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Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004, 06:19 pm
The Mouse Knight

(Kudos to peromyscus for finding this.)

Did you know that the Rat and Mouse Club of America also hosts fiction? They have a mini novel called "Mouse Knight" by Cutter Hays as well as a sequel and spin-off. Although I was a little offended by the cover picture showing a mouse using a rat as a steed, but it turns out that this was a voluntary arrangement in a time of crisis and Mike (as the rat is called) is a true and loyal friend. In fact, all the rats were pretty good sorts (once you got past the mouse-eating thing). I'm always pleased to see positive role models for rats, so I thought I should give a nod in their direction.

The story itself is well written, the best thing I've read online in a long time. It initially had echoes of The Tale of Despereaux ("Mouse Knight" was written before this novel), with a mouse starting in poor circumstances reading stories about knights and chivalry and aspiring to become a knight, but it soon branches off in another direction.

Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
ex_peromyscu725: Re: the mouse knight

Yep he sure is a great writer, not to mention a very talented artist!

Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 05:38 am (UTC)
sissycoon: Redwall

Have you read the "Redwall" series of books by Brian Jacques? There's a LOT of books in the series, about twenty altogether now, but if you get hooked, you'll be reading with fascination for nearly a year!
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Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
sissycoon: Re: Redwall

Well, you've got me there, Ristin. It's odd, because I love rats a lot - I guess I just looked at Redwall from the persepective of the mice and squirrels being the "goodies." After all, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone more loyal and loving toward rats than my own wife, and she adores ferrets too. Yet, she still likes Redwall even though rats and ferrets alike are portrayed as evil ... I think I forgave Jacques his rather warped view on rats when he made one of them a good one. There was one book, "The Pearls of Lutra" or something where one of the rats was good and was allowed to interact with the Abbey. He has also given the odd good heart here and there to weasels.

But I don't blame Marko for being offended. And you are correct in that Redwall never changes ... the same ol' morality play over and over again. It's getting old.
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Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
sissycoon: Re: Redwall

That was the ferret Veil, a transliteration of Evil, and not a rat, that was raised in the Abbey and turned on them. But, remember at the end (if you read the book that far) when Veil threw himself in front of an arrow aimed for his former mousemaid? Jacques, just to play devil's advocate, has more than once made his baddies perform a final act of good. But still, your original point is taken.

Wed, Sep. 1st, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
bigkidsid: Re: Redwall

What about the pied piper of Hamlyn then?? ;) :-D

Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)

I also love the art work to that series :)

Ah yes, the rat villain...*mutters a few choice words...

Anyone ever read the Disc World series by Terry Prachett? I really enjoy reading about DEATH and his rat companion :)

Also, Prachett wrote a book that is rat friendly (sorry I've forgotten the title)...he even ended up owning three rats after he wrote the book, I believe...

Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC)

Rats have been portrayed as "evil" for so long. They are opportunists and can adapt to almost everything. They use to carry deseases and somehow they got a bad reputation since ages. Also, raccoons (sniff) have some sort of a bad name because we search in the garbage, are opportunists as well and, somehow, 'vicious'. Just like foxes, skunks, wolves, and other animals that happen to be some of the most beloved in the fandom, they have some sort of "bad reputation" as well, from chicken killers, to stinky pests and human-devouring beasts.

But, some of those species, Rats, Raccoons, Foxes, Squirrels, etc... are really clever! Perhaps that's what bothers humans. Those fuzzy loveable critters are more clever than many humans.

Tue, Aug. 31st, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)

Amen to everything you've said, raccoonroo. Couldn't agree more. The very animals people consider vermin are among the most beloved in Furrydom. And humans are far outclassed by them, and they know it.
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Sat, Sep. 4th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
raccoonroo: Rocko!

Indeed! I loooooooooooove Rocko so much! Is some sort of my "role-model"