Danny B wrote:I'm just about to start Avilion, the long awaited direct sequel to Mythago Wood, by the late Robert Holdstock and I was curious about how many other people have read his work and what those who have think of him. The reason for my curiosity is that of all the major fantasy writers of the 20th century, it's been my own experience that he's easily the least widely read, to the point where I've met more people who've read the relatively obscure The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison* than people who've read one of the most important, critically acclaimed and influential fantasy authors of the latter half of the last century and one of only a tiny handful whose writing owed little or nothing to Tolkien, Dunsany and Lewis, or else Burroughs, Howard and Lieber.
As you can probably guess from my use of words like 'important', 'major', 'influential' and slipping in the phrase 'critically acclaimed', I'm something of a fan. I'm interested to know if it's because not many people have heard of him, or if other people simply don't like his work as much as I do?
* Not intended as a judgement on the (very good, if somewhat densely written) book mentioned. Merely highlighting a fairly obscure text that seems more widely read amongst fantasy fans.
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