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Long ago, long before Sylver the weasel was born, the humans all left Welkin. Now life for a weasel -- under the heavy paw of the vicious stoat rulers -- is pretty miserable (unless you happen to be a weasel who likes living in a hovel and toiling all hours for the benefit of the stoats).It's certainly not enough for Sylver. Or for his small band of outlaws, both jacks andLong ago, long before Sylver the weasel was born, the humans all left Welkin. Now life for a weasel -- under the heavy paw of the vicious stoat rulers -- is pretty miserable (unless you happen to be a weasel who likes living in a hovel and toiling all hours for the benefit of the stoats).It's certainly not enough for Sylver. Or for his small band of outlaws, both jacks and jills. but slingshots and darts can only do so much against heavily-armed stoats and life as an outlaw has a fairly limited future (probably a painful one, too). That's when Sylver comes up with his plan -- a heroic plan that could destroy the stoats' reign of power for ever. He will find the humans, and bring them back to Welkin! And the first step is to follow up a clue from the past -- a clue that lies in a place known as Thunder Oak......

Title : Thunder Oak
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ISBN : 9780552545464
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Thunder Oak Reviews

  • Rike @ RikeRandom
    2018-10-28 12:05

    Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - BuchseeleRezensionsexemplar, zur Verfügung gestellt vom Verlag im Austausch für eine ehrliche Rezension ♥Tierfantasy ist ja sowieso meiner Meinung nach immer etwas, das ganz schnell schief gehen kann, wenn man sich als Leser z.B. einfach nicht mit dem Tier, das vermenschlicht wird, anfreunden kann. Allerdings fand ich das Cover zum ersten „Weasels“-Band so lustig und dachte mir, ich probiere dieses Buch einfach mal aus. Leider hat das aber nicht so geklappt, wie ich es mir gewünscht hätte.Die Wiesel, um die es hier geht, fand ich eigentlich gar nicht mal schlecht. Sie sind ein unterhaltsamer und auch recht faszinierender Haufen, allerdings hatte ich das Gefühl, dass der Autor einfach nicht in der Lage ist, richtig einzuschätzen, auf welche Charakter er seine Erzählung eigentlich fokussieren sollte. So gibt es in der Gruppe, die im Zentrum der Handlung steht, mehr als nur eine völlig überflüssige Figur, deren Sinn und Zweck für die Handlung sich mir nicht erschließen wollte. Generell ist die Originalgruppe schon bald eigentlich völlig überflüssig, da der Fokus auf ein ganz neues Wiesel umschwenkt und die restlichen Figuren mehr oder minder in der Versenkung verschwinden.Gleichzeitig erfährt der Leser auch noch mindestens dreimal so viel über die Bösewichte, deren Gespräche und Handlungen in allen Einzelheiten wiedergegeben werden, wie über die eigentlichen Helden, was diese noch überflüssiger erscheinen lässt und, zumindest für mein Empfinden, auch nicht wirklich zur Übersichtlichkeit der Geschichte beiträgt.Überhaupt hatte ich schnell das Gefühl, dass der Autor eine sehr ungünstige Vorliebe dafür hat, sich auf unwichtige, für die Handlung völlig irrelevante Aspekte der Geschichte zu konzentrieren – seien das nun überflüssige Charaktere oder unsinnige Handlungselemente.So werden auch immer wieder etliche Seiten damit gefüllt, dass Szenen, die weder wirklich interessant noch relevant sind, mit extremer Liebe zum Detail erzählt werden, während die Dinge, die ich als Leser als tatsächlich interessant empfunden hätte – darunter auch diverse phantastischere Elemente – mit wenigen Sätzen abgehandelt werden.Ganz unangenehm aufgefallen ist mir jedoch die Tatsache, wie stark vereinfacht hier viele Zusammenhänge dargestellt werden. Klar, es handelt sich bei „Weasels: Donnereiche“ wohl eher um ein Kinderbuch (falls nicht, macht das die ganze Sache noch sehr viel unpassender), allzu viel Komplexität ist also wohl eher nicht zu erwarten, aber dass der Autor hier immer wieder hingeht und ohne ein Wort Umstände, die vorher eigentlich fest etabliert wurden, komplett umschmeißt, damit es zur Handlung passt, empfinde ich doch als sehr störend.Insgesamt konnte ich „Weasels: Donnereiche“ von Garry Kilworth ehrlich gesagt kaum etwas Positives abgewinnen, denn der Schreibstil des Autors ist in meinen Augen nicht wirklich gut und ein Gespür für Handlung und Charaktere scheint auch nicht so recht vorhanden zu sein, aber ich fand die Idee gut und die Wiesel eigentlich recht sympatisch, daher gibt es dann doch zwei Sterne statt nur einem.

