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Duncton Wood

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Gone with the Wind would be a more fitting one, and that probably took me at least as long to read the first time. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The reason it got 2 stars was that by the end of it the pointless ‘descriptions’ were so easy to skip through, if not it would have only got 1 star. With Rebecca a captive to her father after having mated with Cairn, a Pasture mole, she sinks into a long depression during and after her pregnancy when her pups are killed by Mandrake.

Whenever this awful situation has subsided and if we ever get back to some semblance of normal and travel is once again allowed, I know exactly where I want to re-visit. 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. There are the aggressive Westsiders, the secretive and sickly Marchenders and the independent Eastsiders. Further down the hill, where the beech trees give way to oak and ash trees and thick fern banks, is the main system of Duncton.The Duncton chronicles therefore for me stands not just as a fine work of animal literature in a very small subgenre, but also as a truly amazing series in its own right, and this, it's first chapter, while not perhaps it's finest entry is still absolutely worth reading, rereading, and in fact as I myself have done, reading yet again! All that being said however, Duncton wood was still William Horwood's first novel, and as such, while still an astounding work, has a number of rough edges when compared to the other books of the series. William from Shropshire The Duncton Wood books really are magical, I'd never have thought the a story about moles could be so moving and realistic.

Then Bracken is put on the head of the system, but with his mental state, the system is still in shambles. Classic fiction from a deeply undervalued Author the Duncton Chronicles are often described as "Lord of the rings meets Watership Down". And there were parts of it that were beautiful: Cairn and Rebecca's story; the loving descriptions of Duncton Wood, which is near where the author lives; the first journey through the Chamber of Roots.It is not easy to suddenly have moles as the characters that are centre to the entire work and with whom you must feel compassion towards but that only lasts a very short time. Another thing about this book is that the author seems to be using the same method that was first used in Watership Downs, though I had no idea that this was going to be the case until I started reading the book. As the tagline on the book suggests, this is "A clash of good and evil in the savage kingdom of moles. The plot evolves and characters grow learn and die while a supporting cast are kept interesting enough to add to the story without drowning the main plot.

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