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Favorite book or book series featuring anthropomorphic animals? 

27%
12 deviants said Animal Farm (George Orwell)
22%
10 deviants said Redwall (Brian Jacques)
20%
9 deviants said Watership Down (Richard Adams)
13%
6 deviants said Maus (Art Spiegelman)
13%
6 deviants said :noes: Dude, you totally forgot about this one!
2%
1 deviant said Spellsinger (Alan Dean Foster)
2%
1 deviant said The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
0%
No deviants said Startide Rising (David Brin)

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:icondeaconstrucktor:
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Duncton Chronicles by William Horwood [link] was a favorite of mine. Fairly lengthy, but interesting, and the series covers some important themes.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
I'd never even heard of that series; I'll have to give it a look. It apparently isn't as popular in the US as it appears to have been in the UK.
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It can be pretty graphically brutal at times and there is no shortage of good "people" suffering, which I think tends to turn some people off. There is also a strong allegorical religious/spiritual context that may not mesh with some people's views. But once you accept the initial positing of sentient "anthropomorphic" moles, it all plays out in a very natural way.
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anapests-and-ink Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What about the Chronicles of Narnia?
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
:doh: Now there's an oversight!
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Naohi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi,
My favourite is "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl.
:)
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
:ohmygod: Oh right, insects are animals too! Good call.
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Naohi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked it so much that I bought "James and the Giant Peach: A play" adapted by Richard George. It's really cool with "Easy-to-make costumes"! :excited:
Unfortunately, none of my friends wants to take part in the play.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Writer
:no: What terrible, terrible friends! (;p)

Is there a theatrical club at your school? Maybe offer it to them.
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Naohi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah, terrible friends think that it's terribly embarrassing to dress up as insects, sing and dance in front of people.
We have manga club but no theatrical club. Sometimes there are competitions between classes but kids here enjoy watching shooting scenes on television. :shrug:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Writer
So let me get this straight: your manga-loving friends are willing to cosplay as anthropomorphic fantasy creatures, but not as anthropomorphic bugs?

That's species-ist. :bucktooth:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Writer
I like most of those you listed, probably with Watership Down at the lead.

But what about The Cat in the Hat? It's a book I've never forgotten :D
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Good point! :doh:

:plotting: If we expanded this to include children's classics, we'd have to leave room for The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Story About Ping, Dr. Doolittle, etc. Might be fodder for a follow-up poll.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
:nod:
You already had The Wind in the Willows didn't you? = children's book.
I forgot but will check.
And I read Watership Down years ago as a child. Older than for Seuss, but still a child.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
You're probably right about The Wind in the Willows, which may explain why nobody has voted for it as of yet. :bucktooth:

Chain bookstores like Borders (where I used to work) subdivide the children's section by age level: between Children and Young Adult is another section called Intermediates, which is intended for the middle-school crowd. I say 'intended' because many of its more popular book series (e.g. Harry Potter, Inkheart, Eragon, Artemis Fowl, His Dark Materials, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even Redwall) have had crossover success with older teens and adults.

Watership Down might be considered either Intermediate or YA; but at Borders, it was assigned (as was the mass market-sized version of The Wind in the Willows) to the Classic Literature shelves.

Maybe in another few decades, Seuss (and Shel Silverstein) might well end up joining them there. If we still have any brick-and-mortar bookstores left by that point, that is.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
I guess you're right about 'Wind in the Willows'. I didn't notice whether it had votes or not.
I worked in a library for a while and know what you mean about categorizing books.
And as much as people (people I know, anyway) still like actual books, there'll be bookstores.
ESPEcially Barnes and Noble, for example. They sell so much besides books, I can't see their future being short.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah, but even if the market for physical books remains (and I believe that it will, for the most part) there's still likely to be a shift to direct shipping from sites such as Amazon and BN.com.

Blockbuster et. al. got swept aside by Redbox and Netflix, and I unfortunately see the same thing happening to bookstores in general.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
I agree with all you said above. *sigh*
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Writer
I really need to read Maus.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod: You really do.

But not during the holidays. Wait until January.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Writer
Yes. =p
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was kind of a tie between animal farm and watership. AF ended up a nose ahead :)

The Sight and Fire Bringer (the first features wolves the second deer) are pretty good. They're by David Clement-Davies.

What's your pick?
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh, and my pick? All of them. =p

But I voted for Spellsinger. I knew it wouldn't be getting much love otherwise, if any; any book series that uses popular music as part of its plot isn't likely to age well.

But it has tons of humor (pun-based as well as situational) and some memorable characters. It was seeing a drawing [link] that reminded me of one of them (Roseroar the warrior tigress) which inspired this poll in the first place.
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe

I haven't heard of that one before. I'll have to look into them. I like me some puns :)
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
:D If you take the plunge, let me know what you think.

And if you love puns that much, please tell me you've already heard of Xanth.
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do :thumbsup:

I have not ^^;
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
:eager: Ooh, then you're in for a treat! [link]

It's a magic land built almost entirely out of puns. Three dozen books and counting: one a year since 1977.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
I'd never heard of those. They look fantastic; I've just added them to my Goodreads wishlist.
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! If you end up reading them let me know what you think.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod: I will.
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hedgehogkween Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Writer
Whoo, first vote~
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
And second response! Lol
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Watership Down is THE BEST BOOK EVAH! :eager:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
:D It appears you're hardly alone in your opinion.
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