Routine until half way through chapter 2, then - wow!,
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This review is from: Erasmus Hobart and the Golden Arrow (Kindle Edition)
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.