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Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
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Apr 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: anthropomorphic-fantasy
Read in January, 1994

Most of the Redwall books rather blur together. In fact, even though I enjoyed them, I gave up reading them because I'd look at the books in the store and I couldn't remember if I had read them before or not, with the plots so alike. But this one stands out in my memory. A young mousemaid is lost at sea in a storm, and finds herself washed up on the shore. She defends herself from a gull with a knotted string, and since she has amnesia, she names herself Storm Gullwacker. It's got badgers, it's got pirate rats, hare long patrolmen... it's great fun.

I mean, it suffers from all the normal problems of the Redwall books: it's overly twee at times, it's completely predictable, and sometimes you wonder if dividing the animal kingdom into good animals and evil animals is maybe a bit... racist? But it's also a huge amount of fun. Especially if read aloud, and you try to carry out the accents.

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