‘Books’: Mouse Guard by David Petersen

This is the start of a new series on this blog about books!  Do you like books?  I love books, and I feel a little guilty that I don’t read as much as I used too.  I also have a bunch of books in my library that I haven’t read yet.  And I keep buying more.  I really must stop, it’s not very productive.  I’m still playing around with the format for this series, so this post won’t be telling of future posts but they will be about books so ya know, it’skay.  Really, this is just to make me feel better about buying books.  x33

‘Mouse Guard’ written by David Petersen, first appeared in 2005 and ‘Mouse Guard Fall 1152’ is a compilation of the first six chapters in the greater Mouse Guard story.

First Impressions: I picked up this book because there are mice with weapons on the cover.  I grew up reading books like The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Tale of Despereaux, and Redwall, so if you hand me a book with talking mice with weapons you can bet your butts I’m gonna read it.  (I’m anticipating a rise in views, as the last post that included butts did really well).  I also really like the art and the colours.  I totally recommend following Petersen on Tumblr so you can check out all his awesome work.

Just a quick, spoiler free summary for your enjoyment and to whet your whistle as they say.  (The future posts will probably be spoiler heavy, just fyi).  (Also, I had to return the book as I borrowed it from the library so, I’ll do my best here).

The first six issues of Mouse Guard chronicle Kenzie, Saxon, and Lieam’s adventure as they attempt to find a missing merchant.  The three mice end up in Barkstone, wary of a traitor within the Guard.  Saxon, the ever brash mouse, stages a distraction with Kenzie, and Lieam uses this to get into all sorts of trouble.  The sixth issue see’s an attack in the mouse city of Lockhaven where the Mouse Guard face off against the sinister army of The Axe.

I really liked the story.  It’s interesting, the Mouse Guard has a cool history behind it and it’s entertaining.  The amount of detail in each mouse is awesome, they all have different fighting styles and weapons and they’re all fairly east to tell apart even without their colour coded cloaks.  Conrad, for example, lives by the sea and his weapon is a fish hook attached to a string.  Petersen also has a Mouse Guard RPG, similar to D&D I believe, if you like to play games, which I do.

So I hope that intrigued you and you check it all out!  This is just the beginning of my series on books, so get reading!  I think the next book I’ll be talking about is either going to be ‘Horus Rising’ or ‘In the Eye of Heaven’.  I might also be moving to two posts a week, one for music (Tuesdays) and one for books (Saturdays?).  I’m also making a Facebook page!  Wow!  So many things going on.

This is According to Hatchet, thanks for being here!

[Sources and Links: http://www.mouseguard.net/ | http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/ | http://davidpetersenart.tumblr.com/ ]



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