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message 1: by Laura (last edited Jan 02, 2009 06:23PM) (new)

Laura (apenandzen) So far, we have four members who want to read Watership Down - GEmma, Fiona (Bugs Bunny) and Fiona (Titch), and me. Anyone else want to join us?

message 2: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10180 comments Mod
I will pulling it down out of my bookshelf, but just not at this moment.... I have a few reads lined up right now that I want to get through first! But I am excited. It is a Lost related novel as well.....

message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) YAY, glad you'll be joining us at some point Oh Great Moderator.

Ahem. I meant Super Moderator.


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I wonder how big my gun would be, and if I could ever find that WASCALLY WABBIT !!!

message 5: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments I'm going to start it Monday night, because I'm away this weekend and I forgot to bring ANOTHER book.

message 6: by d4 (new)

d4 I would jump on the chance to re-read it if not for busying myself with the winter challenge.

message 7: by Hayes (last edited Jan 02, 2009 11:11PM) (new)

Hayes (hayes13) Yes, indeed Fiona!! I remember when I started teaching an EFL class here in Rome, taking over from another teacher, who was veddy veddy British indeed... I asked if anyone in the class was new, got no answer, we hemmed around for about 5 minutes and someone finally asked me "what does noo mean?" I wrote it on the board... "Oh, nee-ew!"

PS I loved this book. I haven't got a copy to hand, or I would join you.

message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) So how do you say tunes Fiona? Tee-yunes?

message 9: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (aceandrew) | 44 comments Laura wrote: "So how do you say tunes Fiona? Tee-yunes?"

Choons :-)

message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) for real?

message 11: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Cool. Come to think of it, I think I've heard Elton John / Phil Collins - some British musician - say it that way!

message 12: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) OK, so we're ready to begin! Otherwise Fiona and I are never gonna be in the same place again, I don't think.

You'll catch up with us, GEmma - I know I won't be reading this as fast as Anne of Green Gables (which I loved) because I don't have the audio version yet. So I'll be limited to times when I can actually sit down and read. And since football playoffs take place today and tomorrow, and my Ravens are playing tomorrow at 1, well, that will slow me down.

But I'm so looking forward to this!!!

My guess is it'll start pretty slow, because I've started this book a million times when I was younger and was never able to keep on with it.

SO I'm gonna use it for the Winter Challenge for Ann's Task. You could use it too Fiona, right?

I don't know the story, tho, never seen the film.

But WILL be seeing the film after I read it, def.!

message 13: by Hayes (new)

Hayes (hayes13) they didn't make a film... have I been out of cultural reality or what!!

message 14: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Fiona's always talking about the film - but is it a cartoon Fiona?

message 15: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) How old is ur book? Mine is a Puffin book, so was 90p when it 1st was sold.

message 16: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Starting mine now as well.

message 17: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Found out mine is 1973 version lol. 2 yrs b4 I was born.

message 18: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Aww hugs sweetie xx


message 19: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Mine was put out by Perennial Classics in 2001 and is 479 pp. long, including the glossary. It was $13 US, but not for me....I got it at the library.

If I had to buy every book I read, I would be in the poor house in a major way.

message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) GET READING BUGS


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) This is probably NOT the best avi for reading WD.

I just realized this.

message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) But this means I wanna shoot you. Hmm...

*taps toes*

Oh well. I gotta destinkify myself.

I did get on hold for the audiobook for this one. It is read by my favorite audiobook reader of all time - John MacDonald. He did the Father Tim books by Jan Karon, and Dracula too, and he is WONDERFUL!

message 23: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Okay, well, I'm going to start it veryyy soon. I think I can catch up. We emus are FAST READERS.

message 24: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Blast you Wabbit!

Of course, my husband has drafted me into helping him clean today. My favorite thing to do!

*pings Bugs on his cottontail*

message 25: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) He kinda likes Elmer Fudd, so I think I'm OK there ;)

Re #38: I listened to and read JS & MN, and the audio version had all the footnotes, so I bet this one will too.

I wish I could just sit & read this! And I promised that boy I'd make him a stew too. UGH. Well almost done w/the cleaning. The only good game on tonight is the Colts, maybe I can read and watch that at the same time. It won't matter if I miss some of that one.

message 26: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Well, since I think in this case that the Colts w/prob win, and we'll prob be playing them next weekend, cause I think we'll beat the Dolphins tomorrow afternoon. So I wanna get a good look at Peyton Manning, cuz I've heard he's throwing lots better than he was earlier in the season when we played them (& unfortunately lost).

