the lasting impression on the reader:

--/ wonder award
sense-of-wonder, "visual intensity" and inventiveness

--/ idea award
originality of idea / concept

--/ adventure award
exhilarating plot, excitement / action

--/ style award
outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style

--/ romance award
intense and beautiful love / relationships

--/ humour award
funny and cool

--/ emotion award
touching, lasting impression, sensitivity

--/ shock value
altogether wild

--/ awesome scale
mind-boggling; further enhances sense-of-wonder

--/ rare find
very hard to locate, mostly from old pulps, never reprinted, etc.

Again, please feel free to leave your own review or comment under every writer's entry; also recommend us other stories you liked.