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The Fetch

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  223 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A young boy with amazing--and incredibly dangerous--psychokinetic powers is able to travel into the past and, with guidance from a shadowy spirit, return with artifacts of great value. But, unknown to him ir his family, each trip into the past brings him closer to a terrifying fate, a fate that only a psychic investigator may be able to change.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 10th 1992 by Sphere (first published 1991)
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Pam Baddeley
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, supernatural
An interesting premise and a powerfully written novel drawing on the author's theme of other realities used elsewhere in his 'Mythago Wood' series. Here, the treatment is dark and concerns a haunting of a strange kind. Michael is adopted by parents who seem rather self-absorbed and cannot relate to him as he grows, possibly due to traumatic events occurring around him in the first days after they take him home from the clinic which has made a somewhat dubious arrangement. Inexplicably, dirt is t ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Lo han vendido como terror y no lo es. Es algo parecido a su otra novela “Boque Mitago”. En esta, una familia que vive en una casa en el bosque, cuyo hijo adoptado es raro. Debido a que tiene un amigo imaginario, que le dice lugares en el bosque que hay objetos antiguos y muy valioso. Su padre se pone las botas con ellos hasta que se lía por avaricioso.
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grail
The Fetch (US: Unknown Regions, taken from a subtitle of Lavondyss) revisits one of Holdstock's favourite tropes, the wood as gateway to other times, places and parallel worlds (as in the Mythago Wood series) but on this occasion the tale is set within the undergrowth which has grown up in a disused chalk quarry on the English south coast. The action revolves around the boy Michael, adopted by a middle-class professional couple, who brings with him a maelstrom of psychic activity, changing their ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Sep 25, 2011 marked it as unread-but-acquired
By far the most hilarious book cover EVER.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robert Holdstock is one of the great masters of fantasy and this standalone novel from 1991 (shockingly, never reissued) is a poetic meditation on childhood, dreams, the Iron Age, and the power of history. Like his Mythago Wood cycle, it delves deep into the real foundations of our myths - not the Disneyland of Tolkien's Orcs and Elves but something deeper, stranger and more disturbing. Idols and totems, blood and bone, carved wood and dead dogs...At the same time, it is a sad tale about an adop ...more
Alisa Kester
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Barbara Gordon
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Holdstock is excellent at creating an atmosphere of the uncanny and ancient, evoking the fears and beliefs that lie in the marrow of our bones, from a time before words. This story, of a strange child adopted by two rather shallow and self-absorbed academics, who retreats into an invented but increasingly powerful mythological world, involved me closely most of the way. As his father discovers and exploits the boy's power to 'fetch' (the title is a rather clever pun) antiquities out of the past, ...more
Luce Cronin
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very dark, creepy novel that draws on the same ideas as the Mythago Wood series by Holdstock. The author creates an alternate reality which requires the young boy, Michael, to manipulate time and space. This book is set in England, and draws on much of ancient pagan beliefs. Although I loved the Mythago Wood series, this book was much darker, being a horror novel rather than a dark fantasy/alternate reality novel. This is a disturbing novel that plays with your mind because its concept deals w ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
After a number of the books I've read recently, it was nice to fall into something that is really an escapist fantasy novel. This is the story about a boy who from nearly the moment of his birth begins to have strange, unexplained phenomena happen around him. The feeling of tension building is lovely. As with many stories that have a horror/thriller element, once the characters were on their way to solving the problems, the story lost some of its steam, but still delightful.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While there is not a single happy moment in this book that I can recall, it's compelling. Holdstock may have some father issues that occur over and over again in his work, but damn, this is a good book. I cannot recall a book keeping me up past my designated bedtime for ages, but this one did, last night.
Kirja oli ihan hyvä, mutta siinä ei ollut samanlaista lumoa kuin Metsän hengissä. Mystisiä aineksia esiintyi perheen lapsen kykyjen muodossa, mutta itselleni enemmän pinnalle nousi surullissävytteinen tarina hyljeksitystä lapsesta.
K. Axel
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
If you love the weird (and wonderful) worlds of Robert Holdstock, you'll absolutely love this one! It's not as good as the Mythago woods books, but that is just a minor detail.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore the idea of "manifested realities". Did you know the old geology book that inspired Michael actually exists? It is this one:
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Una muy buena novela, muy fanatsiosa y interesante.
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another win for me! Only took me 2 years to track down a copy of this book. Well worth the time. Holdstock once again brings me to a world of myth and dreams mingling with reality.
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Robert Paul Holdstock was an English novelist and author who is best known for his works of fantasy literature, predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction.

Holdstock's writing was first published in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical, psychological, anthropological, spiritual, and woodland themes. He has received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantas
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“Do you realize that a middle-class couple, one archaeologist, one dolls' expert, can't move from their house because ancient spirits are blocking them in? It's a reasonable sort of day's experience, isn't it?” 1 likes
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