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Hodd by Adam Thorpe
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Aug 10, 2010

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bookshelves: 21st-c, authors-uk, myths-legends, fiction
Read from August 13 to October 14, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Like most reviewers I found this a most frustrating but ultimately beguiling read. The oft-mentioned blizzard of footnotes threatened to halt my progress completely, and I took to avoiding the book altogether for a while. I only began to make headway once I decided to ignore the annotation, and then the story began to shine through.

And what a fascinating story it is; an Eco-like conceit whereby a hapless young musician finds himself thrown into a horrifying den of thieves, and through his travails inadvertently gives birth to one of England's most enduring legends. If there ever was one who went by the name of Robin Hood, then I fancy his story would not be altogether too different from this one.

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