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Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow by [Fish, Andrew]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1512 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Authonomy (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A61ZTWW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #643,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'll be the first to admit that I know pretty much zilcho about the legend of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. What I do know is that they weren't a bunch of foxes and other such forest animals running around and having a good time conning the sheriff out of the taxes. But that's about where my knowledge ends. Pretty sad, really.

Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow was a brilliant book in many respects--I learned more about the legend of Robin Hood than I originally knew before reading and the book made a very important point--history is the perception of those who write it.

Think about it... how do we know Robin Hood really stole from the rich and gave to the poor? We don't... it's someone else's legend. And that's exactly the subject matter in Fish's novel. Erasmus Hobart (I freaking love that name) goes back in time via a kitted out wooden privy (think Tardis!) to see what Robin Hood was really like. And boy is Erasmus shocked at what he finds. I won't say much more than that because I'm not one to publish spoilers, suffice to say the truth Erasmus finds is a lot more interesting than legend.

The book itself is quite clever and easy to ready, even if it's something that's been done before--and for 99p on the Kindle you really can't say no! I enjoyed the romp through Sherwood Forest with Erasmus and look forward to seeing what Fish has in store next for the kooky time travelling teacher. You can count me in as a fan if it branches into a series!
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I am delighted to have found this delightful book as an ebook. I came across an earlier printed edition some years ago and, like the previous reviewer, loved the thread of humour which is woven through it. It is also an interesting slant on the debate about time travel and whether time travellers should interfere in past happenings . . . . I'll say n'more. At 99p, well worth getting.
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This was thoroughly entertaining and amusing, it can be slightly embarrassing when you laugh on the underground. Also found I really have to watch that I didn't miss my stop as the story and characters are so engaging. I really enjoyed the read and I'd really like some more please.
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Erasmus, a physics and history teacher, has designed himself a time machine. He goes back in time to meet Robin Hood just because he can. But history back then is not the same as the stories nowadays.

This is a crackingly good romp. Robin Hood is a bit of a twonk and it is Maid Marian who wears the trousers. Erasmus keeps getting into trouble as he tries to find out the truth about Robin and undo the changes he's probably made to history.

This book has some gentle humour to it and is a nice easy entertaining read.
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A charming new take on the Robin Hood legend. Amusing enough that I actually laughed out loud. I look forward to more from this author.
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Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow is a relatively short novel at 212 pages, but it is quite entertaining for all of them. Published through HarperCollins' Authonomy imprint, it is a delightful retelling of the Robin Hood legend through the eyes of a time-traveling history cum physics teacher. Erasmus Hobart is a young and well-meaning teacher, who has built his own time-travelling machine in a store room off his class room. In the hours after his pupils have gone home, Erasmus tinkers about with intricate calculations and the privy he remodelled into a time machine, all the while hiding what he does from the school's nosy head master. Inspired by the school play and some questions from his history pupils who he's teaching about Magna Carta, he travels back to the time of King Richard and King John to find out the truth behind the legend of Robin Hood.

What we get in Fish's tale is a funny, entertaining look at time travel and its consequences, because of course Erasmus' arrival in Sherwood Forest complicates matters and changes the Robin's legend forever. In fact, Fish emphasises that even if we don't interact, just our being there can change things. The characters are quite entertaining if a bit droll at times. I especially loved Maude, Erasmus' medieval love interest, or perhaps it's more correct to say he was her love interest. She was funny and capable and I love that she's the one who saves him every time he gets himself into a mess. A pair that made me laugh every time they made it on page were the two information brokers at the inn. Not only were they hilarious, but they had a very cool part in the story. Also, the inn made me think of the Snuggly Duckling, the inn from Tangled, which made me chuckle.
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By bb on 30 Nov. 2013
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Absolutely loved it.
Great sense of humour, great story. Very likeable characters.
The beginning had me chuckling constantly then blossomed into a a full blown adventure.
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it!
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This was a free download, and all the way through Chapter One I thought 'Just as well: some of the phrases are a bit stilted, and there's a bit too much word repetition', then about half way through Chapter 2 the book came alive, I was hooked, and went everywhere willingly (well, maybe not the tannery, nor the dungeon, although I loved its 3 rats rating) with the young history/physics teacher. Having not been at secondary school for an awfully long time now, I have to say I'd have been delighted to have had him teach me either subject; his dealings with (these pc days I daren't say 'handling of') his various pupils were skilful, and he was delightfully close to being rude to his headmaster. As for his wooden privy, his logic for its design seemed sound, even if its landings weren't always in the best possible locations.

Andrew Fish' treatment of the Robin Hood legend was refreshingly different, and I have no doubt he'll have pleased the feminists by his treatment of Maid Marian's band of outlaws, efficient, every one - although I'm not sure they'd approve of the one tidying the stones from the clearing (too reminiscent of domestic drudgery, perhaps). Robin Hood's band, however, are a different matter, while the Sheriff of Nottingham is much more astute than I remember in the legend, while poor Guy of Gisborne really suffers more than his share of calamities. The two local yokels in the inn are superb, and the incident of the lute and lyre is great fun, but best of all, even better than Maude, are the squirrels...

By the end of the adventure, I was a total fan of Erasmus, whose experiences have made him grow in confidence and stature, and I do hope that he'll be back for some more time travel.
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