They beat us in '06 in the first game of the playoffs, the little b@$t@rds. So I'm really hoping the Chargers take them out tonite (tho I doubt it).

message 27: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) me 2

message 28: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) hee hee nope beef

message 29: by d4 (new)

d4 Even though I'm not reading WD at the moment, it occurred to me that I could mention a certain habit of mine here and someone else would actually "get" it. I've pretty much replaced "OMG" with "OMF" and make frequent use of the phrase "Frith in a pond!" Only one of the friends I talk to on a regular basis has read Watership Down, so I'm probably confusing and alienating everyone else.

message 30: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments You did NOT eat my book!

*runs after Fiona*

message 31: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments *pokes Fiona in the eye*

message 32: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Okay okay,

*pokes Fiona's arm*


*runs away*

message 33: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Umm, have you noticed I'm friends with Gemma Doyle? She has MAGICAL POWERS.

*gets Gemma to create an illusion of carrots*

message 34: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Nooooo!!!

*gets Gemma to distract Fiona with a pile of BOOKS*

message 35: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I forgot how much I LOVE Wile E Coyote. If I could fly thru some pages, I might change myself to the roadrunner. Now, I feel more like the roadincher. Roadcrawler. Roadstopper.

Hell where is the damned road ????


message 36: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10180 comments Mod
OK, so I was wondering how in the world you guys had so many posts in here already, but alas... its just Elmer chasing that rascally ole rabbit... hee hee!

message 37: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Did you expect MATURITY?


message 38: by Robin (new)

Robin (robinsullivan) | 997 comments I really want to read WD down with you all - am I too late?

message 39: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) You are not too late Robin! Join in, the more the merrier.

message 40: by Darla (new)

Darla (silvenfox) | 573 comments Ok... So, I read this book in Dec. and absolutely loved it... I'll have to check in on your progress :)

message 41: by d4 (new)

d4 I have Tales of Watership Down as well, but haven't read it 'cause was wanting to read Watership Down over again to refresh myself first. Movie is pretty hardcore--one of my favorites. I often watch it before I go to sleep.

message 42: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Are you guys referring to the cartoon movie? I have noticed it on cable as I was flipping through the channels, but since I LOVE this book, was leary of watching a cartoon version. Should I?

message 43: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10180 comments Mod
I would like to see them remake this now, with all the super duper neat computer animation they can do.....

message 44: by Robin (new)

Robin (robinsullivan) | 997 comments Okay I finally found my old 1972 hardback --- will start reading today on the way to work!

message 45: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) OK Robin. But please not while the car is moving. Thank you.


message 46: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I will definitely try to find a copy to watch.

Fiona- I agree! I have not seen it (obviously) but think a remake with todays standards, regardless of advances, would probably not be good. I don't think I would enjoy a Pixar Fiver!!! One of the things that stuck with me, even just from flipping through cable, was the beautiful music. I love pretty much anything made in the 70's, but I know I am a minority!!!

message 47: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Can I just say, Fiona, I AGREED WITH YOU!!! :)
Along the same lines, I just got the original Incredible Hulk t.v. series on DVD as a gift. It was made in the 70's, and I LOVE it! I hate the new Hulk movies. My children think the old show is a crack-up, but, even though they are teasing me, they are watching it! It just has so much more heart than any remake could.

message 48: by Robin (new)

Robin (robinsullivan) | 997 comments So I've started reading and after 25+ years it's all coming back to me. I of course remember Fiver and his brother and BigWig but I'm getting re-introduced to the other "lesser known" rabbits again - its just as good as I remembered. I love Hazel and how protective he is of the smaller rabbits and his desire to lead and trepidations about BigWig. And I also like Blackberry and how clever he is.

I'm really glad we are reading this - it's definitely worth a re-read.

-- Wife of GR author Michael J. Sullivan: The Crown Conspiracy (10/08) | Avempartha (04/09)

message 49: by d4 (new)

d4 I had bunnies once. I named one Hazel and one Dandelion--both because of WD. Hazel turned out to be vicious. O.o She's the bunny that peed in my eye.

message 50: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) YIKES Trouble in Paradise.

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