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Mossflower by Brian Jacques
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Dec 25, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, animals, children-s

Mossflower has always been my favorite Redwall book. The characters are delightful, the villains both bumbling and menacing, and the adventure suitably varied. It has a bit of a pacing problem, perhaps - Jacques seems a bit too delighted to describe every domestic detail and transcribe every scrap of dialect to keep the story moving quickly - but it remains charming.

Occasionally I'm thrown by a bit of the worldbuilding that doesn't quite gel - the relative scale of the animals seems arbitrary and inconsistent, things like cheese show up with no reference to cows, and how does a religion that seems to have no focus beyond a generic reverence for nature end up with cloistered orders and saints to name churches after? But if I can never quite forgive those flaws, I can certainly overlook them.
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