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The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood…
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The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories, #1) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Carrie Vaughn

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Teoksen nimi:The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories, #1)
Kirjailijat:Carrie Vaughn
Info:Tor.com, Kindle Edition, 112 pages
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This short novella is about Robin and Marion later in life, I expected something like the Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn's film "Robin and Marian" but was given something quite different a look at their lifes after Richard's death. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
This novella about Robin Hood’s children is exactly what I wanted. It alternates between Robin and Marian’s eldest daughter Mary and Marian herself. I liked seeing Robin and Marian as a long-married couple, who still love each other and still have disagreements. And the dynamic between their children gave me a zing of recognition, because it reminded me of my siblings and me when we were growing up. I don’t expect that, but it was lovely to find.

“You’re risking much, making your camp here,” [Mary] said. “These woods are haunted.”
“Then why aren’t you afraid?” Edmund asked, chuckling.
“Sherwood knows who we are. It knows our blood, and we have its sap in our bones. We’re safe.” She smiled. Her father’s wicked smile. “But you’re outsiders, and you know the stories.”
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  Herenya | Apr 17, 2021 |
I will read anything Robin Hood so I was super excited when I saw Carrie Vaughn was publishing a set of novellas. These aren't about Robin, but focus on the next generation, with his and Marian's kids. It was short, but made me fall in love with these teenagers, who had their parents' bravery, sense of independence, loyalty, intelligence -- and, acumen with a bow. A fun read. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
I grew up with the traditional story: The Merrie Adventures of Robin Hood, based on Howard Pyle's adaptation of the legend. In Pyle's version, the story reflects the 15th-century ballads, relating that Robin Hood was a yeoman (not an aristocrat). As he lays dying, Robin asked Little John to help him to the Priory window, so he could to shoot an arrow. Where the arrow landed was to be the site of his grave. In this version of the legend, Marian subsequently went into seclusion in a convent.

Reading Carrie Vaughn's novel was tough to comprehend, seeing that Robin and Marian were married with kids in the backstory to the action. This development took on a sense of unreality for me, since I expected the "ghosts" to be Robin and his band of outlaws. So going with the idea that a new author can retell the story, the subsequent events involving the 3 children were very beguiling.

The author made good use of these children's abilities to outsmart their abductors. Too bad that the tale was told at such a break-neck speed. The rapid pace actually took away from the adventure and reduced the novel to such a degree that it defeated its purpose (storytelling). There was no engagement, no sense of taking time with the narrative to draw the reader into the world these children inhabited. Ultimately, the main feeling was one of waste and boredom. Waste of a great plot; boredom because the story lacked depth. Three stars because the author shows great promise and might be able to develop stronger characterisations in her sequel(s). ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Oct 9, 2020 |
Most legends finish either with death or with a wedding. In the first case, you know that the story is finished. But in the second, the story usually just begins. And yet, we never get to hear what happens after the hero gets the girl.

Carrie Vaughn decided to correct that and to show us what happened to Robin Hood and Lady Marian after the last page of the usual books. Almost 20 years had passed, the merry band had disbanded, Richard the Lionheart had died and John had taken the throne - the same John who caused that many problems before. And that sets the scene for the story - we learn most of the details of these intervening decades throughout the story.

Robin and Marian are away from home when we meet the 3 children they have together: Mary, the oldest, uses every opportunity to hide in the woods; John, the only son and a middle child, always tries to follow her (and when he fails, he tends to get lost in the woods) and Eleanor, the youngest, is non-verbal (autistic?) and can be annoying to her older siblings but despite all the rumors about her, she is the baby of the family and everyone dots on her. And somewhere in Sherwood, there is a ghost -- or so it appears anyway.

Before long, the kids will get abducted and the old flame in Robin's eye which had almost died will alight again. And his merry band will be there with him. Maybe the kidnappers should have thought again before grabbing these 3 kids - and not only because of their parents.

It is a delightful novella which spends most of the story on building the world (although the abduction is the center of the story, we need the details that led to it to be told first -- and Vaughn manages to do it without making it sound like it does not belong). If you had not read Robin Hood or barely remember it, read it before you touch this one (or at least skim the contents of the legend) -- part of the magic is recognizing everyone from the other story. And despite the years that had passed, they are recognizable without being the same. ( )
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