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text 2019-01-12 22:20
Mini-Series Review: Watership Down


Title: Watership Down
Year of Release: 2018
Starring: James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Ben Kingsley
Length: 4 episodes
Rating: TV-PG


Favourite character: Bigwig

Crush: N/A unless you count John Boyega’s voice
Least favourite character: Woundwort


Mini-Review: I’ve never read the original novel, and it’s in my to-read pile now definitely, but I thought this was good. At first it’s confusing, and you kind of need a dictionary because of the fact that the rabbits have their own language, so you’re basically confused at some parts unless you’re fluent in Lapine. My only really complaint was the animation, which almost felt like a video game rather than a TV show.





Gifs not mine. Credit to creators.

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review 2018-12-17 20:01
Watership Down
Watership Down - Richard Adams

Another one off of NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf.


I've tried to read Watership Down several times, and I finally finished it! I used to watch the movie over and over as a kid even though it scared the crap out of me. I was talking to a coworker and we both agree that you could read the first half of this book and then leave the rest (like Little Women). I got really nervous at the end and had to spoil it for myself before I could finish (I waited several months before reading the last three or four chapters...). 


It's very well written. I love the world building (I was expecting something similar when I started The Warriors series by Erin Hunter and was sorely disappointed). And this is from someone who doesn't love animal fantasies (I have no idea how I'm going to get through Redwall). It was worth the time it took to read. 

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review 2018-09-22 15:24
I killed Fiver: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams
Watership Down - Richard Adams

“Watership Down”. 30+ years later I still sometimes get nightmares. "There's a dog loose in the wood... there's a dog loose in the wood..."

Couple the painful nostalgic setting of an old and disappearing rural England, with the horrors of the totalitarian rabbits, and you get something that strikes fear into the deep places of an English born soul I imagine. At least this Portuguese born soul was afraid...We need to get to a high, dry place, where we can see all around for miles, where we will be safe!!!!



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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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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