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Author Topic: Healthy Mole's review  (Read 1063 times)

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2020, 01:55:41 AM »
Ooh this one,

"Also being an Australian we have a very poor view of rabbits in regards to the environment. I don't think of them as lovely, harmonious creatures."

There are a surprising number of people complaining about the lack(ing) metaphor or how they usually enjoy anthromorfic animal stories if done well. Yet, the point is that it is not supposed to be furry humans. It's about rabbits.

A lot of people seem really ridiculiously amazed they have just read nearly 500 pages about rabbits. As if this is a great and wondrous feat.
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2020, 03:02:29 AM »
"Also being an Australian we have a very poor view of rabbits in regards to the environment. I don't think of them as lovely, harmonious creatures."
Yes, in Australia bunnies are pests, but the book is set in the English countryside.

A lot of people seem really ridiculiously amazed they have just read nearly 500 pages about rabbits. As if this is a great and wondrous feat.
"Wow, how did they make the life of a dumb animal so interesting?"

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2020, 03:29:39 AM »
also, as an australian i can confirm that usually absolutely no one has a problem with them so someone is just looking for reasons to hate on a good book

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2020, 03:40:34 AM »
"Wow, how did they make the life of a dumb animal so interesting?"
This seems to be a thing in general about books with animal POVs. People seem to find it hard to grasp that another species could be interesting enough to warrant an entire novel dedicated to them and from their POV.

I find this both strange (because it was never an the case for me) and interesting.
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2020, 03:58:13 AM »
It's just. It strikes me as so narrowminded.  How does one not see that all animals lead genuinely eventful lives?  From the smallest ant to the blue whale?

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2020, 04:24:05 AM »
It's just. It strikes me as so narrowminded.  How does one not see that all animals lead genuinely eventful lives?  From the smallest ant to the blue whale?
I don't know. They never watched nature documentaries with David Attenborough when they were young?
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2020, 04:46:00 AM »
It's just. It strikes me as so narrowminded.  How does one not see that all animals lead genuinely eventful lives?  From the smallest ant to the blue whale?
I don't know. They never watched nature documentaries with David Attenborough when they were young?
I mean, apparently not, which is nutty to me. My family and I loooove nature docs detailing the lives of animals.

But if you can't get into WD, I imagine that would be hard to get into.

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2020, 05:11:39 AM »
I mean, apparently not, which is nutty to me. My family and I loooove nature docs detailing the lives of animals.
Same here! I've loved watching them all my life!

WOW okay this one is just .;; This actually makes me angry:
"Of course – they aren’t your normal rabbits. These guys can talk, and have feelings, and some can even see into the future."
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2020, 05:42:51 AM »
"Of course – they aren’t your normal rabbits. These guys can talk, and have feelings, and some can even see into the future."
How is that different from normal rabbits?
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2020, 05:48:43 AM »
Uh.
Yes.
I mean, I'd argue that they can't "talk" as we understand it.

The story wouldn't work if they didn't communicate with each other. Or express "human-like" emotions.

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2020, 05:59:53 AM »
well, in defence of some of these people, animals other than dogs or cats aren’t readily understood. if you don’t understand something, i don’t think you can really empathise with it. maybe that’s why so many people are confused that they read a book about rabbits. not quite exactly what you’re talking about right now, but oh well lmao

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2020, 06:18:11 AM »
Fair enough, I do think that it's something that needs to be cultivated. You have to teach kids that, wow, animals are alive just like we are.

A lot of the reviews strike me as judging rather than perceiving.

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2020, 06:41:45 AM »
I mean that is true. I'd say a lot of people don't even understand cats and dogs properly.

But the same can be said for the behaviour of a lot of humans. So, meh.

Perhaps I am being too harsh at times but still some comments in these reviews do rub me the wrong way. ...I should stop reading them.
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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2020, 09:54:12 AM »
yes, that is true as well

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Re: Healthy Mole's review
« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2020, 10:51:37 PM »
I find the excercise of trying to write or imagine the world through the eyes of an animal really interesting.  Thinking of things that would be important to them, how they would spend their time, how they form a military police with a cool name like Owlsa, it's all a good read.
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