Watership Down is the story of a small group of rabbits traveling across the English countryside in search of a new home. Their tale begins when FiverWatership Down is the story of a small group of rabbits traveling across the English countryside in search of a new home. Their tale begins when Fiver, a small, nervous rabbit, senses an unnamed future danger for the warren in which they live. Fiver has the gift of prophecy, and when he speaks, his older brother Hazel listens. After taking their concerns to the Chief Rabbit and trying in vain to make him believe and understand that they are in great danger, Hazel and Fiver plan an escape from their warren. The brothers, along with a group of like-minded individuals, leave the warren and go through several adventures in search of a safe place to live.
To give anymore of the plot details away would remove some of the enchantment from this incredible book, and I refuse to do that to you. Watership Down is a story of great beauty. As I have stated before, it is my all-time favorite book. I first read it when I was just 12 years old, almost 20 years ago. I have read many other wonderful books over the years, but there is something special about Watership Down, a certain magic that not even time can erase. I have read it many times, and have vowed beginning this year to re-read as my first book of each new year from now on. You may say that life is too short to re-read books, but I say that life is to short not to enjoy your favorite things.
Richard Adams began Watership Down as a story told aloud to his two daughters on a long car trip. In creating his fantastic world of wild rabbits, Adams constructed a new language, a complete culture, and an imaginative folk history for his characters, all of which add incredible depth to the story and to the characters themselves. The rabbits of Watership Down act with human characteristics such as bravery, loyalty and ingenuity. However Adams has written them with a naturalist's eye for real rabbits - the reader is left with the impression that this is simply how rabbits behave.
Watership Down is a marvelous tale of adventure, the breathtaking story of a journey which leads eventually to the safety of a new home, as well as a keen understanding of the outside world and all its perils. If you'll allow yourself to get lost in the story, you will not regret it. Rich in detail and with a compelling and entertaining plot, Watership Down is truly a timeless masterpiece, a modern day classic that is beloved by many (including myself - in case I have not made that clear.)...more
Neglected by his father after the illness and death of his mother, ridiculed by his teachers, and teased by his classmates, Bastian Balthazar Bux is aNeglected by his father after the illness and death of his mother, ridiculed by his teachers, and teased by his classmates, Bastian Balthazar Bux is a sad little boy. While being chased by some bullies, Bastain ducks into an antique bookstore and happens upon an old man reading a curious book, The Neverending Story. Bastian feels an irresistible pull to the mysterious book and when the man steps away to take a phone call, Bastain takes the book and runs away with it.
Bastian ends up taking the book to school and hiding away in the attic to read it. Upon opening the book Bastian discovers the extraordinary world of Fantastica - a marvelous parallel universe full of all kinds of sensational beings. Fantastica is being slowly destroyed by a mysterious Nothing, and it will take the cleverness and bravery of two little boys to save it from ultimate annihilation.
Written by Michael Ende and originally published in German in 1979, The Neverending Story was translated into English by Ralph Manheim in 1983. Of course, I have seen the original movie hundreds of times - it was one of my favorites growing up - but the book is different enough from the movie to keep the reader interested in the plot twists and extended storyline. The movie covers only the first half of the book, and there is a lot packed in to the last 200 pages!
The Neverending Story is just as breathtaking as I imagined it would be. Despite a few little hiccups that could only be attributed to translation issues, I simply loved the story! The Neverending Story is wonderfully imaginative, full of scrumdiddlyumptious detail, and really, just a beautiful and captivating tale, perfect for fantasy fans of all ages. ...more
The Last Unicorn is one of my all-time favorite childhood movies, but I didn't know until recently that it was based on a wonderful book by Peter S. BThe Last Unicorn is one of my all-time favorite childhood movies, but I didn't know until recently that it was based on a wonderful book by Peter S. Beagle. Full of mythical creatures and magicians, The Last Unicorn is a complex and enchanting fantasy story that wraps the reader up in it's timeless magic.
The novel begins in the lilac wood of the unicorn, as she listens in to two hunters arguing over the existence of unicorns in the world. After realizing that she had not seen another unicorn in some time, she begins to wonder if she may in fact be the last of her kind. Thus begins her epic quest in search of other unicorns.
During her journey she meets an entertaining cast of characters: Mommy Fortuna, owner of the Midnight Carnival; the harpy Celaeno, a great bronze bird with the face of a hag and deadly, rending talons; Schmendrick, a fairly inept magician; Molly Grue, a woman-of-the-woods, living with a band of outlaws; and of course King Haggard and his Red Bull, the captors of all of the unicorns in the world.
The unicorn's quest is as much a voyage of self-discovery as it is a journey to find her people. She must face the truth about herself and her world - whether she wants to or not - and complete her pilgrimage to save the other unicorns. The story of The Last Unicorn is a beautiful tale of love and hope, what makes a hero a hero, and the accomplishment of a "happily ever after."
