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Title: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: delph_ambi on April 15, 2010, 04:36:16 AM
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Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
By Paul A Freeman
Published by Coscom Entertainment (http://www.coscomentertainment.com/robinhoodzombies.html)
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.
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: desertwomble on April 15, 2010, 11:37:14 AM
Wow! You've certainly made my day, Cathy!

Of course I'm hoping to pick up a few more Robin Hood fans once the new Robin Hood film's released in May - starring Russell Crowe, no less.

As for Chaucer fans, the jury's out. I've had quite a few supportive emails encouraging my Canterbury Tales project from Chaucer scholars worldwide, including Terry Jones, the Python (whose written two Chaucer-themed books). However, I've also had a couple of emails that would count as 'academic hate mail', their composers believing I should be strung up for sullying their idol's name!

Anyhow, when we put our work out there, I suppose we have to take the punches along with the applause.

DW :cheesy: :cheers:
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: delph_ambi on April 15, 2010, 11:47:32 AM
Gosh, I've never had academic hate mail. I feel I'm missing out.

Glad you liked the review  :afro:
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: desertwomble on April 15, 2010, 10:48:46 PM
Gosh, I've never had academic hate mail. I feel I'm missing out.

Glad you liked the review  :afro:

There were two 'academic hate emails'. The best was, 'You should possibly be shot - with roach spray'.

I mean, if a university professor thinks I'm a cockroach, why can't he just call me Blaberus discoidalis.

As for your piece on Amazon, Cathy:

"I'm thrilled to see your kindly-penned review -
Much gratefulness from me to you is due.
My book of Friar Tuck and Robin Hood
Is doing well - the numbers sold quite good.
And since there'll be a movie coming out
About the outlaw soon, I have no doubt
I'll sell more books and make a little dough
Espec'ly since the film stars Russell Crowe!"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1926712234/themaniworlof-20

DW :cheesy:
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: delph_ambi on April 16, 2010, 03:01:18 AM
Brilliant! Thanks womble  :grin:
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: leatherdykeuk on April 16, 2010, 03:10:26 AM
Splendid!
It's now on my bedside table  and I've finally started it.
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: JonP on April 16, 2010, 03:27:36 AM
Definitely going to get this one now :)  Dead impressed that Terry Jones e-mailed you!
Title: Re: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers
Post by: desertwomble on April 16, 2010, 04:33:27 AM
Thanks Folks

I think Cathy's review has created more interest than all my own efforts have done.

I'm putting up a bunch of new threads in forums so the folks there can have a read of the review - plus the last six lines of my little poem to hopefully put a smile on their faces.

After a crappy week at work, I needed something positive like this.

As for Terry Jones, it was nice to get encouragement from someone who's made such a mark creatively.

DW :cheesy: