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review 2017-07-20 21:03
Wept Tons of Tears
Watership Down - Richard Adams

Seriously! How is no one on Booklikes or Goodreads going to give a girl a warning about making sure she had some tissues! I was a mess. Over rabbits!

 

I have been meaning to read this book in 2017 so am glad I finally got it completed. It was a pain though since my Overdrive borrow only allows me to read it via my Kindle or cell phone. It doesn't work on Amazon's Cloud Reader (via computer) so keep that in mind when you are borrowing this book.

 

"Watership Down" starts off with Fiver who has a terrifying vision. He is scared almost to death that the warren he currently lives in is not long for this world. He goes off to tell his brother Hazel (yes the names did mess with me) who then decides to go and tell the chief rabbit they need to evacuate. They of course like many men/women playing Cassandra are ignored. 


Eventually Fiver and Hazel convince some other rabbits (Bigwig, Dandelion, Silver, and others).

 

I really liked the dark fairy tale aspect of this story. A story about rabbits should not mess with you as much as this did with me. Honestly it reminded me a little of The Secret of NIMH. And that damn movie scarred me for life. 

 

I really enjoyed all of the characters and they felt like living and breathing people. I wanted our gang of rabbits to be okay and was scared to death that they were about to be ripped from me in some brutal way. Also why are kids reading this book? I would have been a mess at 7 or 8 reading this. 

 

The writing was top notch. There is a language that Adams makes up called lapine that is rabbit speak. So a few times I had to stop and say wait what is this word. But other than that, no big issues. I did think that the flow was off here and there, but I ignored it. I think the tales of the mystical El-ahrairah just got a bit much and that's the parts of the book I did skim towards the end.

 

The setting of something that in my eyes equals peace and tranquility (the woods, a meadow, etc.) becomes something dark and sinister in this book. I kind of loved it.

 

A great ending that had me sniffling and reaching for my tissues. 

 

 

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text 2017-07-16 23:51
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Watership Down - Richard Adams

So far enjoying. Though the rabbits name are a bit much. I like Hazel and Fiver. Now the group that has left the warren has come across other rabbits. 

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text 2017-07-07 02:20
Personal Canon - Watership Down
Watership Down - Richard Adams

Watership Down

Richard Adams

First Read: 3rd/4th grade

 

                 I first read Watership Down after seeing the cartoon.  I was dusting my parents’ bookcase, and boom there the book was.  So, I read it and loved it.  Except for that one chapter.

 

                The basic plot of Watership is a quest by a group of rabbits as they try to find, first, a home and then female rabbits.  The rabbits have a trickster god called El-ahrairah.  The chapter that freaked me out when I first read it was a story about El-ahrairah going to the Black Rabbit (death).  El-ahrairah wanted to save his people so he gambled with the Black Rabbit.  Each time he lost, he lost body parts.  His ears were replaced with cabbage leaves and so on.  It freaked me out.  Really freaked me out.  It was the only time I ever needed a night light.

 

                It was the cabbage leaves.

 

                Yet, even this chapter couldn’t kill my love for the book.  I re-read pretty much every year though college.  Until high school, I skipped that scary chapter.  But then I read it again and loved it.

 

                The great thing about Watership Down is the whole language.  The whole world building.  The characters – Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Dandelion, Blackberry, Pippin, and Keehar (who is not a rabbit).

 

                I love those characters.  I love this book.

                Rabbits taught me much.

               

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-31 16:57
May 2017 — A Wrap-Up

 

 

 

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I have been reading this series with huge breaks in between. That means, every time I start a new book from it. I am surprised anew by Dexter’s razor sharp wit and the efforts he puts into seeming “normal”. It is a good way to read this series, if you ask me. You can see both qualities in his character being used to their fullest this way. Look at the following two examples. These are from a part of the book where Dexter is called to the scene of murder of a cop. I love how hard he struggles to appear like the rest of the people and how much he has to work on things that most of us take for granted:

 

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The reason that I didn’t rate this book higher is the fact that Dexter’s monologues never seem to end. This technique works in some places and completely bombs in others.

 

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This was as much fun as I hoped it’d be. Of course, I imagined Tom Hiddleston’s voice to be Loki’s as I read the book. Loki is charming, detestable, and pathetic in turns as he narrates his own story. He also kinda has a point lol For instance, here’s what he had to say about the other deities:

 

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 The humor is threaded into the story well, so it keeps you from actually feeling the horror when horrifying things happen. Life and death don’t really matter when you are immortal-ish. The quote below describes the death of a hunter who dared to defy the Asgardians (who are described as pensioners in it):

 

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I also learned a new word:

 

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Loki’s Image

 

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Boy, this was a painful read! Not because it wasn’t good; quite the opposite. You will find my detailed review here if you’re interested.

 

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This book started off well but became too repetitive after a while. Here are some of the quotes that I liked:

 

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There are some beautiful descriptions, as well. Here is one such passage where the author describes the effect of moonlight on the jungle:

We need daylight and to that extent it is utilitarian, but moonlight we do not need. When it comes, it serves no necessity. It transforms. It falls upon the banks and the grass, separating one long blade from another; turning a drift of brown, frosted leaves from a single heap to innumerable flashing fragments; or glimmering lengthways along wet twigs as though light itself were ductile.

I think Bigwig was one character who showed a lot of growth as the story progressed. He went from being just the brawn around the leader to a rabbit who started thinking for himself. One of the many funny exchanges between Bigwig and Hazel is featured below:

 

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Here’s a picture that reminded me of Bigwig:

 

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This one was about Dexter having an affair with a movie star while being married to Rita. I liked two things about this instalment in the series:

 

One, we get to really “see” how much of a sociopath Dexter is. He doesn’t feel sorry for going against his marriage vows. Also, the only reason he goes to save his daughter is that somebody tried to take something away from him.

 

Two, we are shown more about Astor being exactly like Dexter. She doesn’t feel, loves the power she has over a pedophile, and expresses minimal sorrow over Rita’s death.

 

I have also started to worry about Dexter’s youngest now. With Rita gone, what kind of a persin will she grow up into? Did she ever have a chance to be a human being with feelings? Interesting thoughts!

 

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It would be a rare Roald Dahl book written for kids that I wouldn’t enjoy. The Witches wasn’t one of them. I loved how the grandmother dealt with every twist with aplomb. Kinda reminded me of my own grandmother who isn’t with us anymore.

 

I found the part where the little boy is reassured that he won’t outlive his grandmother and says this:

 

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One of the best things about RD’s books is how “real” they seem. The example above seems so natural; grandkids are insanely in love with their grandparents. Another example is something that many of us have felt on one occasion or the other. It is from a scene where the boy watches a doorman whistle:

 

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Oh, and I found an instance of “greased lightning” in the book! Lol

 

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The series came to an end with this book. I must say that this instalment annoyed me a lot. Dexter bumbled around like an idiot through most of it. I kept thinking that the author was going to give us a reason behind Dexter’s stupidity: mass hallucination, flouridation of the public water supply, anything! Didn’t happen. Even so, I am glad I stuck with the series until the end.

 

Two things that I liked:

 

One, mention of a certain cartoon that Astor and Cody were watching, featuring a platypus. I am going to assume it is this one:

 

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and because there would be no Perry without them, these guys:

 

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Two, Dexter’s thoughts when he gets into his lawyer’s Bentley:

 

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This is why I will always be a fan of Dexter’s razor sharp wit!

 

So far so good for the month of May. Here’s what is happening in June:

 

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This book will mark the end of my Work Bingo. I hope it is as good as the first one was!

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text 2017-05-19 16:56
Booklikes-opoly: Roll! Tomorrowland 36! and Fantasyland 7!
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
Watership Down - Richard Adams

 

I rolled a 4 and they are doubles so I get another roll. I landed on this:

 

 

I swear I have landed on this thing like 10 times. I am exaggerating, but it feels like it.

 

 

I rolled an 8. So that means I landed here:

 

 

Will post my reads for this in a bit. Heading to lunch with friends. 

 

Updated: You guys rock with the lists! I found out The Good Earth fits the SPACE space due to Pearl S. Buck having a name that spells out space. Going to read Watership Down for my second book though. I have been meaning to read it this year, so at least now I can check off something on another list. 

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