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The Outlaws of Sherwood Book ´ 288 pages Download » Robin mckinley ´ The classic tale of Robin Hood gets a new lift as real flesh and blood outlaws on the lam from the gallows and the sword fight for the sake of justice Robin and his merry cohorts swing through the forest in these fresh additions to tE lam from the gallows and the sword fight for the sake of justice Robin and his mer I’ve been on a bit of a Robin Hood craze for the past month Having always had a place in my heart for the noble outlaw my interest in him was rekindled when I stumbled upon the BBC show and fell in love with the story and the characters all over again Thus when I started nearing the last episodes of the series I wasn’t ready to give it up just yet I got this sort of clingy feeling like when you were little and you came to the end of a wonderful bedtime story and you just don’t want to go to sleep And so I found The Outlaws of Sherwood And it did what I wanted in prolonging the Robin Hood obsession a bit longer My main complaint about this story was that there was too much Cecily Who is this character and why is she so important and what’s so special about her? And most of all why is she even in this story? I just found her to be really uite flat over all and I’d rather have had her “screen time” replaced with Will Marian or Much Because none of those characters got what was due to them Marian got like one chapter devoted specifically to her? Was it even that? And I LOVED that chapter Marian’s perspective was fantastic I would’ve put of her in there if I’d written this But alas I did not I kind of liked how Robin wasn’t the best archer in the gang But actually one of the worst Probably the worst Not that he’s bad by typical standards but he’s not great And Robin is always great I liked the unremarkable ness of this Robinbut I also missed it a little I can’t really explain why but there’s something about the Robin Hood who never misses a target and is the best at all the cool stuff that I’m just a bit attached to Still I can’t complain He was realistic and he was still awesome He still had that incredible leadership thing going on which is the essence of Robin Hood anyways One description in the book which I found most fitting went thus “But there was something—the way the man caught the eye for no reason; the something Robin had” There wasn’t a lot of dwelling on the romance between Robin and Marian but the little glimpses of it were absolutely adorable and maybe so because of how little there was shown between them They remain at the top or very near the top of my list of favorite fictional couplesThere’s not really a whole lot to say about the book in particular but about the Robin Hood legend in general Because I’ve felt like researching and I’ve felt like pondering and I’ve been wondering incessantly what it is that people of all ages find so memorable and so endearing about the tale What it is that I myself find so endearing about the tale My thoughts are scattered but the conclusion I’ve come to is that people need a hero We need to believe that a human being is capable of selflessly giving up his livelihood whether of his free will or not to serve and help the less fortunate Robin Hood’s actual existence is rather vague I’d like to believe that he lived that he was real because there’s something romantic about it all for me But then he might have just been an idea A hopeful idealistic idea that is still alive and well today even though it doesn’t take the form of ballads and epic poems “Robinhood” became a general name for bandits in the 1300s apparently But it had to start somewhere I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure whether he was real or not and I think I like it best that way Because there’s this mysterious magical feel that surrounds the legend Hood has been exaggerated he might have been a horrible person in reality with nothing noble about him And that’s exactly I think why I’d prefer not to know entirely who he was or was not The ending of this novel in m

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Ry cohorts swing through the forest in these fresh additions to the timeless stories The first half of this book is a weak 2 stars but it picks up to 4 after that point so rating it is really confusing One thing's for sure though Robin Hood is the LEAST interesting character Not to mention the worst archer in the group Which is easily one of my favorite parts about itTo me the book demonstrates the reality of a legend like Robin Most iconic characters in both history and fiction owe their legendary status to timing luck and a bunch of awesome friendsThis novel is obviously written by a woman because even the truly awesome male characters are saved by women at one point or another Maid Marian is certainly three uarters of the way up the cool o meter but Cecily is tops for meBasically pick this book up about halfway through right around the archery contest and you'll thank me Up until that point it's mostly the day to day drudgery of trying to live in a forest with Robin generally being a fuddy duddy and worrying over his people like an old womanAnd PLEASE if you want to read a Robin McKinley pick up The Blue Sword It's GOLDENPS When did Friar Tuck get so cool???FAVORITE UOTESLet us not gallop to meet future difficulties A walking pace is enough RobinI have often been wrong and whilst the training of the church has taught me to admit it somehow I have never learnt not to be wrong in the first place TuckI knew your father A good man as many say – not all for if all called him good it would not be the truth Tuck to RobinIt was common knowledge when I was a forester that I could hit the broad side of a barn only if it wasn’t walking away too uickly RobinIt is her misfortune not to be stupid and so her hatred is difficult for her It twists in her hands and bites her Rita on BeatrixTales are as much the necessary fabric of our lives as our bodies are TuckAny lone man who can with little than stubbornness and a few ragged friends set so much of my aristocracy in a rage is a man I wish to put to my purposes King Richard

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The Outlaws of SherwoodThe classic tale of Robin Hood gets a new lift as real flesh and blood outlaws on th Full disclosure I like this book a lot and I think its best points than outweigh its flawsTo those disappointed by Robin Hood’s sidelining I want to point out that McKinley’s title The Outlaws of Sherwood should warn you what she’s up to Robin Hood himself is not her main focus though he is the key and the center of the plot and the nucleus of all the relationships of the outlaw band Traditional interpretations of heroism and heroes don’t interest her and mythic grandeur only when contrasted with reality otherwise why bother to reimagine folk or fairy tales at all; they’re grand enough in original form? Myth making in McKinley’s view is a vital part of human nature Fleshing out myth with realistic characterization is what makes her stories vibrant and relatable and all it takes is about the second page or so “Robin did not hate the fact that he was a second rate archer” for Robin Hood to snap from godlike Mary Sue to complex layered interesting person She’s explored this tension before and will again the idealization of storybook heroes contrasted with what would be the gritty reality of practical deed doing The Hero and the Crown showed us dragon killing as grim thankless vermin disposal a clear inversion of the most typically heroic deed in Western myth; in The Blue Sword Harry is consciously molded into a hero as a symbol she feels she can’t live up to All of McKinley’s heroes are reluctant uncertain forced to step up to the plate by circumstance and character rather than high minded inclination they perform heroic deeds because there is no other option not because they’re bold noble pure or powerful Like Ursula LeGuin’s Sparrowhawk they spend their lives learning to decide to do what they must doShe’s never before been so explicit about what she’s doing either There’s practically not a character in the book who doesn’t overtly refer to the act of myth creation and its contrast with the facts of their narrative Friar Tuck tells us “tales are as much the necessary fabric of our lives as our bodies are” Marian consciously constructs a legend of superhuman archer Robin Hood; the common folk of Nottingham have their own tales and stories of a fairy ‘Old One’ Robin Hood savior of the Saxons; the outlaws themselves add some gloss to their versions when drinking with town girlfriends; and robbed nobles exaggerate the shocking deeds of the outlaws or are implied to be doing so Finally in the afterword if you somehow missed it she lays it out in her own voice and tells us how and why she manipulated the Robin Hood legend the way she did This is a story about stories a story about the impact of stories The next time you read it dig for uotes about stories tales myths and you’ll find them everywhere McKinley’s skill lies in burying this theme in a great story that stays interesting in part because the third person narrative POV jumps around and you don’t spend too much time in any one character’s head Plot and character wise she fleshes out most generally agreed upon elements of the Robin Hood myth longbow archery Sherwood Forest robbing the rich to give to the poor the uarterstaff meeting with Little John the ragtag fugitives’ motley characters seriously didn’t we all wonder what a minstrel was doing in a forest? all are given plausibility grounding wit motivation and real character I suspect that a lot of us double X chromosome folks are drawn to this book because she added some women to the traditional Robin Hood sausagefest and realistic women at that It’s difficult to tell how anachronistic they might be since there aren’t a lot of records of women’s inner monologues in the 12th century but