Peter S. Beagle's writing is brimming with dazzlingly descriptive language, prose and wit. His characters are extremely well-written, adding to the beauty and grace of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book - first sentence to last - I didn't want the adventure to end. Enchanting - captivating - intriguing - nothing goes quite far enough to describe this enduring fairy-tale. Whether you're a fan of classic fantasy, or you just need a bit of magic in your life, you should pick up Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. You have my personal guarantee - you won't be disappointed....more
God bless eBay! You can find things you never even knew existed! The Watership Down Film Picture Book is my new favorite eBay find. The book is exactlGod bless eBay! You can find things you never even knew existed! The Watership Down Film Picture Book is my new favorite eBay find. The book is exactly as the title implies: incredibly beautiful stills from the 1978 animated movie "with blocking text by Richard Adams" (author of the heroic fantasy novel of the same name.)
Richard Adams sums up differences between film and novel in the preface:
"A film is not a book. They are two distinct forms of art; and people who, when asked whether they have read a particular book, reply 'No, but I saw the film,' might really just as sensibly answer, 'No, but I had breakfast this morning.'" Truer words were never spoken. As a HUGE Watership Down fan, I have read the book and seen the movie multiple times. Both art forms are wonderful and engrossing. The Watership Down Film Picture Book is not so much a mixture of the two, but really a book with substance enough to stand alone.
Although Richard Adams' words appear in The Watership Down Film Picture Book, they cannot even come close to the enchanting descriptions in his original novel. Watership Down is an epic novel, with a captivating portrayal of a group of rabbits' search for a safe new home. It would have been impossible to put the entire novel into the movie, or into The Watership Down Film Picture Book for that matter. Keeping that in mind, I of course loved this book! Given such a fantastic novel, and such an enchanting movie, how could this picture book be anything less than excellent?!
If you ever have opportunity and can find this book, you should definitely check it out (after of course, reading the original Watership Down and watching the film.) I can see myself taking this book off my shelf and reading it over and over again. I am so happy I found it! ...more
The imagination and details that go into the Harry Potter series is truly phenomenal! I did not start reading this series until all seven books had beThe imagination and details that go into the Harry Potter series is truly phenomenal! I did not start reading this series until all seven books had been published. It was a good thing too - once I started, I could not put the books down....more
In Homeland, R.A. Salvatore introduces us to Drizzt, drow and secondboy in the 9th house of the city of Menzoberranzan. It is the story of Drizzt's eaIn Homeland, R.A. Salvatore introduces us to Drizzt, drow and secondboy in the 9th house of the city of Menzoberranzan. It is the story of Drizzt's early life, his journey from birth to adulthood, as a member of an evil society of dark elves ruled by a dark Spider Queen deity.
I am not a role-playing game girl, and am unfamiliar with "Forgotten Realms" - the game on which the Drizzt books are based. In fact I never would have read this at all if not for my husband. I don't even read a lot of science fiction. So I was caught completely by surprise when I actually enjoyed it.
The story is complex, and compels the reader to continue turning pages to see where it will lead next. The setting is intricate and deliciously dark, illustrating the malevolent culture of the dark elves. With great artistry, Salvatore describes the Underdark, and the reader can see it as if it were a wicked painting passing before his eyes.
Rich in detail and heavy with an unexpected and deep emotional connection to the characters, Homeland is an excellent fantasy novel. It is an astonishingly well-written introduction to The Legend of Drizzt. I will definitely continue reading this series....more
The world J.R.R. Tolkien has created is simply breathtaking. It was hard to say goodbye to Middle-Earth once I'd finished the trilogy, but I know I'llThe world J.R.R. Tolkien has created is simply breathtaking. It was hard to say goodbye to Middle-Earth once I'd finished the trilogy, but I know I'll be back again someday....more
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is book 2 in the Chronicles of Narnia.
"Narnia … the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country kThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is book 2 in the Chronicles of Narnia.
"Narnia … the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy … the place where adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever."
C.S. Lewis' originality of voice insures that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is sure to remain a charming classic for future generations. Lewis fills his books with amazing details and mythic creatures that make me wish I had a wardrobe of my own as a portal to travel to fantastic lands. It was simply a delightful read and I'm glad I picked it up. ...more
C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew, book 1 of the Chronicles of Narnia, gives the reader an enchanting introduction to the magical land of Narnia. In tC.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew, book 1 of the Chronicles of Narnia, gives the reader an enchanting introduction to the magical land of Narnia. In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series.
The Magician's Nephew is a compelling read. It is clear from the beginning that the wonderful imagination of C.S. Lewis is what has kept these books alive for all these years. I very much enjoyed reading this classic of children's fantasy literature....more
The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures as a burglar on a dangerous mission to the Lonely Mountain with 13 dwarves. The Hobbit isThe Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures as a burglar on a dangerous mission to the Lonely Mountain with 13 dwarves. The Hobbit is a charming and fun-to-read story teaching us all to "go our own way" in life (a most important lesson to learn!)...more