Robert Holdstock dies

Robert Holdstock

Robert Holdstock

Robert Holdstock Mythago Wood, Lavondyss, The Hollowing, Merlin's Wood, Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, Bone Forest, AvilionAccording to reports we haven’t yet confirmed, Robert Holdstock died this morning of an E.Coli infection. He was 61 years old.

Mr. Holdstock is one of my very favorite fantasy authors and I’m reading his book Avilion now. Lavondyss, the sequel to Mythago Wood is, in my opinion, the best fantasy novel ever written. I encourage you to try his work, if you’re not familiar with it.

Our sincere sympathies go to the Holdstock family. He will be truly missed.    ~ Kat

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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  1. Oh no so sad! I loved Avilion! And of E. Coli, too. :-(
    I’ll have to check out his other books.

  2. Anonymous /

    This is sad news. I hadn’t read these books yet, but Kat’s reviews made them sound so interesting that I had filed them away in my mind’s TBR list.

  3. The review made these books sound interesting. I’ve added the first one to my bulging shopping cart over on Amazon. Sneaking in a few for me with all the Christmas shopping. Shhh…

  4. Sarah, drop everything else and read Holdstock.
    I’m glad to hear from Brizmus that Avilion was good!! I haven’t had a chance to read it, but it’s next up.

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