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Duncton Wood

Duncton Wood

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It's life, nature, faith, courage, fear, weakness, greed, power, everything to do with being human, I could not recommend it highly enough, read it now. Yes, I did give up after 120 pages and maybe the story picks up speed in the 400 pages or so that I didn't read.

It was followed a few years later by the Book of Silence, a follow-on trilogy set far into the future of the moles of Duncton Wood. Yeah I think part of the problem with Horwood’s novels being little known, is that they are thought of as kids or at the very best, YA novels, due to the fact that the characters are moles.So many memories came flooding back once I started reading, both of the book itself, and the beautiful English countryside. Beware the Nice Ones: Boswell has no qualms about using the Dark Sound to snap Bracken out of a fit of angst and remind him to respect the secrets of the stone.

The world building is also fantastic, down to the details of how long the holy scrips can be expected to last before they need to be re-scratched into new bark by younger claws, but overseen by the eyes of wisdom to assure that the religion doesn't just. It's the story of two Moles, Bracken and Rebecca, and the adventures they have as they try to protect Duncton Wood from Mandrake an outsider and oddly enough, Rebecca's father.

It's just that it felt that with more confident handling and sharper editing, it could have been so much better. Duncton Wood is a truly breathtaking and enchanting read that reminds us how savage yet full of love the animal kingdom truly is.

A number of his characters are excellent value for the entry fee - Mekkins is great fun; Rose is gentle and loving; Boswell is both mysterious and down-to-earth. Fittingly for the author of several splendid sequels to 'Wind in the Willows', this book - like them - is tinged throughout by a form of mystical, pagan religion as well as being a love story, an action adventure novel and treatise on the common mole. The Elders of Duncton side with the will of Mandrake that the way of the Stone and its ceremonies are no longer needed.I am also a fan of the television series Star Trek: the Second Generation, although is it disturbing that Star trek has no place for Godde eh. Descriptions that awed with their imagination, power,and ability to paint the picture in the mind: The Ancient System and the Chamber of Dark Sound, and particularly Siabod--part of it may have been our very effective central air conditioning, but Siabod was truly chilling and I saw and felt its unforgiving heights very vividly. Though his characterisation of the daily and emotional life of the moles of Moledom is undoubtedly masterful (and remains so throughout the series), in Duncton wood the overall social structures and traditions that make up the society feel far less well emphasized and drawn than in later books.

The first volume, originally written as a standalone novel, tells the story of the romance between the Duncton moles Bracken and Rebecca as the long-held traditions surrounding the Duncton Stone recede under the rule of Rebecca's tyrannical father Mandrake and the evil and manipulative Rune. Dan from South Africa First off, loved Duncton Wood like I will probably not love another book in my lifetime. If you’ve encountered it at all, you’ve probably heard this book described as a cross between Watership Down, The Wind in the Willows and The Lord of the Rings.

However, I guess the originality comes out in how you produce your writings, and if you let your own personality and style dictate your work as opposed to simply copying something else. I never once wanted to skim through any of the descriptive passages, and I really enjoyed the anthropomorphism (now that didn't touch-type quickly) - moles doing the things that moles do, but also interacting like humans in community. My personal favorites are 'Alias Grace', 'Girl on a Swing' and 'Stonor Eagle' - but 'Watership Down', which has also been made into a movie, should maybe come first? Love, laughter, trauma, death, betrayal, redemption, and faith crafted so lovingly into the tale that they are at once jarring and enriching one you step back and equivocation mole to humanity.



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