  • Gril
    2018-11-12 13:33

    I was looking for fiction books about weasels and happened to come across this on Amazon. I bout it and was very exited wen it arrived. I really wanted to like this book, I really did. But it had issues that bothered me and ruined my enjoyment. The biggest problem for me was the characters. This book had so many main protagonist that I could not remember there names. Also the personalities themselves were so flat and some didn't even have personalitys. The leader of the group, Syver (I think that his name) was just a one dimensional Mary Sue-- In fact, he is the king of Mary Sues. Mawk (I know his name) was just a selfish asshole that didn't care wether his friends died, he just cared about his own survival, and he doesn't get any better. Also Mawk stole the stage later in the book, witch pissed me off. There is Scrif, (these names, can't remember!) he was the only interesting character: he's a redneck that seems dumb, but he's actually very smart. As for all the others in Syver's group, I forgot there names and there personalitys (if they had any). A book without characters is a story about people you don't care for doing things you don't care about. There was a horrible problem with the plot. The weasels have to find the humans so they can fix the sea walls, so the old guy finds a human girls journal that has riddles and clues to were the humans are at. This is were the biggest problem starts-- we don't get to hear any of the riddles or anything, so we can't make predictions on what's going to happen it the future, witch is no fun for me. Instead of reading the riddles and trying to come up with theories ourselves, the old guy just tells the weasels to look in Thunder Oak for the first clue.About three-fourths of the book is about the weasels getting an eggshell with a map on it. What? Shouldn't they be going too Thunder Oak? seriously, the old guy has a buttload of maps you could use. Anyway, the journey to get the eggshell is just loaded with pointless things that have nothing to do with anything, and they are quite boring. Like getting kidnaped by the hog, or getting kidnaped by the sheep. So they get the eggshell and go to Thunder Oak and get a wood carving that is of a chipmunk sleeping in a lake (this part is very rushed in the book). They, of course, they give the carving to old guy and (without us having to use our own heads) old guy tells them the humans are sleeping on the ocean somewhere. That's pretty much it. I wanted to like it, I wanted to give it a higher rating, but it just disappointed me. I might read the second book to see if it's any better, but I don't know.

  • Maia Moore
    2018-10-24 19:32

    Original review posted hereThis is a book series I read and loved as a child, but haven’t picked up in a long time. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t have aged as well as I would have hoped – you know how it is with some things you read or watched as a child: you think they’re wonderful when you’re 10 but not so much as you get older.I guess there were some elements of this that weren’t as good as I remember. I am a good 15 years older though, and my tastes/reading age have changed quite a lot.I love the idea behind this story: the humans have mysteriously disappeared and the animals have taken to living in their castles, cooking food like humans and picking up some of their other bad habits too. The stoats rule over the land and they treat weasels as slaves.I remember struggling to get into this book when I first read it, and it was the same again this time. It dives into things pretty quickly, which isn’t normally a bad thing, but I found I struggled to get my head around the world, and could have done with a gentler introduction. Once it gets going though it’s a great adventure story, with tons of encounters with strange and magical creatures, high stakes and clear task throughout. While this sets up the trilogy nicely, it works well as a standalone novel.My favourite thing about this book is the villain. Prince Poynt is the stoat that rules over Welkin. He’s whiny and spoilt and manipulative, and all that makes for a perfect villain. The best bits are in the small details though: believing a white coat to be more regal, Prince Poynt keeps his ermine coat all year round, and won’t let anyone else change their fur (I told you he was spoilt!)I think the one thing that disappointed me about this book was it all felt a little simple. This may sound unfair for a children’s story, but I’ve read plenty of other children’s stories with more complex language than this one. It all felt a little basic, which was a shame. Still, it’s a real fast paced and action packed story that I think younger readers will really enjoy.

