The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood


“Vivian” (Short Story, Midori Synder) – In this alternate mythological world, Robin Hood, skilled hunter and principled thief, is overmatched in a bout of mortal combat. The result determines the trajectory of his life. The Vivian in this story does not appear in any other Robin Hood tale. I’m convinced the name comes from E. Charles Vivian, the writer who compiled a version of Robin in Robin Hood and His Merry Men (1927). Perhaps Midori Synder, the author of “Vivian,” seeks to explain how Robin achieves the seemingly supernatural feats in E. Charles Vivian’s tales. Carefully crafted descriptions and strong story-telling hold my interest throughout. However, the ending, which is somewhat tied to E. Charles Vivian’s last chapter (and many other versions), is abrupt. Rating: 625

From the Author: Many years ago, I wrote the short story “Vivian” for Martin Greenberg’s Robin Hood Anthology, and later reprinted in Years’ Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Datlow and Windling. My take on the well-known tale was to imagine the complications of a man trying to be heroic, but unable to do it alone. This is in the spirit of behind every good man there is someone else making him possible. So what does Robin owe to the fantastic? How does he manage between wanting to be that hero and knowing that when he does becomes successful, it comes at the price of another? – source: