Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Animals as MC's?

One of my favorite books of all time is WATERSHIP DOWN!
I know some will disagree, especially if it was assigned reading in school.

A book about rabbits? Here's the description from Amazon:

The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese).

Yep, a book about rabbits. And I read it twice! A few pages in, the focus becomes the personalities and the story-line. Not the fact that your reading about rabbits. That's good writing.

**What's bittersweet is that I found the book in my deceased brother's possessions (he died when I was 21).

He was in the navy, stationed on the famous USS Nimitz, and I came across it at my parents house one day. He had passages highlighted and the front cover it had a USS Nimitz stamp (which pretty much meant he swiped it from the ship's library--what a REBEL--at least I'd like to remember him that way). :D

I will always, always cherish that book.

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Anyway, animals as MC's. I won a book on LiLa's blog last week: NIGHTSHADE CITY!


This time, a book about rats! From Amazon:

Deep beneath a modern metropolis lies the Catacombs, the kingdom of remarkable rats of superior intellect. Juniper and his maverick band of rebel rats have been plotting ever since the Bloody Coup turned the Catacombs, a once-peaceful democracy, into a brutal dictatorship ruled by decadent High Minister Killdeer and his vicious henchman, Billycan, a former lab rat with a fondness for butchery. When three young orphan rats--brothers Vincent and Victor and a clever female named Clover--flee the Catacombs in mortal peril and join forces with the rebels, it proves to be the spark that ignites the long-awaited battle to overthrow their oppressors and create a new city--Nightshade City.

Yep, I've got some reading to do!

20 comments:

junebug said...

I agree with you on Watership Down. It has been one of my favorites since Jr. High.

Justine Dell said...

I've never read it, but it sounds like something I would like.

Wait..do any of the bunnies die? Because I don't like books where little fuzzy animals die. I can't even watch Ol' Yeller! Or Bambi!

~JD

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't think I've read Watership Down but I would have had NO CLUE it was about rabbits from the title!

Finding Beauty said...

I absolutely love Watership Down. I never read it when I was younger and Jon bought it for me last year. I couldn't put it down....just love it!

Anne said...

I haven't read either of these! :/ I'll have to check them out.

Maddy said...

Never read it as a kid, but love that you were reminded of your brother! I'm sure he would love to be remembered as a "rebel" :)

Crystal Cook said...

Watership Down is one of my favorites too, I think I've read it at least five times! Happy reading with the new one!

Julia Writer said...

Can you believe I've never read it? It is in my TBR pile now though as my daughter just read it in school.

SharleneT said...

OMG! That's absolutely one of my favorites and I've read it I don't know how many times. Adams also wrote a follow-up Duncton Wood, which is about moles and the main characters pretty much resemble the British Parliament and some notable figures... You must get it and stop your life to read it... you will love it... Now, I've got to download it to my Kindle... Like I don't have enough to do... Thanks a lot! (Come visit when you can...)

Theresa Milstein said...

I never read Watership Down. Nightshade City is on my to-read list.

I loved The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, which is about a rabbit toy. Gregor the Overlander had many animals in it too, and that was a fun read.

Sandy Shin said...

I have to admit I've never read Watership Down (*hangs head in shame*), but I definitely do need to!

Melissa said...

I've never even HEARD of watership down, though now that thats been rectified I can add it to my TBR

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I haven't read that book but it does sound interesting. I'm so happy that you found the one that your brother had. So sorry about your loss.

Elana Johnson said...

I normally don't like books with animal MC's, but I did like Nightshade City.

Talei said...

Ah yes Watership Down! We had to read this one at school. Needless to say I went home and told my mother I wanted a rabbit for my next birthday! ;)

I have an award for you on my blog too! Please come by to pick up when you can. ;)

Portia said...

I adore that book! Read it with my mom when I was a kid. Great memories!

-Portia

Meredith said...

I've never read Watership Down (I will soon, I promise!), but I used to read the Redwall series with mice and badgers and otters and everything. Totally loved it.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've never read Watership Down, but I saw the movie. I cried. A lot. Didn't help that I had rabbits at the time.

Faith E. Hough said...

I love Watership Down... and I sympathize with the teachers who decided to assign it to poor people who will never like assigned material--'cause it is just that good.
And I can't wait to read Nightshade City, either!

Lourie said...

I remember Watership Down, but I didn't remember the plot. Now I want to go read it. How about Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM. Mice and rats...and an owl, a crow, and a big fat cat.