  • Candace | Evianrei
    2018-11-03 18:18

    When I picked up Thunder Oak I was expecting something similar to the Redwall series, and I was pleased to find that it was as such, and more! The story follows several characters in the land of Welkin, an island long abandoned by humans. In their absence the animals took over and statues came to life. Sylver, a weasel, and leader of a band of outlaws, sets out on a journey to find the humans. However, not all the animals wish for the human's return, because if such a thing were to happen, the animals would have to give up their new-found lives to live back as, well, animals. Sylver believes the humans can save Welkin from certain doom, as the sea walls are washing away and the ocean threatens to flood the island entirely. Living as animals seems like a better option than drowning. Can he and his band of outlaws find the humans, and will they be able to return and rebuild the sea walls?Thunder Oak was a splendid read, I definitely wish I hadn't let it sit on the shelf for so long. It is a tale of adventure, mystery, magic, horror, and puzzles, with a humorous personality to it. I've already purchased books two and three that follow (and I'm eagerly waiting for them to ship) so I can continue reading about the Welkin Weasels. (view spoiler)[ It was really sad to see Dredless go, but like any adventure story someone has to be lost. I would've liked to see him in more adventures, but I'll have to settle for just knowing him in this one.(hide spoiler)]You Might Like This Book If...-Talking animals-Adventure / Magic / Fantasy-You are a fan of the Redwall Series or Mistmantle ChroniclesYou Might Not Like this Book If... - Blood, death, or gore are not subjects you enjoy in reading- You're not a fan of battles and fighting

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-05 17:30

    A lovely animal fantasy story, similar basis to Brian Jacques Redwall series - a bit like a combination of Redwall and Robin Hood really.Obviously this is targetted towards the young adult readership, but I do feel it is a little over simplified in places - such as how the sheriff is always on their tail on their quests, but when the weasels are home in half moon wood having loud celebrations, he's somehow never around hmm. I'm also not that impressed with how rats are made out to be evil creatures as it does conform to a stereotype and may leave a lasting impression on oung children reading the book, who are already told by society at large that rats aren't nice animals. It would be nice for a book like this to paint rats in a good light.Other than that this book was a good heart warming read.

  • N.A. Fedorak
    2018-11-07 13:19

    Not a bad series, but it's frankly a rip-off of the Redwall series (cross with Sherlock Holmes) by Brian Jacques, and Brian Jacques did it better (Brian Jacques actually has a balanced cast of characters, and his main character isn't just a male Gary Stu). Not badly written, but needs a heck of a lot more to be brilliant.

  • Alex
    2018-11-17 12:12

    Absolutely fantastic a super read for all ages. Filled with excellent situations exepsional plot and writing. An absolute classic a masterpiece gary kilwoth does it again with this excellent novel.Moving on to book two which i am super executed for. 5 out of 5 stars, a must read!

  • Amber
    2018-11-08 15:25

    I picked up the first 3 of this series at a used bookstore while on vacation. I've never heard of them before, but I think they may be just the think to feed my childhood love of Rats of NIMH.

  • Maria von Riva | buchworte
    2018-11-16 16:20

    Meine Rezension zum Buch findet ihr auf unserem Blog:http://fluesternderbuecher.blogspot.d...

  • Sally
    2018-10-29 12:12

    Awesome fun! Must read the rest of the series sometime soon :) My only quibble would be it was a bit simplistic at times - they got out of some of those scrapes awfully easily xD

  • Ice Bear
    2018-11-04 19:31

    Good introduction to another land of animal conflict. The story flows through each book of the series. At first glance, Weasels are probably not an animal from which you might create a hero.

  • Daniel Dougherty
    2018-11-11 13:30

    This was a favourite growing up as a kid. Simple writing, nice story, can't find third book...

  • David
    2018-11-10 18:07

    An imaginative fairly addictive story.