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Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
By Paul A Freeman
Published by Coscom Entertainment
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-926712-23-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-926712-24-6
If you’re into zombie tales, you’ll love this book. If you’re a Robin Hood fan, you’ll love this book. If you adore Chaucer, you’ll love this book. If you’re a fan of zombie tales, Robin Hood, and Chaucer – you must have already read this book, because before Paul Freeman wrote this work, I doubt if such a fan existed. This is cross-genre writing with a vengeance. I came to it as a Chaucer fan, who remembers liking Robin Hood as a child, but who has never had much to do with zombie tales. I found in this astonishing work the spirit of Chaucer living on: immaculate iambic pentameter rhyming couplets that never falter and therefore become invisible; great wit; great storytelling; vibrant characters; fabulous drama. I also relived my childhood enjoyment of the tales of Robin Hood. I won’t give away the ending here, but will just say it’s genuinely moving and is told with authenticity and a clear love for the traditional tales of one of England’s best heroes. As for the zombies… ‘She pulled him from the gore-bespattered mound, / Where strugg’ling for his life upon the ground / His body was immobilized by hands / Which soon plucked out his guts in glist’ning strands.’ Horror fans will not be disappointed. This stuff rocks.
Great, isn't it? The 'real' title of the book is 'The Monk's Second Tale' but I understand the publishers wanted something a bit more eye-catching. They certainly got it.
Good grief. The title may be eye-catching, but it's a bit ambiguous: are Robin Hood and Friar Tuck killers who are zombies or killers of zombies?
This is going in as the book of the month for May. Nice one Cathy, nice one Paul - and yaa boo to the server host which is taking days to help me sort out a problem with the hosting so I can get it on the home page (and sort out that dodgy registration page) - sorry Paul!
Delighted to see this one make 'Book of the Month'. As Paul's pointed out, this is just in time for 'Robin Hood Month' in Nottingham, and days before the release of the new 'Robin Hood' film starring Russell Crowe.
Excellent write-up in The National (Abu Dhabi's English language newspaper) today. http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll … 79986/1007